‘Rhetoric and Reality’ – critical perspectives on educational technology from Down Under

Critical thinking thrived at the 2014 ascilite annual conference (24th-26th November), held in Dunedin, New Zealand, with presentations interrogating claims on a number of themes. Shane Dawson (University of South Australia) in a thought-provoking keynote questioned the value being extracted from analytics software across the HE sector, viewing the technology as a blunt instrument in […] View Article

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Social Media for Every Audience : Student Social Media Showcase and the European Conference on Social Media 2014

      The first Student Social Media Showcase (SMSS) and the inaugural European Conference on Social Media 2014 (ECSM2014) were hosted 9th-11th July by the University of Brighton Business E-Learning Research Group and took place in the Huxley Building, Brighton. The two events brought together over 250 academics (from 35 countries), students, school children […] View Article

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Open Education Conference OER14

Newcastle upon Tyne’s Centre for Life was the venue for the fifth annual conference on Open Education OER14, which took place in April. Two university students provided a superb welcome to delegates and Catherine Ngugi then provided a stirring keynote presentation which set the tone for the conference.  As Project Director for OER Africa she […] View Article

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Developing and running a MOOC: some practical considerations

Report from a Centre for Distance Education seminar, University of London, 13 Jan 2014 The University of London’s (UoL) Centre for Distance Education (CDE) provides thought-provoking lunchtime seminars on topics of interest to learning technology practitioners and staff who teach or administer online courses. A recent well-attended seminar on the practicalities of Massive Open Online […] View Article

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UCISA Effective use of mobile technologies to enhance learning, teaching and assessment

How can mobile learning enhance the student learning experience? What are the pedagogic benefits related to the use of mobile technologies in learning, teaching and assessment activities. What are the most effective strategies for engaging learners as mobile learners? These are just some of the questions addressed in a new collection of case studies on […] View Article

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