July 01, 2012

July2012 eLearningWatch


June disappeared very quickly. However, I did take some time out for a reunion in the UK and had a few days in France and Spain whilst I was in the area. Very pleasant indeed.
Now it's back to the grindstone.
I am always interested in curriculum development and the various ways in which educators put them together.Having spent much of this year and some of last contributing to the development of competency based curricula(CBC) for a Saudi institution, I have noticed an increase in the attention being paid to the creation of CBC for degree level courses. Good move, although it does have its challenges. Read the first article in this month's posting and draw your own conclusions.

This month's posting includes competence based curriculum,several publications from JISC,understanding assessment, literacy training manual,vocational education and training in Denmark, Clayton Wrights conference listing,iPods,iPhones and iPads in Education, evaluating educational Apps, Conferences and the odd one out.

Enough is enough. CU in August

1. Online learning insights: A Blog about Open and Online Education

The Next Big Disruptor Competency-based Learning?
An interesting and thought provoking article and one that is worth reading.It might give you some ideas on how your next curriculum project will evolve. Explore the rest of the site for more useful stuff.


2. Four excellent publications from the JISC stable

Crossing the Threshold: Moving e-portfolios into the mainstream

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/eportfolios/crossing.aspx and

JISC Effective Practice series, Learning in a Digital Age - extending opportunities for lifelong learning

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/digilifelong and

Enhancing Practice: exploring innovation with technology in further education

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/programmerelated/2012/enhancing-practice.aspx and

A view of the Assessment and Feedback Landscape: baseline analysis of policy and practice from the JISC Assessment & Feedback programme
A report for JISC by Dr Gill Ferrell, April 2012


3. From the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK
Understanding assessment: its role in safeguarding academic standards and quality in higher education
A guide for early career staff


4. A series of manuals were produced in 2011 which form a collection for the matching of competences in higher education and the labour market. Each is a dissemination measure of the European funded Tempus project.

These manuals contain some useful information and guides. No's 1 and 3 are included here as I think they contain the best resources.
Manual 2: Matching Competences between Higher Education and the Labour Market
and Manual 4: Strategy and Curricula Development, can be obtained by searching


http://www.link-competences.org/downloads/Manual%201_Competence_Based_Thinking.pdf and Manual 3

Manual on the Development of Competence Catalogues From Competence Catalogues to Strategy and Curriculum Development


5.European Journal of Open, Distance and Elearning

Evaluating continuous assessment quality in competence-based education online: the case of the e-folio

Useful in the contxt of other materials in this posting.


6. Principles of Curriculum Design for Literacy Training : UNESCO publication

This was written some time ago and i thought twice before including it in the eWatch. However Having read through much of the content I thought lots of this tuff is highly relevant and is well presented. You may think differently ,but i think there is a lot of useful material in the document.Some may be familiar but hopefully some you will find useful


7. CEDEFOP European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
Vocational education and training in Denmark:Short description

For those of you working in or with the VET sector , this document may provide you with some useful insights.


8. Clayton Wright's June - December 2012 Educational Technology and Education Conferences listing.

This is probably the best listing you will ever come across thanks to the continuing hard work by Clayton Wright. You could spend forever on the road. Come to think of it I think I know some academics who do!
Don't forget to link to the other sites recommended by Clayton on developing and renewing online course and open education resources.

Linking to Seb's site is deliberate as well. Apart from Clayton's list. Seb has some excellent resources and comment worth exploring.


9. iPods,iPhones and iPads in Education
A useful Website with a New Zealand flavor and some ideas and resources relating to the use of iPods,iPhones and iPads. Classroom management made a lot of sense.


10. Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps

A useful article about evaluating educational Apps. The rate at which Apps are being used in teaching and learning is accelerating rapidly. Knowing what to choose and use can be a challenge. Using a purpose design rubric App will be of some help in the decision making process. Apparently there are over 43,000 educational Apps available. Ouch!


11, Conferences

11.1 ALT-C 2012
Early bird registration open for ALT-C 2012 a confrontation with reality
The 19th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Manchester, UK, 11 to 13 September 2012. Register before 3 July 2012 to receive our 'early bird'rate.
For more information go to

http://goo.gl/N3YOC Register at


11.2 Innovating e-Learning 2012: Online Conference
The seventh in the popular series of JISC online conferences takes place in November 2012.

The title of the 2012 conference, Shaping the future, reflects the changing educational environment and addresses the challenges that institutions and practitioners are facing. The conference will focus on some of the innovative solutions being developed to: engage students and stakeholders; enhance learning, assessment and feedback; develop digital literacies and employment potential; improve and sustain organisational efficiency; facilitate openness and sharing; and manage organisational transformation.

Pre-conference activity week: Tuesday 13 - Sunday 18 November
Main conference sessions: Monday 19 - Friday 23 November
The conference will take place online using both live and asynchronous sessions.

The conference site will remain open - for reading only - until the end of December 2012.

More information about this year's themes and programme will be released in the near future.


11.3 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 - 5th 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:Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology' This will be via a live video link.

We are also really pleased to inform you that we have managed to secure Dr Geoff Mitchell as the main keynote speaker for the Shar-e-fest and regional symposia. Geoff has an international reputation as an excellent educator, keynote presenter and researcher. He is the Director of the Integrated Help Services Department in the Technology, Information and Learning Support Division at Queensland University of Technology in Melbourne

More good news, Echo 360, [http://echo360.com/]is a Silver sponsor of the NZ Shar-e-fest 2012. We appreciate Echo360's involvement and commitment to improving education. Many thanks to Jocasta Williams the Director, ANZ operations, for facilitating the sponsorship.

More details will be posted on the Sharefest site as they come to hand

http://sharefest.crowdvine.com/ Just make sure you put the date in your diary with a commitment to attend this not to be missed event on the NZ calendar. CALL for presentation submission will begin in July

13. Odd one out: A nice little game to test comprehension of English vocabulary. Each answer correct enables 10 grains of rice to be donated through the World Food Programme to help end hunger. Will keep the kids amused and they might learn that they know a lot.


That's it for now.


RIchard Elliot
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

Posted by richard at July 1, 2012 08:34 AM