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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 [...]

Video games inspire students

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 27th, 2009

From John Moravec at Education Futures:
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Will Wright, the video-game designer responsible for some of the best-selling titles of all time, says that video games are better at inspiring students to learn than actually teaching them.

Managing Online Teaching Workload

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 23rd, 2009

This useful and timely post comes from the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) joint campus:
As much fun as teaching on line can be, one would think that being able to avoid driving to campus multiple times weekly to stand in front of a classroom in [...]

Upcoming LTC workshops and webinars!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 5th, 2009

Social Media in Education Webinar – Wed 13 May, 10.00-11.00am
This session presents the current issues, opportunities and directions for education in a world powered by Web2.0, mobile, non-passive communication technologies. It is ideal for anyone trying to understand how social media impacts learning and teaching, the engagement of students, and the technologies that deliver enriched [...]

Upcoming LTC workshops – Blogging, Second Life

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 16th, 2009


Introduction to Education in a Virtual World (Second Life) – Mon 20 April, 12.00-2.00pm
Second Life is a 3D virtual world, which educators all over the world are using to explore and imagine new ways of teaching and learning. As well as the convenience of being a space for eLearning, it is an imaginative, playful [...]

7 things you should know about Second Life

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 23rd, 2009

Assuming you are now popping into LTC in Second Life, you might want to check out the Educause brief 7 Things You Should Know About SL:
What is it?  Who’s doing it? How does it work?  Why is it significant?  What are the downsides?  Where is it going? What are the implications for teaching and learning?
Here [...]

CFP: Learning in Virtual Worlds (March 09)

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 19th, 2009

Papers are invited for a special issue of Learning, Media and Technology with the theme Learning in Virtual Worlds.
There is substantial evidence that people learn in virtual worlds. While most learning in these spaces is informal, existing outside the school curriculum, formalised learning environments have also been developed in textual worlds, MOOs, MUSHes, MUDs [...]

Macquarie’s Second Life

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 12th, 2009

I’m going to borrow a post from the Teaching and Learning Design blog of Dean Groom, LTC’s Head of Educational Development, to introduce Macquarie’s Second Life build:
MQ on Jokaydia has two spaces – a practical resource, information and teaching ‘building’ and a second area which the University can use as a collaborative space. The aim is [...]

The myth of the digital generation?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 4th, 2009

Here’s how it goes.  Whatever you call them – Gen Y or Z, Millennials, The Net Generation, digital natives – they learn/communicate/think radically differently from previous generations.  They have grown up with laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras, hand-held games, global positioning systems, ipods, and DVD players which they use for blogging, social networking, creating and [...]

Contribute to E-learning Insights Vox Pops

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 15th, 2009

Edna – Education Network Australia – have issued  an invitation to contribute to E-learning Insights, a cross-sectoral podcast that aims to provide academics, teachers and trainers with interviews on leading tools, technologies and issues in e-learning.  The topic for the [...]