elearningWatch November 2012

where did October go? It started off with a bang here with the 5th NZ Shar-e-fest. Well attended , excellent keynote speakers. Dr Geoff Mitchell’s presentation ‘Learning to Learn: The importance of co- creation in learning space design’ and Prof Diana Laurillard’s presentation ‘Teachers as co-creators of pedagogical patterns for learning and technology’ were both inspirational, very interesting with a wealth of useful information.
The calibre of all the presentations at the Sharefest was very high and this was also the case at the other centres involved in the regional elearning symposia. The majority of the presentation files are available from the NZ Sharefest site.
If you want to follow and or contribute to Diana’s work, go here Diana Laurillard project
The rest of the month has been busy developing an outline and materials for a module on e-portfolios.
I have to admit I did have some time for some gardening as well . It is getting closer to summertime and new tatoes at christmas are a must! Now ascilite looms.
In this month’s posting there are linked to Jane Hart’s latest tools for learning list,iPhone and iPad Apps for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, elearning design,collecting and sharing subject resources,technology outlook,iPads and Apps in the classroom, social media handbook, free elearning and instructional design resources, handbook on mobile learning,university of the future, conferences and the odd one out.
December heralds the angels singing and a few more useful links, I hope.
Until then , that’s it.
1. Top 100 tools for learning 2012 from Jane Hart.
As always an excellent resource and this year Jane has added some extra resources.
Extract from the site
‘For the complete 2012 Top 100 Tools list. I have prepared a number of resources that not only provide detail about the tools but that also help to analyze the list. This includes:
a shareable slideset, (via Slideshare), which I have embedded below
a textual list, where you can also see at a glance, how the tools are commonly being used (ie for Personal/Professional use, in Education or in the Enterprise)
a list of the Winners and Losers in 2012 – compared to 2011
and a categorised list of tools, called Best of Breed 2012
And, if you want to compare the rankings across the six surveys, there’s the Top 100 Tools 2007-2012 list too’.


2.iPhone and iPad Apps for ACC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) by Jane Farrall
It will take you while to peruse this lot. There are some really useful apps. Must be a least one that will work for you.


Have a look at the Apps for literacy support while you are here.


3.The Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education 2012-2017 An NMC Horizon Report Sector Analysis,is a collaboration between The NEW MEDIA CONSORTIUM
The Centro Superior para la Ensenanza Virtual (CSEV), Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica, Electronica y de Control at The Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED), and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society (IEEE).
An interesting and useful report on emerging technologies: ‘to inform educational leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education’.


4. Social Media Handbook for Researchers and Supervisors, Digital technologies for research dialogues, from Vitae and The Open University, UK. The handbook is designed for researchers and their supervisors to help them adopt and use social media tools in their research projects.


5. There is More to iPads in the Classroom Than Apps.
Very interesting, educational and entertaining blog. Well worth reading. Clever use of App icons for Bloom’s Taxonomy and others. There’s a lot of other topics on the site so if you have time, peruse some very good resources. Twitter in the classroom has some interesting perspectives.


6. From the eLearning Coach: Free elearning goodies. Some useful stuff here. You might like to have a look at the articles and resources on the home page as well. Plenty to keep you thinking and to use.


7. An interesting way of collecting and sharing common interests through the Web. This one is all about design for learning. Useful links.Sign up and give it a try.


8.E-learning methodologies:A guide for designing and developing e-learning courses.
A very comprehensive and well structured document (more like an e-book) for those wanting to know about elearning as well as those already creating resources. There’s over 100 pages of advice, tips guides and comment. Essential based on development of elearning for food security in Germany, the approaches to elearning are easily transferable to other disciplines This is a pdf download


9. Mobile Learning Handbook. This is a ‘living’ document, relying on improvements additions and changes from the user base. It covers the basics to the more advanced aspects of mLearning. It’s a useful resource worth bookmarking if you are into the development of mobile learning materials.


You might also like to have a look at the condensed version created for mobile devices


10. Free elearning and instructional design books on the Web.
There are 49 listed here. Some you may have seen already but there might be a gem or two that you will find useful. Quite a few from the MASIE centre and Educause. Some like those form the elearning Guild you will need to sign up for.


Some sites you will need to peruse to find out where the ‘free’ bit resides. Facilitating online is one of them. A good one


University of the future:
A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change
A report on some research carried out on the future of the public University system in Australia. An interesting study worth reading. It seems like a hardy annual, heard it all before, however good things take time maybe it’s time for real change to occur. Just replace ‘Australia’ with your own country and see if it works for you.


12. Conferences
12.1 altc2013 Building new cultures of learning
The 20th annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Nottingham, 10-12 September 2013.
More information is at


12.2 ascilite 2012: Future Challenges, Sustainable futures
Dates are 25th to 28th November, Wellington New Zealand
The full programme is now available for download


13. The odd one out: National Geographic’s Project Noah.
Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Fascinating what people can produce and share.


Looking forward to being one of Santa’s sub clauses.
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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