finished planting the Garlic on the 21st June, shortest day. One year from now should be able to conquer the market,not. Not much else happening in the garden except for loads of leaves falling all over the place. Time to spend indoors which has involved looking at various assessment techniques and associated questions used over the past 50 years. Fascinating stuff; not much changes. Same assessment, different name. However I did digress to have a look at some National UK test cards (found in the loft)produced in 1887 for Standard Seven students (1st year secondary school age, probably 11 to 12+ yrs old). Thought I would share a couple with you.
Those of you who are brilliant will solve them right away. Other’s of us will be pleased that we didn’t have to answer them. I wonder if any of the modern generation would be able to solve them easily? Anyway here they are. (Answers next month)
National Test Cards in Arithmetic. STANDARD VII. No.30. 1887
Q.1 Two oranges are worth three apples, four apples are worth seven nuts, and eight nuts are worth eleven cherries: how many oranges are worth 693 cherries ?
[My first attempt was not very fruitful]
Q.2 If twenty men can reap 24 acres 3 roods. l8 poles in 1/2 a day: how much could twenty-flve men reap in 3/5th of a day ?
[My first answer and the right one were poles apart]
Who thinks these things up ?
Coming up in 2018….
SoTEL 2018: Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning: Presenting a showcase of student learning supported by technology.
An exciting and timely New Zealand event, given the recent announcement from the Ministry of Education NZ.
See below for more details.
In this months posting there are links to Authentic assessment, digital experience tracker, principles of multimedia learning, education and training learning objects, global voices in higher education,Technology enhanced High Impact Practice for Authentic Learning,The Jigsaw Classroom,Interactive Education:Impact of the Internet on Learning & Teaching,Recognising & Responding to Acute Patient Illness & Deterioration,Using Reading and Writing to Support Learning, Conferences, NZ event and the odd one out.
Lots to get through this month, so head down and at it.
1.Education and Training. You will find a number of useful learning objects which address many different aspects of education and training. One of the interactive objects,’Are you and Effective questioner ?’ takes you through a school mystery in which you attempt to solve the mystery by using an hierarchy of questioning which involves aspects of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.Lots of others to explore and perhaps use some of the ideas in your own student learning environment


2.How Do You Create Authentic Assessments? An informative guide to help you create meaningful assessment events.


Assessing Authentically. Complements the above guide.


3.Student digital experience tracker 2017: the voice of 22,000 UK learners. Another excellent report from the JISC stable. Should provide you with some useful information on what students think and do with digital technologies.Based on the report, it may be that there will be some changes to how technology enhanced learning is facilitated within your institution.


4.Mayer’s 12 Principles of Multimedia Learning: A useful list of principles to benchmark against your latest incredible presentation crammed with all the bells and whistles. I did ‘watch’ a presentation the other day on Economics and Business and mentally ticked off the Principles, about three were met.


5.In Global Voices in Higher Education, scholars from 10 different countries share their work, describing not only their research but also the context in which their work exists.
This publication is another valuable ‘open access’ resource that provides a wealth of information on developing trends and guides and advice for those in academia seeking to improve the environments in which students learn and the technology that support their learning. Read Chapter 1: Tectonic Plates: Leading and Advancing Technology Enhanced Learning By Dominique Parrish and Joanne Joyce McCoach as an example of the quality and relevance of the material,( apart from being a useful paper).


6.Technology enhanced High Impact Practice for Authentic Learning: Byas,T and Cercone, A., International Journal for the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning, Volume 1 Issue 2, 2017,Pages 35 to 66.
Queensborough Community College in the USA, claims that ‘using technology engages students in authentic learning, where they asynchronously collaborate to create and disseminate products that address discipline specific learning outcomes.’ Read this interesting paper in a relatively new journal and decide if this is true.


7. Interactive Education:Impact of the Internet on Learning and Teaching.
Extract from the site: ‘This site covers how to begin, how to operate, and how to make Web-based courses successful and enjoyable. Its contents are developed over years, and is intended for my current students, and sharing my personal experiences and exchange of ideas with other educators’. (Professor Hossein Arsham). It’s a very comprehensive site with a wealth of information and useful links for further exploration.


8.Recognising and Responding to Acute Patient Illness and Deterioration. This is for those in the health professions , but others can learn from the consolidated approach. Produced a few years ago, it is a very useful and comprehensive set of resources to help health professional in their daily work. Worth looking at as it has much to offer from basic to advanced information and guides


9.The Jigsaw Classroom. Interesting and apparently very effective technique to encourage and motivate learners to be involved in their learning.


10.Using Reading and Writing to Support Learning. Written for students in Texas but the principles and practice can definitely be applied to all students. There are lots of useful resources here, some highly relevant, others perhaps not so. Still worth perusing and perhaps identifying some gems to help your own students.


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.
Less than ONE week to go before call for participation closes!


11.3 MCCSIS 2017: 11th International Conference on e-Learning 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 to 23 July 2017


12.1 Inaugural Annual NZ Symposium: SoTEL 2018: Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning:
Presenting a showcase of student learning supported by technology.
How will educational practitioners across all sectors of the community respond and meet the challenge of change? What will be the impact of the recently announced Digital shake up for the NZ school curriculum ? [http://tinyurl.com/y7xlepza]
What’s happening already? and shouldn’t you know about it if you are passionate about student learning?
SoTEL 2018 will be the place to be to be in the know and to show, share, hone and plan for a technology enhanced learning environment for your students
Manukau Campus of AUT University in Auckland on
February 15 and 16th 2018.
Put the dates in your diary, start to plan your submission and to be there!
More information coming your way very soon. In the meantime here is an interesting paper on technology enhanced learning:
Haynes, D. (2016). Introducing SOTEL. International Journal for the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning, 1(1), 1-2.


The odd one out’The Art of Education’. Something different. A wide range of resources which challenge you to create all sorts of activities and resources with’Art’ and things related. Links to other resource are worth following


That’s it for now until we indulge in some august company
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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