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Controversy at EduTech 2016

EduTech logoBrisbane always puts its best face forward for EduTech, the weather was perfect… Although Brisbane weather is always pretty amazing. Over 6,500 delegates piled into the convention centre for edutech. Generally it didn’t feel like that many people, but with 8 streams we were broken up into different areas with a few shared keynotes.

 

Here’s a bit of a summary, with a focus the tension between the two keynotes Dame Susan Greenfield and a GoogleMaster.
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Top 10 tips to build confidence with online facilitation

Top 10 Tips to build confidence wit online facilitationIn June, I wrote my first top 10 list and I’m following up with another one. This time, the top 10 tips for building confidence with online facilitation.

 

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Embedding e-learning – a framework for success

Old style computerThis is a post from this month’s guest blogger – Tracey Collins.

 

E-learning isn’t new, but many educational organisations still have a long way to go before they can say that it is an integral part of their everyday practice. Strategic and practical commitment from all levels of management is essential. But maybe we also need to reconsider how we can best support and encourage our teachers to embrace the changes (and challenges) that implementing e-learning can bring.

 

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Top 10 tips for taking control of your professional development

Knowledge is PowerKnowledge is power – but how do you plug into new ideas when budget-conscious organisations are flipping the switch on professional development (PD)?

 

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Reflections on a dream

Schools Moodle Moot #smootau13
Reflections on a dreamI had a dream and I am still not sure if I am awake. The dream was about the Australian Schools Moodle Moot held in Sydney at the beginning of October. See this Storify collection of Tweets and resources: http://storify.com/MoodleMuse/school-moodle-moot

 

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Gathering audio for assessment

Gathering AudioWhile video (audio/visual) evidence is becoming a more popular form of evidence, the gathering of audio isn’t as common. This is seen anecdotally, through talking with assessors, and is supported by recent national survey data that showed 68% of students surveyed reported there was no use of voice technologies in their course.1 Therefore, this indicates there is an opportunity to explore the use of voice technologies in the assessment process.

 

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George Siemens Master Class wrap up

George Siemens is an educator and researcher who looks at networks, analytics and education in digital environments. He is a pioneer in MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses). So it was an absolute thrill that Klevar was able to support Vanguard Visions in putting together a Master Class at the well appointed Flinders University Victoria Square campus followed by a networking session at RiAus.

 

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Gamification vs games

Gamification canvasGames and Play are a natural way to learn. Educational Games (or serious games) are designed to acquire or improve knowledge and skills as defined by learning outcomes. Designing a quality educational game requires skill and a high investment of time. On the other hand, Gamification is the use of game-like elements  in non-game contexts. For learning and development providers, this is an important difference. Games can be expensive to develop and implement, whereas gamification strategies can be simple and subtle. This is the first in a series of blog posts that explores gamification and how it can be applied in learning and development.

 

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AITD Conference review

This year saw delegates from all over attend a joint conference – the 40th ARTDO International Leadership and HRD Conference and AITD National Conference.  Speakers included Professor Robert O. Brinkerhoff, Dr Jane Bozarth, Dr John Wilson, Dr. Vinayshil Gautam and Les Pickett.

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Enhance your brain in 2 minutes

Heard of power posing? No, I’m not talking about what lumpy body builders do when oiled up for the cameras – I’m talking body language.

 

Powerful people take up more space, they are more confident, more willing to take risk and more likely to participate in classrooms with their hands raised high and will actively contribute in professional discussions.

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