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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 [...]

The countdown continues…

Posted by Jayde Cahir on September 8th, 2010

It is only 12 days to go until our celebration of Learning and Teaching!
One of the many highlights will be a keynote session by Anne Forster, Independent Consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College, on Friday 24th September, 10am to 11am, in Y3A, T1.
Anne Forster is an independent e-Learning Consultant based in [...]

CFP: Education 2011-2021: Global Challenges and Perspectives of Blended and Distance Learning Summit (Sydney, Feb 2011)

Posted by Elaine Huber on July 16th, 2010

DEHub partners and ODLAA will host the Education 2011-2021: Global challenges and perspectives of blended and distance learning Summit at the Dockside Venue, Darling Harbour, Sydney, from 15-18 February, 2011.
DEHub and ODLAA aim to bring together colleagues globally who are engaged in pedagogical research to work together collaboratively to address key issues in the field. DEHub takes a broad [...]

Wiki won’t you?

Posted by Elaine Huber on July 8th, 2010

My favourite Blogger, Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers posted 7 videos all educators should watch. I liked Kevin Honeycutt’s offering ‘I need my teachers to learn’. Certainly no oscar’s here but this line ‘prepare us for the future and not your past’ rings true at many levels. So why not take a ‘ride’ towards the future [...]

Double crisis

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 9th, 2010

Check out the edu-factory collective’s new web journal on the “double crisis” of the university and the global economy.  The “zero issue” responds to the following questions:

What are the connections between the global economic downturn and the ongoing transformations of the university? In mainstream analysis, the current economic situation is referred to [...]

Forum Network – Lost in Learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 18th, 2009

Here’s another contender in open education.  This blog has previously posted about Academic Earth, DiscoverEd, Connexions, WikiEducator, ITunesU, Ebay Uni,  P2P and University of the People.
Now there is Forum Network, a trove of interviews and videos of lectures by academics.
One highlight is a lecture from Eva Timothy on her photography project Lost in Learning:
[Lost in [...]

Academic Earth rises

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 2nd, 2009

I have previously posted on Academic Earth.  Back in February, I suggested readers might find more of value at CCLearn, a division of Creative Commons dedicated to supporting open learning and open educational resources.  Fast forward six months, and Academic Earth (AE) has been listed in Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites 2009:
The latest campus revolutionaries [...]

Learn online: Social media and open education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on September 1st, 2009

Alec Couros, professor of educational technology and media at the University of Regina, is teaching an open access course called Social Media and Open Education.
In the last few years, the world of educational technology has changed significantly. Many new tools that allow for easy communication and collaboration (e.g., Web 2.0 tools, free & open source [...]

Check out DiscoverEd

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on August 27th, 2009

DiscoverEd is an experimental project from Creative Commons ccLearn – a search engine for  educational resources  on the web.
To find out more read the FAQs or the white paper that describes the rationale for and design of DiscoverEd, as well as thoughts on possible future enhancements that could make the tool, or other search tools [...]

Connexions open-source learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 3rd, 2009

In another fantastic TED video, Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions: a free global online education system that allows educators to rapidly create online courses that can be shared with students all over the world.  Read more about it here.  Richard talks about the benefits for “shut outs” – those who [...]