EdTechx(11.133x)Slideshare for presentations.

This assignment is to find a useful software and provide some information about it to others while indicating where the software fits in the Domain/Approach chart.

I find Slideshare very useful for presentations, you can create and upload presentations to be shared with others. You can make presentations public accessible to anyone or you can make it private accessible to you only. The presentation is not just text and images only, video and audio presentations can also be uploaded and shared.

I have used Slideshare to produce presentations for my working on the Moodle implementation project as well as the Training bit of it and found is very helpful.

Slideshare is ideal for creating presentations that could be use in classes with links sent to students or embeded on websites, blog or an E-learning platform like Moodle. You can see how popular you slide is by checking the analytics, see who has viewed, downloaded or favorite your presentation.

Slideshare is free and very easy to use with thousands of other presentations to learn from, It links your profile to Linkedin for professional connections and you can also share your slides on Linkedin too.

Slideshare is a General domain application that change approach to procedure, instead of having your slide presentation locally, you can have it online and widely available to your students, others and get some statistics too. It could also change approach to instruction for instance, students can comment on the content of the presentation and can even create their own spin-off, it can also be used to create and generate ideas for students to work on.

EdTechx(11.133x)Learning just about anything, even with a low-tech phone.

This is week one activity break which is required to ask someone  the following question

How has technology helped you to learn a concept or topic (does not have to be from formal schooling)?

I asked a woman in her mid-thirties through WhatsApp messaging and here goes our conversation:

I had to breakdown the question and re-frame in my own words so I can get as much information as I can from the woman.

My questioning goes as follow:

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EdTechx(11.133x)- Not so successful user-training.

Assignment 0.2: Talk About Educational Technology.

I implemented Moodle LMS at a University, a voluntary initiative as part of my National Service not thinking through how to get the Lecturers to use the platform when done.

Fortunately, a department requested to use the platform because they have a new programme of study they would like to start off in both the traditional classroom mode and E-learning mode. I was happy about this, so I prepared to train them to use the platform after I was done. I had imported all freely available training courses I could get on the platform for the users but they preferred I come in and teach them in a classroom face-face mode.

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EdTechx(11.133x: Implementation & Evaluation of Educational Technology)

I have joined the new EdTechx course on Edx again. A follow-up on the last one I did. Hoping to follow it till the end to help in my current work.

I will be posting all my assignments and anything relating to the course on my blog and hopefully, it will all go well.

Still battling with slow Internet connections, so I might not be able to participate as much as I would like to. Let’s see how it goes.

So far the course has been quite interesting and very informative and I am focused on what I want to achieve from it. How do I improve on my last project especially the training bit that did not go so well as I have hoped?

E-learning project completed and handed over.

I finally finished and handed over the E-learning project to the University on Friday 22nd May 2015. It was a very interesting learning experience for me, both the project, the National Service and the working culture in the country.

What’s next ?………

Looking for Job, Starting a business or going for PHD as planned. Considering all options, whichever comes first.

Meanwhile, a snapshot of the platform home page.



Moodle Mooc ends today…

4 Weeks of Moodle Mooc ended today and I can say that it was the most interesting online course I have ever done.  As far as participation and engagement is concerned.

I tried to focus on what I really wanted to learn without being distracted by others, lesson learned from the Edtechx course.

The method of engagement draws me in and the lessons were very focused without being overloaded with too much.

My participation was minimal but focused on what really matters to me which is simply following the course and completing every tasks and activities given to make sure I cover everything without omission.

There were a lot I could get involved with but they will distract me from my focus but still I got involved with the forum, made relevant postings and read as much as I could from others with very limited comments.

I liked the workshop, it gave me ideas on how I can use it for my course and I also like the Glossary bit and database. I like the idea someone dropped about using the Glossary in a carrot and stick way of getting students engaged in using the online  course.

