We had a great turn out for the face to face presentation session on Friday. If you missed the session or couldn't be there, then please load a presentation to your blog when you're ready. Video is a good idea, and others are putting a slide presentation on Slideshare.net (which you can even add audio to).

Bronwyn and I have filled out a "marking sheet" to serve as feedback and assessment on your presentations. You will be receiving that in the next day or so, please let us know if you are expecting one but did not receive it.

Let's take a look at the week's activity for the course participants:

Athena is drawing the first leg of her voyage to an end it sounds, with a post that considers her new directions at the end of the course. It sounds as if she will be exploring the use of Wikieducator, and it will be great to add Occupational Therapy to the list of open educational resource development that Otago Polytechnic is now famous for. Note to Athena: Please add your wonderful presentation to your blog! Suggest using SlideShare.net to do that.

Raewyn is umming and ahing over where on a continuum (as the Otago Poly Boss puts it) she will sit in terms of enabling flexible learning in her course offerings. Raewyn has also posted a video depicting the simulator she uses in her course, that links to her flexible learning plan presentation - great to see it all on your blog Raewyn, easy to see, easy to find.

Alison over at Vicarious Conversations has posted on week 4: How can distance, correspondence and/or online learning create flexible learning opportunities in your context? It is an interesting read and I hope many of us will take the opportunity to review the week 4 topic and consider Alison's post. I think the benefit of running DFLP at the pace of the users offers the rest of us opportunities to see ahead and to review the course as others come to it. Alison's post is considering the flexibility already in her course design, and the issues she has to deal with. One thing I notice that could be open to challenge is, "The whole notion of accreditation is based on (in part) comparative achievement of a cohort." Hmm... could there be room for individualisation and a more negotiated curriculum? Would that necessarily result in more work? I think the inverted Bloom's taxonomy hints at a way forward for this. That and something like student generated content perhaps?

Steve over at Flexible Frying is calling for feedback to his plan. Its interesting to note that around about now, lots of people in DFLP will be calling for feedback, but if your network is small (as it is in DFLP) and you have not been communicating outwards to other educational bloggers in your field, then you are limited by the combined intellect and motivations of the DFLP group. Considering everything the Internet has to offer us, I strongly suggest some effort in networking more widely, stepping out into that big bad world, meeting other professionals in your field, and trying to open up conversations with them. Perhaps then, the feedback you get will be more useful, more forthcoming. Steve has a poll going on his blog.. it may be a little bit unclear what it is you're asking Steve. It seems that you are asking if people prefer the videos on Youtube, or the videos on their iPod, or both...?

OTPenK has loaded her presentation slides to Slideshare and has had a go at embedding in on her blog. The Slide's aren't displaying for me on your blog Pen, (the link to the Slides is though) yuo may have to have another go at copy pasting the code.. OTPenK has included a detailed plan write up for consideration also, as well as a another poll survey seeking basic feedback. One of the things that concerns me is why exactly Pen is developing the resource in Blackboard when ultimately she hopes to have the library take it over. This issue might also relate to a question of sustainability. From what I can make out from the background of the project, and the rational for doing it, it seems like open access would be a better way to go (?).

Tracey Kennedy over at Fashion Issues NZ is giving extended comment to colleagues in the DFLP course (Good on ya Tracy, we need more of this networked dialog, but would be good to see a little formatting and hyperlinking to the things you are mentioning).

Pete Douglas is warming himself up with a plan to provide better public education on fire safety. It seems logical to me to be considering where the public already are in terms of media and information, and with TV and radio costing way too much to get on, the next obvious port is the Internet.. but to then go and set up your own site and somehow ask the public to come to you is making life hard. There is a hint in what Pete did initially as to what the public would do generally. Search Youtube, search Wikipedia. I reckon Pete, you should devise a plan to get your resources on Youtube and Wikipedia! You want as many people in NZ accessing your educational content as possible right? Why would you lock it behind Blackboard? or set up your own website without first staking your claim on the top 10 most used websites that are actually asking you to put your content on them!?

Part of our role is to provide free Fire Safety to members of the public under the NZ Fire Services Act 1975 Part 2 Fire Safety.
I hope I am not being too strong with my point, but I hope you will look closely at weeks 6 and 8 of this course for ideas.

Chris over at Chef@PolyCrom has done an great job at collecting up potential NZ funding for flexible leaning development. Could you add links to the websites Chris?

And finally, AnnaLynn!! What a powerful blogger who consistently goes deep into her inquiries for this course, and draws out great stuff. I have been guilty of missing Anna's postings up until recently! My loss more than anything. Now I am connected to her blog and following the updates, I am personally getting a lot from her musings. This week Anna considers sustainability with an excellent example of action learning.


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