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Search for Educational Technology Innovation (SETI)

Friday, October 28th, 2011
Ebook readers

The evolution of the eBook reader

We’ve blogged quite a lot about eBooks and ePubs this week following the Paperless Pedagogy workshop on Monday. It therefore makes sense to share some of the resources passed onto to us at the event:

First up, O’Reilly  Media have released a free downloadable eBook called “What is EPub 3? – An Introduction to the EPUB Specification for Multimedia Publishing”. It offers a great overview of the spec and what is now possible – including embedded audio and video, and increased interactivity.

ePubs can be integrated with  Learning Management Systems – here is a video explaining how to make an eBook chapter available through Blackboard.

Curtin University Library have been collecting increasing number of eBooks in the last five years. They have written an interesting paper reflecting on patterns of usage and strategies for the future.

Inkling create interactive eBooks for the iPad. They confidently believe that they are redefining what a text book is. It will be interesting to see how successful their business model will be – which will be dependent on pricing and publishing deals.

Neil Martin (Learning Technologist, Co-Pilot)

Image Credit: jblyberg, Evolution of Readers, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic Licence.

Search for Educational Technology Innovation (SETI)

Friday, October 21st, 2011

3D and Google Earth could have some significant possibilities for digital preservation.

As usual, we’ve cast the net widely this week and explored a range of topics from Innovation Sustainability, 3D on the Web, Connectivism and Student Voice.  I will take the opportunity to remind you, though, that not all the content in our Diigo account ends up in a SETI post.  If you’d like to follow our trends in content, just visit:

Until next week!

“Keynote presentation delivered to Charles University Prague, Online, vie DimDim, to Prague. Connectivism as a pedagogical theory is typically thought of in terms of networks – the making and traversing of connections. But the major practical implication of connectivism occurs in the organization of learning events and resources. Unlike traditional educational modalities, in which people work collaboratively, in a connectivist model, people work cooperatively”

Covering cultural and organisational change and (re)designing startegies, processes and services, this JISC toolkit dynamically collects good practice in the area of sustaining and embedding innovation.  As a Cloudworks project, this resource allows users to contribute their own ideas and practice, which makes this resource especially valuable.

Rewards for explosions at school?  That’s one scheme underlying the gamification of science classes at Northern Beaches Christian School.  The article also discusses the basics fo gamification theory and the possibilities of transforming education in schools.

A short blog case study of using mobile devices in the classroom to build student engagement with a course.

This blog post discusses the impact of 3D buildings rendered into Google Maps.  I question whether there are links between a project like this and the role of the internet in digital preservation of historic sites?  Combine Google Earth with a virtual tour and we could have a project of historical significance.

Adrian Stagg, Learning Technologist (Co-Pilot)

Image Credit: nyaa_birdies_perch, Stonehenge, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic Licence.

Search for Educational Technology Innovation (SETI)

Friday, October 14th, 2011

This weeks Diigo Highlights scan the horizon for new ways of teaching.

This week’s offering from the ADFI Diigo stream includes Mobile Learning, Open Learning and the Future of Learning – in essence, something for everyone.  As always, we’ve tried to include video and audio content (which is much more palatable than text on a Friday afternoon).

Short and punchy, this article gives you some great tips for your next presentations (whether in the classroom or to peers).  A list of very good links (including the Khan Academy, which is excellent for inspiration) can be gleaned from the post too.

Whether you’re an educator in primary, secondary or tertiary educator, this meta-list covers a broad range of subject areas from science and geogrpahy, librarianship, digital storytelling, music and many more.  This would be an excellent starting point for anyone interested in low-cost, high impact methods of incorporating these devices into the classroom.

Covering diverse topics such as the electronic ecosystem of educational technology, the ‘bring your own device’  dilemma, social media and employability and the potential of Microsoft Kinect in education, the ‘Future of Technology in Education’ Conference has just posted all of the presentation videos.

Created by a partnership of Athabasca University, Commonwealth of Learning, Open Education Resources Foundation and the University of British Columbia, this site is a must for  those interested in the possible challenges between copyright and Open Educational Resources,  It acts as a gateway to fact sheets, blogs, webinars and an overview of the current response to the Canadian Access Copyright issue.

Making an eBook is easy, regardless of your coding experience. This is good, because 99.9% of your time should be spent on writing and getting your book out there, rather than on technology.  If you are interested in eBook creation, you might also like to check out Calibre.

Adrian Stagg, Learning Technologist (Co-Pilot)

Image Credit: Andres Rueda, Blue Sky, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic Licence.

Search for Educational Technology Innovation (SETI)

Friday, October 7th, 2011
Steve Jobs on various Apple products

Computers and devices that are Steve Job's legacy

A couple of weeks ago we wrote of Steve Jobs’ legacy as he stood down as Apple’s CEO. Yesterday, we learned of his passing. Here we share a number of articles that recall this great innovator and his impact.

And finally a quote which sums him up and perhaps distinguishes those who know how to disrupt and innovate in this world from those who don’t:

Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?

