- The SA Fallacy: Open Knowledge Foundation Gets It Wrong | iterating toward openness http://ht.ly/23xnD #
- Reading “The blind watchmaker”, Dawkins does for evolution what Sagan did for physics #
- Summary of Eric Mazur’s presentation on using technology to engage students http://ht.ly/23oMz #
- The darn drop outs and lurkers. Suggestions to address the issue ay P2PU http://ow.ly/1qDjMm #
- Learning with ‘e’s: Teaching with Twitter. Some nice ideas for using Twitter in the classroom http://bit.ly/bJGOLU #
- New #Hootsuite web UI is beautiful. Their #Android app is also brilliant, might even replace #Seesmic as my mobile client #
- Reading Wikis as Social Networks: Evolution and Dynamics on Scribd http://scr.bi/9TQqpo #readcast #
- Google Scholar has just launched a blog. They must have a decent academic following if if they’re blogging now http://bit.ly/ank7yw #
- Open, distributed social networks, from Linux News http://bit.ly/dc3LvW #
- Diaspora social networking project looks interesting. Looking forward to public release http://bit.ly/biDUKh #
- @rosemaryzummak Welcome 🙂 Try 2 find a few people who are talking about things you’re interested in. Search for topics and see who’s active in reply to rosemaryzummak #
- Guidelines on things to consider when buying into an LMS service provider, from Pontydysgu http://bit.ly/clrcT1 #
- Learning spaces and e-portfolios, from Pontydysgu http://bit.ly/ctCPjz #
- Long-Term Yardsticks – helping children find their passion, instead of worrying about low test scores, from 2¢ Worth http://bit.ly/9ghnqc #
- Digital story telling stops plagiarism as students’ must be personal and draw from own experiences, from Pontydysgu http://bit.ly/disrWv #
- Interesting Q&A platform called formspring.me http://bit.ly/a3Wfo4 #
- Online Learning May Slightly Hurt Student Performance…if by “online learning” u mean watching lectures by video http://tinyurl.com/38n2hbk #
- Chrome extensions for Google Docs. Really nice if you’re a heavy Docs user http://tinyurl.com/3x78lcy #
- In 20 yrs SA will b in the top 5 ranked teams in world soccer. Tonight we got a glimpse of what SA is capable of. Proud of u Bafana #wc2010 #
- RT @IvoVegter: No comment. RT @EveD: Hmm. @ivovegter lives in Knysna. So does the #FRA team. Coincidence? Sabotage? Hmmmm… #
- Request for OER Material | OER Africa http://bit.ly/b4UQBO #
- I could survive for 1 minute, 6 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor! http://bit.ly/8b9vop from the voluptuous @oatmeal #
- AP Biology: Final “Evaluation”. Awesome use of Google Moderator for class evaluation http://bit.ly/aGzkt6 #
- Badass of the Week: Flora Sandes http://bit.ly/cj8HEM #
- Interesting approach to collaborative keynoting, at SITE 2008 conference http://bit.ly/dfztju #
- Reading Blogging as a reflective tool in physiotherapy ethics on Scribd http://scr.bi/cRvavP #readcast #
- Published Abstract – The Use of ICT by SA Physio Students on Scribd http://scr.bi/ab9Tkt #readcast #
- Published Abstract – Bringing Human Rights Into Focus in Medical Education on Scribd http://scr.bi/d3mcz2 #readcast #
- @jcmm33 Touche 🙂 I was more impressed at the rate of improvement, seems they have a new feature every week since launching the new backend in reply to jcmm33 #
- Google Docs Now Does OCR for Images & PDFs (Sort Of). Docs just keeps getting better http://tinyurl.com/36gddzf #
- Just finished reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez. Best fiction I’ve read in ages (see here for preview chapters) http://bit.ly/97VJjz #
- Everything you need to know about the internet | Technology | The Observer http://bit.ly/aV0uhM #
- The use of ICT to support South African physiotherapy students. My first ever conference presentation from 2008 http://bit.ly/bLkL4L #
- Jake Shimabukuro performs @TEDxTokyo, via Garr’s posterous. Beautiful http://bit.ly/d4XmnL #
- RT @malinkaiva: An overview of the most important trends in ICT innovation in Higher education (2011-2014): http://tinyurl.com/24tfdc9 #
- Webicina.Com • About Us. Interesting medical startup by @berci http://bit.ly/aaYKmk #
- From @giustini: Digital communities of practice [early draft]. Good resource for anyone interested in digital CoP http://bit.ly/90zxt6 #
- @ryantracey It’s clear that no-1owns the internet, but what are the consequence if large sections of it shut down? As u say…interesting in reply to ryantracey #
I’ve been going through the collection of abstracts from last year’s HELTASA conference, looking for a citation for a poster presentation that I’d like to use for an assignment. This gave me an overview of the event that I didn’t pick up on while I was there, as I tend to focus on individual presentations while at conferences.
