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January 2016 Blog Posts (14)

MOOCs - returning to questions of assessment and why we learn...

Massive open online courses (MOOCs), have been under discussion, and it seemed that in 2012 you couldn't escape the flurry of courses (free on the whole, although many provided with a for-profit model seemingly in mind further down the track).

There is also some controversy around…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 23, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

An industrial model - batches of learners

Cross blogged from Hynessight

A controversial discussion - the first for me in 2016.

A recent post in the Facebook NZ Primary Teachers Group got me wondering about whether some teachers would ever get over the industrial model of schooling.  The post started with a question as to whether it was acceptable…

Added by Leigh Hynes on January 20, 2016 at 17:09 — 1 Comment

Learning Analytics 101: Leveraging Education Data (Infographic)

To access the full size infographic please click here.


An Infographic by Open…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 20, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Do we need to make it more difficult to learn?

While I am not totally convinced about the argument in this post "The uses of difficulty" (recommended by @BeCyberwise), it certainly made me think. On the surface, it sounds like common sense - the more we are challenged, the more of our brain we use, and the more creative we become. I can…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 19, 2016 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Sustainable learning through formative assessment

The ideal is to move from a teacher-centered to student-centered education. There can be a trap where people can fall into a technology-centered education (rather than technology-enabled). In her paper, Sustainable learning through formative online assessment: using…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 19, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Huripoki - Flipping New Zealand Style!

“Culture is central to learning. It plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals. A pedagogy that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates fundamental cultures offers full, equitable access to education for students from all cultures”. (1)


While writing up…


Added by Leigh Hynes on January 19, 2016 at 13:30 — 7 Comments

Consider These Goal Setting Guidelines

Here are useful goal setting guidelines from an online course I am taking.

These go wider and deeper than just writing a wishful ideal.

Typically those kinds of New Years resolutions do not last.

If you like these then explore the site. There is much value there. Brain Johnson has granted me a scholarship three times. During his lessons he refers the more than 100 books he…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 17, 2016 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

How did you come to the realisation that the day you stopped teaching you started learning?

How did you come to the realisation that the day you stopped teaching you started learning?…


Added by Pascale Hyboud-Peron on January 16, 2016 at 18:30 — 4 Comments

Don't just use your phone, program it! And there's robots as well...

There seems to be growing interest in opportunities to learn to code...but not just code, code for a reason as part of your own project or to, for example, make a robot perform a series of actions. 

Scratchpad is a new, Auckland-based venture (in which I'm involved in an advisory capacity) that is aiming to support people to…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 15, 2016 at 18:34 — No Comments

30 Surprising (possibly controversial) research findings about how young people learn

In November, just before the Christmas madness, Tess Pajaron dropped me an email to share an article that focuses on how people learn based on a range of research. The writer explores 30 approaches, each of them drawn from current research (which is linked to so you can explore more if you'd like).

Although I may be a little…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 15, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Practical strategies to help you think deeply at work

Another gem from The Learning Wave blog, this article gives a brief overview of how we can make sure we can maximise our thinking. The article offers an insight into 'why' (how brains work), as well as…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 15, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Here are an Abundance of Online Education Treasures - the You Tube Edu Gurus

Consider how these can help you and your students.

You and they can subscribe to their channels like I did for lots of free education fixes.

You can use selected ones for your flipped classroom.

You can have your brightest students bookmark and tag the best ones.

Then review and revise their selections. 

Then share those as needed with the slowest and fastest students.

These can make for great ways a student to prepare for…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 13, 2016 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

Lessons learned as a learner improve facilitation

Amy Raymond is a mentor of accounting students. She advises that traditional accounting is exciting for some, and not so much for others. It looks back at the past rather than the future. However, in a rapidly changing business environment, accounting is changing. Business is changing it focus from profit to sustainability. Sustainability is required to meet the needs of the…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 5, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Reciprocity: Building partnerships in health and social work

There is significant diversity in the fields of social work, ranging from child youth and family to general health to social policy development and analysis. Field education is the “signature pedagogy” of social work (CSWE, cited in Peterson, 2010). This way of learning involves collaboration with others in the field, with a shared goal.



Added by Hazel Owen on January 1, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

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