For those of you who are champing at the bit for the answers to the questions from the 1887 test bank. Q.1 = 192 oranges ; Q.2 = 37 Acres.1Rood.7 Poles. Sure you got them right first time.
For those of you who are interested in the garden. It’s very wet and dormant apart from the Garlic which has shoots about 10cm high as we speak; gonna be a good year.
As its been a bit wet , much time has been spent inside. Have done a couple of paper reviews and have been helping with the organisation of NZ SoTEL 2018 (must be a great event).
SoTEL itself will live on as a vibrant hub and community of practice manifest through a Technology Enhanced Learning Research Cluster.
The SoTEL Research Cluster will be launched at the Symposium.
Having always had an interest in the student voice and learner centred learning, I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading in the area; all interesting and useful stuff.
The posting this month includes links to Mobile learning toolkit, learner centred environments, Mayer’s Principles,Web literacy, teaching in universities, instructional resources,Concept to classroom workshops, critical thinking Web, Mooc’s, conferences and NZ happenings plus the odd one out.
1.Mayer’s Principles: Using multimedia for e-learning (updated 2017) Always good to see an update. Means that the thinking hasn’t stopped and changes can be incorporated. Worth exploring as Mayer’s Principles make common sense for any subject area.


2. Concept to Classroom. A series of free self paced workshops on a variety of educational topics. There is quite a lot of useful and interesting material on this site. Good for reflection, reinforcement and development of understanding of concepts and the use of technology in education.


If you are timed challenged, have a look at this section for a taster:
How does technology complement constructivism?


3. The Mobile Learning Toolkit
Was developed by an Erasmus+ project team led by Prof Kevin Burden (Hull).
The toolkit is designed to support the use of mobile devices for learning. It includes a PEDAGOGICAL FRAMEWORK (the iPAC framework) around which to evaluate and construct meaningful and authentic mobile learning approaches. This is linked to a SURVEY TOOL, enabling teachers to investigate their current use of mobile technologies and to gauge their students’ experiences of mobile learning. Also included in the toolkit is a new RUBRIC for evaluating the pedagogic value of apps; a series of VIDEO CASE STUDIES; three EXEMPLAR EBOOKS that illustrate the use of mobile technologies in education, an ONLINE COURSE and a new PROFESSIONAL NETWORK for interested teachers and teacher educators to join.
An excellent resource and one you have to take advantage of.


4.HELPING STUDENTS LEARN IN A LEARNER-CENTERED ENVIRONMENT A Guide to Facilitating Learning in Higher Education.Terry Doyle. A very useful guide for your ebookshelf.


5. WEB LITERACY FOR STUDENT FACT CHECKERS: Here is a very useful little book that can be read online or downloaded. Your students should appreciate access to a guide that helps them use the Web effectively , efficiently and accurately. PDF, Kindle and EUB versions available for download.


6. Student-Centred Learning Toolkit for students, staff and higher education institutions
This Toolkit forms part of the project entitled ‘Time for a New Paradigm in Education: Student-Centred Learning’ (t4scl), jointly led by the European Students’ Union (esu) and Education International (ei).
A useful and comprehensive guide to student centred learning. Includes some beneficial check lists for the educator as well as the student.


7. Critical thinking web. An excellent ‘bank’ of free tutorials, guides and information on critical thinking. Critical thinking is one of the skills that employers say there new graduates(employees)lack. Methinks they lack a few other attributes as well, however.


8. MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities[By Dhawal Shah]
An interesting report and overview of the currently perceived focus of MOOCs. In the end, money talks.


9. ‘Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?’ A report on an interview with Nobel prizewinner professor Carl Wieman on his views on teaching in Universities and how they should change. You know all this already. Will anything really change? Maybe the focus should be more on’Why not focus on enabling learning ?’


10. Online Instructional Resources website. The creators from Michigan State University say this is a comprehensive list of useful resources.It definitely is. Not only is there some very useful links within the section on online resources, exploring the rest of the site also enables access to a range of useful resources in various subject areas. Could take some time to extract all the gems.


Have a look at the resources with Learner Centred teaching whilst you are wombling around:


11. With the current focus on digital skills this free ONLINE COURSE is worth some attention:
Blended Learning Essentials: Developing Digital Skills
A course for the Vocational Education and Training sector to support the development of learners’ digital skills in the workplace.
You will learn with Diana Laurillard and Neil Morris. Two renowned authorities in the area of digital learning, technology and skills.


12. Conferences
12.1. 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.


12.2 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.


12.3 5th International Conference on Educational Technologies 2017,11 to 13 December 2017,
The Educational Technologies 2017 conference (ICEduTech) is the scientific conference addressing the real topics as seen by teachers, students, parents and school leaders. Both scientists, professionals and institutional leaders are invited to be informed by experts, sharpen the understanding what education needs and how to achieve it.
Sydney, Australia


13. New Zealand Events.
SoTEL 2018 Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning. A symposium presenting a showcase of student learning supported by technology; from February 15th to 16th 2018. This exciting event will be presented annually.
This is a timely and relevant event considering the recent announcement by the NZ Ministry of Education in relation to the digital curriculum.


The concept that embraces SoTEL itself will live on as a vibrant hub and community of practice manifest through a Technology Enhanced Learning Research Cluster.
The SoTEL Research Cluster will be launched at the Symposium.
The inaugural event is being organised by the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) at the Auckland University of Technology.
First call for submissions from MONDAY 7th AUGUST.
Full details are available from the Website. Early BIrd registration is NZ$250 + GST.
Make sure you put the dates on your calendar, get the submission in and be there!


14 Odd one out: The little Black Book of Scams. Produced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission , this little book is a pocket-sized guide so you can spot, avoid, and protect yourself against scams. Highly topical and relevant to everyone who spends half their life online.


That’s it. I can see the September moon on the horizon
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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