Thursday, March 19, 2015

Article on Changing skill sets for a changing world

There is an interesting article entitled "Changing skill sets for a changing world".

You can read it from this web location:

Chart of Educational Web Tools to use in class

One of my colleagues found this interesting chart of educational web tools which can be used in teaching a class:

Thursday, March 12, 2015


I recently wrote an article on "Instructional Strategies and Challenges in MOOCs" for UniSIM's Journal on Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

This article is available online at this location:

9th International Conference on Researching Work & Learning

9th International Conference on Researching Work & Learning
9 - 12 December 2015
School of The Arts Singapore

Conference theme: Work and Learning In the Era of Globalisation: Challenges for the 21st Century

Conference Sub-theme:
Work and Learning in Small/Medium Sized Enterprises
Work and Learning in Low Wage

Call for papers:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 March 2015
Acceptance notification: 26 May 2015
Full paper submission: 6 October 2015

ICCE2015: The 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education

ICCE2015: The 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education

November 30 - December 4,2015 Hangzhou, China

Web page:

Conference Theme: Transforming Education in the Big Data Era

Paper Submission Due: May 12,2015

Notification of Acceptance: August 4,2015
Organized by Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE)

Hosted by: Zhejiang University of Technology,
Collaborative and Innovative Center for Educational Technology, China

ICCE 2015 is a premier annual international forum for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and people in the industry in the Asia-Pacific region to connect with international research communities for the worldwide dissemination and sharing of ideas for research in the field of Computers in Education.

The conference program will comprise keynotes, invited talks, paper presentations and poster sessions, workshops, tutorials, interactive events and Doctoral Student Consortia. All the accepted papers in the main conference, workshops and Doctoral Student Consortium will be published in proceedings which will be indexed by Elsevier Bibliographic Databases (e.g., Scopus, Engineering Village and others).

C1: Artificial Intelligence in Education/Intelligent Tutoring System (AIED/ITS)
and Adaptive Learning (AL)
C2: Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and Learning Sciences (LS)
C3: Advanced Learning Technologies, Open Educational Content, and
Standards (ALS)
C4: Classroom, Ubiquitous and Mobile Technologies Enhanced Learning (CUMTEL)
C5: Digital Game and Digital Toy Enhanced Learning and Society (GTEL&S)
C6: ICCE Conference on Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
C7: Practice-driven Research, Teacher Professional Development and Policy of
ICT in Education (PTP)

Paper categories and page limits:
Full paper (8-10 pages)
Short paper (5-6 pages)
Poster paper (2-3 pages)

Conference Organization:
Conference Chair:
Siu Cheung KONG, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
International Program Committee (IPC) Coordination Chair:
Hiroaki Ogata, Kyushu University, Japan
International Program Committee (IPC) Coordination Co-Chair:
Weiqin Chen, University of Bergen, Norway
Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chair:
Feiyue Qiu, Zhejiang University of Technology, China

9th International Conference on e-Learning 2015

-- CALL FOR PAPERS EL 2015 - Deadline for submissions (1st call extension): 10 April 2015

9th International Conference on e-Learning 2015
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 21 - 24 July 2015
Part of the Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2015)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 21 - 24 July 2015

* Keynote Speaker (confirmed):
Steven Duggan, Director, Worldwide Education Strategy, Microsoft, USA

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

The conference accepts submissions in the following seven main areas: Organisational Strategy and Management Issues; Technological Issues; e-Learning Curriculum Development Issues; Instructional Design Issues; e-Learning Delivery Issues; e-Learning Research Methods and Approaches; e-Skills and Information Literacy for Learning. For more details please check

* Paper Submission
This is a blind peer-reviewed conference. Authors are invited to submit their papers in English through the conference submission system by April 10, 2015. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously.

* Important Dates:
- Submission Deadline (1st call extension): 10 April 2015
- Notification to Authors (1st call extension): 8 May 2015
- Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (1st call extension): Until 1 June 2015
- Late Registration (1st call extension): After 1 June 2015

* Paper Publication
The papers will be published in book and electronic format with ISBN, will be made available through the Digital Library available at
The conference proceedings will be submitted for indexing to INSPEC, EI Compendex, Thomson ISI, ISTP and other indexing services.
The best papers will be selected for publishing as extended versions in the IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet (ISSN: 1645-7641), in the Interactive Technology and Smart Education (ITSE) Journal (ISSN:1741-5659) and also in journals from INDERSCIENCE Publishers.

* Conference Contact:
Web site:

* Organized by: International Association for Development of the Information Society
Co-Organized by: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

* Registered participants in e-Learning conference may attend the other conferences part of MCCSIS 2015 free of charge.

EdX collaborates with Microsoft to Launch IT Development Courses

EdX collaborates with Microsoft to Launch IT Development Courses

This program is Microsoft’s first initiative with a major MOOC provider and edX’s first corporate member.


The courses offered include the following:

Programming with C#
C# is a widely-used .NET programming language that is designed to provide a simple yet powerful language for general purpose programming needs. Students will learn the fundamentals of C# supporting cross-platform application development.

Introduction to TypeScript
TypeScript is a new highly-productive superset of JavaScript that is rapidly gaining currency amongst developers who build and maintain large JavaScript applications. In this course, co-authored by Anders Hejlsberg, students will learn language syntax and how to use TypeScript to generate JavaScript for any platform.

Introduction to Bootstrap
Bootstrap is a mobile-first web UI framework originally developed at Twitter that has become a foundational technology for front-end web development. This course will investigate the power of Bootstrap and how to implement it in applications.

Querying with Transact SQL
Transact-SQL is the structured query language for SQL Server. This course will show how to use Transact-SQL to code a range of solutions, ranging from retrieving data from a SQL Server database to implementing transactional programming logic.

Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
This course takes a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions on Microsoft Azure. Students will learn the latest tools and technologies in cloud development and study the techniques for cloud-based application design.

Introduction to Office 365 APIs
Office 365 offers the tools users need to get work done anywhere and on any device. In this course, developers will learn how to create robust cross-platform applications using Office 365.

Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
This course provides fundamental knowledge and skills needed to use Windows PowerShell to automate common administrative functions in Windows-based clients and servers. Students will get hands-on practice to replace manual, repetitive, and time-consuming operations with effective, automated solutions in both local and remote scenarios. This course is offered as part of the edX Professional Education series and has a fee associated with it.