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Personal Learning Environments

Posted by Elaine Huber on September 28th, 2010

Today a catalogue arrived in the mail called “Best Course”. 30 glossy pages filled with infomercials for ‘courses’ from the top academics and Institutions around the world. Each course came on a CD with 50 (or so) lectures and some even had pictures. I wondered who (on earth) decided they were the ‘best’? What makes them [...]


Posted by Elaine Huber on September 3rd, 2010

We have posted before on the LTC Blog on the benefits of using Twitter to enhance your professional networking and learning opportunities. See here and here. Just recently I was invited to Yammer which is the Enterprise equivalent of Twitter. Yammer prides itself on ‘improving workplace communication and collaboration’. Macquarie University has a Yammer account whereby [...]

Finding information in a networked world: EdNA

Posted by Martin Parisio on July 28th, 2010

Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon wisely stated that, the meaning of ‘knowing’ has shifted from being able to remember and repeat information to being able to find and use it (Simon, 1996, cited in National Research Council, 2000, p. 5).
Education Network Australia (EdNA) is a network for Australian educators that offers services such as News [...]

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 [...]

Find out who’s researching what

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on March 24th, 2010 “helps academics find out who’s researching what”:

Follow others from around the world who share your research interests
Discover what colleagues at your institution are researching
Keep track of the latest developments in your field – papers, conferences, blog posts
Create your own page and update your research status

Start on Macquarie’s page.

Do you have a PLN?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 23rd, 2009

Do you have a PLN?  That’s a Personal Learning Network.
This is why you need one.
Here’s a great presentation (with videos) from  Mark Woolley (via Judy O’Connell).
Powerful Personal Learning Networks PLN

View more documents from Mark Woolley.

And here’s another view by Bethany Smith (via Richard Byrne):
Creating an Online Personal Learning Network

View more presentations from Bethany Smith.

Twitter education – bite-sized learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 30th, 2009

You may well be sick of hearing about Twitter, but have you thought about it in the context of learning and teaching?  Here’s a brief run-down of how it can work:

Wired campus reports on a Professor from Pennsylvania State University who uses two screens when he is lecturing – one to project his slides, and [...]

Global faces and networked places

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 23rd, 2009

Market research group Nielsen reports on social networking’s new global footprint.  Some interesting stats emerge:

Social networks and blogs are now 4th most popular online category – ahead of personal e-mail.  These sites account for one in every 11 minutes online.
Facebook, which started as a service for university students, has the highest average time per visitor [...]

Role-playing Masked Ball (April 24th, UNSW)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 2nd, 2009

Project EnRoLE is building an Australian community of university clusters, state networks and international partnerships around online role play in university education.
Find out more at the Masked Ball:
When: Friday, April 24th, 3.30 – 5:30pm
Where: Tyree Room, Scientia Building, UNSW
RSVP: by April 15th
This will showcase numerous online role plays and unmask the academics who designed [...]

Edna workshop at MQ (15 April)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on March 20th, 2009

Connecting through edna: building cultural bridges, a one-day mini conference about technologies in education, will be held at Macquarie on April 15.
UPDATE (24 March) – This workshop is now full, but you can contact Lisa Javier to be put on the waiting list.
Edna is the Education Network Australia – find out more about [...]