Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017 February 22 | Virtual Exchange for Collaborative Learning in Japan and Abroad | Presentation

At Nagasaki International University, I presented before the faculties about some of the research projects I have been working on. Although I was only presenting for 20 minutes, I felt it was a good opportunity to share these ideas with colleagues and get feedback and questions to help me move forward with the projects. Overall, I felt the presentation was well-received. Here I'll include the abstracts for the presentation in English and Japanese as well as the slides.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 February 17~19 | 2017 MoodleMoot Japan | Workshop, Presentations and Conference Organizer

I attended the 9th MoodleMoot Japan in Tochigi Prefecture held at Jichii Medical University in Utsunomiya City. During the conference, I gave a workshop on LTI and participated in two group presentations. One of the presentations was on Intercultural Exchange with Moodle and the other was on activity and course sharing with LTI and Moodle. In the final day of the presentation, I was the MC for the Best Innovations of 2016 and also received myself an Honorable Mention for an innovation I made using JavaScript and the Moodle Database module. Overall, the conference was a success and I will continue to serve as a member of the executive committee in the R&D division.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2016 September 12~13 | Hokkaido Moodle Summer Workshop | Workshop and Presentations

I participated in the Moodle Association of Japan Summer Workshop held at Future University in Hakodate, Hokkaido. During the conference, I was able to present several times. The contents of my presentations are listed in this post.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

2016 April 21~23 | 2016 Unicollaboration: The Second Conference | Presenter

Best Poster Award
I visited Trinity College Dublin and attended "New Directions in Telecollaborative Research and Practice: The Second Conference on Telecollaboration in University Education" as a presenter in collaboration with Professor Hisae Matsui of Princeton University and Brendan Van Deusen, a contributor from Nagasaki International University. The topic of our poster presentation is "Pursuing the curriculum goal through telecollaboration: Using telecollaboration as a student resource in language learning classes" and is a report on a joint project we completed in the fall of 2015.

The result of this presentation is that we were chosen by the participants of the Unicollaboration conference as having the "Best Poster" for which we won an award. Although there were only a few posters at the conference, it was an honor to be selected as the best and certainly gives credit to my colleagues who have worked hard in making the project successful.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2016 February 21~23 | 2016 MoodleMoot Japan | Connecting Moodle and Blackboard using LTI

I gave a short talk in Japanese about the use of Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) as a connector between Moodle LMS and Blackboard LMS. These two systems were connected and students from two institutions were able to collaborate online in a virtual classroom environment. The talk focused on the possibilities of connecting more LMSs together.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

2016 February 21~23 | 2016 MoodleMoot Japan | Pre-Conference Workshop | LTI and Connectivity

Delivering a Moodle LTI Workshop
I had the chance to deliver a 90-minute workshop at the 2016 MoodleMoot Japan on the subject of Moodle Connectivity using LTI Workshop. The focus of the workshop was to give the participants a chance to learn about how to use both consumer and provider aspects of LTI. In the workshop, I planned for getting some hands-on experience configuring LTI objects as well as seeing the grades being passed back from an activity.

The goals for the workshop were as follows:
  • Learn the basic concepts of LTI
  • Configure LTI consumer objects
  • Link several Moodle sites together by consuming the same provided object
  • Witness grades being passed back to a local Moodle site
  • Troubleshoot issues as they crop up
  • If time allows, have some discussion on LTI use cases or related items
The overall result of the workshop was a big success. Our group of about 20 participants broke up into 9 teams and configured 9 separate Moodle sites as consumers of one LTI object on a central provider site. Some of the teams configured individual Moodle activities as consumed objects and other teams configured the entire course as a consumed object. Issues such as browser compatibility cropped up during the workshop and were moved successfully around using group collaboration and troubleshooting techniques.

The remaining parts of this document detail the workshop activities and some of the results.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2015 November 11~15 | Pixel International ICT for Language Learning Conference | Presenter

Talking LTI
I had the opportunity visit Florence, Italy for the purpose of attending the 2015 Pixel International Conference ICT for Language Learning. I was a co-presenter with two of my esteemed colleagues; Professor Hideto Harashima of Maebashi Institute of Technology and Professor Mari Yamauchi of Chiba University of Commerce.

Our topic: Implementing Online School Collaboration Projects with Learning Tools Interoperability