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Building better learning objects

10 ways to ensure your digital media is effective every time. This short guide provides an opportunity for academics and expert contributors to think about the media that they create for courses, whether that's video, audio podcast, illustration, photograph, animation or interactive element. It's worth exploring why some of these learning objects are effective and why some just aren't and how you can ensure the video or other digital object you make will encourage repeat views and listens. Continue reading →

Futurelearn Inspiration Awards: a win for Simon Fogg

Simon Fogg, (bottom left in the image) is an enthusiastic learner on our Web Science and Digital Marketing MOOCs (and many other MOOCs too!) He has won the "Inspiration on Futurelearn" category of the FutureLearn Inspiration Awards that were announced just before Christmas. Simon developed and still manages a GooglePlus community to support these MOOCs which now has 1,355 members. Continue reading →

Bringing MOOCs into the Classroom The last WSI / ILIaD lunch event of 2015 focused on the value our MOOCs are adding to 1) the University of Southampton brand and 2) the delivery of established courses at the University. You can watch a short summary video and the full presentations by Kate Dickens from ILIaD, Les Carr and Lisa Harris from WSI, and Kate Borthwick from LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. Continue reading →

Reading: Open Badge’s and MOOCs #openbadges

Badges continue to interest me, and the development of open badges in online courses and commercial/corporate settings seems to be gaining momentum? Read the full article on the LSE Impact Blog: Can MOOCs and Open Badges provide an alternative to the so-called ‘inflation of educational credentials’? However, the bottom line is that conditions have changed (i.e. progressive mobility worldwide, as well as the increasing need for recognition of migrants’ qualifications). Continue reading →

MOOCs relating to study skills

My colleague Tamsyn Smith (@TamsynMSmith) has just compiled a useful summary of MOOCs that might help students develop their study skills. This is a summary of courses that have been available so far; some may not be currently live or have future versions scheduled, so do use with caution if referring students to them. Continue reading →