here it is, the run in to Christmas and all that entails; rest, relaxation, no students. no marking, no barking for at least a couple of months. Too late to make a submission to SoTEL 2019, but plenty of time to register so you don’t lose touch with reality (real not virtual)!
Vege garden is overflowing with produce, even the beans have stopped stringing me along.
In this issue there are links to Digital practice,Inquiry design, Education technology, Science of learning, Unbundling and Rebundling Higher Education, Apprenticeship toolkit, Vet trade training, Tips for iPhone and iPad, Open education, Conferences, New Zealand happenings and the Odd one out.
May I wish you all a pleasant and relaxing festive season and a prosperous and happy New Year!
1. Methods of Education Technology: Principles, Practice, and Tools. A free open book from Pressbooks. All about the use of technology in education. Eight chapters of useful information, guides, principles and practices.


2. Introduction to Open Education: Towards a Human Rights Theory. An interesting, comprehensive (quite long) and thought provoking article with some useful explanations and insights into Open education.


3. Breaking through: stories of effective digital practice from UK further education (FE) and skills. Another good read from JISC


4. Understanding Accessibility in Digital Learning Materials: Simply Said. A nicely crafted video which looks as aspects of accessibility and digital learning materials.


5. Guided Inquiry Design. A useful guide to designing materials for guided inquiry.


6. The Science of Learning (and technology’s impact on how we learn) If you are into technology enhanced learning, this article is worth reading. Has some good insights on learning, technology and the brain.


7. Unbundling and Rebundling Higher Education in an Age of Inequality. A very interesting article in keeping with the challenge and potential of change in today’s learning and teaching environments. Worth reading


8. Vet Trade Training : Prepare to be simulated. A well written and interesting article on game based learning and simulations, written as part of a journal for Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation – Master in Education.


9. Apprenticeship Toolkit. A useful toolkit with clearly defined pathways and outcomes.




10. iOS Magic: iPad and iPhone Tricks Revealed. Might be a little dated , however there could be some functions you are not aware of that will prove to be useful in your teaching and learning environment.


11. Conferences
11.1 6th International Conference on Educational Technologies 2019, 8 – 10 February 2019, Hong Kong. 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.


See the video on the SoTEl Website or here:


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


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.


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 always welcomed.
Call for Submissions is now closed. The programme is FULL with many innovative and stimulating presentations.
Plans are in place to publish accepted papers from the SoTEL 2019 event in the Pacific Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (PJTEL) which will be launched at the SoTEL 2019 Symposium
Put the dates in your Diary and plan to attend the event!


INFORM all your colleagues and get them to be part of the event of 2019!


Many Thanks to our current sponsors of SoTEL 2019:

AUT University

Ako Aotearoa, National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence

echo 360

Cyclone computers


12.2 Doctor of Education: As a practitioner involved in technology enhanced learning, this degree programme: Doctor of Education, may be of interest to you or your colleagues. The theme for 2019 is:
Learning in a digital age
The EdD is a professional doctorate designed to be taken part-time to prepare the next generation of practitioner experts and leaders in education. It focuses on the development of new knowledge and scholarship in educational practice.
Teaching is a blend of block course and online study for the first two years part time. There are choices after that. Continue part time to complete the thesis in four years or change to full time registration to complete in two years. Because the first two years are part time, this degree is not available to international students.


13. Odd one out: Music of Science, is a brand new endeavour by a young scientist who believes music can make science come alive and be appreciated through the medium of music. The link below takes you to his latest rendition.
Let him know what you think by visiting the Music of Science Website. I think it has huge potential!


Song: Bioluminescent Bay
Music of Science:


Xmas on the beach is just a barbecue away…. and another new year beckons.
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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