well that’s the end of September and it finished very well with the 8th Annual NZ SharEFest in Hamilton. The event was very well attended with practitioners from a wide spectrum of educational organisations. Rob Phillips presented an excellent Keynote which he followed up with another presentation and workshop. I managed to attend a few of the other excellent presentations from various people. The general consensus was that it was a great two day event and should have been longer.
I am now on the road with Rob as we visit several institutions around the country for regional Sharefest seminars, starting with Auckland University (yesterday, went very well), then Open polytechnic, AUT University and finally Northtec; will be interesting and fun!
In the posting this month there are links to quality models in online and open education,enhancing the student digital experience, professional development,journey of mankind,future of work, peeragogy handbook,Internet of things, Getting to know ADDIE, blended learning to the next level , biology animation, conferences and the odd one out.
Until next time
1.Getting Results: A Professional Development course for Community Colllege Educators. The material is just as applicable to any level of education. The six modules provide some useful advice, guides, ideas, resources and information. There’s a lot here to work through. Take your time and take advantage of a good resource.
Extract from the site:
‘This multimedia resource for community college faculty will challenge your previous thinking about teaching and learning and give you the basic tools for effective classroom practice. The key theme of the course is to encourage you to focus on what the students will do and take responsibility for their success’.


2.From the JISC stable : Enhancing the student digital experience: a strategic approach
Supporting institutions to develop digital environments which meet students’ expectations and help them to progress to higher study and employment.


3.From the International Council for open and Distance Education:Quality models in online and open education around the globe: State of the art and recommendations. The supporting site says that this ‘is a must-read for any person concerned with quality in online, open and flexible higher education’ Some useful information and advice on quality in online and open education. You might recognise some of the analysis of systems within your own country.


4.Journey of Mankind: An interactive trail adapted from out of Eden/The Real Eve by Stephen Oppenheimer 2003. A fascinating look at the history of mankind. Good for those history students and for those interested in the increasing number and migration of people over the years.


5. The Peeragogy Handbook: An interesting handbook which looks at various aspects of peeragogy or peer learning. The book can be read either at the peeragogy site or in Wikibooks Some useful stuff here. The extract gives an explanation and some perspective.
‘This book presents a range of techniques that self-motivated learners can use to connect with each other and develop stronger communities and collaborations. The book is addressed to everyone who is interested in how learning works, whether you’re an educator, a hobbyist, an artist, a home-school student, an employee, a parent, an activist, an archivist, a mathematician, or a tennis player. The book was written by a bunch of people who think learning is cool’.




6. The Future of Work – Rudy de Waele on Reshaping work in the digital age at #HRMExpo
Worth trolling through this Slideshare presentation. Some very interesting and thought provoking stuff. Lots of it could actually happen, even as we speak.


7.Getting to know ADDIE. This is part 1 of a nicely constructed series of explanations of ADDIE. Well worth reading even if it’s just to get a new perspective or revise what you think you already know. There are four parts to the series. Follow the links.


8.The Internet of Things. A Primer: There has been a lot more information appearing around the ‘Internet of Things’ If you are not sure what it’s all about or want to know more try this site. Very comprehensive and nicely constructed.


9. How 4 Universities are taking blended learning to the next level. An interesting e-book with some useful insights into how four universities in Australia are approaching change in blended learning. You will need to enter details to be able to download the e-book. Worth it I think.


10.Cell Biology Animation: This site has a lot of information around cell biology. The animations serve to help improve understanding of cell function. They are clear and simple and nicely done. Good one for students of all ages; in seven languages as well.


Have a look at something similar but a bit different from Harvard University. Click on All Media.


11. Conferences for 2015-2016
11.1 Ascilite 32nd conference. Perth, Western Australia.
Globally Connected, Digitally Enabled: November 30th to Dec 3rd 2015.


11.2 DEANZ conference 2016
First Call for Submissions
Conference dates: 17th to 20th April 2016
Conference Venue: The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
THEME: There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education
DEANZ2016 conference website:


Early Bird Registration:


If you are interested in taking the opportunity to be a sponsor of the event, please contact me.
12.0 The odd one out: Oil well, every cooking oil compared: If you are into cooking and using oils that everyone says are good for you, this information may prove useful. Lots more info if you click the link to the data.


Could be a few fireworks next month.
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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