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LUCie Unit 3

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Unit 3 starts Monday 12 July and will focus on:

  • process description
  • data description
  • more details on the sections of a text
  • writing exercises with feedback

Monday 12 July, 2-3pm

Wednesday 14 July, 2-3pm


Saturday 17 July, 10am-12pm


Monday 19 July, 2-3pm

Wednesday 21 July, 2-3pm


Saturday 24 July, 10am-12pm

LUCie Unit 1 - Summary

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

In LUCie Unit 1  we used a number of tools - Moodle-wiki, forum, Freemind.
The following tools are available (all links open in a new window):

Vocabulary Questions:

Luigi recommends:

Mind mapping
Some of you asked me about the mind mapping tool. It is open-source software and free.

You can download it here:

If you would like to go through a tutorial, find some links here:
FreeMind Tutorial

Some of you also asked me how to create loops in the map. That is not possible in a mindmap, but you could do that in a so-called concept map.

Here is one very good free example:
Concept Mapping Software

You can download it and use it as a desktop tool, but you can also install it on a server (if you have access) and make it accessible on the web and use it as a collaboration tool.

Vocabulary training

LUCie - Learner, User Customer in e-Learning

Saturday, June 26th, 2010


Learner, User, Customer
in e-Learning

FREE English Course

Intermediate to Advanced

Multimedia e-Learning

Pilot Study


Is an interactive multimedia and collaborative environment to
improve your English, web 2.0 style:

Computer-based sessions for non-native speakers of English, ( English Level = Intermediate to Advanced).

Focus on listening comprehension and academic writing skills.
Includes some grammar revision and vocabulary quizzes.

Units 1-5 cover topics such as

· Structure of English Academic Texts

· Interpreting Statistics, presenting data

· Beginning and ending, summarising

· Process description, interpreting data

· Referencing, Plagiarism

· Reading academic texts

· Quickly scanning for information on-line

· Understanding speakers with different accents

Who is it for?

Non-native speakers of English, ( English Level = Intermediate to Advanced).

Prospective international students, non-native speakers of English 

Current DCULS and DCU students

Postgraduates, who want to improve their academic writing skills

If any of the above describes you, this course is for you!

What are the Benefits?

· Free English course

· Use interactive multimedia environment

· Watch, listen, learn

· Get to grips with basics of English academic writing

· Improve listening comprehension


Unit Raffles:
Bi-weekly raffles for participants attending all 1-hr sessions/unit

LUCie Raffle:
In August, for participants attending all sessions of 3 or more units


Where and When

Engineering & Research Building
Dublin City University

1 hour sessions: Monday & Wednesday afternoon
2 hour sessions: Saturday morning

Optional: Additional sessions depending on demand

Dates (TBC):
Unit 1 Mon 31/05/10 - Sat 12/06/10
Unit 2 Mon 21/06/10 -Sat 03/07/10
Unit 3 Mon 12/07/10 - Sat 24/07/10
Unit 4 Wed 04/08/10 - Sat 14/08/10
Unit 5 Mon 23/08/10 - Sat 4/09/10

Sign up for Unit 1 until or before Friday 28 May

Sign up for all other units until the week before it starts.
Places are limited. First come, first served ;)


More Details

Pilot Course is free.
Participants are asked to sign up for 2-3 units
Each unit: two 1-hour sessions / week for 2 weeks


If you cannot make it to the pilot (June-August 2010):

Course will be available on-line from the end of the year (2010)
Check here or for details!

* free during pilot study*
10 donation for each unit (4 * 1 hr)
for one of our supported charities
(after end of pilot study August 2010 only)


Tools Screen Capture

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Just attended the ITSligoOnline Teaching and Learning Webinar Series

“Screen Capture”, Eamon Costello, DCU

Very interesting, good discussion, will definitely attend more of the series!

Slides can be found here .

