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8823dsn: Quoted from: losiento studio I've been asked to...
rainbowhill, In Learning, Nov 11, 2011
8823dsn: Quoted from: losiento studio I've been asked to rewrite an outline for an undergraduate sports management subject and I want to make sure that it captures sports in the context of society and culture. The epitome of elite sport is the modern Olympic Games, but it might also be seen as an example of corporate control over culture and in may cases has adversely impacted upon the societies it is meant to serve. Elitism in sport also serves to discourage people from active ... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 22:34:12 +1000 [Comment]

10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For | MindShift
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 27, 2011
10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For | MindShift: dajbelshaw: "Mobile learning, focuses on learning through mobile devices, allowing learners to move about in a classroom or remotely learn from the location of their choice. The movement has gained a lot of steam in recent years, and despite some criticisms, isn't likely to fade fast – especially as new technologies that make mobile learning more practical continue to emerge and the popularity of remote learning opportunities ... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:15:06 +1000 [Comment]

The Arc of Two Swords In Learning and Teaching: Part Three
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 24, 2011
The third post of three in an attempt to uncover deeply held assumptions that have shaped my academic trajectory through higher education. In the first post of this series I covered my formative undergraduate years, and then my growing understanding of the the place of learning in my life as I finished my undergraduate. As prepared to graduate my application of knowledge to produce novel solutions led to work with multimedia and the burgeoning web. Soon after I left University I was working ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 08:55:43 +1000 [Comment]

Is Demanding Synchronous Bliss Missing the Point of Change?
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 23, 2011
As you are probably aware there have a few issues with synchronous sessions at Change 11. Tim Owens voiced his concerns after the DTLT collaboration with Change 11 for Week 5, so I don't really want to reiterate those concerns here except to say that again the focus on the tools is detracting from the learning that is possible. Stephen Downes put out a call for help on Google+ back on the 5th of March, and so far DTLT are the only that have put forward some reasonable solutions which ... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 15:34:53 +1000 [Comment]

A Marathon Not A Sprint
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 18, 2011
I'm an endurance athlete. Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I focus on my breathing and find my centre. From there I find a rhythm and regain strength.This is where I am at the moment, in the early stages of an endurance event, regulating. Over the past two weeks I've been a busy with work and assignments, so I haven't had as much time to devote to the Change 11 eBook as I would have liked. Marshalling my attention again, pushing through the with the project I am ... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 02:00:06 +1000 [Comment]

The Arc of Two Swords In Learning
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 12, 2011
Let me describe the arc of my academic career with two swords. When I left highschool, I left home, and lived close to university with a family friend. I had to work to support myself, although I did receive a small amount of Austudy. I remember being very lonely, only one other senior from my highschool went to UQ and he was in anthropology, and I was in human movements, so we rarely got to see each other. In the large first year lecture halls I enjoyed lecturers that were, in a sense, ... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:07:00 +1000 [Comment]

Jim picks up on Gordon's (don't call him Gordo) ...
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 10, 2011
Jim picks up on Gordon's (don't call him Gordo) take on a MOOC - http://gbl55.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/cck11-man-this-mooc-is-something-else/ Six chick interrupts him from writing an important blog post for the CCK11 MOOC and hilarity ensues. Man! this Mooc is Something Else (by wayFarUpNorth) Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:17:06 +1000 [Comment]

"In general, people seem to be torn between the time-saving advantage offered by the "Daily" solution..."
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 10, 2011
"In general, people seem to be torn between the time-saving advantage offered by the "Daily" solution and the multi-faceted, time-consuming alternative represented by direct access to unfiltered information." - It has been said before that an over-abundance of tools is felt as a fragmenting influence in a MOOC. In a MOOC, as in life, that there are a multitude of information sources that are available to consume your finite attention. The Daily is only one solution, so too are the ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:10:05 +1000 [Comment]

