Wednesday, January 7, 2015

9th International Conference on e-Learning 2015

Title: 9th International Conference on e-Learning 2015

Where: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Date: 21 - 24 July 2015

Website: http://www.elearning-conf.org/)

Information: This conference is part of the Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2015) which will also be held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain from 21 - 24 July 2015. The website for this Multi Conference is http://www.mccsis.org/.

The e-Learning 2015 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within e-Learning. This conference covers both the technical as well as the non-technical aspects of e-Learning.

The conference accepts submissions in the following seven main areas:

1. Organisational Strategy and Management Issues
2. Technological Issues
3. e-Learning Curriculum Development Issues
4. Instructional Design Issues
5. e-Learning Delivery Issues
6. e-Learning Research Methods and Approaches
7. e-Skills and Information Literacy for Learning

For more details please check http://www.elearning-conf.org/call-for-papers

Monday, January 5, 2015

Future of LMS

Here is an interesting website on the future of the LMS:

http://www.futureoflms.com

Some of the items that are considered in future LMSs:

Software As A Service (SaaS)
Social Collaboration
Big data tools
Fun learning environment
Open Source Software
Inclusion of new stuff like the Experience API (xAPI)
Mobile applications

I am just not sure whether the next generation LMS will address more of the learning issues or just adding in more new technology!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Google for Education

Google for Education

https://www.google.com/edu/

This is a Google website which contains many educational resources:

1. Free productivity tools - Classroom, Gmail, Docs

2. Class contents like teacher-approved apps, books, and videos

3. Devices - get information on where you can get laptops and tablets that are affordable and easy to manage

4. Get connected with other teachers

One can also get many Youtube resources. Just type "Google for Education" in the search entry and you can find many Youtube videos on this topic.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

5 Platforms for building a MOOC (Massive Open and Online Course)

Here is a good website to review some platforms for launching your MOOC:


http://www.learndash.com/5-mooc-building-platforms/

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Article - ‘Chalk and talk’ teaching might be the best way after all

Here is an interesting article on the traditional "Chalk and Talk" method of teaching:

‘Chalk and talk’ teaching might be the best way after all

URL: http://theconversation.com/chalk-and-talk-teaching-might-be-the-best-way-after-all-34478

Author: Dr. Kevin Donnelly
Senior Research Fellow - School of Education at Australian Catholic University

Monday, November 24, 2014

MOOC: Innovation in Education?

George Siemens, a well-known expert on online education, wrote an interesting article entitled "Massive Open Online Courses: Innovation in Education?". You can obtain a PDF version of this article from this location:

https://oerknowledgecloud.org/sites/oerknowledgecloud.org/files/pub_PS_OER-IRP_CH1.pdf

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Note Taking using Technology

Comparisons have been made about whether students who use laptops to type notes during lectures do better than those students who use pens to take notes. Beth Holland made the case for the use of technology in taking notes during seminars or lectures.

You can find this article at this web location:

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-4ss-of-note-taking-beth-holland

The article is labelled "The 4Ss of Note Taking With Technology by Beth Holland".

Essentially, Beth Holland proposed the following 4 questions before one can make a conclusion about this argument:

1. Adequately support the students' learning needs?
2. Allow students to save their notes to multiple locations?
3. Let students search for salient points?
4. Permit students to share with peers and teachers?