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Quiz: Which MBA Concentration is Right for Me?

Deciding if you should get an MBA? Take our quiz and find out what kind of MBA specialization is perfect for you. Are you considering pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA)? There are many options to choose from and different career possibilities depending on the degree path you choose. […]

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cognitive, social and teacher presence and PLEs

This posting is in response to Derek Wenmouth’s diagram – OLE a school perspective – illustrating a school-based PLE. This is currently being discussed in a very interesting online discussion seminar run by Derek Wenmouth and Derek Chirnside on SCOPE. It strikes me in all this talk about personal learning ecologies and personal […]

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Collaborative Hearts And Minds Help Kids Cope

Source: ASIDE 2015 With the increasing questions we received from our sixth graders about the abhorrent news this past week, we realized they needed to do something to make them feel they were sending a positive message to help the world be a more peaceful place. Eleven- and twelve-year-olds hear […]

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Heart-Shaped Maps – Valentine Primary Sources

Source: Wikipedia – Oronce Fine, 1531 It wasn’t until our students started making heart-shaped worlds as part of a way to promote peace that we wondered if there were any historical references. To our surprise, there were plenty. One of the earliest heart-shaped (cordiform) map projections by Oronce Fine, a French mathematician and cartographer, […]

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SXSWEdu 2015: Education For All – How Far Have We Come?

Source: TES Global An important and undeniable thrust of the 2015 SXSWEdu conference has been the attempt to reconcile the nation’s educational inequalities. Marquee panels and sofa conversations alike have centered on this notion of access – access to college, to technology, to careers, to mentors, to professional development, to contemporary learning tools.Last […]

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eFest Day One

Here we all are at the first day of eFest. The feeling is relaxed and friendly and it looks like the emphasis is going to be on round table conversations – well the set up of the room has set the scene. Lots of familiar faces and it is good […]

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FLLinNZ facilitation sessions – day two

Sean McDougall – speaking via videoconferencing classrooms of the futurenot a lot has changed – still sitting in classrooms altogether slumped over desks which are unsuitable for learning and sitting at all day. All studying at same time in groups. Sean has been working in designing learning spaces for the future. […]

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eFest Workshop Communities of practice

Derek Chirnside – Communities of Practice, creative facilitation in a Web 2.0 worldSome wonderful insights into this phenomenon. A wonderful mix of multimedia to illustrate concepts and principles of what a community is and how to create it. A little bit of theory (situated cognition) and seeding some ideas e.g. […]

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Day Three – Panel

The last part of the panel session was about the Future of learning 2027:Generic off-the-shelf products are no longer in vogue and businesses have moved out of the tertiary organisations. “The only sure thing is that things will change”. There may be holographs accessed via smart cards as learner needs […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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