Monday, March 31, 2008

ScreenFlow - Screen Capture Software for MAC users

As an instructional designer, I had to create video tutorials for learners or instructors. Always I had the same problem. I had to use Camtasia ($299) or Articulate ($999). Software that have been created for PC users and not for MAC users like me. I tried several screen capture software for MAC but no one was similar or better than Camtasia/Articulate. But this belong to the past...

ScreenFlow ($99) is a brand new application for creating amazing screen recordings on your Mac. Using a unique new screen capture system, powerful enough to capture the contents of your entire desktop at the same time as your video camera, microphone and computer’s audio, it’s simple to create beautiful screencasts.

When resizing high resolution screen content into a QuickTime movie, ScreenFlow uses custom GPU algorithms to give your finished movie the best possible quality. You’ll find even small text suddenly becomes legible for your viewers.

ScreenFlow was designed for Mac OS X Leopard. It makes extensive use the best of Mac OS X technologies: Core Animation, QuickLook, Spotlight, QTKit, Quartz Composer, OpenGL, Core Data and many others.

You can download free the ScreenFlow by clicking HERE
If you want to see an amazing introduction video click HERE

Friday, March 28, 2008

Moodle Moot in San Francisco 2008

2008 Moodle Moot in San Francisco!!!

MoodleMoot is a conference dedicated to Moodlers (users), developers and administrators of the very popular open-source Virtual Learning Environment called MOODLE!!!

The MoodleMoot in San Francisco will be held June 10th and 11th at the South San Francisco Conference Center.

Registration is now open! Find details and pricing information for the event at the 2008 San Francisco Moodle Moot course, or go directly to the moot registration page.

The Call for Presentations is open. You will have to be registered at in order to submit a presentation for the moot.

I hope to see you all there guys!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Distance Music Course with the help of Moodle

Music is probably the last subject one would expected to encounter in a distance education course. However, some progressive music teachers have introduced distance music education courses in all levels of education.

The purpose of my study is to research, design, develop, and evaluate the conversion of Music Technology II, a face-to-face music course, that College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, offers to undergraduate and graduate students into an online format.

Open source software such as Jing, YouTube, Flash player, and Slideshare were used. To achieve the best possible interactivity and effectiveness in the Music Technology II, web-based course, Moodle Learning Management System was used. In addition, Robert Gagne’s nine events of instruction, and John Dewey’s education progressivism were applied to the web-based course.

At last, the analysis revealed that distance music courses are effective when they have been carefully planned and are student-centered. The proposed format of the Music Technology II course is the hybrid format.

If you have time check the course that I created by clicking HERE

Also, enjoy the Slide show that I created! Critical Feedback is welcome!!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

How to create and use a Survey activity in Moodle

The Survey activity module is a course activity that provides a number of verified survey instruments, including COLLES (Constructivist On-Line Learning Environment Survey) and ATTLS (Attitudes to Thinking and Learning Survey), which have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. Teachers can use these to gather data from their students that will help them learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching.

Adding/Editing a Survey
  1. Turn on editing for the course
  2. In the section you wish to add an activity, use the "Add an activity" drop down menu
  3. Select the Survey activity
  4. Give the survey a name.
  5. Select the type of survey you want to give from the drop down list.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. On the following screen, edit the introductory text if necessary.
  8. Click OK.
  9. The next screen displays the question set you have chosen. Click Check and Continue at the bottom of the page.
In the following video tutorial it will be explained how to create and use a Survey activity in your Moodle course.

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