March on in ‘cos there’s no fooling around in April. Still the weather is great in NZ and the garden continues to produce. Can’t last much longer.

There seems to be a lot happening in the world of AR and VR for education with new Apps appearing on a regular basis. It would appear from what I have read, that many of the innovative uses of AR and VR are making a difference to student learning. Will we get a proliferation of research studies that show ‘no significant difference’ in learning with traditional versus AR/VR, or will the developments be the game changer we have been waiting for? Mixed reality certainly seems to be innovative and more engaging/ motivating for some, if not all learners.Does this translate into deeper more meaningful learning?

In this posting there are links to Canadian study of online learning, Academic writing Tips, Periodic table of iOS Apps for AR/VR,The world to your Classroom. Music of Science, Action research, Technology guides, Pockets of innovation from Canada, Choosing the best online course, Ruby on rails, Conferences and the odd one out.

Enough to keep the brain functioning for a while.

Kia Kaha Christchurch

1. The NEW Periodic Table Of iOS Apps For AR And VR. This site provides an overview of the ‘periodic table’ of iOs Apps for Augmented and Virtual reality; this is an update on the version produced early last year. You might find it useful in your search for innovative teaching approaches for a range of subjects which are coloured coded on the interactive table. There are a few more useful tools on this site. Go explore


2. Academic writing tips. This site outlines some basic principles and practice associated with academic writing. It’s straightforward, concise and probably a useful guide for your students who are embarking on or even already writing academic papers and articles.

3. 2018 annual survey of online learning in Canadian post-secondary education.(courtesy of Tony Bates (https://www.tonybates.ca) Always interesting to see what’s happening in other countries and comparing with that of your own. Might get motivated to change things for the better 🙂

4.The music of Science: The Ballad of Ceratonova shasta. An interesting and very informative approach to highlighting issues around science. Good for engaging students in a different way and raising their interest in things ecological; might even inspire them to write their own songs.

5. Bring the World to Your Classroom. Had a look at some of these resources.’The Human Body and Life Cycle’ presentation certainly gets your attention! Lots of useful resources here for your students. Very much aligned to USA standards for teaching grades 6 to 13+


Specific resource:The Human Body and Life Cycle

6.Contact North’s Pockets of Innovation, case studies of individual instructors’ attempts at innovating in online learning. They now have over 200 cases from not just Canada but from around the world.Some fascinating studies with useful ideas maybe for developing your own innovations.

7.Technology guides. A very wide range of guides on technology topics, providing answers to some of those questions you have that are always waiting to be answered. Worth bookmarking and perusing at leisure. Extract from the site’Our award-winning range of 400+ how-to guides covers a whole host of digital topics. Written by subject matter experts and updated daily, the guides are perfect for supporting others with digital skills or improving your own knowledge’.

8.Action Research: Practice Guide: Extract from site: ‘This resource has been written specifically for higher education practitioners who are interested in improving students’ learning experiences through the process of researching their own practice.’ A very well written and constructed guide. Worth downloading for future reference.

9. Ruby on Rails Tutorial:Learn Web Development with Rails by Michael Hartl Not very often I put tutorials in the Watch, however I found this one to be an excellent resource fro learning about Web development. Not for everyone . Worth a read of some (if not all) of the content to get your he’d around the process.

10. An In-Depth Guide To Choosing The Best Online Learning Sites. As is stated,’in depth’ it is. A very comprehensive overview of various ways and places where online learning is created and offered. Useful as a guide for those not sure what direction to take. Lots of other interesting and useful stuff on this Website. Explore.

11. Conferences

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


11.2 HEAd’19: Call for Papers:
5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances

June 26 to 28, 2019. Valencia, Spain

11.3. 15th International Conference Mobile Learning 2019
11 to 13 April 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands

11.4. Ascilite: 36th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education

12. Odd one out: WINE 101:Beginner’s Guide to Wine. I’ll drink to this site:-) Has lots of interesting facts, figures and suggestions all about the wonderful world of wine; fascinating, and I only drink the stuff. Sip or slurp your way through the pages


That’s it for April.


Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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