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It seems that whenever I get a blog, I (eventually) fill it up with posts that start with, “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while…”

*sheepish*

So what have I been doing?

I presented at Wintec at their eLearning conference. I did two presentations, the first one was about the changes in Moodle 1.9 to 2.x, and was basically a condensed version of the MoodleBites 1.9 to 2.x course we run. The second was a brief slot during a wider presentation on PD opportunities, and I talked about what MoodleBites had to offer for lecturers and other staff at Wintec.

I have been working on the MoodleBites for Theme Designers course.

I currently have three courses on MoodleBites that I am facilitating, so that is keeping me busy, too. MaharaBites, MoodleBites for Theme Designers, and the Moodle 1.9 to 2.x Upgrade course.

My work at Unitec has also been keeping me busy with our pilot of Moodle 2.2 site launching just before Christmas, then right up to this week (the first week of Semester 1, 2012). The campus is teaming with students again and has really come to life after a quiet Christmas period where there was no one here but us chickens.

Cluck.

I have done some training here and there onsite, which is always great fun. I love going to different schools or tertiary institutes and working with their lecturers. It gives me a great buzz to show people new things about Moodle, especially if they’re keen to learn.


Posted by & filed under Book Art, Book Binding, Conference, Graphic Design, Illustration, mosomelt, Photomontage, research project, Story Telling.

My Auckland University of Technology (AUT) master’s project, the graphic novel Carnival Land, was exhibited for three weeks at Satellite Gallery. I showed my book and 10 of the illustrations as prints (2m x 60cm). Sold six right away. AUT also bought 3 prints.

The graphic novel Carnival Land
The graphic novel Carnival Land
Satellite Gallery
Satellite Gallery
Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery

I was the featured artist on Neighbourhood: Series 1, Episode 28: Auckland’s CBD, TVNZ. http://tvnz.co.nz/neighbourhood/s1-ep28-video-5198894. The footage was shot at Media Design School for over 3 days and also at Jason’s bookshop on High Street. (I was soooo tired afterward.)

Neighbourhood: Series 1, Episode 28: Auckland’s CBD, TVNZ
Neighbourhood: Series 1, Episode 28: Auckland’s CBD, TVNZ

Carnival Land made to the big, big screen in the Big Apple. I was selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Chorus Network Student Competition. Scenes from Carnival Land were showcased on Times Square in NYC. I took my students from Media Design School to watch LIVE on Cinema 1 Queen Street (free popcorn). TVNZ gave the event full coverage on the news.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwi-artwork-fills-new-york-s-times-square-5127164/video

Invitation for screening at Cinema One, Event Cinemas in Queen Street
Invitation for screening at Cinema One, Event Cinemas in Queen Street
Scenes from Carnival Land showcased on Times Square in NYC
Scenes from Carnival Land showcased on Times Square in NYC

 

 

 

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Because I am getting questions a lot now that Unitec is going to upgrade to Moodle 2, and one of the questions I get is around the files area (or lack thereof).

Here are two little slideshows I think you should watch if you are struggling to understand the whys and wherefores of the behaviour of files in Moodle 2.

 

 

Thank you so much, Mark, for creating these!


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Yep, it’s been all quiet in here. I think I detect an echo, and maybe some tumble weeds. This is my usual thing where I only get around to posting if I’m really procrastinating doing something else (which at the moment is writing my NaNoWriMo novel, developing some themes for a Moodle client, mowing the lawns…).

I have been trying out some pretty neat Moodle stuff. Let’s see if I can find it all again.

Sloodle for Moodle 2 – I tried and broke the Sloodle Alpha for Moodle 2. Seems that the ports on my domain are locked down just a little too tight, but the Sloodle team were making noises that eventually they would look at a work-around for that. Otherwise, the Sloodle tools installed just fine on my Moodle 2.1 site, and the new Sloodle rezzer is just… brilliant. This is a definite MUST TRY!

Drag and Drop upload block – This looks and works so great, the only drawback is that when you drag and drop files into your course using this block, they don’t appear anywhere in the file viewer, and there was something else I couldn’t do with the files because they just didn’t seem to ‘be’ anywhere. Don’t remember what, though. But a definite time-saver for teachers to upload resources to a course.

Flexii_ii theme – I had a play with this on my Moodle 2.1 site, and it looks great. Does not seem to work too well on IE, but I haven’t had a proper play to see if it is specific to the version of IE or operating system or a combination of both.

MobileMoodle theme – Not much to say here except that it is great. Yep.

Moodle Mobile App – I managed to scrounge an iPad off work (borrowed, of course) to install the Moodle app and have a play. I got it all working with my Moodle 2.1 site and had a play. There’s not a lot to it yet, but I have hopes for the future of this app.

Grid format – a Moodle custom course format that hides all topics and creates a grid of images, which when you click on them it brings up a lightbox-style popup with the resources. I tried this out on my own Moodle site and I like it a lot. I can see how this can make a course page so much more appealing!

I think that’s all for now… so perhaps not so quiet on the western front, after all…