"The purpose of the machinery of education is to improve the efficiency of learning. The spirit of..."
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 10, 2011
"The purpose of the machinery of education is to improve the efficiency of learning. The spirit of education should include respecting the agency of learners. It would be just as inappropriate to use coercive torture techniques to improve the efficiency of learning as it would be to eliminate the provision of specific, direct guidance in the name of agency. As with much else in life, our goal here should be to find and walk the virtuous middle way." - David Wiley on The Virtuous Middle Way |... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 15:04:05 +1000 [Comment]

Becoming a Professional Scholar - Using Open Course Ware via @cnxorg
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 06, 2011
Becoming a Professional Scholar - Using Open Course Ware via @cnxorg: This complete online course, designed to help grad students develop an identity as a professional scholar, is offered on Connexions and is available for remixing under Creative Commons CC-BY. If you are intent on becoming a digital scholar, there are so many quality resources out there. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 22:55:05 +1000 [Comment]

I am admittedly not too familiar with economics, but I sense...
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 03, 2011
I am admittedly not too familiar with economics, but I sense unfairness in a system that is closed to many yet results in inequities to those bright enough to persist despite financial hardship. This situation is not peculiar to the United States, and students around the world are beginning to stand up to be counted. In Chile, Camilla Vallejo fights for a cheaper education and a government guarantee of education as an inalienable right. When my parents went to uni their education was free, ... Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:54:04 +1000 [Comment]

Audio Enhanced Collective Learning on #change11
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 03, 2011
(@loumcgill) Lou McGill has taken a few minutes to interview Professor Allison Littlejohn in the lead up to her live session this week on Change11. Due to the huge time difference (2am my time), I'm not going to attempt an early morning rise for the live session. I am looking forward to hearing Allison talk however, and will probably do so while wandering around the gardens the following day. Has anyone set up a podcast feed for recordings of the fuze sessions? Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:10:57 +1000 [Comment]

"Open strategies make good sense – you can find people who invite you to use their work, and your..."
rainbowhill, In Learning, Oct 01, 2011
"Open strategies make good sense – you can find people who invite you to use their work, and your work is exposed to more people. In the process, you can contribute to the effort to change an outdated system that is unfair to students and staff, and is an inefficient use of human and financial capital. I understand the need to be realistic, and we can't pretend that we are living in healthy times as far as institutionalized education is concerned. Sensible, realistic, workable ... Sat, 01 Oct 2011 13:46:05 +1000 [Comment]

Collaborating on the Change 11 eBook #change11 (by...
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
Collaborating on the Change 11 eBook #change11 (by rainbowhill88) Just a quick shout out to say thanks to Dave Cormier for inviting me to collaborate on the Change 11 eBook project. It's all part of documenting the Change 11 MOOC happening over the next 35 weeks. Some real stars of open education are taking part. - http://change11.info If you want participate in the #change11 ebook project Dave has posted a an invitation and a quick tutorial on his blog. We'll need as much ... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 08:15:06 +1000 [Comment]

Got the first EDIT 517 assignment away!
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
Now time to focus on Change 11 and take a break from work! School holidays start tomorrow and I am heading up the Sunshine Coast with my family. Can't wait for some solid R&R. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 06:07:18 +1000 [Comment]

Step One to Success in a MOOC - Orient
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
You may have caught George Siemens' (@gsiemens) post on how to participate in an online open course, and wondered how you might get started today, in O-week. Over the next few days I'll be showing you what works for me in orientation week according to the first of the five steps that Dave Cormier defines for success in a MOOC. Orient Declare Network Cluster Focus No one can define success for you, so before you even start to work out how you are going to orient yourself define what ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 05:55:00 +1000 [Comment]

#change11 "Beware the screen!" – A talk by Manfred Spitzer
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
#change11 "Beware the screen!" – A talk by Manfred Spitzer: I grew up largely without TV during my formative years, and would much rather do without these days. I'm not sure how much effect it has had on my neural pathways but I know that it has saved me a lot of time, time that I have spent engaged in other more useful activities. I shudder to think that the Internet could devolve into to something that resembles TV. Even more so if it is delivered with "relevant advertising" and "... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:54:06 +1000 [Comment]