Steve Jobs

Neil Martin, Learning Technologist (Co-Pilot)

Image Credit: Neil Martin

Search for Educational Technology Innovation (SETI)

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Princton University

Princeton University

An interesting week. Two big announcements came from Amazon and Princeton University.

Amazon revealed their new Kindle Fire tablet on Wednesday. While no iPad killer in terms of functionality, it has a significant pricing advantage over Apple’s iPad and of course utilises Amazon’s huge cloud-based infrastructure for content. Here’s a couple of useful articles to find out more:

Meanwhile, Princeton recommended a new open access policy authorising its academics to publish their work on their own blogs, the university’s open access repository and other free open access archives. At the same time academics are discouraged to give away their copyright to journals and according to The Conversation website will be required to have a waiver signed beforehand if they want to go down that route. The report can be downloaded below and deserves closer scrutiny.

Here are some other content that has interested us this week and have bookmarked on Diigo. To subscribe to our bookmarks visit

“ The state of Penang is an example of successful transformation in Asia based on strengthening the rule of law. Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is an important vehicle for the education that can underpin this process by expanding the freedoms that people can enjoy. Using technology can not only cut costs but also enhance the quality of education and therefore yield important benefits. The development of eLearning has encouraged many conventional universities to offer ODL but research in North America suggests that few are doing it very well. Private forprofit providers are more successful. Research also shows that the notion of a divide in attitudes to eLearning between young ‘digital natives’ and older students is a myth. Technology-mediated learning encourages all students to engage more deeply with their work. Finally, the Open Educational Resource University is described as a potentially radical transformation in higher education”.

“The best symbiosis of man and computer is where a program learns from humans but notices things they would not. We’ve heard that before. In the 1960s we were all going to be mystically connected; or it would come as a super-intelligent machine – Terminator’s Skynet – that is inimical to humanity. And yet, what if the reality is more mundane?”

“In a very cool video from Chemical and Engineering News, Art Olson of the Scripps Research Institute explains how chemists in his lab can predict how well the drugs they develop will work.”

“We’re in the middle of a mobile web revolution. However, its not iPhone, smart phones or the west that is leading this revolution. No, if you want to go to the epicentre of where the mobile web is really changing the status quo and leap frogging the incumberants then you have to go to Africa.”

“From vice-chancellors to enterprise educators and research specialists, we asked our Twitter community to recommend 10 Australian social-media trailblazers. Here’s that list.”

Neil Martin – Learning Technologist (Co-Pilot)
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Search for Educational Technology Innovation (SETI)

Friday, September 9th, 2011
Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico provides a view of all planets in our solar system from a single location.

Now, we know that SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is the true acronym, funded to scan the galaxy for any proof that ‘we are not alone’.  However, we realised during the week that our constant environmental scanning for new projects, initiatives and ideas in the educational technology space fills a similar niche for staff at the Futures Institute.

From now on, Fridays will feature content captured from the Australian Digital Futures Institute Diigo library.  For those not acquainted with Diigo, it is a free bookmarking tool, similar to which allows users to build a library of tagged online content.  All staff contribute items of interest to our Missions, and now we offer the weekly ‘Diigo Highlights’, gathering current information around a range of educational technology subjects.

This week features content on iTunes U from the student’s perspective, the role of trust on the internet and reports from JISC.

Trust is tremendously valuable, but unfortunately supplies are running a bit short on the Internet right now.  In other words, we’re running into a breach of trust not just for Web sites, but for the organizations set up to to tell us whether we can trust Web sites

A short article aimed at both potential students and self-directed learners about the benefits of using iTunes U – and the possibility of using it to select a university for your education.

The term ”learning styles” refers to the concept that individuals differ in regard to what mode of instruction or study is most effective for them. Proponents of learning-style assessment contend that optimal instruction requires diagnosing individuals’ learning style and tailoring instruction accordingly. Assessments of learning style typically ask people to evaluate what sort of information presentation they prefer (e.g., words versus pictures versus speech) and/or what kind of mental activity they find most engaging or congenial (e.g., analysis versus listening), although assessment instruments are extremely diverse. The most common-but not the only-hypothesis about the instructional relevance of learning styles is the meshing hypothesis, according to which instruction is best provided in a format that matches the preferences of the learner (e.g., for a ”visual learner,” emphasizing visual presentation of information).

This study investigated the impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) use on teaching and learning. To achieve this, the project team reviewed current research in the area; surveyed, interviewed and ran workshops with suitable participants to collect data; and produced an accessible report on the study findings. The report considered the use of OER from both an individual and institutional perspective looking at the benefits OER can offer each and identifying the pedagogic, attitudinal, logistical and strategic factors conducive to uptake and sustained use of OER, as well as the associated issues and challenges.

“Earlier this year we heard from a number of projects as part of an Elluminate session on Using video within the Curriculum Design programme: from personal reflection to evaluation evidence . During the session, Rebecca Galley and her colleague Andrew Charlton-Perez talked about whole project use of video within the Open University Learning Design Initiative project (OULDI) .”

Adrian Stagg – Learning Technologist (Co-Pilot)

Image credit: Schweiker, H. , Arecibo Observatory Aerial View.jpg , (Public Domain image).