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Podcast #3: Project Management… what’s that all about then?

Craig chats with Jane Brotchie on the subject of Project Management. This podcast will count as a piece of evidence towards a group activity within the Certificate in Web Content Creation & Management programme. Audio MP3Audio MP3 Download podcast in mp3 format: Project Management, what’s that all about then? Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Shownotes smartsheet (Project Management tool) Huddle (Project Management tool Open Source Project Management Apps SAP PebblePad (eportfolio/Personal Learning System) Crystal Clear Writing (Jane’s website) Music...

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Homework Time…CWCCM Task 7.3

As part of the ‘Web content maintenance and evaluation’ unit within the Certificate in Web Content Creation & Management(CWCCM) programme I am undertaking, I have been asked to ‘create a plan for evaluating the success of the Internet website on which I will be working.’ (i.e. this blog) So without further ado, here is my plan: My first measure of success will be whether I am personally gaining anything from the blogging experience. I have always maintained that my blog is first and foremost for me. A place to capture my reflections, shape my vision and generally ‘let off steam‘. If others gain something from reading my blog, then I am obviously really pleased, but is is not the primary focus of my blog. I find blogging to be something of a drain on that precious resource ‘time’. Perhaps this is because I am chose to undertake the CWCCM programme at the same time as a Rapid eLearning Development programme AND prepare for a session at Learning Technologies 2011 AND prepare for my first Pecha Kucha at the February eLearning Network event. So my second measure of success will be whether I am still ‘blogging’ in 6 months time. It is 11 months since my first blog post, so I am hoping that in itself suggests that blogging will be a permanent part of my CPD going forward, but who knows…..? Finally I would consider my blog a success if I were able to achieve the goal that I set myself in a previous piece of CWCCM homework which was to increase the average daily views of my blog from 10  to 15 per day by August 2011. Since that previous blog post my current average per day is standing at 21, so all I have to do is maintain that effort and I will have not only met, but exceeded that target!!!!!!!!! Do you blog? If so, how do you measure the success of your blogging? Have I been too prescriptive or are my targets not SMART enough? Why don’t you let me know in the comments box below?...

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Homework time…. CWCCM Task 6.3

As part of the ‘communicating with website users’  unit within the Certificate in Web Content Creation & Management(CWCCM) programme I am undertaking, I have been asked to ‘create a plan for maximising interaction with users on the internet site on which I will be working’ (i.e. this blog) So without further ado, here is my plan: Make better use of online polls and surveys (I am currently doing this within the online Joining Instructions that I create for work colleauges) however perhaps I could start to use them for standard blog posts. Continue enabling comments on my blog post. Include a question(s) towards the end of the post in order to encourage feedback via the comments section. Thank everybody who contributes even if their contribution is not what I had hoped for/expected. Publicy thank those who ReTweet my tweets advertising my blog post. Have I missed anything from this plan? Are you the sort of person who leaves comments to blog posts (if so, you know what to do next)…. If you are not that sort of person…. there’s a first time for everything… Image...

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Homework time…. CWCCM Task 5.3

As part of the website promotion unit. Certificate in Web Content Creation & Management (CWCCM) programme I am undertaking, I have been asked to create a plan for driving up web traffic for this blog site. This assignment forms part of the website promotion unit. As part of my research I visited many sites, but found that most of them (Wikipedia included) tended to delve into complex explanations of the algorithms that were used to enable search engines to rank sites, I did however find this site that offered a simplistic overview, along with some clearly defined actions to take away and implement. As my personal blog resides on a WordPress platfom, I also located this information relating to using the standard WordPress features to improve Search Engine Optimization as well as some additional plugins available for WordPress. So what am I going to do with this information to better ‘market’ my blog? Use the keywords that I anticipate people will be searching for, throughout my blog entry (although not in every sentence!) If I ever change my WordPress theme, then I will ensure that I select a theme that allows my content to sit as close to the top of the page as most search engines only search the top 1/3 of a page before moving on. Make better use of pingbacks, blogrolls and trackbacks. The more my blog is ‘connected’ then the more chance there is of it’s search engine rankings increasing. Research and install a plugin that will allow me to add meta-tags to my site. There’s quite a bit for me to be getting on with there, but hopefully it will be a worthwhile investment of time and effort....

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Homework time… CWCCM Task 4.3

As part of the Certificate in Web Content Creation & Management (CWCCM) programme I am undertaking, I have been asked to write a 500-word web article on a topic related to this unit (which included writing for the web, e-newsletter, surveys and podcasting) This article has been submitted to the CWCCM VLE, but I thought I’d share it with you here. Podcasting? That phrase has come about as a result of the rise in popularity of the iPod, right?Well actually, No! That is however a popular misconception brought about, more than likely, as a result of the inclusion of ‘pod’ within both terms. The podcasting community generally accepts that the first person to use the term was Dannie Gregoire on September 15th 2004 who took the phrase ‘programming on demand’ and created the acronym ‘pod’ – hence podcast. I’ve recorded some audio clips and placed them on my organisations intranet, am I podcasting? Technically, No! A ‘true’ podcast is one which allows listeners to subsribe to it’s feed and subsequently receive updated podcasts from you, as and when you publish them. Just placing an audio clip on a webpage or emailing it to somebody, falls a little way short of a true podcast… BUT… you are doing more than a lot of people, so keep up the good work. Surely you need a lot of technical equipment to Podcast, I mean just look at a radio studio. You’d be surprised at how little equipment you need to podcast. In fact, services such as Audioboo and iPadio both offer Smartphone apps that allow you to record audio and then upload it onto their website, which then provides a feed that listeners can subsribe to… Voila! a podcast! For those of you without Smartphones, iPadio even offers a London based number that allows you to ‘dial’ into an audio recording system, which again publishes a feed. So you’ve got no excuse! I like the idea of podcasting, but I doubt that anybody would want to hear what I have to say. How do you know until you try? On of the most successful podcasts of all time was the Ricky Gervais podcast in which Ricky and Steve Merchant just engaged in conversation with their radio producer Karl Pilkington. Nobody ever expected it, but that unscripted, conversational, humorous dialogue has proven to be a killer formula. If you’ve got a subject that’s close enough to your heart that you feel passionately enough about it to talk into a phone or microphone for 5-10 minutes every week, then you have enough material for a podcast. Go for it, you never know! I like the idea, but want to do a bit more research, where should I start? A great starting point would be to pick up a copy of ‘Podcasting for Dummies’ which provides easily understood, humorous, technical advice for beginners onwards, whilst if you are searching for some good examples of podcasts (particularly if you are responsible for the education of others) then why not have a listen to some of James Clays podcasts. Image...

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