Archive for e-learning

Student Perspectives on Technology – demand, perceptions and training needs

Posted in teaching with tags , on 28 October 2010 by Steve

Summary: To inform the work of the Online Learning Task Force, HEFCE commissioned the National Union of Students to undertake research into the demand, perceptions and training needs of students in both further and higher education …” (pdf/WORD)

[HEFCE, 28 October]

Content’s Slow, But Inevitable, Rationalization in Higher Ed

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 October 2010 by Steve

“From The Chronicle (October 13) comes an interesting piece on BlackBoard’s move to start offering pre-designed courses in the online higher education market. With this, they join other companies that have begun selling not only technology and services, but actual academic content …” (more)

[Higher Education Management Group, 14 October]

Will Technology Kill the Academic Calendar?

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 October 2010 by Steve

“Online, semesters give way to students who set their own schedules. Ford T Smith is helping to bulldoze one of the most durable pillars of academic life: the semester …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 October]

The Future of Education?

Posted in teaching with tags on 1 September 2010 by Steve

“I’ve blogged here several times about using laptops and netbooks instead of paper books. Here’s an interactive textbook platform for the iPad called inkling …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, 1 September]

Can MOOCs make learning scale?

Posted in teaching with tags on 1 September 2010 by Steve

“… MOOC, or Massively Open Online Courses, are one fair effort at leveraging technology to make education scale. There’s a good paper about the format and the issues involved online now The Ideals and reality of participating in a MOOC which gives a good overview of the model, and the issues encountered. It’s worth a read …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 1 September]

Online Lecture Content

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“A lot of us have been talking about providing online lectures and tutorials to students in our classes. I am going ahead with a limited version of this in my classes this year …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 28 August]

E-learning quality assurance standards, organizations and research

Posted in teaching with tags on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“I am surprised how often academic colleagues argue that there are no quality standards for e-learning. Well, hello, I’m sorry, but there are and some of them are damned good. However, I was surprised to find while doing some research for a client that there is no single source where one can go to compare different quality standards for e-learning. So I’m starting a list here …” (more)

[Tony Bates, 15 August]

College 2.0: Teachers Without Technology Strike Back

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“… After interviewing a few of them this month, it seems to me the key debate between the tech enthusiasts and tech skeptics is really over broader changes in colleges, and anxieties about the academy being turned into just another business. Teaching is not car assembly, the skeptics say, in that there’s no objective checklist to follow …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 August]

Teachers Unions vs. Online Education

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“I know a 3-year-old who’s a master of online multitasking. Give him an iPhone, and he’ll cheerfully chat you up while watching YouTube cartoons or playing an alphabet game. In 2010, toddlers start consuming digital information not long after they’ve started consuming solid food. Now take that kid, tack on a handful of years, and drop him into a classroom …” (more)

[Katherine Mangu-Ward,, August-September]

Mass Video Courses May Free Up Professors for More Personalized Teaching

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“New York University plans to join the growing movement to publish academic material online as free, open courseware. But in addition to giving away content – something other colleges have done – NYU plans a more ambitious experiment. The university wants to explore ways to reprogram the roles of professors in large undergraduate classes, using technology to free them up for more personal instruction …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 August]

Texas Students Could Be Required to Seek Off-Campus Learning Options

Posted in teaching with tags , on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“A Texas higher-education panel is recommending that students be required to complete at least 10% of their degrees outside the classroom, through options like online courses …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 August]

More Universities Announce iPad Experiments

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“Each week it seems like a new college is ready to bestow iPads on its students for academic purposes. The latest is Oklahoma State University, which plans to distribute iPads to an estimated 120 students in the fall. ‘The goal is to push this tool as hard and as far as we possibly can to really see what the limitations are …’” (more)

[Kelly Truong, Chronicle of Higher Education, 20 July]

What Belongs in a 21st-Century Classroom? Faculty and IT Staff Disagree

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 July 2010 by Steve

“Faculty members and information-technology staff members alike say technology is useful for teaching and learning, but professors take a narrower view of what technology belongs in today’s classroom …” (more)

[Sophia Li, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 July]

Dublin e-learning delivers

Posted in teaching with tags on 23 June 2010 by Steve

“This is my third time attending e-learning week in the Dublin Institute of Technology. I go to learn new things from people like Kevin O’Rourke, Morag Munro, Mike Brady, Brian Mulligan, Niall Watts, Jen Harvey and Eamon Costello. Rebadged as a collaboration between third level institutes in Dublin, the 2010 event facilitates truly excellent talks and workshops …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 23 June]

Managing Higher Education Technology: An Interview with Dr Tony Bates

Posted in teaching with tags on 29 April 2010 by Steve

“Dr. Tony Bates is one the leading voices on the use of technology in higher education. Author of 11 books and over 350 essays, Tony now consults for organizations around the globe. ‘KCH: You’ll soon be completing your twelfth book, the latest with Albert Sangra, entitled Integrating technology in universities and colleges. I’m delighted to hear that it focuses on management issues …'” (more)

[Higher Education Management Group, 28 April]

Sans Slideware: Debates & Rejoiners

Posted in teaching with tags , on 7 April 2010 by Steve

“Clearpreso’s MD, Edward Fidgeon-Kavanagh and NCI’s Dr Eugene O’Loughlin have written pieces on their approaches to Slideware in reaction to this paper I’m trying to pull together at the moment. I’m really grateful for their thoughts and time-both authors raise important and interesting questions on Slideware usage, its appropriateness, and its efficacy. I’d also appreciate any thoughts you, the reader, have on this paper and the issues it raises …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, 7 April]

Free and Fabulous

Posted in research with tags , on 6 April 2010 by Steve

“Below is a list of free resources re-posted from the Librarian in Black website. This list exemplifies the growing number of resources which can be used to support research and used for research without a huge investment …” (more)

[Jess Eustace, Read Around Research, 6 April]

A Defense of Textbooks

Posted in teaching with tags , on 5 April 2010 by Steve

“How can I promote textbooks with one hand and open learning materials with the other? Yes, building a course around open learning materials is attractive. Thanks to the Web, curricular materials, once scarce, are now abundant. One could design an entire course around free, linkable, quality materials …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 4 April]

How students are clicking with their cyber-teachers

Posted in teaching with tags on 24 March 2010 by Steve

“If it succeeds it could revolutionise the delivery of Irish grinds and turn an elite group of teachers into high-earning celebrities. This week, CVS Learning, the company behind Eircom’s StudyHub and, launched a new website offering live online tuition to Junior and Leaving Cert students …” (more)

[Independent, 24 March]

Online teacher training goes the distance

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 March 2010 by Steve

“Paudie O’Neill gave up a high-flying career as an engineer to train to be a primary teacher and online training allowed him to manage the change …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 9 March]