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My questions | week 7 | Part 3

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My questions | week 7 | Part 3

So, I’m taking a weeks break from my coach.  He has been contacting me and recording my answers for most days over seven weeks.  It has been quite an interesting little experiment.  I have been completely undecided if I should continue or not.  Then I took a look at another of Marshall’s videos. He basically said…

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My questions | week 4 | Part 2

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Week three: my questions have changed twice in four weeks.  I have a perfect zero record for some of them.  And one nearly 100% success.  Some of my questions are simple.  For instance: Have you done 10,000 steps? Have you written two journal sentences? Are you up to date with ALL your students? I felt quite…

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My questions | my coach

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My questions | my coach

I started with 20 questions. I did not want to have to worry about getting to a computer, so the idea was my coach recorded the answers in Google Docs. I had a few work questions, some for home; some y/n and some with a score.  Some with the Marshall Goldsmith twist: “How much effort…

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Build your own coach

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Build your own coach

Marshall Goldsmith recommends support using regular engagement with key questions. www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYhws73vm0c At this point, a small warning: if you are interested in this topic, and a little distraction prone as you surf, you could find this a bit like going down a rabbit hole.  Or as my son says “Oh look, there’s a butterfly” Questions…

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Habits, Routines and Structure

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This probably is a “Part One” post.  Just a small placeholder. Some of my friends know that for a long time I have pondered the question of how to bring about genuine change. Firstly in ourselves and also in the organisations we are part of.  Even a few people I have only met once also…

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MOOCs etc.

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MOOCs etc.

I was recently able to go to a small conference in Auckland, mainly around the topic of MOOCs and Online education. Opened by Stephen Joyce.  “It’s all about the learner” Key reading before the conference Kahn Academy Salman Khan, Founder of Khan Academy beamed in via Skype. Coincidentally I signed up properly for the Khan…

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Vishal’s visit with his sitar

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Vishal’s visit with his sitar

Lured back onto Facebook and this Blog by the visit of an Indian Sitar player.   STOP PRESS NOTE: Dr Vishal is in Auckland FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS and still has spaces for performances on June 30th, July 1st and July 2nd, subject to transport.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact…

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Alleviating the Moodle “Scroll of Death”

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Alleviating the Moodle “Scroll of Death”

Since Moodle began, navigation has been plagued with what became known as the “Scroll of Death”. In Moodle 2.x, there are additional navigational menus that result in a Menu “Scroll of death”. What follows is one of he more simple ways to manage this problem. Summary: Use the course menu plugin to solve the problem…

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HACKED!!!!!!

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Well, I nearly lost this blog.  Left an upgrade a little too late and all sorts of nasties got into the system, Bluehost then shut me down. Thanks to Bruce (hacking into the database, cleaning things up) and the wonderful people at Bluehost, things have been put back.  A large backlog in my thinking.  But…

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Kickstarter Moodle projects for 2.3??

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Moodle 2.3 is due out soon.  I’ve dabbled in the QA process.  Didn’t do so well, the site resets itself regularly, you really need your own site to work on.  But it was good to have a look around the implementation of  some of the new features.  There will be a slew of blog posts…

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