One of the other things I noticed is that when talking about e-learning (besides the fact that there are many interpretations of what e-learning actually means), many presenters spoke of a move towards customised Learning Management Systems, that exist separate to the lecture. There is still a clear demarcation between the classroom and the online space, with little in each space to complement the other. The only thing that changed in some cases was the way in which learning tasks are assigned and marks gathered i.e. how learning was managed.
I think there’s still a strong belief that “teaching with technology” merely involves moving content online and into digital walled gardens, cut off not only from the greater online community, but even from students who aren’t registered for that particular module. There seemed to be a lack of understanding that the most important aspect of introducing technology into teaching, is that there must be a change in practice that is associated with multiple, bi-directional communication channels. Even the addition of multimedia shouldn’t be seen as an end in itself…it’s just a way to add meaning to the message.
This change in communication is what is fundamental. It’s about moving ideas, as well as moving between and through them in a way that’s difficult to do in a traditional lecture format, but which complements the lecture (or small group discussion, etc.). We need to move away from the idea that integrating technology into teaching practice is an either – or proposition. The traditional and the new need to blend into each other, using each strategy to reduce the limitations of the other.
- The Year Ahead for IT in Higher Education http://bit.ly/5VHk2q #
- Just found out I got a scholarship for #geekretreat. This is what I’m thinking about http://bit.ly/4Flsqc #
- I’m ideologically against content management systems but Moodle 2 looks interesting…platform, rather than application http://bit.ly/8Rt5A1 #
- The Quantified Patient on Vimeo http://bit.ly/4zXRlY #
- A New Diigo Vision and Call for Advice: On Students Teaching China to the West at Beyond School http://bit.ly/8FtPGa #
- JISC : Innovation in the use of ICT for education and research http://bit.ly/5bgbXC #
- Science Commons » Principles for open science http://bit.ly/6sWz6H #
- Technology Trends : Open Science http://bit.ly/8XcvoF #
- “What’s the big deal about PLN?” Brief overview of Personal Learning Networks http://bit.ly/5lcNOX #
- FreeHarvardEducation.com: Does anyone own what universities teach? – The Boston Globe http://bit.ly/5NskqV #
- Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network http://bit.ly/5s0FDV #
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I just had my first research article published. It’s based mainly on the literature review I did for my Masters degree last year, with a few updates. It’s strange, but when I submitted it about 6 months ago, I thought it was a reasonable piece of work. Reading it now, I feel like taking it back and editing the hell out of it. Does anyone else look back at their earliest work and feel like hiding under a table?
I’m putting the abstract up here in case anyone is interested. The title of the article is “Information and communication technology in health: a review of the literature”.
Information and communication technology has been shown to be increasingly important in the education andprofessional practice of healthcare workers. The World Health Organisation (WHO) discusses the benefits of using ICT in the Primary Healthcare setting in terms of better access to information, improved communication between colleagues, facilitating continuing professional development and providing learning tools for healthcareprofessionals, patients and the community as a whole. This review of the literature describes the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in the education and professional practice of healthcare workers and goes on to outline the challenges facing the widespread adoption of ICT. The conclusion is that ICT does indeed have a positive role to play in both the education and professional practice of healthcare workers, including physiotherapists, as long as it is implemented as an adjunct to established and proven practice, and not a replacement.
I just found out that the abstract I submitted for the Higher Education as a Social Space conference has been accepted. I’ll be presenting a paper on the use of ICT by physiotherapy students
in South Africa, based on the results of my masters thesis.
The conference will take place in Grahamstown from the 30 November to the 03 December and will include the following themes:
- Institutional development (including quality management and enhancement)
- Curriculum in higher education (including teaching, learning and assessment)
- Academic staff development
- Student development
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in teaching and learning
Obviously my main interest is in the use of ICTs in teaching and learning, but I’m hoping to attend a few presentations looking at curriculum in HE.