One result of the webinar is this list of mostly free screen casting tools:







iShowU (Mac)



Captivate - AG e-learning

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Wir hatten beim letzten virtuellen Orgatreffen mit Vorstand und Regioleitungen bereits darüber gesprochen - jetzt wird’s ernst! ;)

Da wir einige Mitgliedsfrauen haben, die im Bereich e-Learning arbeiten oder sich sehr dafür interessieren, möchten wir eine webgrrls AG e-Learning ins Leben rufen (die genaue Namensgebung kann gerne noch diskutiert werden):

|Die Idee|
e-Learning Kompetenz der webgrrls bündeln, e-Learning als Kompetenzbereich der Webgrrls besser sichtbar machen, effektiv zu relevanten Themen Stellung nehmen, Online-Angebote für die interne Weiterbildung der webgrrls entwickeln.

Webgrrls, die in diesen oder ähnlichen Bereichen arbeiten:
Online-Seminare, Lern-Intranets, Mediendidaktische Konzeption, Ausbildung von Online-Moderatoren, Beratung und Projektbegleitung bei der Einführung und Umsetzung von e-Learning, e-Learning Research.

|Nächste Schritte|
Bei Interesse, Email an Sabine Moebs (Kontaktdaten in MitgliederDB auf ) bis Mittwoch, 20. Januar 2010.
Die Interessentinnen werden dann eingebunden in die nächsten Schritte:
Genaue Terminfestlegung per Doodle ( für Treffen auf der Learntec, Mittwoch oder Donnerstag, 3. oder 4. Februar 2010.

Weitere Treffen virtuell.

Do you know some e-learning or m-learning conferences?

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Yes, I do. So finally an opportunity (?), definitely a need to update my blog.

Hypertext 2010
Toronto, Canada, June 13-16


Papers and Workshops
Deadline for submissions: January 18, 2010
Notification to authors: March 1, 2010

Posters and Demos:
Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2010
Notification to authors:  April 15, 2010
Camera-ready copy (all accepted submissions):  May 1, 2010
(All deadlines: midnight, Hawaii Standard Time)

Hawaii, US, 20-24 June


Research Papers
abstracts: Monday 11 January 2010
full papers: Monday 18 January 2010
rebuttal window opens: Thursday 18 February 2010 (two days only)
final reviews to authors: Monday 1 March 2010
camera-ready version: Monday 15 March 2010

ITS 2010
Pittsburgh, US, 14-18 June


January 12, 2010 (11:59 pm Hawaii time): Abstracts due (mandatory for Papers and Young Researchers Track)
January 15, 2010 (11:59 pm Hawaii time): Papers, Posters, Young Researchers TrackWorkshop, Tutorial, and Interactive January 29, 2010 (11:59 pm Hawaii time): Event proposals
February 16, 2010:
Workshops and Tutorials approved
March 1, 2010: Author notification (Papers, Posters, Young Researcher Track)

ACM Multimedia 2010
Firenze, Italy, 25-29 October

March 21st, 2010 – Registration (abstract submission) deadline
April 11th, 2010 – Submission deadline
July 5th, 2010 – Notification of acceptance
July 26th, 2010 – Camera-ready submission deadline

 ICALT 2010
Sousse, Tunisia, 5-7 July

Important Dates

January 15, 2010: Submissions all types (Full, Short Papers and Posters)
February 19, 2010: Authors’ Notification on the review process results
March 15, 2010: Authors’ Registration Deadline
April 12, 2010: Final Camera-Ready Manuscript and IEEE Copyright Form submission
April 30, 2010: Advance Registration

e-Learning Africa 2010
Lusaka, Zambia, 26-28 May

Deadline for receipt of all proposals is Friday, December 14th, 2009.

