Why we should never return to the three Rs

Why we should never return to the three Rs By Stewart Riddle, University of Southern Queensland Ongoing calls for a rejection of “intellectual fads” and a return to “more traditional teaching methods” seem to be ramping up in the education debate. But if these advocates were talking about rejecting advances over the past sixty years […]

FREE time for FreeSouls… a vison for the future of education NOW…

Image via Wikipedia I’ve just been re-reading Howard’s chapter in Freesouls…   And this section really resonates in relation to the use of Web 2.0 (or “participatory media” if you like) in teaching and learning… One thing it assumes is a proactive commitment from participants… Engagement… This passage suggests to me a compelling rationale for the […]

Teaching is LEARNING is teaching

Image via Wikipedia Teaching College Math » Blog Archive » Technology Skills We Should Be Teaching in College I thought this blog post developed a nice, albeit partial, set of technology competencies that would certainly set our staff well ahead in the drive to flexible and online learning. The list is also the result of […]

NMC Horizon Report (ANZ 2009)

NMC Releases Horizon Report: 2009 Australia-New Zealand Edition | nmc As usual the Horizon report is fairly well grounded in the state of play. The Horizon Report: 2009 Australia-New Zealand Edition (1.3 MB, 32 pp) is available now. The report is free, and has been released with a Creative Commons license to facilitate its use, […]

Online discussions for learning…

Image via Wikipedia In a recent discussion about online learning it was suggested that cross-posting, digression and double posting somehow foster confusion… My response to that suggestion : Confusion can also been seen as a natural state of humans when learning.  Let’s be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater… the ACT […]

People as the Platform

Image by Stuck in Customs via Flickr This strikes me as something that Education needs to better understand….. There is something simply wonderful about a directory of people. And then enabling people to make the directory social. You quickly find not only the people, but who they are, who knows who, and who is paying […]

Tracking the goings on at EDMEDIA 09

Me, We and Everyone: navigating the spaces between individuals, groups and networks (Nancy White) View more Keynote presentations from Nancy White. Stephen Downes – EDMEDIA presentation #EDMEDIA – Hashtags listing Related articles by Zemanta The Cloud and Collaboration (downes.ca) Critical Thinking in the Classroom (downes.ca) Networked Effect: Listen, Learn, Adapt, Respond …. (beth.typepad.com) Media Literacy: […]

Government 2.0 and Web 2.0 in schools

Image via Wikipedia An interesting report Web 2.0 in Schools. Given that yesterday Canberra was engaged with, and streamed live, its Government 2.0 Forum and announced the establishment of the Government 2.0 Taskforce (http://gov2.net.au/)– this educational focus may also get some legs and coverage. The twitterstream (#publicsphere) and live feed from Parliament (http://www.katelundy.com.au/live/) on Monday […]

The 5 Ps of Social Media (in education)

http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/lon-safko/ten-commandments-social-media/five-p-s-social-media-where-do-you-start OK – according to this article the 5 P’s of social media are: PROFILES (note the plural) PROPAGATE PRODUCE PARTICIPATE PROGRESS The context is social media marketing – but I think the idea might be co-opted for education… Profiles can be about who you are as a learner (or teacher) within a specific context […]

Twitter and that Harvard Study

Image by luc legay via Flickr This post is taken directly from an email interaction with some Instructional Design colleagues: It began when I sent this Twitter post and these questions to my colleagues – What does it also say about how we engage in online contexts?  What does it mean for online course design?  […]