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Movember – all for men's health

Ummm, What is Movember???

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At the start of N(M)ovember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants known as Mo Bros then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache and along the way raise as much money and awareness about male health issues as possible.

Our FLS team are going to participate, starting with Col (onya Col!) – you can check out his mo log (blog) and if you feel the urge to sponsor ($$$) him for his mo-tastic efforts during the month of November, then please do!

Ladies, you can also participate – mo sistas are welcome and can raise awareness of mens health issues too! :o)

From the Movember site, here are the key men’s health issues for Movember 2006:

Prostate Cancer in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia ( because every year in Australia 2,700 men die of prostate cancer – more than the number of women who die from breast cancer.

Male Depression in partnership with Beyond Blue ( because one in six men suffer from depression at any given time but most don’t seek help.

Testicular Cancer because it?s the second most common cancer in young men aged 18 to 35.

So, here’s a new (follicle) challenge for you… If you feel the urge, join up yourself and invite your own sponsors for this great initiative!

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Margaret O’Connell
– Educational Designer
– 2002 Flexible Learning Leader

Frivilous Friday…some serious fun using social web tools

We held a rather successful workshop today at CIT all about the Social Web.

The morning began with a provocative talk from our guest speaker Leigh Blackall, webcast from Dunedin in NZ, where he talked about teaching being dead (long live learning!) – well received by the 40 strong bunch of teachers who attended! Thanks Leigh, much appreciated!

We then moved into three workshops run concurrently on

All workshops were received with much enthusiasm by the participants who were keen to jump into the tools and give them a red hot go! Our central theme across all three workshops was food (being a key social activity in itself!).

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Participants in the blogging workshop

We finished up with a quick few words from Vaughan Croucher, our Dean of Learning Services at CIT (thanks Vaughan!) and launched our new look PD website called Samson.

We also demonstrated the power of aggregation using a visual aggregator, Suprglu, that brought all the workshop activities together. Thanks again participants! It’s only the social web when there are people coming together to use it!

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Presentation for eLearning Networks Online Events, June 15-16!

I’ll be presenting as part of the eLearning Networks Online Events (AFLF) on Blogging for Learning, using Apcala. The events focus on social networking for e-learning.

You can register now and you will be able to access the events online from June 8.

I’ll be encouraging some discussion on my Apcala blog prior to the presentation on June 15 (5.30-6.30pm AEST – time to be confirmed). If you can’t see anything about the blog pilot project on my Apcala then I haven’t made it public yet! ;o) …stay tuned, it’s coming soon!

Come and join the conversation prior to June 15 and share your views about blogging for learning!

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Back to work on Monday :o(

Well, it’s official – we’re married!! =oD

We’ve popped some photos up on a blog called Marg and Choo Get Married – feel free to check it out if you’re interested (there’ll be more to come later too).

FLS, see you bright and early on Monday! :oP

Thanks for everyone’s kind wishes, phone calls and emails: much appreciated!