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Moodle and rich media

Colin Simpson, CIT and Richard Blackwell, ANU

This was a good fun and interesting presentation in two parts by guys who love their multi-media and have been putting that into action in the context of Moodle.

Colin Simpson, CIT

  1. Who's using moodle, audio, video, interactive multimedia?
  2. Did presentation in Moodle (interesting way)
  3. Why use rich media?
    1. Stimulus: Getting the learner's attention
    2. Legitimate peripheral partcipation: Rich media lets learners model behaviour from experts in communities of practice
    3. Empowerment: Let students exrpess themsvles
    4. Expand the classrooom: Go placs and to things that just aren't possible otherwise e.g., virtual worlds
    5. Personalisation: Enhance the "teacher's voice" in online material
  4. Audio for pronunciation
  5. Postcats/Recordings
  6. Any html block can take an audio file (e.g., include in a quiz)

Texts alternatives

  1. e.g. click here to listen to this text
  2. Communication tools
    1. Wimba - voiceboard


  1. Role play (well received)
  2. Sharing resources - big pipe broadband (like AARNET2 between educational institutions) - e.g., inter-institutional expertise being shared
  3. Augumented reality - BMW augumented reality (youtube)
  4. Observation activities
    1. Child studies unit - behaviour observation activities
      1. Made a video with timecode - class watches it at the same time or online - and then do behaviour observations
  5. Google Sketchup- 3D - can import 3D objects into browser and they can be interactively rotated

Rich-media: Implementing a 'best-practices' approach

Richard Blackwell, ANU: (artist/casual academic in school of art)

  1. Much potential for rich media, but its a dark art (different browsers, platforms etc.)
  2. Rich media project goals to make rich media easier for staff - consult, recommend, best practices protoco for using rich media in WATTLE (ANU's online learning environment) e.g., consistency important to students
  3. Was also trying to infiltrate the arts school to get them onboard with using WATTLE
  4. Created a support site for faculty and ran training
  5. Good idea: Sharing staff support sites across institutions: Rich-media Content in Wattle - kept it simple, video tutorials - suggestion from Adam - put it all up on Moodledocs
  6. FAQ via glossary tool / f2f training and online training - dual design
  7. Suggestion: Find the enthusiastic academics - noted that most training was broad not specific (good idea)
  8. Both students and staff can access student and staff resources


  1. W3C compliance
  2. Accessibility
  3. I asked about their experience/suggestions re using ogg and/or html5 - they didn't really have anything to say - Adam Sandler explained that video with html5 is problematic - and no-one really showed any knowledge/interest in ogg - even though it is the only open audio/video format of any note - and further somewhat confirming the presenters who both reiterated in ushered tones that electronic audio/video is a dark art.