Book review: Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching

Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching By Jeff Stanford 522 pages Moodle is the world’s most popular and widely used open source learning management system (LMS) in the world today with over 45,000 registered sites, 32 million users, 3 million courses in over 200 countries in 75 languages. In his book, Moodle 1.9 for Second… Continue reading Book review: Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching

Top nine reasons to use a learning management system (LMS)

Installing a Learning Management System (LMS), creating online learning resources, and training your tutors and administrative staff to use it is a big commitment for any learning and teaching organisation. So why do it? What are the benefits? Here is a quick run down of what I think are the top nine reasons to use… Continue reading Top nine reasons to use a learning management system (LMS)

New Media Player module for Moodle

In this article, I’m going to give you an introduction to the new Media Player module for Moodle. It’s a flexible, robust and feature-rich method of deploying video in Moodle as an activity. The Media Player module for Moodle using Searchbar and Playlist features In November 2009, I started the FLV Player module for Moodle… Continue reading New Media Player module for Moodle

Google Wave is out!

In a previous article, I wrote about a new web communication protocol being developed by Google called Google Wave. Well, five months later,  I finally have my Google Wave developer’s preview invitation and I can start creating waves and experimenting with my very own account. Embedded in this article below is a Wave hosted on… Continue reading Google Wave is out!

Good quality video Part II

Recording high-quality video Part II Recording video from webcams: Several HD (high definition) web cameras have appeared on the market recently promising to record up to 1400 by 900 pixel resolution video for an outlay of around €100 or less. The specific webcams that I’ve seen are the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000, the Microsoft ????… Continue reading Good quality video Part II

Social networking for EFL/ESL

In this article, I’m going to discuss the relevance of social networking to learners of English, some of the developments in learning English as a foreign/second language on-line and how this might shape the future of e-learning and learning management systems for EFL/ESL. So much to learn, so little time to learn it. For learners… Continue reading Social networking for EFL/ESL

Making e-learning resources relevant

E-learning resources have a number of advantages over book and paper based resources. In this article, I’m going to write about one in particular: the importance of being able to edit the resources that you use with learners. This article focuses directly on resources for learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as… Continue reading Making e-learning resources relevant

Video formats and media containers

…or Why don’t videos of the same type, i.e. AVI, MPEG, etc., work on everyone’s computers? With broadband Internet connections becoming the norm, video on the web has become commonplace but beware, authoring video files for deployment on the web can be a minefield –  WMV, FLV, MOV, MP4, F4V – There’s a dizzying array… Continue reading Video formats and media containers

Students adore Moodle

I’ve just read this post by Phil Shapiro on his PCWorld.com blog. He certainly lays lavish praise on Martin Dougiamas‘ brainchild and life’s work, an LMS (learning management system) called Moodle. Read the article here. Update Here’s a global map of Moodle sites and list of links to them. Here’s a set of bar graphs… Continue reading Students adore Moodle

Good quality video

  This article is a follow-up to my post, “Good quality audio”. Here, I’ll give a few tips aimed at new-comers to recording video for the web and how to get the best results. I’m assuming that, as a new-comer, you have very basic, low-budget equipment or are about to buy or borrow some. Obviously,… Continue reading Good quality video