Rain is what we have and lots of it, in fact it’s been torrential. However we have had some very nice sunny weather as well and at least the rain is warm (25C). The possums are busy devouring the Quinces.The dog has ideas on devouring them (the possums not the quinces).Daylight saving finishes to day so an extra hour in bed,not if the dog has naything to do with it.
Interesting to note that Apple are taking a real interest in Augmented Reality(AR) and have set up an office in New Zealand. Seem to be picking off the experts from Weta workshops and the like. Hope they have some ‘designs’ on education.
This months posting includes links to practical EdTech, elearning is dead,Augmented Reality, Performance support, OER, digital learning, digital student, VR and the Minecraft effect, micro learning,NMC Library report conferences and the odd one out.
1. Performance Support: Insights from Jane Hart. This is a free ebook download by Trivantis, from someone who is well known in the world of work place learning. A very interesting and useful guide which should serve you well in your course development deliberations for improving work place learning.


2. Traditonal eLearning is Dead: An interesting opinion piece based on a presentation by Juliette Denny at a recent Learning Technologies conference. Is she right? Is there a real need for a sea change in the learning environment? and will it happen soon? One of my friends and colleague at an AUT University in Auckland would probably echo her sentiments. Scroll down the pages for more insights into the death of elearning.


3.The Practical EdTech Handbook. This is a carefully constructed guidebook, aimed essentially at schools but equally valuable for other levels of education. It’s free, and contains basic commonsense advice and guides to using and managing various aspects of education technology in the classroom. Join the email list to get notice of the next (updated) edition. Move cursor across the top of the panel to reveal download arrow on the right hand side.


4. Augmented Reality (AR) and Interactive Print in Education: What is Augmented Reality?
Nice little overview of Augmented Reality and Interactive print with some examples and links to additional resources


Have a look at the Bone Hall at the Smithsonian to get more of the flavour of AR


AND if you are still interested in AR.
How about reading through: Augmented Reality Teaching and Learning.Chapter 67. [Dunleavy, M., & Dede, C. (2013). Augmented reality teaching and learning. In J.M. Spector, M.D Merrill, J. Elen, & M.J. Bishop (Eds.), The Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology (4th ed.). New York: Springer.


5.LibreText: Chemistry. Always great to have a range of free open access resources. The LibreTexts approach is highly collaborative where an Open Access textbook environment is under constant revision by students, faculty, and outside experts to supplant conventional paper-based books. Great stuff and an excellent example of what can happen if you actually ask students to collaborate and contribute to the learning environment. I’ve just linked to Chemistry, however there are many more subjects to explore:Biology, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Social Sciences, Engineering ,Medicine, Agriculture, Photosciences and Humanities. Amazing resource!


6. Jisc Digital Student:Investigating students’ expectations of the digital environment: Learner Stories.


the latest release on developing digital capability, with links to many useful resources:


7.The ‘Minecraft Effect’? Educators Hope to Move Students From VR Consumption to Creation. Very topical and maybe an indication that there is a shift in opinion as to the potential value of VR.


8. THE ROLE OF DIGITAL LEARNING IN ASIA’S EDUCATIONAL FUTURE. This Discussion Paper presents a vision of how curricula utilising digital technologies can aid in improving students’ motivation and learning throughout Asia.Some of what is discussed is I’m sure relevant to countries other than those in Asia. A useful document with some interesting ideas and resources.


9.IEEE Spectrum: How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong. An interesting article on the journey of the MOOC. Comments are just as interesting and informative.


10. What Is Microlearning And Why You Should Care. Seems there are a number of people promoting the concept of micro learning, It’s been around for a while. I note the author of this article uses the term ‘Learning Object’ as guide to what micro learning is. Learning objects have been around a long time too. Useful to put you in the picture and maybe consider changing the way you facilitate learning.


11. Conferences
11.1. ALT 2017: Beyond islands of innovation, how Learning Technology became the new norm(al)
The 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Learning Technology will bring together practitioners, researchers and policy makers from across sectors. Together we will chart the development of Learning Technology from isolated islands of ‘innovation’ to becoming the new norm and the challenges this entails for staff and learners alike. We will explore how we move from individual innovation to institutional integration at scale.


11.2 ASCILITE 2017: 34rd International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education.
The ASCILITE 2017 conference will be held at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba from 4 to 6 December 2017.


11.3 Portfolio updates and demos in New Zealand
11.3.1 Pebble Pad: Re imagining Portfolios: A special event for the New Zealand tertiary education sector


11.3.2 Mahara: Mahara Hui, which is scheduled for 5 to 7 April 2017 at AUT University in Auckland.


12.NMC report Library Edition. This is a must read for anyone interested in the future of academic and research libraries. ‘Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in technology profiled in this report are poised to impact library strategies, operations, and services with regards to learning, creative inquiry, research, and information management’.


13. Odd one out: The Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time. Some real good ideas here! Links to other sites will keep you busy.


That’s it. Maybe another lot on the horizon
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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