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Kindle DX Study

Posted by Jayde Cahir on May 4th, 2011

A study of student use of the Kindle DX at the University of Washington gave the device decidedly mixed reviews. According to Inside Higher Ed article released today, ‘the study involved first-year graduate students in computer science and engineering — students who are presumably comfortable with digital information. But seven months into the study, 60 percent [...]


Posted by Natalie Spence on April 4th, 2011

The Kindle and other readers such as the Barnes and Noble ‘Nook’ or Sony readers all use electronic paper, which digitally mimics paper. The display is reflective, which means it is easily read in sunlight (as opposed to the shiny iPad which favours more muted light), is kinder on the eyes and requires an external [...]

Using Wikis for group work tasks

Posted by Lyn Collins on March 16th, 2011

Teaching evaluation feedback often indicates that students want more opportunities for group work.   There are several technological solutions that Educational Developers can suggest, but they all lay outside the current LMS (that may change when Moodle arrives). Some Academics requiring a collaborative technology to facilitate group work take advantage of wiki functionality because they [...]

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 [...]


Posted by Jayde Cahir on February 28th, 2011

EDULEARN11, the 3rd annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies will be held in Barcelona (Spain), on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July, 2011.
EDULEARN11 is an International Forum for those who wish to present their projects and discuss the latest innovations and results in the field of New Technologies in Education, E-learning [...]

Register now

Posted by Jayde Cahir on February 14th, 2011

Register now for CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia, 3-6 April 2011 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour for more than three days of networking with your colleagues and sharing ideas about information technology in higher education.   The conference is organised by CAUDIT, CAUL and ACODE. 
Early Bird Registration closes on 3rd March.
With six keynote speakers and [...]

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 [...]

iPads – the new pen and paper?

Posted by Jayde Cahir on January 31st, 2011

Digital Life published an article ‘The three Rs get rad with an iPad’ that stated ‘iPads can be distributed by schools under its digital education revolution program … schools are expanding the use of new technologies in classrooms, rolling out iPads to help teachers and students with learning’.
Recently the LTC conducted an iPad trial. Our [...]

PDF Accessibility

Posted by Tony Dwyer on January 24th, 2011

This subject seems to pop up quite regularly at any forum related to web accessibility / usability. While there are some vision impaired users who believe that PDFs are accessible if done with care, there are others who believe that until PDFs are reliably accessible they should be avoided, or at the very least [...]

Web 2.0 Mindmapping tools: which one is good?

Posted by malakandadai on December 22nd, 2010

Ideas are in a sense like clouds, hard to pin down. Elaborate paper based mind maps evolved by groups or simple ideograms drawn by individuals have only represented some parts of an idea at a certain point in time.
Web 2.0 based mindmapping tools make it truly possible to track the life cycle of an idea [...]