winter in this neck of the woods is not too bad so far. Plenty of time to till the sod and plant some veggies whilst contemplating the state of elearning..not. However, onto the arguably more interesting things. I seem to see a lot more ‘stuff’ flying around related to learning analytics, a fast growing area of research and practice it seems. So this edition contains several links to the same so you can get up to date and into it! There certainly appears to be some benefits. I liked Melanie Booth’s article, common sense prevails?
Bring your own Device (BYOD) is another fast growing area for discussion and in my opinion definite implementation across all educational organisations!This is one area where clouding the issue is beneficial.
Have to give a plug for ascilite and ALT C conferences. You have to be there, so get to the registration and look forward to some great presentations and networking.
For New Zealand colleagues who can’t make ALT C, don’t forget as well as ascilite there is the 5th Annual Sharefest Conference in Hamilton on 1st and 2nd October. It has developed into a really vibrant community of practice where the experienced practitioners help the newbies and the newbies surprises us with their innovative approaches. Registration is open on 30th July
Also in this posting is a link to a free ebook on edtech resources, some new and updated JISC publications, ipads in education,BYOD, learning analytics,emerging technology predictions and a range of articles on technology, authentic assessment, drama in ESL, effective assessment, interactive techniques, Conferences and the odd one out.
September dawn is not far away
1.A list of the most popular articles form Edudemic. There has to be at lest one here that will vibrate the neurons into action. I had a look at a few. The ultimate guide to emerging technologies is quite fascinating and maybe a lot of the predictions are right? 100 best twitter tools and 118 videos explaining echo element in the periodic table will keep you engage for hours.
4. The Teaching Effectiveness Programme from the University of Oregon. The section on Effective Assessment has a lot of useful information which could inform your practice and maybe support some of the things you are doing already. Check through some of the other tabs to find other useful resources.