Oh my Llog! – Alberto Ramírez Martinell

February 28, 2006

Opportunistic learning

Filed under: Academic Life, Readings, Research — armartinell @ 8:48 pm

J. Lundin and M, Magnusson in a paper called Collaborative learning in mobile work, mentioned the concept of opportunistic learning, which says that learning may take place when walking from one office to another and running into someone who tells you something that might be useful to you. Well reading this article, I bumped into something that might be useful to me.



February 27, 2006

Organizing ideas

Filed under: Academic Life, Research — armartinell @ 7:44 pm

After taking the course Developing Thesis Writing Skills and some talks with my supervisor, I have started to glimpse the structure of the big book. I went to the EdRes department and skimmed three thesis in search of key elements for the structure and the draft chapters, and also in an internal web search I found a very useful presentation, full of pieces of advice. (more…)


Filed under: Academic Life, Case Studies, Video — armartinell @ 12:30 pm

I am writing a report which may be submitted to the DIVERSE conference in Glasgow this coming June. The idea of the report is to summarize the experience gathered in the university in the use of video streaming. I have concentrated in 5 examples that I will be treating as three case studies. The idea is to analyse them, compare them, find the educational gain, and I have decided to suggest an asynchronous communication feature, to enhance interaction.

February 16, 2006


Filed under: Case Studies, Research, Video — armartinell @ 2:19 pm

On Thursday February 16th I met with Mike Cowie again. He showed me some features of Domino (the VLE of the University also called LUVLE) and we agreed to have a new meeting in two weeks. Domino is the Web integration of Lotus Notes.

We talked about how to upload videos in LUVLE and some other features that will be very useful for me in the design of my first prototype.

February 10, 2006

Developing Thesis Writing Skills

Filed under: Academic Life, In the classroom — armartinell @ 12:00 pm

The four week course “Developing Thesis Writing Skills” finished today. Although it was very short, I am sure it is the most effective course of the Research Training Programme that I have taken. The convenor was very committed and very well prepared. She suggested some writing tasks to improve the skill. (more…)

February 7, 2006


Filed under: Case Studies, Research, Video — armartinell @ 4:00 pm

Today I met Mike Cowie, a member of the Learning Technology Group in CELT, and he gave me lots of useful pieces of advice. we mainly spoke about video streaming, encoding formats (he showed certain preference for encoding in Flash Video). (more…)

Focus Group

Filed under: In the classroom — armartinell @ 3:35 pm

In the Class of Qualitative Methods Philip Macnaghten, was invited to talk about Focus groups. In a very active manner he presented reasons and situations where focus groups are more suitable. What I found more useful and interesting was the stages of a Focus Group that he presented.


ALT 3 – Residential

Filed under: Research — armartinell @ 2:29 pm

The residential of ALT 3 (Advanced Learning Technology, Networked learning) took place on february the 6th and the 7th, 2006 in the Conference Centre of Bowland College, LU.

It was useful to meet the faces behind the login names and to measure my level of understanding and progress with theirs. In general it was a meaningful activity. One of the most relevant concepts that I learnt was Affordance, explained by Chris Jones in the context of Interface design, he defined it as a yardstick of how things interact with their environments. He gave the example of the slidebar in a window that invites you to slide it.

Alberto Ramírez Martinell

Talking Head

Filed under: Case Studies, Video — armartinell @ 10:00 am

Today, Mike O’Donoghue invited me to participate in the recording of a series of videos for a course convened by Prof. Ian Whyte.

Hilary Thomas is designing the online course for a programme offered in the department of continuing education, LU. She is planning to use Camtasia to put on the web the talking head and the slides of this lecture about the landscapes of Lake District.

I helped Mike to install the camera and the lights, to test the microphone and to set up the space for the interviewee. Again the experience was worth it!

Alberto Ramírez Martinell

February 2, 2006

Educational Broadcasting

Filed under: Video — armartinell @ 2:29 am
TV broadcast crew

As part of my training programme Mike O’Donoghue invited me to participate in 4 sessions of a course he is giving called Educational Broadcasting (EDS239). Together with a group of undergraduate students, we have to produce an educational video about the problems youngsters face with their GCSE. (more…)

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