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E-assessment Scotland 2011

August 28, 2011 in announcements

Hello I attended the E-Assessment Scotland 2011 last friday at the University of Dundee. I found it a very thought-provoking conference about the nature of assessment itself and what it does mean to be “assessed” in the Digital Age.

Here is the link to the key speakers’ presentations and workshops:

http://www.e-assessment-scotland.org/archive/

Come to the MSc in E-Learning’s Dissertation Festival

August 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Come one, come all to the MSc in E-Learning’s Dissertation Festival – running all this week!

The Dissertation Festival is being held on our special Festival Island in Second Life at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vue%20South/191/58/24

The Festival is a chance for students on the MSc in E-Learning programme to share their thoughts on their dissertation in the lead up to their submission date.  It’s a place for sharing ideas, issues and inspirations with each other.

View and feedback on student work

When you visit our island, you will find four groups of boards – each group relates to one student’s work – a poster capturing some key aspects of their dissertation, a powerpoint presentation that they will give as part of the festival, and a haiku neatly (and poetically!) summarizing their topic.

There is also a board next to each for you to leave comments.  Feedback is greatly welcomed and will help our students refine their ideas as they grapple with the challenge of writing up their research.

Synchronous events

As well as having posters, presentations and haikus on display, we are also holding a few synchronous events.

A champagne viewing of posters and question and answer session with tutors on the end-of-dissertation process.  This a text-based event will be held Monday 8 August at 4pm UK time (8am SLtime).

Two voice-based presentation sessions where students will discuss their dissertations:

Tuesday 9 August 8pm UK time (12noon SLtime)

  • Jim Gritton will present on the use of e-learning to develop “soft” leadership skills on MBA and masters-level leadership programmes – ‘To blend, or not to blend, that is the question!’
  • Masniza Sore will present on information and study skills.

Thursday 11 August at 8pm UK time (12noon SLtime)

  • Andy Miller will present on the attitudes, knowledge and understanding of e-learning by postgraduate Haematologists.
  • Jeremy Knox will present on educational research and posthumanism, reviewing the existing literature.

Please remember to:

1.    Update your Second Life viewer prior to any synchronous event

2.    Bring headphones along, if possible, to the voice-based presentations to help cut down on any audio distortions

See you at the Festival!

Clara

HEA SIG Event, London

August 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Digital games research seminar: critical perspectives and work in progress
Monday 26th September, from 2 – 5 pm
At the London Knowledge Lab
Free to attend.

This is an informal seminar to discuss recent work. Each 10 minute presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion.

Presenters include:
Shakuntala Banaji (LSE), title: Rhetoric of the digital native.
Caroline Pelletier (IOE), title: Hospital drama: Researching simulations in clinical settings.
Diane Carr (IOE), title: Zombies, androids, busted cyborgs.
Natasha Whiteman (University of Leicester), title: Undoing Ethics.

To book a place RSVP to Diane Carr, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, London Knowledge Lab. Email Diane on d.carr@ioe.ac.uk.

Update on the Dissertation Festival: dates and times

August 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi all

We have confirmation on times for the synchronous parts of the Dissertation Festival! They are:

Poster viewing and Q&A with tutors on the dissertation
process (text-based):

  • Monday 8th August 4pm

Presentation sessions (voice and powerpoints in SL).

  • Tuesday 9th August 8pm

    • Jim Gritton will present on the use of e-learning to develop “soft” leadership skills on MBA and masters-level leadership programmes – ‘To blend, or not to blend, that is the question!’
    • Masniza Sore will present on information and study skills.
  • Thursday 11th August 8pm
    • Andy Miller will present on the attitudes, knowledge and understanding of e-learning by postgraduate Haematologists.
    • Jeremy Knox will present on educational research and posthumanism, reviewing the existing literature.

All times given are UK times.

All events are happening on our fab new island for the Festival – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vue%20South/191/58/24

So – make room in your diary next week! It’s going to be awesome! :)

C.

Summer Reading – Understanding learning …..

August 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

First of all, no suggestion that I setting any preparatory reading for the “Understanding learning in the online environment” course, but if anyone was looking for something to occupy them in the run up to the start of the coming semester I offer the following suggestions – light, but relevant.

Gilbert, I. (2010). Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google? : the essential guide to the big issues for every 21st century teacher. London ; New York, NY, Routledge.

Pink, D. H. (2009). Drive : the surprising truth about what motivates us. New York, NY, Riverhead Books.

Willingham, D. T. (2009). Why don’t students like school? : a cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for your classroom. San Francisco, Calif., Jossey-Bass ; Chichester : John Wiley.

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