how much does blended, online, elearning cost? How do you determining the distribution and balance of tutor workload in a blended environment? Problematic. There are so many different approaches to the provision of flexible student learning environments, that it is a real challenge to actually provide other than a ‘ball park’ figure on costs. I don’t think anyone really knows and there is a paucity of useful research on the subject. Anyway, you might find the report ‘Out of Hours’ from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council, a useful addition to the research.
Ah well, If I have to keep up with generation me, I’d better go back to SCOOL (Self Centred Online Open Learning)
In this months posting there are links to next generation learning, mind mapping, open course reader, the learning code, a cost model for technology based learning,teaching and learning online, elearning bibliography,body maps, models of teaching, textbook revolution, conferences and the odd one out.
If you are on holiday there’s plenty to occupy your time and mind here, May day is always a good time to look for help:-)
1.From the JiscCETIS MASHe site of Martin Hawksey
(M)OOC in a Box: Turning WordPress into an Open Course Reader #ocTEL
An ongoing discussion and opinion piece about MooC’s and the potential of wordPress as an open course reader. All very interesting with some useful feedback.


You might also like to have a read of
Into the wild: Technology for open educational resources
By Amber Thomas, Lorna M. Campbell, Phil Barker and Martin Hawksey (Eds). December 2012
The book looks at what was tried and what was learnt during the three years of the UK OER programme by way of technology to support OER management and dissemination.


2. From the Advanced Learning Institute: Cracking the Learning Code.
‘The Advanced Learning Institute employs the latest scientific research from the fields of neuroscience, genetics, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, quantum physics, complexity science and chaos theory to develop and then implement cutting edge learning programs’.
There are 32 ‘Elements’ of the learning code for you to peruse and digest. I suggest you set aside a few hours, or maybe that’s days, because there is a huge amount of information embedded in this site. All very interesting and fascinating. A good read, well so far anyway.


3. Out of hours:Final Report of the project e-Teaching leadership: planning and implementing a benefits-oriented costs model for technology enhanced learning 2012.
A very comprehensive report which needs a bit of careful digesting. Some useful information to guide your own endeavours.


4. From the Ministry of Education In New Zealand, a new report: Organisational approaches to e-learning in the tertiary sector: An annotated bibliography.
Peter Guiney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education
A useful overview of what’s happening in the elearning world.


5.it: Informationtamers Wiki. Everything you ever enacted to know about mind mapping.


6.From the Educause Next Generation Learning Challenges: Next Generation Learning:The Pathway to Possibility
Andrew Calkins and Kristen Vogt: Revised edition 2013.
Extract from the paper:
‘Next generation learning’ isn’t about educating the next generation of students. It’s about engaging with today’s students through ‘next gen’ teaching and learning designs that promise significantly higher achievement for many more students than current-generation approaches have been able to generate’.
A very useful and thought provoking document with some excellent examples of practice. If you read the first edition you will probably be impressed with this revised offering. Well worth reading and exploring the links.


7. Teaching & Learning online from Michigan State University.
Nicely constructed site broken down into specific sections: Think,Design,Run and Learn. Each section has a range of resources and guides to the creation, development and application of online learning and teaching. Some is specific to the university itself but some if the ideas are definitely transferable.


8.From the Learning Technologies division of Virginia Tech: Web-based instruction . This is quite an old website and quite a few links are broken but I thought that Models of teaching was worth exploring. Has some useful downloads.


9. Textbook Revolution: is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors.
The site has both free books and textbooks plus some that cost but are not expensive. Quite a good range of offerings. and the opportunity to improve the material and resources.


If you teach health science there is the opportunity to improve the material and resources.


10.BodyMaps. This site could be a useful resource for those who teach health science courses. Its’ very comprehensive with lots of detail , information and related resources with each aspect/area of the body. Ignore the ads and take a tour.


11. New to Teaching Toolkit
Just released by the Higher Education Academy in the UK. A very useful resources for all teachers, old and new:-)


12.0 Conferences
Prague, Czech Republic, 23 – 26 July 2013.


Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2013)
Prague, Czech Republic, 22 to 26 July 2013.


Keynote Speakers (confirmed):
Thomas C. Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology, College of Education, The University of Georgia, USA
Doc. Ing Jan Lojda, President of the Czech Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Czech Republic
Conference background and goals:
The IADIS e-Learning 2013 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within eLearning. This conference covers both technical as well as the non-technical aspects of eLearning.
12.2 63rd ICEM Conference 1 to 4 October 2013, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Assoc Prof Daniel Tan is behind the organization of this one, so it’s bound to go well and be a worthwhile experience. Details can be found at:


12.3 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:


12.4 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:


12.5 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.
The conference website is available here:


12.6 NZ Happenings
6th Annual NZ Shar-e-fest: Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October 2013, Wintec, Hamilton
The 6th Annual NZ Shar-E-fest will take place on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October in Hamilton and follow a similar format to last year.
Regional symposia will take place before and after the Shar-E-fest, in Palmerston North, Lower Hutt, Dunedin, Waiariki, Auckland and Northland.
We are delighted to announce that the International keynote speaker and presenter for 2013 will be
Profesor Grainne Conole
For more information have a look at Grainne’s website: http://e4innovation.com/
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?
A flyer is now available form the website.


13.0 Odd one out:A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods
Mapping is one way of visualizing ideas.This table provides examples of some the many ways mapping is used. Quite fascinating.


That’s it until June comes busting out
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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