A couple of good online/f2f/ virtual conferences coming up so I thought I would put keys to screen and let you know about them.

NZ is still in the grip of Covid and a little paranoid about percentages and numbers. Hopefully some common sense? will prevail and life will move into the new normal i.e. able to travel and see people friends and relatives as well as eat out and about; we shall see:-)

The garden has burst into bloom and everything is growing madly, including the 100 mtrs of hedging.Dug up some more potatoes, radishes, spring onions and spins ah this month; lots more to come.

In the posting this month there are fewer links mainly concentrating on planning online learning and exploring cognitive load: Planning and Designing a Blended or Online Course,.Planning for a Blended Future,Instructional Strategies for Virtual Learning,Cognitive Load Theory,The problem with Cognitive Load Theory, Publications , Conferences and the odd one out.

Enjoy and relax

Articles/ Websites

1.Instructional Strategies for Virtual Learning:A Companion Tool to the NIET Teaching and Learning Standards Rubric.

Always interesting and useful to view and digest what others are doing to create and manage effective and efficient online learning. This rubric is designed for K12 students. Most if not all are equally applicable to any level; just need to be selective.


2. Planning and Designing a Blended or Online Course. An Aussie approach worth perusing


3.Planning for a Blended Future. Lots of useful information, ideas, questions and links underpinned by solid research.

“This guide is designed to serve as a resource for educators — faculty, instructors, instructional staff, instructional improvement staff, instructional designers, learning experience designers and developers, technological support staff, and other stakeholders — to guide strategic planning for blended learning courses and programs.”


4. Cognitive Load Theory: Helping People Learn Effectively. Seems to be the flavour of the month so getting some attention. Worth perusing.



5. The problem with Cognitive Load Theory. 

Interesting in the light of (4) Some other good stuff on this site if you have time to explore.



Australasian Journal of Educational Technology:

An issue has been published:



1. SoTEL SYMPOSIUM 2022: Presenting a showcase of student learning supported by technology. February 16-18 @MelbCSHE @AUTuni @ascilite @A_L_T #SoTEL_NZ #PJTEL

The SoTEL Symposium is a showcase of student learning supported by technology. After the success over the last four years, we are excited to announce that the 5th SoTEL Symposium will be held online from the 16th, to 18th of February, 2022.


2. Registration for Digifest 2022 is open!


Come together on March 8-9 to consider the next stage in the evolution of learning. Join us for a two-day event, in person at the ICC, Birmingham or online, for inspiration, insights and support as we all move forward with digital transformation.

You can expect keynotes from Audrey Watters, founder of Hack Education and author of Teaching Machines: The History of Personalised Learning, and Dr. Sarah Jones, Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media at De Montfort University.


Odd one out72.png: ‘Orgy at my place’: The world’s best Covid cartoons from the past year. Hilarious, pointed, accurate, fun and light relief


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Richard Elliott

The Eternal Macademic


New Zealand