elearningWatch October 2013

only a few days to the start of the 6th Annual NZ Shar-E-Fest and regional Symposia. Great programmes in place at all centres. Great keynote and speakers.
Gonna be a busy time.
Went to an elearning symposium the other day and it was interesting to see the Gogy family out in force. There was Peda, Poda,Pada,Andra and Moba; all trying to teach us a thing or two. In theory they were suposed to be well grounded, in practice, learning was/is in danger of being swamped by a Tsunami of ‘ isms’ and ‘ists’!
Now i’m thinking of concentrating on developing some guidelines (not tramlines) for encouraging learners and their mentors, tutors, facilitators et al to make inclusivity a priority in the online environment.There are some great resources out there . However in the end, you can take a horse to, well nearly anywhere really, just don’t expect it to do what you think it should do without a little focused help and that all important feedback loop.
Enough of the rant. [Must have been something in the Pinot Gris].
In this edition there are links to
An overview of Mooc’s, Disruptive padagogy, teacher’s guides. ipad Apps and creating e-books,distance and online learning network,infographic on the future of learning, ‘important’ emerging technologies and concepts,blended learning toolkit, enhancing curriculum design, learning outcomes handbook, conferences and the odd one out.
November will see christmas trees vying for supremacy over Easter Eggs.
1.Blended Learning Toolkit: A nice set of resources to guide and assist the creation of blended learning courses.
Extract from the site:
‘This Blended Learning Toolkit is a free repository of information, tools, resources, models, examples, and research related to blended learning. Offered under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA), it is designed to assist any faculty member or institution in developing a blended course or program’.
I think it does just that.
Building Your Course:


and some resources:


2. JISC and The Design Studio: Enhancing Curriculum Design with Technology
Extract from the download site:
‘Enhancing Curriculum Design with Technology (2013) is a short accessible publication that provides points for discussion, pragmatic tips and hands-on resources drawn from the Jisc Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design programme to enable those involved in curriculum design and approval in higher education to enhance their practices through the use of technology’.
Links are provided throughout the publication to resources produced by the projects that can be freely shared and used within an educational context.
As always a very useful publication from the JISC stable:


A very good overview of MOOC’s and on line learning:


4.Disruptive Padagogy: The Story of the Padagogy Wheel Model … so far! An interesting slide show providing useful insights into the development of the Padagogy wheel. There are some who say it’s interfering with real pedagogy (which I think gets in the way of learning anyway :-). Evaluate the benefits of the wheel and decide. iPads and Apps aren’t going to go away anytime soon.


Have a look at what John Reyes, Director of Educational Technology for LA Catholic Schools has to say on the matter. Only one opinion of course.


5.Texas Tech University: HANDBOOK: WRITING AND ASSESSING COURSE-LEVEL EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES. A series of pdf documents providing some guides and explanations on learning outcomes and assessment techniques A useful addition to the learning outcomes folder:


Have a look at this overview as well. Nicely put together with useful examples.


6.The Teacher’s Guides To Technology And Learning by Edudemic
Extract from the site:
‘This part of Edudemic is meant to offer you, the teacher, some of the best and most popular resources available today. We’ve combed through hundreds of resources in order to narrow down our guides into something easy to read, easy to use, and easy to share’.
Some you must know and others could be the solution to your problems. Well worth perusing:


7.dehub: distance and online learning network. I came across this when looking fora particular conference. It houses a wide and varied range of resources. The Blended, Online Learning and Distance Education (BOLDE) research bank is well supported and most of the articles are free to either read online or download. Worth bookmarking.


8. From Knowledgeworks: An infographic providing a glimpse into the Future of Learning. It will be interesting to view this in maybe two years time? Could be that most of what is suggested is here already?


9. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Educational iPad Apps for Teachers
26 Apps that have been reviewed. Might be one here you are looking for. Excellent ipad Apps to Create e-Books. Lots of interesting stuff on the rest of the site, although I don’t really go for the proliferation of adds, but suppose someone has to pay for the site.


10. Emerging EdTech: The 10 Most Important Emerging Instructional and Education Technologies and Concepts (2013 Update). Guess it depends on your own opinion as to what is deemed important. There are some useful overviews, some a little light on substance.


11.0 Conferences
11.1 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:


11.2 NZ Happenings
6th Annual NZ Shar-e-fest: Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October 2013, Wintec, Hamilton.
The draft Programme is available from:


We gratefully acknowledge the support of




Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand’s National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence

who are GOLD sponsors of NZ Shar-E-Fest 2013
We also thank


for their support
12.0 The odd one out: Quiz Magic: Well it’s holiday time for the kids In NZ and you might be at home looking after the little darlings or waiting for you annual performance review ( not sure which is worse:-). Why not test you knowledge while you wait or keep the kids entertained. Amazing what you don’t know.
You are invited to join the site to record and preserve progress, but not absolutely necessary.


That’s it for now
CU in November
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand