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E-learning 2013 Begins

Written by David on January 29th, 2013.      0 comments

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Today marks the start of a week of Teacher only Day work that I have been contracted to deliver prior to the start of the new school year.  2013 looks as though it will be an interesting year for elearing, especially in this post ICTPD world.  The new contracts and scant crumbs left for us independent elearning consultants to peck on after the big boys have gobbled up the contracts has made the new elearning landscape an  interesting one, so I will be diversifying this year.  At the moment the order books look healthy and with a few more walk ins throughout the year the year will end up being a robust one.  That said I am already scoping out 2014 and will be picking up on some leads developed in 2012 and foster them in 2013 for 2014 work.

Today I worked at Chelsea School in Auckland as they start on their elearning journey.  We worked through the reasons for pedagogical change on their behalf and also how elearning can be integrated in a practical sense into their classrooms.  We then spent the middle session playing with great tools that I am passionate about to capture student voice.  Once they had had their sandpit time I then spent the afternoon with them encouraging the staff to examine their planning and to re-work it to include some of the tools I had shown them in the morning into their new plans.  The aim here was for them to recognise that a lot of elearning planning is endpoint in nature and almost secondary in their thinking.  I encouraged them to plan to post every day, well create a climate where students post every day.  Many of the team were excited by the plans, for some a bright light had been shone into, what for them is a very dark space.

As starts go, this elearning begining has left me with a good feeling.  I will be documenting their progress here.

Mega 50Gb

Written by David on January 20th, 2013.      0 comments


I was online at 7:23 this morning just half an hour after Mega went live.  It has taken me all day to get on and get my account, but I now have my complimentary 50Gb of storage.  This will be an invaluable repository for my tutorials which will easily fill my Dropbox allocation.  I especially like the encryption on upload feature, time will tell over service delivery, but I have a good feeling about this.  I am also thinking about using this kind of storage for my timelapse movies and my large RAW files for the photography that I do.  Mega will be my back up location. I was looking at their blog earlier on and there were already requests for Android and iOS apps to access data via smart devices.  With Kim's issues in the US, I wonder if these apps will be approved?  Interesting times.

App of the Week - CloudOn

Written by David on January 17th, 2013.      2 comments

First app of 2013.  I have been using this tool for a while now and it is rapidly becoming one of my favourite production apps.  It turns your Dropbox, Google Drive and Box apps into more than mere viewers, it enables you to open any of the files that you hav on those services and edit them.  Within CloudOn you have the ability to create new Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents which in turn can be saved to your Box, Google Drive and Dropbox folders for synchronisation back to your main computers or for sharing with other workers.  In short this is an epic tool.  The only drawback I can see is that to work it needs to be connected to the net.  So if you are out of range of your networks, the app won't fly.  But for a free app you should try it out and it is my app of the week.

Moodle Interactive tutorials

Written by David on January 16th, 2013.      0 comments

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I have just been counting up the number of interactive tutorials that we have on file, currently it stands at over 300.  The vast majority of them are bespoke tutorials for clients.  Currently we are in the final stages of completing a suite of Moodle 101 style course tutorials for Fairfield College.   They wanted us to create a suite of tutorials that would cover the basics of course creation and resource management on Moodle.  We have broken this skill set into 10 discreet and short tutorials.

In the image above you can see that we have then gone on to create a course in moodle with each lesson containing instructions for the staff, so that they know how to use the tutorials.  Each tutorial the demonstration and the interactive one has been loaded into each lesson.  This resource now becomes a 24/7 just in time learning resource for Fairfield College staff.  The support they need is just a couple of clicks away.  It also sets a baseline of competence that the school is now asking of its staff.  Over time we will be adding to this course and we will be adding ever more complex ideas and skills.

If you wish us to build some interactive tutorials for you please contact us.

New Site Goes Live!

Written by David on January 15th, 2013.      0 comments

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A new year, a new look webiste. Today marks the launch of our new look website and blog. We have migrated our old webiste to the Zeald ecosystem using their CMS. After a few initial teething problems, the result is what you see around you.

Let us know what you think. We have updated everything and hope that you enjoy the look and feel of the new space. We have many new and exciting things planned for 2013, so in order to keep abreast of these initiatives, please sign up for our newsletter, update your cache by pressing F5 several times and follow us on Twitter.

In the mean time take a look at the home page: http://dakinane.com and stay a while, look around and please give us feedback. As with all things web based, we will be in perpetual Beta! We will be tinkering continually to get the site just so.


David has been a specialist in the field of elearning for over 12 years. He has presented on elearning at conferences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His consultancy work includes education and business clients. READ MORE


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