October was an interesting month. Kay , our Golden retriever continues to recover from her major orthopaedic operation and will be back on the beach this month. The garden has gone bonkers, with all and sundry bursting into bloom, Wisteria is glorious, and the veggies are making great strides toward the future dinner plate.

SoTEL 2020 is gathering pace and I encourage you to register and ‘purloin’ the registration fee from the budget for this year :-).Apart from reviewing a few papers, its been relatively quiet on the academic front. NZ is setting up some regional discussion forums for people to contribute their ideas and suggestions as to what future education in NZ will look like. Hope any positive outcomes are actually used to shape NZ education of the future; Watch this space.

In the posting this month there are links to Instructional design Technology, Online and Blended learning, Open source alternatives, Microcredentials, Mooc’s, Elearning to Mlearning, Framework for Technology Enhanced Learning,Design thinking in Schools, Classroom training and elearning, Vocational education and training in Finland, Conferences, New Zealand Happenings and the Odd one out.

I can hear the Xmas bells from here…

1. ONLINE & BLENDED LEARNING: SELECTIONS FROM THE FIELD. This free eBook is a collection of the work of Online Learning editorial board members and OLC community members sourced from recent Routledge book publications.


2. Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology
The Past, Present, and Future of Learning and Instructional Design Technology
Richard E. West.
Sit back and read this free book with some fascinating insights, guides, suggestions, analysis, readings and much more in just over 600 pages! Very interesting both from historical point of view and for identifying some significant players in the discipline with associated submissions within the book.


3. From e-learning to m-learning: Open education’s next move. Highly relevant. A useful and thought provoking opinion piece which looks at change in approaches to helping student to learn wherever they are, initiated by mobile technology and open access.
Extract:”Our responsibility as stewards of education is to discover the next educational computing methods in partnership with the students we serve”. Important that the students are including in the process! Good read. Interesting Website to explore when you have some spare time:-)


4.By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018. I’m always interested in the development and progress of MOOC’s in meeting the needs of a wide range of learners. This report looks at the ‘state the nation’ in regard to MOOC’s in 2018. Makes for interesting reading and especially where the use of ‘micro credentials’ is concerned;short read.

By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018


No let up in the number of MOOC’s being offered

200 universities just launched 620+ free online courses. Here’s the full list.

5.Micro-credentials in professional and technical vocational education and training: A cultural self-approach, Positional Paper, Awanuiārangi Press, Whakatane, New Zealand.
John Clayton is well known in New Zealand for his passion for meaningful education systems and his propensity to create ‘disruption’ through getting educationalists to think differently and be more effective in the way they create learning environments, assess students and present their materials. Worth perusing and contemplating.


6. Vocational education and training in Finland. We hear a lot about the success of education in Finland. This publication gives a short and succinct overview of Vocational education and training. Maybe useful for comparison purposes and for perhaps a few ideas to improve and develop VET systems elsewhere?


7. Open source alternatives. There are many and varied open source alternatives to some of the most common software in use. This website invites you to explore the alternatives, some of which are purported to be in a class of there own. I use LibreOffice office on a Mac (unfortunately, currently won’t run on newest iteration of the Mac operating system (Catalina); hopefully that will change. Works very well on my MacBook Pro running High Sierra)


8. Teacher Professional Development: Design Thinking for Schools. A comprehensive introduction and resource for introducing design thinking to teachers through a well structured framework accompanying a workshop; several downloads complement the Website. Useful resource.

9.Classroom Training And eLearning: Why Blending Them Is The Right Choice. Nicely constructed infographic with useful comment. Lots more interesting and useful infographics on this website.


10.A Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Framework À La Hierarchy Of Needs. An interesting approach to the nature and description of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). The framework seems reasonable and a good way to start looking at or even improving your own application of TEL.

11. Conferences

11.1. Ascilite: 36th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education. In Singapore. Conference information from:

11.2  7th International Conference on Educational Technologies 2020
5 – 7 February 2020, São Paulo, Brazil
2nd Call for Papers ICEduTech 2020: submissions until 11 November, 2019

12. New Zealand Happenings

12.1 Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning:

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Get the fees from the budget for this year and save your boss a headache for allocation of funds in 2020!

The 3rd SoTEL Symposium will be held at AUT University (City Campus) in February on the 19th and 20th, 2020 (Excellent vision shown by the organisers :-))
Third call for papers has been announced. Closing date for all submissions is 1st December 2019.
Get all the information and any updates from:

SoTEL Symposium 19-20 February 2020

12.2 The Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence is proud to present Talking Teaching 2019 – Diverse Learners: Inclusive Teaching, a two day conference on tertiary learning and teaching practice for the whole tertiary sector.
28th- 29th November 2019


13. Odd one out. It’s that time of the year, fireworks all over the place. In case you are behind with the facts , this makes for interesting reading and will bring you up to date before you light the sparkler.


Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
Auckland, New Zealand

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