It’s SoTEL 2019 month, apart from all the other innovative stuff that’s going on in education of course. A great programme with excellent presenters leading the way.I’m going to have a busy but great time at the event.
Summer in NZ has at last got under way and the Garden has produced lots of roughage (fibre, not the internet type) Picked the 5th Kg of beans last week and now the plants have a second wind; cucumbers are 35cm+,potatoes 8Kg from 6 spuds. Not bad eh? Tomatoes have provided numerous meals for the thrushes, blackbirds , fantails and the like despite copious amounts of netting. Hi Ho, someone has to feed them.
There’s plenty of interesting material and resources in this months posting. I particularly like the 125 rubrics in the Website on Objective Design and Instructional Alignment; what a wealth of useful material.
In this posting there are links to Edtech future, MOOC’s, Objective Design and Instructional Alignment, Feedback for learning, Edtech trends, Technology in teaching, Professional development workshops,TEL handbook, Copyright issues, Acts of kindness , Conferences, NZ happenings and the odd one out.
More will come marching in next month.
1. Edtech 2K19, what’s in store? From the Jisc blog an interesting opinion piece on what to expect in the near and distant future where edtech is concerned.


2. Objective Design and Instructional Alignment. One of a series of very comprehensive self assessment instruments incorporating rubrics; 125 in all I am lead to believe. I haven’t read through the lot but it’s a pretty impressive resource (released by Pearson in 2016)


3. MOOCs in Decline: Insights into multi year data from MIT and Harvard. Some interest ‘trends?’ data and statistics. What’s the significance?


Have a look at some other interesting stats: MOOC roundup 2018.


4. Feedback for learning: closing the assessment loop. A useful document which provides some excellent material to assist with creating and operating effective and efficient student feedback systems
Extract from the report: ‘This project set out to identify examples of successful feedback practices and, importantly, to investigate the underlying conditions and contextual factors that make them successful’.


5. How to start using technology in your teaching:This resource walks you through the key decision points you need to consider when beginning to use technology (to engage students) within the lecture hall. Based on personal experience of the author. Provides real insights into issues associated with using technology to enhance learning.


6.Understanding Educational Technology Trends and Issues:Tools: Online Communication and Collaboration. I stumbled upon this site whilst exploring for something else. It’s a FREE online graduate course. Lots of useful resources, guides, ideas and tips. Worth perusing.
Change the url to ‘/Week-1/ ‘ or 3 and there’s a whole lot more to explore.


7. SmartCopying: The official Guide to Copyright issues for Australian Schools and TAFE. Never mind that this is written for Australians, the content is very interesting and potentially useful for others considering complex issues around copyright. Good resources and examples throughout the open education section and others.


8. Technology Enhanced Learning Handbook, York St John University. Another useful and well structured document/guide produced by a specific university for its staff and students. Much of the content (apart from York specific) could be applied elsewhere. Extract: ‘this Handbook should act as a reference for good practice and developmental approaches to technology enhanced learning, and assist staff to meaningfully incorporate technology into the learning, teaching and assessment approach of their modules.’


9. Concept to Classroom: A series of workshops. These online workshops are free and in many ways are designed to support professional development of a whole range of people who are active in the education sector. Very comprehensive and detailed framework for each workshop with associated resources; even includes lesson plans. USA focussed but much is applicable elsewhere. Well worth exploring.


10.The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK). This is a bit different. Worth spending some time reading through. Applies to all levels of education and any community. Extract from the site: ‘Our goal is to provide engaging, accessible, high-quality resources to support schools, homes, individuals and communities in taking action to develop a culture of kindness’.


11. Conferences
11.1 ALT Annual Conference 2019
3–5 September 2019, University of Edinburgh.


11.2 6th International Conference on Educational Technologies 2019, 8 to 10 February 2019, Hong Kong. More information:


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


11.4 15th International Conference Mobile Learning 2019
11 to 13 April 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


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: PhotoScissors Online. Don’t have to log in to change the background of your photos. Useful tool worth experimenting with. Have a look at the other sites as well (iResizer, Photostitcher)

https://online.photoscissors.com and https://online.photoscissors.com/tutorials

That’s it for now
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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