Are you mlearning inadvertently?
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
A good measure of how pervasive mobile learning is, that you probably aren't aware that you are already doing it. I saw a great example this morning from @betchaboy on twitter with his lessons learned on the Yamanote line. Part photo essay, part traveller's narrative it was put together in less than a day, entirely on mobile and then presented as part of professional development at Yokohama International School. Look it up. Very relevant as it pertains to this week's mobile ... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:53:00 +1000 [Comment]

TechLearning: Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
TechLearning: Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:31:48 +1000 [Comment]

Dr. David Wiley says that Education is on the edge of its own...
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
Dr. David Wiley says that Education is on the edge of its own reformation, and asks the question, do we take this technology that we have been blessed with and use it to become more generous and open or do we use it to preserve the status quo? I'm really looking forward to hearing David in a few weeks time on Change 11 MOOC. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 08:43:00 +1000 [Comment]

Cooperation versus Collaboration in Open Online Learning #change11
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
There is an interesting conversation developing about the differences between cooperation and collaboration in open online learning on Frances Bell's blog. Stephen raises the question whether collaboration is even a desirable thing, by his definition cooperation implies greater individual freedom. Perhaps on a network where you are charting your own course through the material greater personal freedom is desirable. An implicit goal of open education is de-institutionalisation, so it ... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 09:23:05 +1000 [Comment]

"The vast majority of universities that will educate humanity in the coming decades will be those..."
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
"The vast majority of universities that will educate humanity in the coming decades will be those that structure their value point on elements that cannot be easily duplicated and scaled, or at minimum, require input costs to do so." - George Siemens › Duplication theory of educational value Things that are part of the Higher Education experience that are note easily duplicated include; fraternity/sorority collegiality locality prestige status signalling exceptional learning and ... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:55:06 +1000 [Comment]

Chat Transcript 09/21/2011 12:00: Zoraini Wati Abas #change11
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
Jaaosoft: you need Fuze_Meeting.dmg plugin from fuzemeeting.com prova: very good for accessibility to HOH people gsiemens: @barry - do you have options to mute pings and dings when you set up a room? Barry Dahl: don't think so, but I'll check it out (beeps) Terri Ann Guingab: Audio broke up - was that 1.5 cents US per SMS? Barry Dahl: yes, I heard 1.5 cents US/Canadian siavogel: was out and in again, still no sound. Cris2B: You used ... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:33:48 +1000 [Comment]

First live session with Zoraini Wati Abas #change11
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
After some initial technical hurdles the first Change 11 live session with Zoraini Wati Abas got under way on Fuze at about 3am my time.There is a raw recording at EdTechTalk if you want to catch up with the content. Questions from the chat box mirrored some of those in the comments on Zoraini's post Mobile Learning at Open University Malaysia from earlier this week on http://change.mooc.ca I have copied some of the questions from the chat and how I interpreted the responses from ... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:04:00 +1000 [Comment]

In response to questions about tools to use in a MOOC #change11
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
I posted this earlier on Dave's blog in response to a request for an explanation of tools to use in a MOOC. It is worthwhile reposting as it capture much of what I've been thinking about getting hung up on the technology and losing focus of the goal, changing education. I tend to disagree that an explanation of the tools is necessary, or even useful. Let me demonstrate by use of an anecdote. Last spring in the middle of torrential downpour I took part in a collaborative gardening ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:13:43 +1000 [Comment]

Step Two to Success in a MOOC - Declare #change11
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
Last week during Orientation for Change 11 I posted about defining success and getting what I want out of this MOOC. I also posted what I am doing to orient myself on this network so that I can be more effective in my learning. I hope this is a timely reminder for people getting involved in Change 11 that it is really up to you how you define your success, and become involved in the creation of knowledge that ultimately means something to you. The nature of the course is highly decentralised, ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:33:00 +1000 [Comment]

A brief parody of the future of education: HT @DaveCormier...
rainbowhill, In Learning, Sept 29, 2011
A brief parody of the future of education: HT @DaveCormier @GSiemens (by @opencontent) #change11 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 22:11:05 +1000 [Comment]


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