Month: May 2020

eLearning guidelines project day

All the project leaders involved in the eLearning guidelines project gathered today at the Wellington airport conference centre. The steering committee meeting held yesterday was used to plan today’s event. The main aim for today was to introduce project leaders to each other and to discuss items around managing the […]

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A time for transformational Change

The ‘New Normal’ – Post COVID 19 ‘Where have come from? where are we now? and where are we going?’ This is the title of a painting by Paul Gauguin when he was feeling depressed and suicidal. Which when he completed it he felt better illustrating the power of creativity […]

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Keep your soul diligently

We’ve all seen those memes on Facebook and other places where the letters of each word are scrambled, but the first and last letters are kept unchanged. Sometimes these memes are accompanied by statements such as, “Only intelligent people are able to understand this message.” Actually, most adept readers are […]

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IUT conference

The last few days have been spent attending the IUT conference (Improving University Teaching). Yes university teachers do care about good teaching! I went as a Doctorate in Education student and because it was nearby at the University of Otago. There were some interesting sessions on offer, and it was a different […]

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Persona activity for Facilitating eLearning Communities

I have just finished reading through the discussion on Blackboard around creating personas. The individual persona exercise, quite rightly, became a group persona which reverted back to being a suggestion to create two general personas which are representative of the group. David started off the exercise with a persona based […]

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eLearner profiles: Diversity in Learning

I was very interested in a report of a Tertiary eLearning research fund project 2005 which looked at learner profiles – learning styles and preferences of students for elearning. Samuel Mann was on the research team and you may have seen the questionnaire. i have requested a copy of the […]

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virtual classrooms and cognitive load theory

In response to a request for material on virtual classrooms, I stumbled across some interesting theory around cognitive processing and Virtual classrooms by Dr Ruth Clark. Dr Ruth Clark runs a training and consultancy website. There are lots of courses you can enrol in but they are pretty expensive. The graduate […]

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virtual friends are they disconnecting us?

all this talk about tools for networking and being connected in communities leads me to ask the question are people feeling disconnected as they strive to become more connected? You may be interested in an article I read recently. here are a couple of excerpts: “Jason Calacanis wishes he could be […]

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Putting too much trust in technology

The title of this post is stimulated by the technology hassles we have been having this week in the Facilitating eLearning Communities course. Who would believe it – two nights in a week and the computer conferencing system failed to function. Twice we were embarrassed in front of an international […]

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when is a community not a community?

In response to mark’s suggestion that we contribute to a discussion about why we are in this community has stimulated a question for the group – when is a community not a community? If you all think about any communities/groups you may belong to – they all have one thing […]

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Why is evaluation so important?

I was asked recently to present about evaluation for one of the constructing courses sessions. I decided to do an Elluminate session so I could fit it around study leave. However this morning when I was all geared up to present, the server decided to play hookey and go west. This spurred […]

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Structured versus not structured versus guided

Is the Facilitating eLearning Communities course an example of constructionist and constructivist and reflective learning? Are we like this lego maze (Lego Maze Eric4 by Anvilon)– structured yet in a quandary and having to find our way around and out? Is there really an end point for a course like this? […]

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facilitate or teach or learn

In response to Leigh’s posting as you prepare to facilitate try not to teach. To teach or not to teach. to facilitate or not to facilitate. To moderate or not to moderate! Is there really a debate to be had I wonder? I believe that all this angst has come about […]

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Auf wiedersehen

This is my good bye to everyone in the Facilitating eLearning Communities course. When writing to the email group to thank them for participating in the course, I realised that the community was really only beginning. Although the course is now officially finished, we will be keeping the email group open […]

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Mob Lynching

By- Shrey Jain Lynching is a premeditated extrajudicial killing by a group. It is most often used to characterize informal public executions by a mob in order to punish an […]

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