June 01, 2011

elearningWatch June2011


Half way through the year (almost) and I am looking forward to welcoming Thom and Patricia Reeves to these shores next month. Plans for the regional elearning in practice symposium and the NZ Shar-E-fest 2011 are all but complete. The NZ Shar-e-fest is an event not to be missed. The keynote presentations are bound to invite some useful debate. Be there! Details below.

The discussions in ipadsineducation are getting more interesting and potentially useful in all sorts of scenarios.Just shows how a little bit of vision and innovation can transform the student learning environment and contribute to making learning an enjoyable and meaningful experience.

I'm all for the challenge of change and the benefits it can bring. When I read about those who pontificate and say there won't be any difference to learning through the use of new and innovative technologies, or its use doesn't fit some nebulous theory or other, I am reminded of one of my favourite sayings viz:

'Those who think it can't be done are usually run over by those who are doing it!'.

Listen to what your students like, take a few risks and get creative. You might find it inspiring and rewarding on both sides of the fence.

I'm still working on rubrics, an interesting and challenging exercise!

In this posting there are links to animation resources, effective practice guides, VET learning outcomes, curriculum design, task based online learning, a new book from Tony Bates,ipads in schools, open learning resources, free learning resources, quality rubrics, collaborative learning guide, conferences and the odd one out.

July edition might be a tad late as I will be up and down the country.

1. A couple of sites which employ video or animation sequences or snapshots using a tutorial format to explain or demonstrate a range of techniques, health issues, technology tips, work activities, tips on software use plus more

Explania: Animated explanations

The title says it all. Not a huge range of explanations under four different categories. Many are sponsored animations and may display a bias . Useful as a resources in various areas.


Woopid: Free technology training videos:


2. JISC infoNet has launched two new resources which have been developed under the auspices of the JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery programmes

http://www.jisc.ac.uk.curriculumdesign and www.jisc.ac.uk/curriculumdelivery

JISC Curriculum design and delivery: Comprehensive projects and tools well worth perusing.


2a. Critical Friends: Effective Practice Guide

The critical friends who supported the Curriculum Delivery projects and CAMEL cluster groups have worked together led by Peter Chatterton and Peter Hartley to update existing guidance on the role of the critical friend to produce an online effective practice guide for projects, sponsors and for those engaged in critical friend roles. This resource is intended to complement the resources around the CAMEL process.


View the Effective Practice resource at :


3. Tony Bates has a new book.

'Managing Technology in Higher Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning', written by Tony Bates and Albert SangrÓ

Information about the book,extracts from chapters,scenarios from the book, and opportunities to discuss some of the issues raised in the book can be obtained from the url below. If you order the book from this site you can get a 20% discount. In my opinion, great value for money and from what I've read from the abstracts a valuable resource for all educators!:

http://batesand sangra.ca

4. Compendium LD: Open education resource available for Windows, Mac and Linux

Extract from the site:

'CompendiumLD is a software tool for designing learning activities using a flexible visual interface. It is being developed as a tool to support lecturers, teachers and others involved in education to help them articulate their ideas and map out the design or learning sequence'


5. Publication from CEDEFOP: Briefing note - When defining learning outcomes in curricula, every learner matters

Described as a briefing note , this short publication should be of interest to those of you involved in vocational education. Its main focus is on European VET. but no doubt the comments suggestions and discussion are applicable to other parts of the world. A useful document as a guide to the nature and use of learning outcomes.


Other publications relating to VET can be found on the same site.


6. The Khan Academy: Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything, for free.This is billed as 'A free world-class education for anyone anywhere'.It has been in existence since 2006 and has grown steadily.
If you haven't perused the very extensive resources, you should do! Everything here is free and there are millions around the world who have learnt lots from using the resources. There has to be something here for you and your students


7.iPads in Schools Livebinder. This is a site produced and maintained by Mike Fisher. There is a wide range of resource and ideas for using ipads in schools through to higher education. Lots to meander through.


If you want some quick tips, click on the 50 useful ipad tips and tricks (takes you to another site and if you can't wait , it's


I will be returning to this one again as it is growing.

Have a womble around a companion site 'Evidence of Learning 2.0' while you are here. Lots of short 'snapshots' and interesting and possibly useful resources.


8.Quality Rubrics. This site has a lot of information on Rubrics, including some examples and samples for a wide range of uses. If you are into rubrics probably worth perusing to get some new ideas and maybe a different focus.


This page has some interesting comments worth considering when creating rubrics:


9. Collaborative Networked Learning: A Guide/Introduction/Beginner.

This is a wikibook and a work in progress. It consists of several levels from beginner to more advanced practitioner. Easy to follow and worth exploring if you are into collaborative learning.


10.Case Studies of Good Practices in Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education Task Oriented Online Learning (TOOL), Social Interaction in an Online Environment.

The information and resources on this site have been produced by University College Dublin (UCD),University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD),Dublin City University (DCU).

A lot very interesting and useful guides to approaches used in task oriented online learning.

Use the arrow keys top left of the screen to view other case studies which may be useful for your own discipline.


11. Conferences


The 28th ascilite annual conference will be held at Wrest Point Casino,
Hobart, Australia on 4-7 December 2011. ascilite 2011 reflects on the theme
of 'Changing demands, changing directions'.

Conference details are available at:


Full details regarding the call for papers is available at:


11.2 ALT-C 2011 - "Thriving in colder and more challenging climate", our 18th international annual conference. will be held 6-8 September at the University of Leeds.

Bookings are open for ALT-C 2011.

Keynote speakers will include :

Miguel Brechner, Head of Uruguay's Plan Ceibal, under which all children and teachers in public schools in Uruguay have received their own laptop and connectivity to the Internet;

Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, and previously head of Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education, where she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and manager

John Naughton, Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University, and the Observer's technology columnist.
Conference co-chairs: John Cook, Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at the Learning Technology Research Institute, London Metropolitan University and Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University.

The hashtag for ALT-C 2011 is #altc2011

Full details at:


[Information on ALT-C 201, obtained from Association for Learning Technology Fortnightly news digest 225, issued on 16 May 2011]

11. 3 Inaugural International Conference on eLearning Futures 2011: Unitec Institute of Technology. Auckland New Zealand

Full details can be found at:


12. NZ happenings

NZ Shar-E-fest 2011 will be held in Hamilton on July 11- 12th. Prof Thom Reeves from the University of Georgia, Altlanta will be the keynote presenter and workshop facilitator.

Thom's keynote abstracts have been posted to the NZ Shar-E-fest 2011 site.

Many thanks to Ascilite for being a contributing sponsor again this year.

To make a submission go to:


1. Use Presentation Guide Tab to review presentation types.
2. Use Submit Presentation tab to submit abstract (NB you will be prompted to create a new account) If you had an account from last year's Shar-E-Fest the details will be the same.

Final Call for submissions on June 1st

Mark the dates in your diary AND aim to be there. Last year was an unqualified success

GO to the NZ Shar-E-fest 2011 Website for more information:


13. The odd one out: Famous Poems

For some lighthearted (and not so) amusement, troll through the hundreds of poems and pick a favourite.



As it's nearly mid winter Christmas here I quite liked Pam Ayres rendition:



Until July, that's it again.

Richard Elliott
The eternal Macademic
New Zealand

Posted by richard at June 1, 2011 07:03 AM