March 02, 2012

elearningWatch March 2012


beware the tides of fiscal march (apologies to the Bard), or in real terms watch out for the bean counters annual exercising of that wonderful euphemism for institutional mismanagement called 'restructuring'. Not sure if it reached epidemic proportions on the other side of the globe, but it certainly is rampant over here. Several of my colleagues with infinite wisdom and years of experience have succumbed to its machinations. Another is under a gathering
cloud (not the i sort) I might sound cynical but I could hardly wax poetic about the shortsighted administrators who fail to value the people that make a real difference to student learning, for the sake of 'saving money', they think. End of tirade.

This month the posting contains the usual mix of goodies.It includes developing online materials,history resources,study guides and strategies,technical standards for VET, moodle 2guide,Web to mobile, training and assessment guides, online facilitation,Horizon videos, conferences and NZ happenings plus the odd one out

The year continues to flash by.

1. Study Guides and Strategies.
A very comprehensive site available in 37 languages. There is a wealth of information here for the learner and tutor alike. Where do you start? Pick a topic that interest you and explore. You could spend some time here

2. Victoria University, Melbourne
elearning: Designing and creating your online Unit:
A guide and resource for those developing online study materials
When you get to Instructional Design, navigation changes somewhat. You will need to follow the 'bread crumb trail at the top of the page and click on other highlighted links.

3.Europeana: Europe's cultural collections
Vast amounts of information, images publications and more

Worth exploring. Enter your birth year in the search box as a starter. You may be surprised what you find. Excellent teaching resource.

In a similar vein?

Smarthistory is a site with a wide range of resources within different historical timelines. Excellent resource for history tutors and for general knowledge areas.

4.Moodle 2.0 for Teachers: An illustrated guide.
Simple and straightforward guide for teachers who want to know a bit more about Moodle 2.0, what it can do and how to do it.

5. Vocational Education and training (VET) : Release of new set of Technical standards. The VET e-standards are a national(Australia) set of technical standards recommended for underpinning all e-learning content and systems in the sector. A useful set of standards that can be used as a guide for VET developers. Some useful information that could be applied to other sectors as well.

Have a look at the users guides and resources as well. Wealth of useful stuff

6. Horizon Project: 6 minute videos from some thought leaders in the world of emerging technologies

On January 24-26, 2012, one hundred distinguished thought leaders from all over the world were invited to come together in Austin to mark the tenth anniversary of the NMC Horizon Project with a very special convocation and retreat. Over its decade of work, the Horizon Project has grown to the point that it may very well be producing the single most important body of research into emerging technology within the world of education. [thanks to Stephen Barnett for the link]

7.Facilitating online: A course leaders guide
A lot of work has gone into producing this guide, and a very useful resource it is. Lots of ideas and suggestions to ensure the online experience for the student and tutor alike is productive and of value.

8. Interactive Science Websites and more
There is a reasonable list of links to a range of interactive resources relating to science for all ages. The web site also has sets of links to other sites containing interactives, grouped into a half a dozen high level academic subject areas. All worth exploring for that gem that will make a difference to your student's learning

9.Training and assessment resource kit.
There are a number of guides on this site , which, although written for a specific subject and group of people, are nonetheless an extremely useful and valuable resource. Much can be found within the various guides that can be applied to any discipline. I found learner guide 3 particular useful.

10. Delivering Web to mobile: Preview version of the new publication from the JISC observatory.
Very well written overview of the progressive use of the Web on mobile devices. Some very useful links to resources are throughout the text. Worth reading and waiting for the final version.

11. Conferences

11.1 ALT 2012: The 19th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Manchester, UK, 11-13
September 2012.

The conference title is "A confrontation with reality" and the conference
themes are Problem solving, Mainstreaming, Openness and sharing,
sustainability, and Entrepreneurialism.

To access the detailed call for Abstracts go to

To access the detailed call for Proceedings Papers go to

Please note:

The deadline for submitting abstracts and papers for ALTC2012 has
been extended to 12 March 2012.

Submissions via

11.2 ascilite 2012: Preliminary information

Dates are 25th to 28th November, Wellington New Zealand

12. Other New Zealand events

NZ Sharefest 2012 and regional elearning in practice symposia will take place from 1 - 12 October 2012. The actual NZ Sharefest event will be in Hamilton on 1 and 2nd October.
We are delighted that Professor Diana Laurillard has accepted an invitation to give a presentation and discussion session on here latest book, 'Teaching as a Design Science' due out in March. This will be via a live videolink.

Details will be posted on the Sharefest site

13. The odd one out: This is apparently what Welsh sheep farmers do when they have nothing else to do. Very clever, even if it is an advert.

That's it until April fools us all again.

Richard Elliott
The eternal Macademic
New Zealand

Posted by richard at March 2, 2012 12:46 PM