Oh my Llog! – Alberto Ramírez Martinell

October 10, 2006

Before week 1

Filed under: Academic Life, Research, Video — armartinell @ 3:45 pm


Before the first session of Group 1, I checked the equipment, verifying that the camera was available for recording day, I borrowed a tripod, a lapel microphone, two mini DV tapes, two spare batteries for the camera, and a set of headphones. I got the permissions to host video in the streaming sever of the university; and I designed a questionnaire that aimed to gather information about the users. Since the development of the Video Rich Learning Environment is a user-centred spiral process, the application of questionnaires takes place every time there is an improvement in the prototype. Reason why I decided to implement online questionnaires as a means of gathering data and keeping communication with the users. The best available option was the browser-based version of Questionmark Perception, an assessment management system that facilitates authoring, delivery and report of online sets of questions. (more…)


October 6, 2006

Technology Enhanced Learning Environment

Filed under: Academic Life, Case Studies, Research, Video — armartinell @ 11:22 am

I am about to start one important stage of my research project. which is the development of a learning enviornment for a Statistics lecture for undergraduates. Next week I am going film the lecturer giving some explanations of the course and I am going to carry out a survey about likes and dislikes of the target group. The aim is to develop a user based prototype and to go on the development of the environment and features according to the users’ needs. I will be reporting the weekly progress of this phase.

May 12, 2006

Taking a break

Filed under: Academic Life — armartinell @ 9:55 pm

Well, for two obvious reasons now I am taking a short break

April 11, 2006

Networked Learning Conference 2006

Filed under: Academic Life, Conferences, Research — armartinell @ 12:56 pm

The fifth international conference on networked learning held at Lancaster University, UK, brought me some ideas and useful tips.
I met Peter Goodyear, well I saw him in the keynote, and I attended to some interesting presentations. (more…)

March 9, 2006

Videoconferencing essay

Filed under: Academic Life, Readings, Research, Video — armartinell @ 4:33 pm


I am writing an essay of videoconferencing in networked learning, and I have been looking for papers and other sources to document what I say. I found in the Bibliography of one of Mike O’Donoghue’s papers an interesting source called Videoconferencing: active reflection on new technologies when lecturing. I look it up in Google and I found it in a reliable resource database, where I also found another paper called Videoconferencing: a collaborative experiment.

In the first paper, I found very interesting, how the videoconferences were operatively managed by means of an etiquette, and how logistic and budget defined the use of videoconferences in these Scottish HE sites.

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 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…)

November 15, 2005

Making up my Mind

Filed under: Academic Life — armartinell @ 1:44 pm

I am getting to know the campus, the system and myself in this culture. Many things are quite different from the previous experience in Germany and besides during this time I have been feeling a bit confused, because after almost two years of having agreed to work in a PhD topic I have thought many other things. (more…)

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