I had a very enjoyable evening listening/watching the livestream of the opening unkeynote address at The PLE Conference facilitated by @courosa and @grahamattwell. The format was great, particularly for the tight buggers who didn’t pay the conference fees but were attending remotely from all over the world. Basically they presented a series of questions about the PLE on a series of interactive web based white boards that allowed ideas to be posted and, even, some short debates to be engaged in. This was complimented by crowdsourced presentation slides, twitter questions and questions from the audience. I gather that there were some technical problems but I have to say that these were barely noticeable to the remote observer (apart from when the stream stopped for a short time but that was no problem really). Both Alec and Graham carried a very interesting discussion seamlessly. Continue reading
I’ve been working on educational technology strategy and implementation for what feels like as long as I can remember but one thing I have always intended to do was to develop a visualisation of educational technologies in the form of a ‘map’. There are a number of such maps around already. Some of these are very good but they were never quite what I wanted. Specifically they focussed on the product rather than the tool or technology. So you would get a map that nearly always showed the LMS/VLE product at the centre with an eportfolio, some streaming media and some other technologies around the edge. I wanted something that showed the tools but also showed where they fitted in the landscape. Whether they were learning tools or management tools and whether the tools were focussed on the student or the staff member etc. I also wanted to get away from the LMS being at the centre of the tool map becuase the LMS is basically a collection of tools in one product that combine some management and some educational functionality. This isn’t because I am against the LMS as a concept but because I wanted to show that there are alternatives and that not everything needs to fit within an LMS. Continue reading
I’ve argued for a while that, whilst I agree with the idea of eportfolios as a way of demonstrating student learning, I have a few concerns about the way that some universities have implemented eportfolios. I have always believed that an eportfolio should ‘belong’ to the student user and should be independant of the university. Ideally it will be a space in the cloud that the student can use across many institutions as they continue their life long learning activities both academic and professional. Continue reading
Well it’s the end of the decade and the new one has just started. I thought that, in the name of a harmless bit of fun, I would stick my neck out and make a few predictions about where we might be going with edtech in universities over the next decade. I’ve kept it brief because to explain each one in detail would make this post unbearably long and each subject probably deserves a more detailed post to fully explain my thinking. They also aren’t in any particular order. Let’s see if you agree or not. Continue reading
Thanks to @catspyjamasnz who gave me a link today to this useful report from the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on effective practice with e-Portfolios (this is a PDF document approx. 700MB). I haven’t finished reading yet but I find it interesting particularly in light of a session that I attended last week with academic staff from my institution who were sharing experiences of implementing e-Portfolios in their teaching and learning.