it’s been a mixed September and a wet one in NZ. Now we are into daylight saving, Summer apparently, is around the corner. Wish I knew which one. SoTEL 2018 has been keeping me busy this month dealing with submissions and related activities. Still had time for a 12km walk with the dog around the local estuary and down to the beaches. The veggies have gone into the garden,potatoes, tomatoes, beetroot (a favourite of Alan Levine (not)), beans and cucumber. Don’t think the hail the other day helped them much. However, the hail did enable some catch up reading on AR and the latest NMC report.
Have a good look at the student digital experience tracker from Jisc, well worth geting involved.
In the posting this month there are links to learning analytics, neuromyths, open textbooks, digital tracker, augmented and virtual reality, design guide for open online courses, some aspects of feedback, digital library, behind the NMC Horizon report., conferences,New Zealand events and the odd one out.
Maybe some fireworks in the posting next month!
In the posting this month there are links to learning analytics, neuromyths,open textbooks, student digital experience tracker, augmented and virtual reality, design guide for open online courses, some aspects of feedback, digital library, behind the NMC Horizon report., conferences,New Zealand events and the odd one out.
1. [Infographic] Augmented and Virtual Reality Are Revolutionizing Education and Student Learning. From the India Edutech review site. A useful article on Augmented reality which includes a well designed infographic from New Jersey Institute of Technology.


2. Why mythbusting fails: A guide to influencing education with science. An interesting article that looks at ‘neuromyths’ such as learning styles and why people believe in them. Something to do with ‘cultural cognition’ apparently. Good read


3. A Design Guide for Open Online Courses. Here is a resource which is well worth having. A well written and constructed guide providing a clear account of principles and techniques used to develop the online course ‘Citizen Maths’.Highlights the fundamentals for planning and creating online courses [Thanks to Seb Schmoller for providing the information]


4.The Handbook of Learning Analytics: First Edition
Editors: Charles Lang, George Siemens, Alyssa Wise, Dragan GaĊĦevi;
This is a FREE book you can download and peruse at leisure. Worth exploring if you are interested or into learning analytics.
Extract from the site:
‘This volume provides an extensive view into what we know now about learning analytics from the perspective of leading experts in the field. I am confident that you will find here research that will simultaneously excite you with ideas about how we can change the world of education and frustrate you with the evidence of the challenges ahead for doing so. We invite you to join us in this adventure.
Stephanie Teasley
President, Society for Learning Analytics Research’


5. Open textbookLibrary. I’m always looking for free material that has a quality stamp and meets the needs of a range of learners. There are an ever increasing range of resources on the Web and this one is another worth perusing and using. I’ve made the link to an open textbook on anatomy and physiology of animals as it was created in Otago in New Zealand. Got to promote good stuff from here.


6.Student digital experience tracker: GET INVOLVED! Jisc would welcome you and be delighted if your institution became involved in contributing to the digital tracker, making it a truly international and valuable resource.
There are different versions of the Tracker available for international participants: (a) Higher Education university students, (b) further education/VET students, (c) skills/work-based learning, and (d) for those learners learning exclusively online.
The initial sign up form is available from


A total of 150 institutions, including some from Australia, South Africa and Brazil, have already signed up to participate during 2017 to 2018. Let’s have some from New Zealand!!
Those institutions who register interest in the initial form will be contacted with further details, confirmation form, and links to the new question set in the next few weeks.
The pilot project went very well last year with 74 UK institutions and 10 international institutions that used the Tracker survey.
Read more about the digital experience tracker from the report: Student digital experience tracker:A survey of students’ expectations and experiences of technology.The student digital experience tracker is a survey tool that enables organisations to explore how students use and feel about the digital tools, environment and support they provide.Mostly about students in UK education Institutions but with some input from international organisations.
New Zealand is in the process of adopting a ‘Digital Curriculum’. Some of the data in the JISC report could be useful as a barometer of change.


Student digital experience tracker 2017 at a glance. A quick look at outcomes from the report.


7.Immediate and Delayed Consequences in Branching Scenarios. An interesting and useful article on the use or not of feedback in various situations. I’m a strong advocate of feedback and feedforward and don’t think enough is done in many educational environments to enable student to know how well they are doing.Using two way feedback to activate feedforward for potential or real change can invoke a real difference in learning and achievement for all. There are some other articles worth perusing on the same subject on the site.


8. HathiTrust digital library. Apparently the library now contains more than 15.7 million volumes. Taking into account multi volume journals and duplicate copies, that’s about 8 million unique items, about 95 percent of them from Google’s original scanning project.Lots of material from the early 19th century if you are into historical stuff. Impressive and worth book marking. Some material can’t be accessed onion due to copyright restrictions , but there are plenty of things to explore. I had an extensive look at the history of English humour in the 19th century; fascinating


9. Why AR? A short blog article by Clark Quinn that looks at some of the possibilities for effective use of AR in learning and performance


10. Peering behind the Horizon. Quite an interesting look behind the scenes of the NMC/ Educause Horizon report 2017. If you haven’t read the report , this article might spur you into action to have a closer look at the Wiki and how the report evolved and who was involved.


11. Conferences
11.1 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.


11.2 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


11.3 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 are now calling for expressions of interest for the forum.


12. 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.
We are really pleased to announce that
Professor Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Education and Students)
University of Technology Sydney, is a key trendsetter along with
Professor John Clayton from Tokorau Institute for Indigenous Innovation: Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
Associate Professor Matt Bower, from Macquarie University, an international authority on the scholarship of technology enhanced learning, will also be joining us via a video link.
Claire Amos Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School Claire a founding council member of the Education Council of Aotearoa, New Zealand will also be joining us.
A distinguished group of Key trendsetters!
We are delighted that the following organisations are sponsoring the event:

AUT University

Ako Aotearoa, National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence

Catalyst open source technologies


echo 360

Cyclone computers


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. The odd one out: A selection of funnies from various place that will while away the time .New Zealand speak is not far off the truth methinks.


That’s it
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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