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Designing and MAKING (my) World Wide Web for learning

Posted by Martin Parisio on March 7th, 2011

With the arrival of web-based systems such as iLearn, university teachers more than ever before are offered avenues to customise their digital learning environment for students.  Embedding videos on webpages along with instruction and other learning resources is one such way to customise.  There is strong pedagogical reasoning that underpins the use of video as [...]

Virtual Archaeology and Learning by Design

Posted by tomkerr on January 31st, 2011

Virtual archaeology is a relatively recent discipline where 3D graphic software is used to construct a representation of an archaeological site, usually for educational purposes. Until the advent of easily accessible and cheap 3D software, the field was mainly the domain of
Hollywood, where CGI experts were employed to create accurate representations of historical scenes [...]

Neuroplasticity and addressing learning disabilities

Posted by malakandadai on November 9th, 2010

Usually when a child or young adult is diagnosed with a learning disability they are compensated for their handicap. Compensation solutions include extra time on tests or access to skilled writers for dyslexics.
Advances in teaching slow readers/learners  to read, focus and retain information  by the Scientific Learning Corporation have proved that perhaps compensation may not [...]

Good Ideas

Posted by Elaine Huber on October 19th, 2010

Where do your good ideas come from? Who or what inspires you? Do good ideas appear from nowhere or do they slowly develop over time? Watch this video as Steven Johnson gives an introduction to his research and new book titled ‘Where do Good Ideas come from?’ The narration is accompanied by superb ‘real-time’ drawings [...]

How will the lecture look?

Posted by Elaine Huber on September 14th, 2010

There is great discussion going on around many institutions about the changing face of learning spaces. How will the lecture look in the future? Will the lecture theatres be empty? Students learning online; juggling their work and study; ubiquitous learning. The list goes on. The latest round of Macquarie Learning and Teaching Grants are rewarding [...]

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)

Posted by leemowbray on August 13th, 2010

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is launching a new initiative intended to bring the teaching and learning community into a collective discussion about ways of gathering evidence of the impact of our innovations and current practices. What are the current effective practices that would enable us to collect that evidence?
With the advent of Web 2.0, [...]

Future of Education Ning

Posted by leemowbray on August 3rd, 2010

Steve Hargadon has created a Ning dedicated to discussions about the Future of Education. In his introduction he states: “This community is devoted to providing an opportunity for those who care about education to share their voices and ideas with others. It’s a place for thoughtful discussion on an incredibly important topic.”
The Future of Education [...]

Opening a window on Burma through LinkedIn

Posted by Elaine Huber on July 22nd, 2010

Are you a member of LinkedIn? I have to admit I’ve been registered on LinkedIn for quite a while but am not that active. Today however I received an interesting notification from Daniel Opacki, a member of a group I belong to called Teachers Without Borders (TWB). Their mission statement says they ‘advance human welfare through professional development [...]

CFP: ATN Assessment Conference (Sydney, November 2010)

Posted by Elaine Huber on July 16th, 2010

The ATN Assessment Conference is to be hosted by the University of Technology Sydney on the 18-19th November 2010.
This year’s theme is Assessment: Sustainability, Diversity and Innovation, and  a broad range of contributions in the form of full papers, short papers, workshops and posters are welcomed. The conference provides participants with opportunities to explore research and scholarly practice [...]

More on the Educause challenges for 2009

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 19th, 2009

Back in February, this blog listed the Educause top 5 learning and teaching challenges for 2009:

Creating learning environments that promote active learning, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and knowledge creation
Developing 21st-century literacies (information, digital, and visual) among students and faculty
Reaching and engaging today’s learners
Encouraging faculty adoption and innovation in teaching and learning with IT
Advancing innovation in [...]