end of summer, not a memorable one and now it’s time to put the hammock away. Took it out again as summer has returned, cyclones have gone on holiday. Won’t last long.
So this month I have been reading more about augmented reality, its promise and potential, the effects of technology on learning, the Raspberry Pi (mainly because a friend was waxing poetic about its amazing capabilities) and the rise and rise of learning analytics.Plus a brief play with Google Auto Draw.
All very interesting when one reflects on the changes that have occurred even within the last six months. Where’s it all going? Maybe the article ‘What will learning look like in 2025?’ has the answers.
Also noted that a friend and colleague Prof Tom Reeves is the Keynote at the International Conference on e-Learning 2017 Lisbon, 20-27 July 2017. Should be a great event with Tom on board.
In the posting this month there are links to maker spaces, learning analytics, Raspberry Pi, blended learning, education and open access,learning in 2025, competencies and standards, micro learning and mobile, learning code, project management for instructional designers , conferences and the odd one out.
That’s it for now.
1.BLENDED LEARNING for the Adult Education Classroom.
Extract from the introduction:
‘This guide to blended learning is intended for teachers and administrators of adult basic education (including ESL,ESOL,ELL, adult basic education, adult secondary education, and transition to higher education)’. I think its a worthwhile resource for anyone involved in using blended learning approaches for their students. Clearly written and well structured guide which can be a valuable resource.


2.Raspberry Pi[3 Model B] continues to evolve and the folks at Raspberry Pi have a neat guide to using the device in the classroom. Some good things will happen if the kids are allowed to experiment and build.


Here are some suggestions for using your Raspberry: 17 of our favourite Raspberry Pi projects




3.Building Maker Spaces vs. Building a Maker Culture. ‘Maker spaces’ have been around for relatively short time and appear to be gathering pace. I found this article quite informative and useful as guide to their potential for enhancing student learning and especially their understanding.


Educause put out an article devoted to the nature of Makerspaces. Also a good read to complement the above: Makerspaces


4. What will learning look like in 2025?: Alchemy, innovation and learning on the campus of the future. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ more of a matter of ‘when’. It is not difficult to imagine that this will be the learning environment of the future. Most of the technology exist today and with the rapid rate of technological transformation, not difficult to believe this vision of the future.


5. The Redesign Blog: An interesting and informative article on: ‘What IS the difference between competencies and standards?’ Peruse the rest of the site for more useful resources


6.Learning Analytics: Understanding systems conditions for sustainable uptake of learning analytics.Useful article on various aspects of using learning analytics.


You might also like to peruse : Jisc briefing:
Learning analytics and student success : assessing the evidence


7.Jhangiani R. & Biswas-Diener R. 2017. Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science. London: Ubiquity Press. Much of education is moving towards open access. This book shares the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from global leaders in the open movement.


8.Micro Learning and Mobile. An interesting and thought provoking article/opinion piece that attempts to raise awareness of and encourage the use of mobile technologies to enhance the learning experience of adult learners. Some useful suggestions and scenarios.


An example of what students and faculty can do when they work collaboratively to revise an existing text book. Also a useful resource for those teaching Project Management in educational technology.
‘This book is based on a pre-existing openly licensed textbook which was donated to the commons by a benefactor that desires to remain anonymous, and has been collaboratively revised and remixed by faculty and students at Brigham Young University’.


10.Learn HTML Code Today. This site first appeared in 2006! It’s recently been updated , so if you are still keen to learn how to code HTML, this site is the place to go.


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. The full call for participation is now available.


11.3 MCCSIS 2017: 11th International Conference on eLearning 2017 Lisbon, Portugal, 20 to 22 July 2017


Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas C. Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design and Technology,College of Education, The University of Georgia, USA.
Part of the Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2017)
Lisbon, Portugal 20 – 23 July 2017.


Submission Deadline (2nd call): 8 May 2017
12. The odd one Out: New release from Google: Auto draw. It works on your phone, computer, or tablet (and it’s free!). So the next time you want to make a birthday card, party invite or just doodle on your phone, it’ll be as easy and fast as everything else on the web. Great tool for the creative in you.


I’ll with draw now until June comes busting out etc
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic

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