On the way to KOBE !



On the way back from my trip to Kobe and Kyushu I had this bit of news ! It is official, where does it lead?


PKN Tokyo 100th (PechaKucha) Presentation Celebration

Back in February of 2003, the very first PechaKucha Night was held at SuperDeluxe,and the very first presenter for the evening was Yukinari Hisayama. At the Tokyo series’ special 100th edition, he again kicked off the night, with the VERY SAME presentation, image for image! (in Japanese) Interesting to watch as the presenter uses the very same presentation but also reflects on his decade long journey and that of the PKN Tokyo decade long anniversary !


How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education

As talked about in Teaching Naked the MOOCs phenomena seems to be taking hold. The article is a just published and ongoing look in to MOOCs. Click the link and check out the article on the MIT Technology Review ! Due to copyright concerns I will not post any text from the article (and they wanted $79.00 to post an excerpt) .




More on LMS, CLMS, LCMS ! (Part 3)

What is the difference between a LMS, a CLMS and LCMS ? 

A Learning Management System should centralize and automate administration and use self-service and self-guided services to assemble and deliver learning content rapidly. It should also consolidate training initiatives on a scalable web-based platform and support portability and standards ( Ellis, Ryann K. 2009, Field Guide to Learning Management Systems, ASTD Learning Circuits).

The differences between the above acronyms are :        

LMS: (Learning Management System) Manage learners and facilities, launch and track online learning and keep records of the activity. An LMS isn’t used to create course content ! 

CLMS: (Corporate Learning Management System)  Corporate LMSs usually include registration and management of classroom instruction as well as eLearning management and delivery. Some corporate LMSs add e- Commerce capability and may include regulatory compliance, competency, performance, human capital and talent management which link closely to Human Resources functions. Corporate LMSs tend to emphasize the management of asynchronous (self-directed) online learning because there is no assumption that an instructor will always be present ( McIntosh, D. 2013, Learning Management Vendors ).

LCMS: While LMSs manage learners and record keeping, LCMSs manage the content of courses. Typically, course content is stored as learning objects in a learning object repository database. The objects are described and tagged so these objects can be recalled and reused by the same course designers and others. The term CMS (Content Management System) is usually used to refer to a system to manage content on a website. LCMSs are specialized CMSs which are specifically designed to manage learning content ( McIntosh, D. 2013, Learning Management Vendors ).


Should you wish to further inform yourself please review the above PDF. It should be noted that in 2012, corporate training was a $200 billion industry. E Learning represented $56 billion of that and is expected to double by 2015. The LMS market alone is expected to grow to nearly $2 billion in 2013, perhaps those of us that are looking to venture in a new direction should take note, the sky is seemingly the limit !Image

Creative Commons: A How to guide………

If you are a blogger, and that would make most PIDP learners, to meet the pre-requisites for the course you will need to have Creative Commons attached to your blog ! About a week ago I mentioned on twitter that had figured out how to apply it to my wordpress blog. Earlier on today another student tweeted that they had too been able to apply it to their blog (this after help from me, yes I am blowing my own horn).  I have always thought giving credit where it was due was a fair thing to do (as I did earlier when I re-posted a site link from another student). So I am now posting the definitive CC how to guide, and yes tumblr folks, there is a work around for you too!


Teaching with web 2.0 technologies: Twitter, wikis & blogs – Case study

Teaching with web 2.0 technologies: Twitter, wikis & blogs – Case study.

A video that Natasha Lin posted on her blog about integration of moodle and other social networking sites ! Also shows how a hybrid model can work using web 2.0 !



Hybrid Learning and Learning Management Systems !




In the course of higher education, blended or hybrid learning is a snazzy, yet relatively new tool, and not all professors use it the same way. Trends have emerged, however.

For instance, most professors in blended classrooms use some version of a course management system application to connect with students online. Blackboard and Moodle are perhaps two of the best known CMS applications used today. Through platforms like these, students can access video of lectures, track assignments and progress, interact with professors and peers, and review other supporting materials, like PowerPoint presentations or scholarly articles.

Even if all professors used the same platform, however, they could each integrate them into their classrooms differently. According to a report on the subject by the Innosight Institute, professors could supplement traditional coursework with online media in the classroom, or simply alternate between online and classroom instruction. Perhaps one of the most recent–or at least most widely covered–hybrid teaching models is what Innosight calls the “online driver” method, or, as it has come to be known, “flipping”.



The history of the application of computers to education is filled with generic terms such as computer-based instruction (CBI), computer-assisted instruction (CAI), and computer-assisted learning (CAL), generally describing drill-and-practice programs, more sophisticated tutorials, and more individualized instruction, respectively.[2] LMS has its history in another term, integrated learning system (ILS) which offers additional functionality beyond instructional content such as management and tracking, more personalized instruction, and integration across the system . The term ILS was originally coined by Jostens Learning, and LMS was originally used to describe the management system part of the PLATO K-12 learning system, content-free and separate from the courseware. The term LMS is currently used to describe a number of different educational computer applications.[3]


If we are going to be trying a blended or hybrid approach, then we should consider becoming more familiar with LMS and how they are used in hybrid course enviornment ! Next up a list of the currently in use LMS !