Tag: Learning Technology

This is an archive of the 2013 version of ocTEL.

Technology – Distraction or Opportunity?

This article by Julie Tausend on the EdTech Magazine website – Distraction or Opportunity? A Guide to Embracing Technology in the Classroom – asks the question as to whether classroom technology, or the BYOD mentality, can be harmful or an opportunity to learning. It argues that it can (as I would agree) but specifies the […]

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Free eBook/iBook: “Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning” #edtech

This is a great free eBook / iBook, for the iPad, from The Open University: ”Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning”. The eBook aims to present a “range of research projects which aim to explore how to make engagement in learning (and teaching) more passionate” and to introduce “methodological and technological breakthroughs” to learners, instructors, and decision-makers in […]

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#ocTEL ends with a leisurely dip.

Before #ocTEL rolls out of town, I spent a couple of pleasant hours today looking over some of the course materials and posts from the last couple of weeks. Although I’ve been deleting the daily newsletter for the last couple of weeks because I wasn’t able to engage sufficiently with the course material, or do […]

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MSc in Learning Innovation #mscli

Regular readers will know I’ve been writing about what I think it is to be a Learning Technologist in a series of posts I’ve been calling ‘What is a Learning Technologist?’. Welcome to part 10 in that series. Read the previous part, part 9: ‘Ignorance is bliss?’ Part of my journey is the continuing exploration of […]

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Learning Platforms #ocTEL 5.2

Reflection on learning platforms… What is your current virtual learning environment or the main technology you use? Blackboard – institutional VLE. How does it differ from the ocTEL platform? What learning styles does it afford that ocTEL cannot? Where is it restrictive? It’s a closed system in several respects: users …

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Drivers and constraints #ocTEL 5.1

How do course dimensions drive and influence our use of technology? Hill et. al.(1) provide a model of the different factors at play here, identifying four key areas: Logistical: student numbers, class/programme duration etc. Practice-based: activity type, participant expertise, existing practice etc. Pedagogical purpose: pedagogical plan and guidance to instructor …

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Learning from experience, narrative style #octel

This week #ocTEL MOOC takes a look at “Platforms and Technologies“. It’s a topic that I’ve really been looking forward to as I want to gain a better understanding of the pros and cons of hosted and open source options. Why? because like it says in the course notes and commentary, I realise that ultimately […]

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Make it personal, keep it simple: finding and creating resources. #octel

In Week 4, the fundamental question that #ocTEL asks is “how can we take advantage of technological developments in order to create and source relevant learning resources?” Actually, the question continues “for our students”, but I’m going to ignore that bit. I’m just going to throw in here the idea of “self-organised learning” and, on […]

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The (dodgy) foundations of technology enhanced learning #ocTEL

Ooh, this is sneaky. After three weeks, I’m jumping back into the #ocTEL MOOC. I’m fortunate in that this week the course comes to the end of Part I, the Foundations of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), so I’m just going to quickly post about the brief interactions I’ve had and the insights that I’ve gleaned […]

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Infographic: Characteristics of a (successful) online student #ocTEL

What is at the core of an online course or a MOOC? You could argue it’s the academic integrity of the materials or learning. It could be the level of student engagement in required activities. I would argue that (even if not at the core, but very close to it) should be the expectations placed […]

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