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.

July 4, 2006

Why haven’t I intensively reviewed the constructivist roots (yet)

Filed under: Research — armartinell @ 12:57 pm

“While the philosophical roots of constructivism antedate modern learning psychology, there is only enough space to deal with current conceptions.”

“Meaning is seen as rooted in, and indexed by, experience ( Brown, Collins, & Duguid, 1989a). Each experience with an idea–and the environment of which that idea is a part–becomes part of the meaning of that idea. The experience in which an idea is embedded is critical to the individual’s understanding of and ability to use that idea. Therefore, that experience must be examined to understand the learning that occurs. Most of us agree that the experience with concepts and relations in school typically is quite different from the experience with them in the real world. Resnick ( 1987); Brown, Collins, and Duguid ( 1989a); and Sherwood, Kinzer, Hasselbring, and Bransford ( 1987) all point to these differences as a major factor underlying the failure of transfer from school-based learning.”
Duffy, Thomas M. (editor) and Jonassen, David H. (1992). Constructivism and the Technology of Instruction: A Conversation, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, New Jersey. Page 4.

May 25, 2006

Postgraduate Researchers in Education 2006

Filed under: Conferences, Research — armartinell @ 10:33 am

The abstract I submitted to the PRIE conference, was accepted and I will be presenting my work on the 10th June 2006 at Manchester Metropolitan University.

May 19, 2006

Developing Innovative Video Resources for Students Everywhere

Filed under: Conferences, Research, Video — armartinell @ 5:43 pm

The paper I submitted to the DIVERSE conference, was accepted and therefore I am presenting on the 6th July 2006 at Glasgow Caledonian University.

April 11, 2006

Video Blog

Filed under: Case Studies, Research, Video — armartinell @ 5:35 pm

In the task of developing a vlog for delivering video summaries for one of my case studies, I went over two different methodologies to achieve my goal.
First of all, I recorded a talking head, and I created a PowerPoint presentation, then I used Camtasia Studio to integrate and synchronize the slides with the video. At that point everything was pretty straightforward. (more…)

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…)

April 10, 2006

Words and concepts

Filed under: Readings, Research — armartinell @ 11:03 am

I have just decided to include a working section in which I could write isolated words and concepts that may be useful for my research corpus.

The appendix of words and concepts is in the PAGES block menu.

April 3, 2006

Quotes and References

Filed under: Research — armartinell @ 12:18 pm

To keep track of the material I have read, I decided to build a blogged-based data base of the quotes, ideas, summaries and references I have read for my research.

Go to the Quotes & References Blog

March 31, 2006

Video Recipes

Filed under: Research — armartinell @ 1:04 am

Video Recipe

Navigating the Internet I found an interesting site, where video streaming is used to present a couple of Mexican-Amercian recipes (Red Kidney beans and rice and Chicken and rice).

Independently from the content and its design, which by the way are good, the underlying pedagogical principles deserved to be commented. It is a good example of instructional design where a talking head explains by doing. Besides watchinge the video, tue users are able, as well, to glimpse some pictures, read the ingredients and the directions, click a couple of links, print the text-based recipe, e-mail it or add it to, what they called, a Recipe Box.

The video is divided in three chunks so the viewer can watch the first part, read the ingredients, watch the second part, read the directions and at the end, see the final video. It is definitively an exquisite use of video streaming.

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