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May 2013 Blog Posts (17)

"Degree of Freedom - doing a BA in a year using MOOCs

Kia ora koutou

This is Jonathan Haber's blog on his personal learning journey - gaining a degree in a year through MOOCs. He writes well, and it makes fascinating reading.

Ngā mihi

Added by John Birnie on May 30, 2013 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Closing which gap?

I have been working with teachers for more than 20 years, and I would say that all this time the idea of ‘closing the gap’ has been a common reflection when teachers’ goals and the challenges in education are analysed.  There is, however, some compelling research evidence that may challenge the way in which this ‘closing the gap’ purpose is being approached within the classroom.

I am part of the research team of the Assessment and Learning Partnerships Project (ALP) since…


Added by Alejandra Arratia-Martinez on May 28, 2013 at 18:02 — 3 Comments

Primary & Secondary Distance Education: Expanding the knowledge base in the schools sector


This issue of JOFDL seeks to advance understanding of distance education in the schools sector in New Zealand, Australia and other Pacifica countries. Contributors focus on some aspect of…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 23, 2013 at 16:46 — No Comments

What Professors Can Learn From 'Hard Core' MOOC Students

Kia ora koutou

Not sure this will work for you all - it's a link to an online magazine, mainly about MOOC "addicts" but also about what these high level users of MOOCs have to tell providers about what works and what doesn't.

Mauriora tātou

Added by John Birnie on May 23, 2013 at 9:40 — 3 Comments

Do you get penalised by Google search, for cross-posting?

When I asked Madelyn Griffith-Haynie ( if I could cross-post something from her site she asked some really good questions that affect…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 22, 2013 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

The online community as 'thriller': Capturing stories of value

I must admit that I hadn't thought of the characters, interactions, and communications of an online community as a thriller (or a romance, but Wenger, Trayner and De Laat in Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: a conceptual framework, assert that "to…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 21, 2013 at 18:01 — No Comments

Interface Expo (Nigel Bailey)

A post courtesy of Nigel Bailey






Added by Hazel Owen on May 18, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Aims, learning outcomes or objectives?

You may, or may not ;-p be wondering what the differences are between aims, learning outcomes and objectives. In a nutshell:

  • Learning Outcomes (LOs), aims and objectives are often used synonymously, but in fact refer mainly to intentions.
  • LOs are related to the achievements of the learner rather than what teacher hopes to achieve in a session or…

Added by Hazel Owen on May 17, 2013 at 13:32 — No Comments

50 Community Building Tips

Hi everyone, after a gentle poke from Hazel I am back in this lovely community to share a great resource that has come to me this week on how to build your online community.

I love the easy to skim format of 50 quick tips to keep your community alive and buzzing, I hope you find this resource useful too.

It comes from the fabulous Fever Bee community blog.…


Added by Catriona Pene on May 15, 2013 at 17:24 — 2 Comments

What are your young teens (really) doing online? An invitation to share

Created by the wonderful team at CyberWise, is the video What Kids Are (Really) Doing Online. The team say "if you find yourself wondering what they're doing in this new digital world (where, incidentally, they spend more time…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 14, 2013 at 14:50 — No Comments

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 29(2) now available online

AJET Issue 29(2) Now Published

We are pleased to advise that the second issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology for 2013 has now been published. 

The editorial for AJET Issue 29(2) and the articles it contains are available from this link AJET 29(2).

We would like to thank our team of Associate Editors,…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 13, 2013 at 15:08 — No Comments

The what, why and how of initially getting involved in online communities

This is a cross-post of a guest blog post (Participating in Online Communities for Mutual Support) written for Madelyn…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 13, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

How can you combat Pseudo Attention Deficit Disorder?

This interesting video (shared by learningwavenzhere), featuring the 'time…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 9, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Open Source LMS - what's what

I ran across an interesting topic posted on a LinkedIn group I am a member of: 

MOOC - Massive Open Online Courses…


Added by Zariah Gaelyn-Levai on May 8, 2013 at 10:15 — 1 Comment

Online Assessments

Kia ora 

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is considering how to implement online assessments for external examinations in the senior secondary school (years 11 - 13, 15 - 18 year olds) by the year 2015. Although the tertiary sector leads the way in this regard, including development of copyright and plagiarism-detecting software, the school sector has been slow to adapt to the world of e-learning and online engagement most of our students are increasingly engaged in.…


Added by Merryn Dunmill on May 8, 2013 at 9:30 — 5 Comments

Long time no post (cross-blogged from

Life has been busy, lots of time taken up with work (of course!) but there is life beyond work - right now consisting of the children being on school holidays. Coping with this is not an easy task in itself, even less so while working (no rest for the wicked BeLchick who will toddle off to Europe for 5 weeks in winter with BeLfamily). However, there is even life beyond the children (hear hear) which led one of my quilts "Frei" to be displayed as finalist in the …


Added by Monika Kern on May 2, 2013 at 16:59 — 1 Comment

Framing mobile learning from the perspective of learners’ experiences

Mobile learning has been around as a concept for quite a while, as something that involves "any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies" (MOBIlearn, 2003). Interestingly, even though ostensibly in this definition, the…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 1, 2013 at 13:07 — No Comments

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