Well here we are, the end of the year (well almost). Certainly a year of disruption and challenge. Is 2022 going to be the same ? I hope not. A raft of opportunities now exist to evaluate and analyse how well the use of digital technologies have performed in the learning environment for the betterment of student learning, and what changes that have happened are positive and  going to stay.

NZ is in a bit of a quandary with the introduction of a ‘traffic light’ system to manage and control the movement of people; education doesn’t escape. Vaccine passports, testing, isolating  and conforming are with us until at least April next year! Hopefully someone will apply some common sense and reevaluate how the Covid management can be made simpler, practical and far less draconian.

The garden continues to flourish. Red onions, spring onions, potatoes, peas , tomatoes and  beans all ready for the festive feast, plus a rogue pumpkin which has taken over half of one of the vegetable beds; not mu=y idea of a sleeping companion. The hedges all look pretty trim, all 100 Mtrs of them. Have to start the other end again next week.🍅🏡

The posting this week includes links to Student guide to time management, Online course design, Flexible course design, Constructive alignment, Conferences, Publications and the Odd one out.

Slow down, reflect, relax and enjoy the break

1. Online Course Design Best Practices Checklists from Kent State University. Very useful as a guide.


2. The Online Student’s Guide to Time Management. Very comprehensive with a lot of useful information, help and ideas. Good resource for students who struggle with managing their time (probably just as good for some academics I know :-))


3. It’s on flexible course design, which is all the rage right now? The
resource is Creative Commons licensed. Might improve your approach to designing your own courses.


4. Constructive alignment as online learning design framework. A short and concise article with a clear focus and useful information for curriculum design.

Constructive alignment as online learning design framework

5.Quick Tips for Teaching Online: Constructive alignment: using Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy in curriculum design to align teaching, learning and assessment. It is what is says it is and may give you some new ideas or direction to follow. Also includes some useful links to other resources



1. The latest edition of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is now available.



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.


3. 18th International Conference Mobile Learning 2022:12 – 14 March 2022, Porto, Portugal.  Keynote Speaker (confirmed):
Professor Audrey van der Meer, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

🎄 Poems for the festive season. Some nice poems to relax with along with a glass (or two) of something special to help you enjoy the break⛄🏂


Hope you have a pleasant and relaxing Festive season and the New Year heralds some positive changes to your learning , teaching and life in general😊❄

Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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