January is not normally hosting an eLearnngWatch posting. However, as SoTEL 2019 is on the horizon, I thought I’d better do something other than harvest the cucumbers, beans, lettuces , tomatoes, potatoes, slugs and beetroot.
In this posting there are links to Authentic Learning, Analytics, Technology enhanced learning survey, Design thinking, An open LMS, Supporting educational practice, Game finder, Digital library, Accessibility in digital learning, Edtech’s and Instructional designers, conferences and the odd one out.
A Happy and prosperous New Year to one and all!
1. Defining Authentic Learning by Steve Revington. A very comprehensive overview of authentic learning with some useful charts and diagrams to enhance understanding and use.
Worth exploring the related resources on the site.


2. Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education. An informative article about design thinking and how it can be adapted and improved to help students think and learn. Also incorporates an overview of universal design for learning and its relationship to design thinking through a planning tool. Worth pursuing to get some ideas and support for what you may already be doing. Also includes examples of the use of the tool.


3. From UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES INFORMATION SYSTEMS ASSOCIATION (UCISA): Technology enhanced learning survey for higher education in the UK. Get some insights into what is happening with technology enhanced learning initiatives. This is a PDF download. Extract: ‘The Digital Education Group has carried out regular surveys on the use of technology enhanced learning in the higher education sector. In addition to reviewing the technology in use, the survey looks at the drivers behind the adoption of technology enhanced learning in institutions’.


4. eWorks Open LMS: eWorks partners with Blackboard’s Open Source Division to support Open LMS. This is an interesting devvelopment which is focussed on the VET sector. Pretty comprehensive suite of tools to support the learner and tutor alike.


5. Gamefinder at BrainPop. If you are interested in using games for educational purposes, this site provides a number of options at different levels.


6.In case you were wondering: EdTechs and Instructional Designers:What’s the Difference? Nicely written article with some explanations and insights into the roles of Instructional designers and educational technologists. Might not fit your definition but makes for interesting reading.


7. Understanding Accessibility in Digital Learning Materials: Simply Said. This video provides a very clear, basic and simple outline of issues around accessibility and how they can be resolved; nicely done


8. IAmLearning: Mobilizing and Supporting EducatorPractice. A interesting, informative and useful ebook focussed on various aspects and challenges of mobile learning.


9. HathiTrust Digital Library: The help file. This Web page provides a wealth of information about the Hathitrust digital library and its resources. It provides useful information on how to access materials as a guest and the benefits of being a member.USA based and organised.

Read in conjunction with:
Searching, Reading, Building Collections, and Accessibility.


10. From Educause: Using Analytics to Answer Important Institutional Questions. If you are into analytics within your establishment or considering using in a variety of ways, the set of ‘tools’ may be of interest.


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


11.2 HEAd’19: Call for Papers:
5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
June 26 – 28, 2019. Valencia, Spain


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.


Invited speaker: Sue Beckingham: Sheffield Hallam University Department of Computing Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts


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.
The programme is FULL of interesting, innovative and stimulating presentations, workshops and round tables
The draft Programme is now online
Proceedings of SoTEL 2019 will be published in the new journal ‘Pacific Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (PJTEL)’ to be launched at SoTEL 2019 in February.
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


13. Odd one out: Happy New Year 2019 Quotes for you to impress your friends, boss, family and yourself.


That’s it to start the year off, See you at SoTEL 2019!
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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