New Plymouth e-Learning Conference website and flyer

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It’s that time of year again and the time has come for me to deliver a new design for the Plymouth e-Learning Conference website and flyer. The site has always remained consistent in terms of structure but each year I try to freshen up the style by adapting the graphics to match the theme. This years theme is Digital Futures: Learning in a Connected World, so the thing that intermediately jumped out at me was the map idea and making connections. I tried to keep it really simple this year and not use any bizarre metaphors that people wouldn’t understand, not this time, a really simple design with pleasant colours (lovely shades of blue) that will hopefully draw you in to the content.

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Plymouth e-Learning Conference 2010

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The Plymouth e-Learning Conference for 2010 came to a close on Friday and it was a very well organised and informative 2 day conference. There was a nice blend of technical and theory based papers and it shows there is some good work going on out there. As usual I liked the technical papers and got the chance to sit in on a session discussing issues such as user-generated content and battling copyright issues and IPR, this is a topic I am becoming more and more interested in. It is a serious issue in education and its interesting to hear people’s ideas and possible solutions.

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Technology Enhanced Learning

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Our new website for Technology Enhanced Learning the the University of Plymouth launched about 2 months ago and details almost everything to do with our work and what we do. From latest new, upcoming events, staff development, latest projects and even JISC projects, it can all be found here. It is our version of a shop window displaying what we do and what we have to offer for e-learning at the University. All Learning Technologists have a profile page detailing our main duties and what we have to offer in terms for skills, my TEL profile can be seen here. The site is only 2 months old and growing rapidly, as a results it is leaping up search engine rankings. Please check it out.

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Children with Special Needs Evaluation

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Yesterday Caroline Leeson,  Mark Pannell, Flea Palmer and myself showcased ‘Children with Special Needs’ to a group of 25 students in the Faculty of Education. We gave a quick introduction and that we would welcome any feedback on the project. We didn’t tell them too much on how to use it as we wanted to see how easy it was to use with no prior knowledge. The session lasted about 45 minutes and we collected a range of written feedback about how much they learned, usability features and criticisms in general. The group were very happy to participate and we were very thankful for their efforts in using the project for the first time. The majority of the feedback is positive with some questions raised about individual confusing points which we will clear up in the introduction of the site. We have all worked very had on this project and it was very satisfying to see it being used and used successfully. Below is a final screenshot of project in its new skin, and it can also be viewed here.

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PeLC10 Website

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The website for the 2010 Plymouth e-Learning Conference has now gone live. The conference title for 2010 is ‘Learning without limits: Facing the Challenges’.

I was gain tasked with coming up with the site design and theme for the conference. I draw upon last years success of the website and flyer designs and evolved the format and structure of both. The 2009 website had a whole new design, the structure of the site has a good layout so this year is was all about redesigning with new art work (which I’ll discuss in a later post) and add new content.

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PeLC09 Flyer

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Going back in time a little now, but I never did blog about the flyer produced for the Plymouth eLearning Conference back in April. Basically this was the first time I became involved with the organisation of the conference and to top it off I was given complete reign on the design direction for the marketing materials, this included both the flyer and the website (for those who haven’t seen the website, refer to an earlier post). Although I wanted to keep the design for both the website and the flyer consistent, I did want to make the flyer much more colourful, vibrant and eye catching.

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Interactive Learning Scenarios in Child Protection Poster

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With the VC’s Conference around the corner, part of the teaching fellowship was to create a poster to display on the day, and be available over the lunch to discuss the project to people who may be interested. Having first done a little research to see the standard of posters in previous years I noticed a lot of them were created in Microsoft Powerpoint. Although I can understand that some people may not have a clue about how to make a poster in any other piece of software this is fine, but for me I chose Adobe InDesign. I guess people should just use the tools they feel most comfortable using, and as I near enough hate Powerpoint I’d rather pop down the shops buy some A1 paper and some crayons and scribble the poster’s design, but that’s another story.

Having decided to create the poster in InDesign, I have the freedom to layout, layer and stylise the composition. As most of the project revolves around the character talking to the user, I decided I might be a nice idea to display them as if they were giving you the information themselves. The main aim is coming from us the developers so I kept that separate. Located at the bottom of the poster I have also demonstrated a four stage process that we went through, starting with the modelling >> rendering >> editing >> presenting (displaying the result in the browser). This poster will be on display on Monday the 6th July at the University of Plymouth.