The activity completion was brilliant, it helps to track your progress on the course and you can tick it off as you go along, it kind of motivated me to stay on the course and finish because I keep on going back to tick each activity off when I am done and then I look at what I have got left without the tick and I aim to get that ticked so I go back on the activity to continue. Guess what can keep you motivated! I also got a very generous link  on how I can develop my own user guide.

I completed my practice course  with a snippet of my test course on Software Engineering.  Trying to explore and consolidate my use and understanding of  the various activities and resource in Moodle. I used,  Q&A forum, file, book, quiz, assignment and wiki. I did not use the workshop but it was in my original test course but still I got the idea of how I can use it from the workshop activity on the course.

The two coordinators of the course were brilliant too. The course wouldn’t have been great without them. Listening to them talk on the course brings back some of my smiles

Ahh, my Internet connection isn’t that bad this time around. That’s simply because I am in a city now, no longer in that Village in the middle of no where.  Service done, volunteering done and I ran as far as I could from that corner of the world.  I still continue to volunteer though, but off-site.

My Moodle journey continues and I am also looking forward to the next Edtechx too.

I got the badges too..


The next Moodle Mooc is slated for 9th of August, I hope the course will be a little more advanced that this.

I joined Moodle Mooc

Joining the ongoing moodle mooc is a natural step forward after the last edx mooc on EdTech. I based the EdTechX course on my project which is based on implementing Moodle at an Institution. I have done a lot of readings and research on Moodle from the technical side to the user side. Doing this Moodle mooc helps me to put structure to everything I have learnt so far on my own reading the Docs and from the moodle forum. I consider myself no longer a beginner in Moodle but learning from the beginning re-enforces what I have learnt previously and also help plug holes in the areas I have missed out on.

I have just completed the first week of the course and it wasn’t bad learning afresh how to set up a course and knowing more about the blocks and how to use them.

The way the  Book resource was used gave me idea of how to use it because previously I did not see any example on using it, I just made up my own idea of how to use it based on what I read. I made a book of my project proposal just to see how it works. Now I know I can make a book of anything I want, like my handout…

There are so many options on enrolling users in Moodle.  Manual enrollment,  self-enrolment, cohort sync and more.  I find this part very useful in that you can have a course but without enrollments its all useless and the many option of enrollments makes it quite easy to get learners enrolled on courses.

I am more interested in the User authentication bit of this. First you have to get users authenticated on the system before you can enroll them on courses.

I concluded at the end of this first week that the more you know the more there is to know.

Learning continues.


Honor code Certificate for Edtechx(11.132X)

Ma sha Allah ! I got me a honor code certificate for the Edx Design and Development of Educational Technology course. It was a very interesting and challenging course. I learnt many new things and the area I found most intriguing is the aspect of education theories of Contructivism and Constructionism. I first came across these terms in my research into moodle. Then, I read without much thought into the real meaning of these terms and what message is being conveyed in the text. But When I came across the terms again in this course I was able to relate more to the meanings from the materials and the video discussions on the topic. I went back to Moodle and read it again with better understanding this time. I equally found the topic on Teaching for understanding intriguing not forgetting about Social contructivism and deep learning. In short I found all these educational philosophies and theories very fascinating, not that they are new but things you knew and practised all along but have no words to express them.

The downside to this course for me was my internet connection that made it absolutely frustrating to fully participate. I was unable to join any of the live broadcast, hangout, reddit, unhangout and whatever else. I could not practise on scratch because the page just won’t load but I did a bit on logo. I did downloaded a scratch programme to install and practise but just did not get round to doing it.

I accessed most of the reference links and downloaded what I could for catch-up and it wasn’t bad in that sense.

The collaborative part was a disaster, enough to say….hint……my connection.

I didn’t submit my final pitch though I finished it all. I had a project presentation that was overwhelmingly approved by the management board of the Institution I was doing my project at.

This course was my very first MOOC execperience and I liked it a lot despite my frustrating internet connection. I feel motivated to continue and I already have a budding plan to go full on a MSC/PHD on EdTech if funding permits.

Working my way to Job Lecturing and Moodling too…