eLearningWatch September 2014

It’s been an interesting and busy month. I have had the pleasure of contributing to a three week professional development programme for a group of tertiary tutors from Thailand. They are here to learn about e-learning. So I have been ‘tied up’ facilitating.
Thailand educational institutions use a very traditional ‘instructivist’ approach to teaching. The shift to more blended approaches will be a real challenge.They are very willing to try!
Shar-E-Fest is getting closer and the next month will be devoted to putting it all together. Some really interesting submission have been made so bound to be an exciting event, again. In the meantime the dog has been helping with preparing the garden for the veges. She is convinced that once things are planted, they need to be moved to a deeper hole. Fun.Who knows where the parsnips will appear.
In the posting this month , there are links to Blended instruction, citation wizard,horizon report for librarians, open education practice, mobile things,guide to teaching and learning with technology, reflective practice guide, Jisc inform 40,online discussion tips,changing minds, competency based education and training plus conferences and the odd one out.
Until October heralds the onset of summer , at last, at least for us over here. That’s it.
1. 23 Mobile things. An initiative of the Minnesota’s seven multicounty multitype library systems (multitypes). The multitypes improve library services by promoting & facilitating cooperation among the academic, public, school library media centers, & special libraries within their regions. This program is part of the professional development that all of the multitypes provide for the library staff of their members.
An excellent range of resources with descriptions. Well worth exploring.


2.Blended Instruction: Exploring Student Centred Pedagogical Strategies to Promote a Technology-Enhanced Learning Environment. I thought that this was a very well written and presented document with some very useful guides, information, ideas and examples of student centred learning and blended instruction.


3. Faculty guide to teaching and Learning with technology: University of Missouri. A well written and presented guide with lots of useful information and ideas.


4.Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition. The NMC Horizon Report.The 2014 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies for their impact on academic and research libraries across the globe.


5.JISC Inform 40. Over the years, JISC has made some significant contribution to the world of education. This latest edition of the ‘journal’ looks back over the past 12 years and forward to cloud computing, collaborative working and link rot. Well worth finding a quiet place to pursue and ponder.


6.10 Reasons Students Don’t Participate in Online Discussions How to Remedy Each. Useful table providing ideas on how to get students engaged and participating in online discussions. Good luck.


7.Cite this for me. A useful tool to help students (and maybe yourself) get those references cited in accordance with prescribed formats


8.Changing Minds. There is a very wide range of interesting and useful resources on this site. It is stated that this is ‘the largest site in the world on all aspects of how we change what others think, believe, feel and do’ Certainly lots to explore with examples , guides , suggestions. I quite like to stuff from the teacher link (surprise).


You can also access the The Quality Toolbook by David Straker from the site:


9. Structures and functions of Competency-based Education and Training (CBET):
a comparative perspective.A useful addition to the literature on competency based training. Published a few years ago its content is still very relevant as more institutions focus on the competency based curricula. An excellent resource.


AND if you are still interested in exploring competency based education and training, this recently released document has some useful insights and analysis of current methods.
Progress and Proficiency:Redesigning Grading for Competency Education.
It may be focused on K12 but much of what it describes is applicable to all levels of the education system.


10. Reflective practice in Health Sciences. This ‘guide’provides a useful overview of reflective practice which is increasingly being considered as a critical dimension of professional development for health professionals. Other disciplines can easily adapt and apply the process.


11. Bronwynh on Education: Part One: Open Pedagogy – A model for Open Education Practice and
Part Two: Open Pedagogy – What is web-based Open Education Practice, really?
This is a three part series produced by Bronwynh Hegarty in Dunedin, New Zealand. Excellent material and resource and equally interesting responses. Part three out soon so bookmark the page.




12. Conferences
12.1 The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
(ascilite) warmly invites everyone with an interest in educational
technologies in tertiary education to join us at the 31st ascilite
conference (23-26 Nov 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand).


THE PLACE to be in November
12.2 New Zealand Moodle MOOT. As always a good event to go to. Martin Dougiamas will be there and he is worth listening to as well. Get registered and involved.


13. NZ happenings: 7th annual NZ Shar-E-Fest will take place in Hamilton at the end of September followed by the regional symposia. Theme for this year is’ E-learning in practice: How are learning technologies and social media being used effectively to enhance student learning and achievement?
We are very pleased that Alan Levine from Strawberry nr Phoenix, Arizona has accepted our invitation to be the international keynote speaker and workshop presenter for this year:


Alan, a pioneer of using the Internet and technologies in education, blogs about his activities at:


We are delighted that

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

is a GOLD sponsor of the event
Full details on:


FINAL call for submissions:




14. The odd one out:Heather Sylvawood is an instructional designer in New Zealand, turned writer. Her blog is all about getting things published. So if there is a budding author in you, have a look at what she is up to.


Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
Auckland New Zealand

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