Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Learn Together: Tagging Your Tiddlers

Lynda Williams from University of Northern British Columbia has treated us to 2 excellent Learn Together sessions on TiddlyWiki:
1. TiddlyWiki for Beginners (archive)
2. Building a Faculty Manual in TiddlyWiki (archive)

Now we can learn how to tag those tiddlers! Curious? Join us Wednesday, June 24, at 10:00 PDT (see your time zone) This session will be informative even if you were unable to attend previous TiddlyWiki sessions. Bonnie Johnston from British Columbia Institute of Technology will be our moderator.

Learn Together sessions are regular get-togethers facilitated by BC post-secondary educational practitioners and focused on specific topics related to teaching and learning. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome!

Second Life for Educators: Orientation Workshops

You're invited to participate in an upcoming series of free Second Life for Educators orientation workshops.

Have you heard of the virtual world of Second Life, perhaps even that it is being used for educational purposes, but been unsure of whether it’s worth exploring or not had time to do so? Have you gotten an account and entered the world and then dismissed it because you didn’t want to deal with the learning curve or couldn’t find anything worthwhile?

If you are an educator and answered yes to any of these questions, this series of workshops may be for you. Part of a BCIT - BCcampus [funded] project designed to mitigate some of the barriers to entering Second Life (SL), the workshops will provide educators with an introduction to the world, the knowledge and skills necessary to use it, and some of the issues relating to its use educationally.

Check the SLBC blog for full details about workshop dates, what you will learn, and how to register.

OpenEd 2009: Crossing the Chasm

If you happen to live near Vancouver, British Columbia or think you might like to visit in August (who wouldn't?) this is a conference that shouldn't be missed! Open Education Conference — OpenEd 2009: Crossing the Chasm: will be held at UBC’s Robson Square Campus. Registration is now open, the keynote speakers will be fantastic, and the program is taking great shape.

Monday, June 08, 2009

  4 Free Audio Players to Add Audio to Your Site

4 Free Audio Players to Add Audio to Your Site by ClintLalonde.net:
Adding audio to your website, blog or online course is pretty easy to do these days. Long gone are the days when we would force students to download and install proprietary players like Real Player or Quicktime. With the ubiquity of Flash and JavaScript, and mp3 we now have more options for delivering audio on the web than ever before.

Course Design Institute at UBC

The Centre for Teaching and Academic growth at UBC is extending an invitation to register for the TAG - Course Design Institute. This Institute is open to participants from all BC post-secondary institutions. There is a $50.00 registration deposit required, which will be returned to individuals who complete the entire three days of the Institute, but there are no other fees for this first offering.
Will you be teaching a course in the next academic year? When are you planning to design it? Plan your course NOW, by participating in the first TAG and Partners Course Design Institute!

The first TAG and Partners Course Design Institute will be held from June 24th - 26th, 2009, at UBC, and will help you to design or re-design a course!

What: An intensive 3 days in a supportive atmosphere, working both individually and collaboratively, to design or re-design a course that you teach or are planning to teach. You must register and attend for the entire Institute - three days of morning and afternoon participatory seminars on course design topics. To participate, you must have a course that you would like to design or re-design, regardless of the mode (face-to-face, online, or mixed-mode). You will be asked to bring any existing course documents and materials with you to the Institute.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Invitation to ETUG members

Now that Kate Britt has passed the torch to ETUG to continue to maintain this resource blog we have some work to do! Since April when I outlined some of the next steps in the transition from pink to green, I've been working alongside Kate to make some changes to the blog. For example, you may have noticed it is now green! :-) Not quite the right colour to match our ETUG logo but hey, it's all work in progress. I also added the ETUG blogroll, but we're obviously missing many. If you are a blogger please let us know about it. And look at the cool badge Kate made for us! Feel free to grab it for your own website.

Now comes the real fun. We will start using this blog to post resources we come across that we feel are of interest to ETUG members, and the many, many other followers of this blog. Kate has prepared a short tutorial on using Google toolbar to post. This makes adding resources a snap. There is also a ready-made taxonomy which has worked well over the years for categorizing resources. Of course, we can always expand on this.

How do YOU contribute to the blog? Request author access by leaving a comment or emailing me (scurrie@bccampus.ca). We can have up to 100 authors. Don't worry; it doesn't have to be a lifetime commitment. :-)

Obviously there is more work to do as we make this transition. We'll no doubt want to change the URL to something like etug.blogspot.com, or possibly move away from blogger altogether. Meanwhile, let's settle in and work together to keep the blog active!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

CeLC 2009

Have you registered yet? Be sure to follow conference updates on twitter.

CeLC 2009: "Join us this year in Vancouver, BC for the 7th Annual Canadian e-Learning Conference (CeLC). The University of British Columbia (UBC), in partnership with the BC Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) and BCcampus, will host the 7th Annual Canadian e-Learning Conference on June 17-19, 2009 at UBC's beautiful Point Grey campus."