No fooling here, it’s official on this day. For all of us ‘over the hill . MOOC”s have been converted into GOATS ( Global Open Access Training Solutions) and now we have completed the academic farymard foursome of MOOC’s , GOATS, LAMS ( Learning Activity Management System) and DOGS (Digital Object Generating Systems).. No kidding. The future is bright, dig on in and sign up! 🙂
All GOAT courses are delivered by the local Moocman with his dog and pet Lam.
Apart from all the learning opportunities, Easter didn’t provide anything uneggspected. It was nice to have some peace and quiet on the local roads. Nothing much to report for March, except eggseptional number of raspberries, edible not verbal.
I was interested in reading the move by some Universities towards providing credentialing for MOOC’s in their various guises along with refunds from other courses (nano) if you don’t get a job within 6 months of graduating. Nano degrees seem to be the way to make some money.Cash cows maybe?
Spent some time helping with the final organisation of the DEANZ 2016 conference. Great programme with some excellent presenters.Looking forward to the event.
In the posting this month, there are links to mobile technology and learning, improving records of personal learning, online learning objects,Evernote guide, electronic management of assessment, technology in learning, analysis of LMS functionality, collaborative group work,citation chart, sustainability of elearning courses, conferences and the odd one out.
More help arriving on May day.
1.WISC online OER : Learning Objects; It says on the site that ‘Wisc Online’s 2,691 published learning objects have been viewed 22,564,779 times!’ I can believe it. There is a huge range of really useful ‘objects’ to help your students learn, revise , understand and remember. Try Newton’s Second Law of Motion for an update on your extensive knowledge of the subject.


2.Teaching and My Journey with Technology: One story of an evolving journey around the effective use of technology in learning. Probably some you are on the same trip with a few added side trips? Always interesting to know how others are using ubiquitous and not so technology.


3.What’s Happening in ‘Their Space’? Exploring the Borders of Formal and Informal Learning with Undergraduate Students of Education in the Age of Mobile Technologies
Authors: Jane Andrews , Mark Jones. An informative piece of research that should provide some guidance when considering students and their use of mobile devices in the learning environment.


4.Educause Review: Changing Records of Learning through Innovations in Pedagogy and Technology. A very interesting article on records of learning and how they can and will change to provide useful personalised evidence of learning.


5.Evernote. Has been around for a little while now: Touted as the best way to remember everything across computers, phones and tablets. Some of you already know this
This is an easy to follow ‘graphic’ workshop outline to assist those who are interested in using Evernote. Useful resource.


6.From the JISC stable of excellent resources: Electronic management of assessment (EMA) in higher education: processes and systems. A very useful and comprehensive guide.


7. Collaborative Group Work Protocol: A neat handout on suggestions of how to implement active learning with your students (sourced through Harvard University ABLConnect:
(Lots of useful stuff here as well)




8. Analysis of LMS Categories of Function: The purpose of this review is to analyse different LMSs in order to determine which LMS best fits the needs of Cuyahoga Community College in the USA; it is currently using BlackBoard.Some interesting and useful data and comments.Be interesting to see what decision is made.


Have a look at other aspects of the review:


9.How sustainable are your elearning courses? From eWorks in Australia, something to get you thinking and maybe doing something about ?


10. The Purdue OWL: Citation chart. A very useful resource for all students doing research or creating assignments where accurate and up to date referencing is required.


11. Conferences
11.1 ascilite 2016
The ascilite2016 conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 28 to 30 November 2016. The conference is being hosted by the University of South Australia.Make a note of the dates. Comprehensive Website coming soon: Bookmark:


11.2 Connect, Collaborate, Create: The ALT Annual Conference 2016
6 to 8 September 2016, University of Warwick, UK:


11.3 Innovate and Educate:Teaching and Learning Conference ANZ will be held in Sydney from the 28 to 31 August 2016. Education leaders, educators, course designers, system administrators and eLearning managers who partner and innovate with different Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard Learn, Enterprise Moodle and Moodlerooms, from across Australia and New Zealand will come together to share their knowledge and expertise in the field of online teaching and learning.
Find out more and register:


Make a submission:


11.4 DEANZ conference 2016:
17 to 20th April 2016
The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Conference Website with registration details:


The DEANZ2016 conference covers research and practice in open, distance, flexible and mobile learning across the compulsory schooling sectors, vocational, tertiary and professional development settings.
Have a look at the AMAZING programme and wish you were there (or at least make sure you are there)!


Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in DEANZ2016.
We look forward to welcoming you to Hamilton in April 2016!
12. The odd one out: I wombled about the Web looking for something different to read over Easter. Look no further than the Gutenberg resources. I chose MOTHER GOOSE FOR GROWN UPS as geese lay eggs and it was about the right time. With titles like: THE BLATANT BRUTALITY OF LITTLE BOW PEEP and THE COMMENDABLE CASTIGATION OF OLD MOTHER HUBBARD, what else would you need ? Fun read to wile away those leisure hours.


That’s it for April
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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