eLearningWatch March 2013

Hi everyone
What fantastic weather in NZ for February (which seems to get shorter every year) Poor old Aussie have floods and UK the snow!
The past month has seen me traverse the worlds of adaptive scaffolding, e-portfolios,competency based vocational education and training, badges for VET and iPad apps and getting organisation underway for the 6th Annual NZ Shar-e-fest (do note all you erudite NZ elearning types and make an effort to present and attend. Plenty of time to organise yourself). So. lots to do and some of the links in this posting reflect what I have been up to and thinking…. Learning is at the edge of knowledge and knowledge begets understanding.
This post has links to iPads in education and e-learning, elearning styles, classroom assessment techniques, scorn anatomy,e-portfolios,elearning standards for VET,Rubric virtual tour, adaptive scaffolding and an update on a free Education Technology Resources eBook, a MOOC from ALT, rapid elearning tips, undergraduate research,conferences and the odd one out.
Have fun exploring the resources until April tries to create a fools paradise:-)
1. VARK: A guide to learning Styles. The jury is still put for me on the question of learning styles, This site uses a questionnaire to help you determine how you learn best. Its been around for a while but provides a useful approach to getting some idea of where and how you learning best.


2.eLearning on Ipads: 10 bright ideas. A basic guide to elearning using mobile devices such as iPads


and this one’ Using iPads to support training delivery, provides some more useful tips.


while you are here have a look at the next article. All about SCORM.


3. Classroom Assessment Techniques. Designed for use in STEM courses in the USA [STEM education is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics].These guides are extremely comprehensive and have links to a vast amount of resources. Many can be applied to a range of disciplines. Extract from the site:
‘In most cases, the technique has an extensive history of research to support claims of reliability and validity’.


4. Rubrics a virtual tour. This is an interesting, fun and helpful way of learning about rubrics. Be patience with the graphics and keep the sound down. Lots of useful stiff here.


5. Adaptive Scaffolding. This is an interesting topic and one I hadn’t had much to do with until recently. Makes lots of common sense. This site provides a basic overview.


This one adds a bit more information to the mix.


6. e-learning standards for VET (Vocational Education and Training) from Australian flexible learning net. These are written for developers of VET resources in Australia. The approach and guides could be useful for others in the same or similar fields. There are two files to download from the site
VET e-learning content development guidelines and 2013 VET E-standards.


7. The 2013 (free) Education Technology Resources eBook. Just released and packed full of all sorts of useful stuff.


8. OCTEL is the Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning. A very interesting and useful initiative and enrollment is free. The course (an example of a MOOC) is being organised by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) in the UK, a professional organisation with members in the UK and throughout the world, with links to ascilite, a sister organisation in Australasia. Bound to be of high quality!


9.(lif)e-Portfolio: a framework for implementation
An interesting and very comprehensive research study on the nature, structure and use of an e-portfolio for life. Includes an infographic and excellent references.


10. The Most Practical Rapid E-Learning Tips from 2012
Lots of them , some new some been around for a while, but bound to be some you can use.


LATE Addition to the post:
Notification from the desk of Mick Healey, Professor Emeritus, University of Gloucestershire, UK:
International Perspectives on Undergraduate Research.
Updated regularly so you are encouraged to bookmark and return.


11. Conferences
11.1 New Zealand Moodle Moot 2013
Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th April 2013.
Host venue is The University of Waikato, Hamilton.
If you take a look at the site you will see a ‘Cool Course Competition’ as part of this year’s event.
And the winners will get a Raspberry Pi each, pretty cool huh?


Don’t miss out on this one!
11.2 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:


The deadline for submissions has been extended to midnight on Sunday 10 March 2013.
You can submit proposals for both Abstracts and Research Papers via
the online submissions system at:


11.3 ascilite 2013
The 30th ascilite conference . This year it will be held at Macquarie University on the 1st – 4th December
For more details and to keep in touch go to:


11.4 mLearn Doha, Qatar, where we will be hosted by the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar. We are delighted to extend the reach of mLearn into a new region of the world.
The conference dates will be 22-24 October, preceded by workshops on 21 October.
A Call for Papers will also be issued in the next few days.
The conference website is available here:


11. 5 NZ Happenings
6th Annual NZ Shar-e-fest: 29th September and 1st October 2013, Wintec, Hamilton
The 6th Annual NZ Shar-E-fest will ‘kick off’ the regional symposia and will take place on Monday September 30th and Tuesday 1st October in Hamilton and follow a similar format to last year.
We are delighted to announce that the International keynote speaker and presenter for 2013 will be
Professor Grainne Conole
For more information have a look at Grainne’s website:


Details for submissions and registration will appear on the Shar-e-Fest website in due course.
The theme for 2013:
‘Learning design and technology and social media integrated learning environments: what works?, why? and how well?


12. the Odd one out Learn genetics looks at the effects of drugs on the brain.Different and educational. Should make you ponder.


That’s it until April
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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