MOOC’s will continue to invite divided debate for a while yet At least it appears someone is making money from MOOCs, not sure it goes to those who put in all the extra work required. Seems that some are forgetting that failing to plan is planning to fail. However, to other things. E-learning in the commercial domain I have discovered, is a very different kettle of fish to elearning in academialand. Until I stepped outside the hallowed halls to explore the world of business and elearning I hadn’t really realised what a vastly different world it is, despite having done a lot of work on vocational education and training. More about the journey next issue.
In this posting there are links to MOOCs. open educational resources, interactive techniques, elearning tips,free e-books, taxonomy of learning,education in Europe,technology predictions, conferences and the odd one out.
July, in wait for the next edition?
1.To MOOC or not to MOOC
This is a very interesting and useful post on Liz’s blog. Click on the links to Tony Bates spoof and those in the responses to get some more info on MOOCs


Not sure about the date this was published but it has some good advice and information


MOOCS latest trends:


2. 783 Places for Free eBooks Online. There has to be at least one or two that will be useful to you ! Looks like a well maintained and monitored site with regular updates.


3. How to Create an E-Learning Template that works. Useful little article with some good ideas and suggestions.


4. Taxonomy of Learning Theories. Always an interesting subject for debate and argument as to what is right ( if at all) where , when , how and by who?. This article presents a reasonable discussion on the subject. Where are you in the scheme of things? Peruse the rest of the site whilst you are there. Good stuff abounds.


5. From Jisc publications: Researchers of Tomorrow
The research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students.


A guide to open educational resources.


6. JISC Inform. A great online ‘magazine’ with some excellent articles, viewpoints and resources. This is the Spring 2013 edition.


7. Kansas State University E-LEARNING FACULTY MODULES.
An approach by one University to help its staff in developing and sharing their skills and expertise with elearning. Peruse the resources to find some useful information ideas and information.


8. Tuning: Educational Structures in Europe.
I came across this site and having explored its resources, I think it has some very useful guides and advice; much of which is applicable world wide.
The particular article which was of interest to me, was:
Approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in competences based degree programmes.


9. Interactive Techniques. Over 180 suggestions to keep your students (and you) busy learning.


10.Free e-Book on Open Educational Resources: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice. Published by the Commonwealth of Learning.
An excellent resource well worth downloading and reading.


11.0 NMC, NISOD, Dell, and Intel Release the
Technology Outlook for Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013-2018.
Some interesting predictions on which emerging technologies are going to make a difference over the next few years.


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


Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2013)
Prague, Czech Republic, 22 – 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 e-Learning. This conference covers both technical as well as the non-technical aspects of e-Learning.
12.2 63rd ICEM Conference 1 – 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 altc 2013 Building new cultures of learning
Registration for altc2013, the 20th annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology, is now open via:


‘Early bird’ discounts are available until 2 July 2013 and there are further discounts for ALT members.
The conference takes place at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, 10-12 September 2013. For more information about the conference please visit :


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:


11.5 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:


We are also very pleased to announce that


is a GOLD sponsor of NZ Shar-E-Fest 2013
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 from the website.


13.0 Odd one out:Ode to a Flower: Richard Feynman’s Famous Monologue on Knowledge and Mystery, Animated
Well this is different and quite intriguing. Womble around the rest of the site and follow some of the links in the Freyman article.like the pale blue dot. Fascinating site.


Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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