this is coming to you from London,UK, so not sure what the veggies are up to back in NZ; they were all right when I left. Now in the tender mercies of the rest of the family. Hi Ho
This month has been busy as the organisation of SoTEL 2019 ramps up and submissions begin to arrive (at last).Our merry band of external reviewers have been excellent, keeping well within the 72hour deadline for return of reviews; great stuff!
Why is it that academia leaves everything to the last minute, before making a submission? (not everyone of course, but not far off). With Prof Thom Reeves leading the trendsetters at SOTEL 2019, it’s already gonna be better than this year.So far most of our sponsors have also returned, for which we are extremely grateful.
Augmented and Virtual reality plus artificial intelligence continue to dominate my reading matter, especially in the mobile domain. All very interesting and in lots of ways a potential boost for enhancing and supporting student learning through technology.
In the posting this month there are links to Digital experiences, Teaching science, Google classroom, Instructional design, Mobile apps infographic, Engaging online learners, Web literacy, Flipgrid, Rubric for eLearning Tool Evaluation, Universal design for learning, Conferences, New Zealand happenings and the odd one out.
Hope you find something useful.
1. Jisc Digital experience insights survey 2018: findings from students in UK further and higher education: Authors: Tabetha Newman, Helen Beetham and Sarah Knight
This survey provides a very useful snapshot of the use of the digital domain by students in the learning environments in UK Higher and further education. As is usual with Jisc reports, it is a well structured and informative document with a range of comments, analysis, key messages, suggestions and insights relating to the student experience and expectations of digital technologies.
Whilst focussed on the UK educational environments, much of what is presented should resonate elsewhere in the world.
Well worth reading. taking note and bookmarking.


2. Engaging online learners through story-telling techniques. A useful article that looks at common issues associated with online courses and how they can be designed to improve and sustain positive and effective engagement with students


3. Teach Science with Games These are free games to play online . They provide a fun environment to learn a range of principles and explanations of some interesting topics in Science. Entertaining , informative and good fun!. Try the bacteria game.


4. Using Google Classroom to lead professional learning. A clear overview of how to set up and use a class in Google classroom.


5.Show What You Know Using Web & Mobile Apps Version 5. This is an updated version of a versatile and comprehensive infographic which provides links to useful resources in various categories. Some you may already know others may be new to you. Worth exploring.


6.INFOGRAPHIC: 2018 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND LEARNING TRENDS An interesting overview with comments and predictions depicted in a ‘journey’ type infographic.


Whilst you are there , have a look at The Future Of Virtual Reality Infographic. Another useful snapshot of trends and stats.


7. The Educators Guide to FlipGrid. Seems that the video discussion platform ‘FlipGrid’ is rapidly gaining popularity. The Guide below provides a very good overview of its capabilities and ways to use them. Looks like it is a useful tool for students and their teachers.


8. Rubric for eLearning Tool Evaluation. Extract from Website: ‘This rubric has been designed for instructors and staff as a formative tool to evaluate eLearning tools in higher education. eLearning tools are defined as any digital technology, mediated through the use of a computing device, deliberately selected to support student learning. The rubric supports a multi-dimensional evaluation of functional, technical, and pedagogical aspects of eLearning Tools’. An interesting rubric which provides some useful guidance when considering the functionality of elearning tools


9.Universal Design for Learning and Digital Accessibility: Compatible Partners or a Conflicted Marriage? An article which promotes debate on the efficacy of learning initiatives which on the surface seem to be fair and reasonable but may in effect be counter productive in the long run. Read and determine for yourself.


10. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. A very comprehensive online book(manual) which provides some very clear information and help on checking the origin and validity of web based resources. Worth reading.


11. Conferences
11.1 Ascilite:35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education.
Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. 25th to 28th November 2018


11.2 6th International Conference on Educational Technologies 2019, 8 – 10 February 2019, Hong Kong.
This is a blind peer-reviewed conference. Authors are invited to submit their papers in English through the conference submission system by October 8, 2018. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously.
More information:


12. New Zealand Happenings
12.1 Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning:
The SoTEL 2019 Committee is delighted to announce that:
The Key Trendsetters for SoTEL 2019 are
1. Professor Thom Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia, USA.


2. Stuart Cook and Stephen Aiello, Lecturers in Paramedicine at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand.


3. Dr Rachel Buchanan, Senior Lecturer. School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia.


4. David Parsons. National Postgraduate Director, MindLab


IMPORTANT CHANGE: Due to some logistical challenges at the University (always happens), we have had to change the dates and location of SoTEL 2019. New dates are:
2nd SoTEL Symposium: February 14th and 15th 2019. Auckland City Campus of AUT University.
Call for Submissions is OPEN. Peruse the various options, make your choice and submit!

The call


International submissions are always welcome.
The SoTEL committee is exploring the possibility of having the presentations at SoTEL 2019 published in a special edition of an international journal.
SoTEL 2019 is open to all innovative and passionate educators from the Secondary and Tertiary sectors and organisations creating opportunities for students to learn with the support of technology; submission from without New Zealand are welcomed.
Put the dates in your Diary and place a reminder so you can get your presentation ready and plan for the event!


Video’s of the 2018 Trendsetters are also available:


Peter Scott: Trendsetter 1: Supporting Student learning with Technology: What Future?
Claire Amos: Trendsetter 2: The Digital Blue Yonder: What’s on the Horizon, What next and What now?
John Clayton: Trendsetter3: Creating Jigsaw pieces for an unknown picture: Piecing together the future
INFORM all your colleagues and be part of the event of 2019!Watch this space for further details.
13. Odd one out: Emojipedia. A vast range of those useful or annoying little additions that transmit a variety of messages. Lots to explore and use


That’s it, until November announces more educational fireworks
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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