spring is in the air this side of the globe, time to dump the work stuff and plant the veggies, well for a short time at least;Garlic is doing well.
Busy month contributing to the organisation of

SoTEL 2018

which is shaping up very nicely. More information in this posting. Couple of papers to review and some long walks with the dog, about 7.5 Km the other day. Lots of time for thinking. Next project looks like helping to organise an event for a group of medical practitioners. Be good for my health I am told.
In the postingthis month, there are links to Analytics, competencies, technology trends in training, open source authoring tool, anatomy and physiology resources, digital literacy, Google Classroom, Mooc’s, deep learning, resource book bank,K12 Horizon report, conferences, NZ events, and the odd one out.
That’s it for this month
1.ADAPT. Here is a free open source tool that should appeal to many innovative and passionate educators who want to create more effective learning environments and materials for their students. The fact that it enables multi device material is a real bonus, especially if you are a mobiliser.
From the site ‘Adapt is a free and easy to use e-learning authoring tool that creates fully responsive, multi-device, HTML5 elearning content using the award-winning Adapt developer framework’.


2.Why Google Analytics is the next thing you should be adding to your LMS. Good advice? How useful are analytics in making a difference to how you focus and present educational resources and materials to your students? Will this make a difference?


3.The Training Industry Magazine: TRENDS 2017. There are several papers that are worth reading, digesting and pondering on as technology trends continue to make an impact in the training environment.


4.Measuring 21st Century Competencies: Guidance for Educators. A very comprehensive and practical guide which is worth perusing.


This, although a little older but not necessarily dated, I think complements the above.
Defining and Assessing Learning: Exploring Competency-Based Initiatives.


5.Anatomy and Physiology animation videos. Here is a huge collection of short videos with associated explanations . A very useful resource for all who teach health science and related courses. There are lots of other videos apart from A and P.The full body system in 3D is quite well done . Ads are included in some videos.


6. Google Classroom. Are you using Google Classroom this year and do you need some help? This ‘suite’ of training programmes will greatly assist your development of appropriate skills to use the G Suite effectively in your classroom.


7.SECOND HORIZON PROJECT STRATEGIC BRIEF ON DIGITAL LITERACY: ‘This independent research builds upon the established baseline definitions of digital literacy from the 2016 brief, examining digital literacy through a global and discipline specific lens to reveal new contexts that are shaping the way learners create, discover, and critically assess digital content’. Worth perusing as it goes into some depth on the meaning of digital literacy and its role/importance in modern education and society.


8.Deep Learning:Shaking the Foundations.An interesting and useful paper describing and presenting examples of deep learning and what differences it can make. If you want to follow the gathering crowd read, absorb and act on the 10 Ways to Make Deep Learning Live.


9. Openstax. This could be a useful addition to your resource bank for your students , and possibly you as well. All books are free and there is a reasonable range available to download. Explore and take advantage of an excellent resource.


10. What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All? I found this an interesting article and one that raises some useful points about Mooc’s and how students learn. As an aside I thought the statemen t’moving a university is a little bit like moving a cemetery. You can’t expect any help from the inhabitants’. was quite pertinent in the ever changing world of technology in education. Listen to the podcast if you have time.


11. NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2017 K-12 Edition
What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive educational change? What are the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome, and how can we strategize effective solutions?
Read all about it in the latest Horizon report


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.
It’s on this month, 5 to 7th September


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.
13.1 SoTEL 2018 Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning. A symposium presenting a showcase of student learning supported by technology; from February 15th to16th, 2018. This exciting event will be presented annually.
At the Symposium this year the SoTEL Research Cluster will be launched
The inaugural event is being organised by the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) at the Auckland University of Technology.
Registration available from OCT 1st. Early Bird is NZ$275 +GST
Full details are available from the Website. Make sure you put the dates on your calendar, get the submission in and be there!


13.2 The 5th Sino-NZ Research Forum will be held in Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China from 27th to 30th November. The forum aims to bring together industry and educational leaders, politicians and government agencies, practitioners and learners in TVET from New Zealand and the Peoples Republic of China to share their experiences in innovation and enterprise education, strengthen collaboration between the two countries and plan the development of model programmes in this field.
The New Zealand Forum Committee is now calling for expressions of interest for the forum:


13.3 Pacific Tertiary Education Forum 2017
The forum provides an open environment for sharing sector wide approaches to shaping the practices, systems, and policies of those who have a stake and interest in this dimension of tertiary education.
Date: 28 to 29 September 2017
Venue: Pasifika Community Centre, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland.
Full details:


14. The odd one out: The Mind-blowing AR Demo from Peter Jackson’s Studio. Have a look at this amazing development for yourself and imagine what’s coming in the future; maybe tomorrow. Great potential for education


Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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