Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Nuvvo's Learning Tools

Looking to put your class on-line? Like Moodle, but want your site to look and feel like desktop software? Time to check out Nuvvo. Making the most of trendy web styles and programming techniques, the team at Savvica has developed a site which is only beginning to scratch the surface of its potential. Take the tour to see what can be done with Nuvvo. I'm happy to see more free classes popping-up. Here are some other ideas on how the could be utilized:

Professor Piggly teaches at BCD (the Best College in Delaware). His comparative literature class, “The Dialectical Development of the Detective Novel”, is unfortunately held on Thursday nights when most of his students are off partying. Prof. Piggly doesn't mind, though, since he was pretty wild back in his days. He just wants his students to keep up with the material. Prof. Piggly discovered Nuvvo and thought it could help. He signed up and got the URL piggly.learninghub.net. He created his course and loaded the syllabus for his class. Prof. Piggly got a video camera for Christmas and decided to put it to good use. He films his Thursday class and uploads the videos to Nuvvo – it's just like attaching a file to an e-mail. For each class, Prof. Piggly has a video and his notes. He wants to make sure his students watch the class so he creates brief tests that they can take. The tests are automatically scored and cumulative grades are calculated.

Ms. Bunny Pierzing has created a class on expressive body piercing. Bunny has developed some innovative and highly original piercing techniques at her Asbury Park parlor. Bunny thought about creating a blog and loading the videos on a free host, but she didn't want them available in searches. Bunny doesn't have much web designing skills so she's not going to create a site on her own. With Nuvvo she can control access to all of her videos and explanations. When students sign-up, they pay her (a modest sum) through Nuvvo's ecommerce connection. She hates PayPal, so she's happy to get a check mailed to her. Plus, Bunny can customize the site to load her logo and make the background red, her favorite color.

Terry Turtlebaum loves 24. Although he couldn't believe that he had to wait until January for this season to start, he watched the prequel over 50 times and loved the four-hour season premier. Terry created a page which will contains quizzes and discussion on each episode, links to every mention of Kiefer Sutherland, and information on the “Fact and Feasability” of the scenarios Jack encounters. Although he could have created a website or blog, he liked the idea of an easy-to-build an exclusive community. Plus, since Terry could enable RSS feeds, he decided that this was the way to go.

Just some ideas. Whether homebrewed opencoursewares or a chance to make a few extra bucks, Nuvvo is providing the tools. Looking forward to seeing how people use it.

9 comments:

Dave Ritter said...

Dear Stingy Scholar. Big love from the Nuvvo team. Just thought I'd leave this as a little "manual trackback". Thanks for such a colourful, fun post.

http://blog.nuvvo.com/2006/01/17/teach-on-professor-piggly/

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