Tuesday, January 09, 2007

New Job Description

I am looking for a new job. I have just spent a year in St. John’s Newfoundland on a paternity leave and doing some instructional design and workshop facilitation. My family has now returned to Vancouver. I have fired up my networking engine and have begun to send out emails and contact people I know in Vancouver. One of those people; Troy Angrignon after receiving an email from me asked for me to be more specific to what I was looking for. I know what I am looking for; I’d like a job as a Learning Systems Architect. A formal job description of a Learning Systems Architect doesn’t exist, so I am going to write it myself. After some reflection and some google searches I came across a few web pages that I will use as reference to build this job description;
  1. The Canadian National Occupational Classification site; http://www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/2001/e/groups/2173.shtml
  2. The Learning Systems Architecture Lab; http://lsal.org/
  3. A Senior Architect position description I pilfered from
    desire2learn (I wish they had an office in Vancouver); http://www.rawsthorne.org/docs/SeniorArchitectDesire2Learn.pdf
  4. A description of a Learning Technology Systems Architecture
    (LTSA) put together by the IEEE; http://www.edutool.com/ltsa/04/index.html

Monday, January 08, 2007

Recording a Lecture

I’ve been giving some thought to recording lectures using a voice recorder and lapel mic. Once you get past the argument of whether you believe this is a good idea or not, here are a few suggestions;
  1. Number and Title your slides and refer to the title or number during the lecture - this keeps listeners on the same slide
  2. Re-state all student questions before answering them.
  3. Pause your recorder when a large pause occurs due to an activity.
You may want to consider getting an audio editor like audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ to increase the volume of your MP3 recording and editing out the long pauses… Don’t spend too much time editing, this can become a time hole. Posting the MP3’s to odeo http://odeo.com can also be a good idea for it could attract more attention to your work.
Having lectures posted as MP3’s, slides and lecture notes provides the ability for students to review and reflect after the lecture. This provides a new way for students to deepen their learning.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

I’ve chosen Ubuntu

I’ve chosen Ubuntu linux as the OS for this Moodle project. Why Ubuntu? A number of reasons;
  1. There has been a lot of positive buzz about Ubuntu on slashdot and other locations
  2. Getting started is really easy, I also visited the redhat, suse and BSD sites and found the Ubuntu site provided the easiest UI. (I believe a products website / UI says a lot about the product.) I will also admit it was a toss up with OpenBSD…
  3. I like the idea of supporting a Linux product from the African continent
  4. I like their idea of a version specifically for education
  5. Their support seems to be consistent and integrated across versions and releases
The server end-point is a LAMP server. So once I have all this up and running, I’ll make another post regarding the experience.