Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre (FLISoL)

The biggest free software festival in Latinoamerica (FLISOL) will take place on the 9th of April

It aim is to promote the use of free software, explaining its philosophy, latest developments and support available.

For those ones who speak Spanish, there willl be an online streaming version. I will be presenting Sloodle at the Festival.
See more information at: http://flisol.info/ and for the virtual sessions: http://flisol.info/FLISOL2011/flisolvirtual

University online services this weekend

This message follows up from Hamish’s on the 1st of February, and outlines what is and isn’t going to be affected this weekend as essential work is undertaken at the university’s data centre.

Unavailable between Saturday morning and Sunday evening (UK time):

  • This site (the hub)
  • MyEd (but there will be a direct link provided to WebCT)
  • Sites from the EDC and Digital Futures courses last semester

Working as usual:

  • WebCT
  • Student email
  • E-journals
  • Holyroodpark.net blogs

and the external sites we use will also be working, eg:

  • Twitter
  • Wiki
  • Second Life

All the details are here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/services/info/weekend-disruptions

If I’ve missed anything or you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

PISA 2009 Report

Buenas tardes.

I am just testing the different web-based tools for the “IDEL” course and I thought of writing about the PISA 2009 Report as a way of testing this Blog site.

In the last month, the PISA 2009 results have been widely spread and discussed in continental media (I wasn t in Scotland in December, so I cannot say). In particular, among Spanish educational institutions and organization, the report has raised significant controversy as the country rates  a very  low global position (481) in comparision with other State members such as Germany  (497), France (496) or Italy (486).

Although the report is not focused on elearning and ICT technologies, as most of us work in education, I thought that the report  may be insightful.

The executive summary can be downloaded at: http://tinyurl.com/6c3zuut

Seminar on remix culture for Digital Futures for Learning.

As part of the Digital Futures for Learning course I am hosting a seminar entitled Reuse, Reorder, Relate: Remixing culture and education, which runs from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th.  Participation is predominantly asynchronous, with a SynchTube discussion on Friday 6pm UK time.  This is an open seminar; so all MSc folks are welcome to participate in all or any of the activities.

Find the website here:

Reuse, Reorder, Relate: Remxing culture and education

Edinburgh group meeting

Dear fellow MSc E-learners…

Are you based in or near Edinburgh and do you fancy a F2F get together? After having bumped into a few fellow students and some tutors, I though the time might have come to organise a social get together.

I have picked a time end of November/beginning of December, hoping your diaries will allow some flexibility by then…I have set up a Google diary for you to pick and mix some dates.

You can check the link here:


Hope to meet you soon.

(for those far far away we can maybe have a SL session at the same time, provided the real world meeting can support it)