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Your Personal Learning Network: Do this survey to find out how strong it is

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This survey was recommended by Tamara Bell via my own PLN (who in turn says "Thanks Dee Reid & Linda…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 4, 2014 at 17:40 — No Comments

Practical tips for participating in online communities



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

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Added by Hazel Owen on May 13, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

What impact is participating in a Virtual Professional Learning and Development programme having for students? Check out this video

This video provides some teacher's reflections and insights as to how participating within the Virtual Professional Learning and Development programme programme has helped their students and impacted their practice.

VPLD Hui 2012 - Reflections from…

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Added by Hazel Owen on April 22, 2013 at 12:11 — No Comments

Creative and Critical thinking: Creating space for innovation

Ewan McIntosh's session on Monday was so inspirational we rocked up 45 minutes early to ensure we have a seat for his second session today. The room is completely packed with people sitting on every available floor space, propping up the room at the back and around the sides, and standing outside the double doors craning their necks to see in. The place is a sea of mobile devices, and the…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 25, 2013 at 12:35 — No Comments

Think before it's too late (Edward de Bono)

It is really different to convince people that thinking is important. Thinking needs to be practical rather than political, and focussed on 'what's next' rather than what has been. According to Edward de Bono (keynote at the final day of ICOT 2013), "world thinking cannot solve world problems because world thinking is itself the problem. And this is only getting worse" (…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 25, 2013 at 9:52 — No Comments

Teacher's metacognition

Alejarndra Martinez is a psychologist has been working with teachers, initially in rural Chile. She is interested in how teachers view themselves as learners. Currently working on her PhD at the University of Melbourne  Alejandra has been working in professional learning teams, to investigate links between courses and students' outcomes.

One of the focus was to move thinking about…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 25, 2013 at 9:09 — No Comments

The life of PII (Public Interest Index) – Harnessing the Tiger (Government)

Mai Chen, the keynote for day 3 of the ICOT conference, is an energetic, provocative professional, who, again, I have seen only on video previously.

Today she is speaking about thinking keeps you ahead of the wave, which includes

  • Nobel prize winner thinking
  • The power of being discriminated against
  • Throwing a rock at a tiger
  • Changing…
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Added by Hazel Owen on January 24, 2013 at 10:06 — 1 Comment

Human architecture of the brain and cognitive load theory - so what?

Another person who I have watched (on video) is Lane Clark, (and talked about her work for e.g. What is real learning?) so I am really looking forward to her session.

Interesting that Lane had music playing,…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 24, 2013 at 10:03 — No Comments

One thought to rule them all: The most powerful force in the world

This was the keynote presentation on day 4 of ICOT.  Kerry Spackman, opened by saying that you can work really hard but if nothing changes you are wasting your time. And making a small difference, even if you don't know about it is more important than winning a gold medal. What…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 24, 2013 at 10:02 — No Comments

Radical Innovation for Learning (Simon Breakspear)

Simon Breakspear opened by saying that "that there is something about learning that is deeply personal". The challenges we face are worthy of our brightest minds and leadership. It has to be radical change, with a global perspective, that will enable us to explore the pressures and opportunities for systemic innovation in education systems in order to provide…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 24, 2013 at 9:08 — No Comments

Performance inquiry: A paradigm shift from performance management and appraisal

Mary Wilson opened by asking for help and giving insights into performance. The seating in the room was set out for discussions, and Mary said that she would be inviting us to share and 'make meaning'.

The project that Mary was involved started by creating a really big dynamic, as a…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 22, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Alternative approaches to the standard conference 'lecture'? Please?

I am in a session, and I have decided to change the name of the presenter and not mention the title (but this person is an invited speaker). I read the overview of the session beforehand and was hooked. I turned up early to the session to make sure I had a seat. The presenter kicked off by introducing himself and then setting the scene for the session. Then, he took a seat, said that…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 22, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

The Problem Finders: Design Thinking for Genuine Epic-Scale Problem-Based Learning (Ewan McIntosh)



I have seen and heard Ewan McIntosh speaking on many occasions, but all on videos or podcasts, so I am really looking forward to seeing him live in this keynote session. The description of the session reads:Project-based learning… Continue

Added by Hazel Owen on January 22, 2013 at 10:18 — 1 Comment

Online resources designed for teaching development

Jane Tryrell and David Snell opened their presentation with a spotlight on teaching video, which featured teachers talking about how they feel students learn. They also shared a flyer, which comprise the online tools they have developed for staff at one Massey Campus.



The JISC publication that looks at Emerging practice in a digital age was used to highlight the question if there is a new paradigm for tertiary education. At Massey there is a new model of PD at Massey, which is a…

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Added by Hazel Owen on November 27, 2012 at 16:27 — No Comments

Twitter analytics in R...and using Twitter in teaching

For this presentation, Lyndon Walker started by asking the questions who uses Twitter (nearly everyone), and who uses Twitter in their teaching (not many). He then moved on to look at different ways Twitter can be used in teaching starting with 'transmission' (e.g. reminders that appear via Blackboard directly to a student's Twitter feed), and others such as class questioning, microblogging, interaction (such as debate and discussion), and sharing of social media links.



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Added by Hazel Owen on November 27, 2012 at 15:06 — No Comments

To be or not to be...student engagement?





Norm Vaughan was one of the key note speakers on the second day of the ASCILITE 2012 conference. The 3 Rs of engagement are relevance,… Continue

Added by Hazel Owen on November 27, 2012 at 13:53 — No Comments

Using reward contingencies in online activities to facilitate engagement in a statistics class





This presentation was by Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia opened by introducing a definition for engagement which is the time, energy and resources that students devote to activities designed to enhance learning at university.



With statistics,…

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Added by Hazel Owen on November 27, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

This presentation was by Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia opened by introducing a definition for engagement which is the time, energy and resources that students devote to activities designed to enhance l…





This presentation was by Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia opened by introducing a definition for engagement which is the time, energy and resources that students devote to activities designed to enhance learning at university.



With statistics, the… Continue

Added by Hazel Owen on November 27, 2012 at 12:18 — No Comments

Unsupervised online constructed-response tests

Genevieve Johnson started by looking at how new technologies are often used in the same way as the old technologies (horse-less carriage = car). Therefore the 'e' in assessment is just that - old assessments shifted online.



Diagnostic testing plays an important part in shaping a course, and formative assessment shapes the teaching. It is a way of enabling learners to see if they are ready to go on to the next step (although this worries me as it means that all the students in a…

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Added by Hazel Owen on November 27, 2012 at 11:58 — No Comments

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