And finally a website that is updated fairly regularly:

E-Learning conferences @ ICWE

Web 2.0

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Some newsletters brought new ideas - there is mail beyond spam… First of all a load of articles from Campus Technology. Incubating Next-Gen.Edu presents some ideas from two universities how to implement a lot of these wonderful new web 2.0 tools into teaching and, hopefully, learning. Trent Batson asks Can We Trust Students to Learn in Web 2.0? and provides some ideas and a few good links in his article. Gartner makes the big headline with a claim that E-learning Market Pushing Toward Open Source. SIIA, which stands for Software & Information Industry Association,  Issues Final Call for Ed Tech Survey and hopes for your participation. And finally someone tells us how to go about Unleashing the Power of Web 2.0. One of our summer students just introduced me to Silverlight, Microsoft’s recent acquisition. Cheers from Dublin!

National Digital Learning Repository (Ireland)

Friday, December 14th, 2007

It is this time of year again, it seems. The NDLR invited again for a symposium and many, many came together at Trinity. I missed most of the morning, travelling from DCU into town (it is amazing how long it can take…). The afternoon program was a series of short presentations. Usually these power point massacresget to me, but due to the short time every speaker had, it was actually bearable.

Connor Galvin from UCD together with one of his Master students, primary school teacher Anne McMorrough, presented their experiences with building a learning community as partof the master’s program. They pointed the audience to a few web pages:

FIS - Film for Schools

NING - yet another social networking site

eTwinning - a website to build school partnerships in Europe - a portal to provide online ressources for primary and post-primary teachers - free ressources from the US Department of Education

Caron McMahon from DCU’s Learning Innovation Unit and Freda Neill from Trinity made the benefit of their educational videos and the e-learning units very clear. Very entertaining way to present this topic - a good example that learning can be fun.

More to come, gotta go….

Just a quick update

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

If you are also looking for easily accessible information about all kinds of different aspects of e-learning, try the journal “Technology & Society”. Another good address is the Human Technology page, a journal on humans in ICT environments.

In a few discussions with Chip Bruce, who is currently at NCI as a Fulbright scholar, I learned about the concept of media ecology, which I find very important. I found a few more articles on the concept. If the concept of appropriating technology sounds interesting to you, the linked page might be a good starting point for reading. A good introduction into “The Intrinsic Quality of Experience” is provided on the linked JSTOR page.

Now for something completely different… Up2UML aims to develop new content and training material for UML2; develop syllabi for different target groups and develop innovative training concepts. But some people are already discussing UML3. The Up2UML project is still developing its license model to survive the project end….  Working on that I found a few pages, probably pretty much standard - list is definately incomplete. If licences are your topic, this mainly German page might be helpful: ifrOSS. The content is mostly German, but they have an English page called license center. Just select [Lizenzen] in the left navigation and then click on the link “English version” on the top of the page. Then there is of course the Creative Commons page. The open courseware consortium might give you some inspiration, as well as the MuSoft project, which seems quite similar to our project in some aspects.

I eventually got sidetracked and found some really neat open content sites. This collection of open e-learning content repositories is a true treasure chest full of good examples. If you are looking for a book to read, try the Gutenberg project page with free ebooks. Speaking of ebooks: got some spare time and expertise? The book “Social Media in Education” is written online as a collaborative project.

More Conferences & Deadlines

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

3rd International Conference on Concept Mappping (CMC 2008)
Conference Location: Tallinn, Estonia & Helsinki, Finland
Conference Dates: 22-25 September 2008

Paper & Poster Submission Deadline: 28 April 2008
Notification of acceptance: 2 May 2008

8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT)
Conference Location: Madrid, Spain
Conference Dates: 1-5 July 2008

Paper Submission Deadline: 15 January 2008
Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2008

Rethinking the Digital Divide (ALT-C 2008)
Conference Location: University of Leeds, England
Conference Dates: 9-11 September 2008

Paper Submission Deadline: 29 February 2008

Ride the Co-op Current (cafce)
Conference Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Conference Dates: 15-18 June 2008

Paper Submission Deadline: 01 November 2007