Category Archives: Educational Technology

ACODE70 in Orange

Until ACODE70, I had never heard of Orange much less thought that I might visit it. Orange is around 3.5 hours from Sydney by car, over the Blue Mountains and part-way between Bathurst and Dubbo. By train or bus it takes longer to get there but you see more of the scenery which, especially around the Blue Mountains,… Read More »

From across the ditch

It’s been great this week to have Dr Danny Liu from Macquarie University visit us here at Otago. On Monday, Danny gave a talk, to a packed seminar room, on three projects he’s been involved with at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney: The Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin (MEAP), the Student Relationship Engagement System (SRES)… Read More »

Women and academic promotion

As anyone, anywhere, who has ever applied for an academic promotion will tell you, promotion applications are onerous. Evidence is gathered, documents are written, forms are filled, boxes are ticked, support is sought and a hefty wad of material is signed off and dispatched with fingers crossed and a sigh of relief. Then, you wait.… Read More »

Artful Clover

Still in beta, a neat application of NLP to allow the artistically challenged to create 3D visualisations is at http://www.wordseye.com. Spurred on by Clover bleating about being left off the recent Ascilite post I entered the following text: The yellow goat is on the table. A newspaper is on the shiny grass 3 foot in front… Read More »

Ascilite 2015

With a moving Welcome to Country, Jonghwi Park’s call to action in her keynote and some good solid sessions on the first day, Ascilite 2015 was off to a great start. I loved Jonghwi’s talk, ICT-enabled Quality Lifelong Learning for All, which not only issued a call to action but also lit the path to making a contribution to the… Read More »

A Prickle in the Throat

Watched George Siemens giving a recent keynote at Learning with MOOCS 2015 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz6GxseTviY His main point seems to be about wanting MOOCs to “make us better as people and as a society” and lamenting the inequity and horror that goes on in Higher Ed. Laudable stuff but the gap between the haves and have-nots is… Read More »

A Goat Called Clover

At the intersection of education and nature is The Goat. In this case, a goat called Clover. Popular wisdom in Higher Education is that academics should have an online profile to promote their research and teaching and to have an impact in the wider community. I’m unconvinced that much of what goes on in Higher… Read More »