Raspberries are blowing in the wind and the beans are climbing, sure sign summer is around the corner. However, for most students in this neck of the woods , it’s exam time, so gardening is far from their minds (unless they are into horticulture of course).I’ve been doing a bit of exam supervision at the local University; interesting pastime. Suffice to say for most students its head down and do your best, unfortunately, from time to time, cheating raises its ugly head in ‘innovative’ ways.As a result students aren’t allowed to wear watches of any kind or have any type of electronic device on their person. Some choose to ignore the rules to their detriment..
In the posting this month there are links to open education information and resources, next generation pedagogy, elearning assessment, instructional design, Moocs, the status of various LMS,badging and credentialing,periodic table, digital experience,technology suported learning spaces, conferences and the odd one out.
This will be the last eWatch until February 2017. So an early best wishes for the festive season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all
Have a pleasant and relaxing break.
1.Enhancing the digital experience for skills learners. A new guide from JISC and is usually the case, a very timely and useful addition to its resource bank.


2.Next Generation Pedagogy: IDEAS for Online and Blended Higher Education
Final report of the FUTURA (Future of University Teaching: Update and a Roadmap for Advancement) project. The FUTURA roadmap is based on an exploratory study and is aimed at informing the development of a vision and strategies that will enable online, blended and lifelong learning provision in higher education to thrive in the future.A very interesting read with some useful guides and initiatives to stimulate your thinking.


3.The Open Education Handbook. I came across this the other day whilst researching some open education stuff; hadn’t seen it before. Produced in 2014, the material, guides, suggestions etc are still relevant and I found it a useful resource.


4.MOOCs and Open EducationalResources:A Handbook for Educators. More interesting stuff on MOOCs and open education to add to your ever expanding knowledge of the subjects.


Quality Assessment for Elearning: a Benchmarking Approach Third Edition [2016]. The manual is organised into six sections covering Strategic management, Curriculum design, Course design, Course delivery, Staff support and Student support. Each section follows a similar format setting out benchmarks, detailed indicators, and guidance notes.The manual is pretty hefty but as you will have plenty of leisure time over the festive break, you should be able to mange it. Worth perusing.


5.The dynamic Periodic Table: One of those lessons in the past that could send you off somewhere else. Much more interesting with this table which is updated ‘periodically’. Worth bookmarking for the class and to share.


6.Improving Education: An Overview of 4 Instructional Design Models. Nice short article with useful overview, explanations and links to more material.


7. Connecting Credentials: A beta Credentials framework. A development that focuses on the recognition of learning and achievment through a credentials framework. Worth a look and possibly the next stage in microcredentialling.


OR maybe this is the next stage?


8. Digital Badging in the MOOC Space:For those of you who are following the trend for issuing badges (microcredentials), this is an interesting article on the current and future use of badges in a number of MOOCs. Might give you a few ideas.


9. Educational Technology & Education Conferences #36, January to June 2017
I get this list in an email from Clayton R. Wright. Stephen’s Web, Nov 11, 2016 has link to the list and includes commentary by Stephen Downes. If you are looking to present or go somewhere for you educational advancement, must be a conference here.


10. The 4th Annual LMS Data Update: Based on information from US, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, it makes for interesting reading if you want to know where your LMS is in the scheme of things and which is the big mover. BlackboardLearn seems to be holding its own and Canvas appears to be gaining ground.Will Google Classroom overtake them all?


11.Technology-supported physical learning spaces: An annotated bibliography
This annotated bibliography reviews 225 papers on Tertiary Education Organisations’ (TEOs’) technology-supported physical learning spaces produced between 2005 and 2016 in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Author(s): Peter Guiney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education. Interestting stuff especially if you are contemplating redisigning your student learning environments.


12. Conferences
12.1 13th International Conference Mobile Learning 2017
10 to 12 April 2017, Budapest, Hungary


12.2 AUT and the University of Auckland are co-hosting THETA from 7 – 10 May 2017. The conference is a high-level forward looking conference held every two years with the aim of advancing higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.
THEME: Connecting Minds. Creating the Future.
Sunday 7th to Wednesday 10th May 2017. The Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand


13.Odd one out. Night walk. This is certainly different. “Night Walk” takes you on an immersive journey through lively Cours Julien, a neighbourhood of Marseille famous for its unique atmosphere and street art. Listening to your guides Julie and Christophe, you can wander around the vibrant streets as if you were really there, thanks to 360-degree panoramas that we captured at night. Your walk is enriched with photos, images, videos, sounds and interesting facts, allowing you to dive into this neighbourhood and learn more about its diverse culture and history. Enjoy your night walk!


Until the New Year is upon us
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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