Desktop Research: Challenges and Trends

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http://www.buseport.com.au/case-studies.html The latest from the National OLT project, focused on embedding in curriculum and how to assess - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Everything in Moderation
    http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/01/23/u-copenhagen-mooc-instructor-searches-right-amount-online-moderation
    A professor's plan to let students in his Coursera massive open online course moderate themselves recently went awry. The 10-week course, titled “Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World,” is taught by Ebrahim Afsah, associate professor of public international law at the University of Copenhagen. His experiences highlight an important challenge that the scale of MOOCs presents: How do you wrangle tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of students into staying on topic? A traditional face-to-face course might fare well with one or two troublemakers, but those interruptions are magnified when enrollment reaches the thousands -- especially if those students can post anonymously.
  • Invisible data collection and analytics http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2867917 Gartner raises a good point, pervasive invisible analytics needs serious investiagation re our responsibilities to students - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Flipped Model in Archaeology Program
    go.nmc.org/archae
    Second and third-year archaeology students at the University of Queensland receive lectures online while class time is intended for building on key concepts through problemsolving and guidance from the instructor.- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015- sherman.young sherman.young Feb 7, 2015- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 8, 2015 Not necessarily new but so great to see examples of take-up - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • From Web-Based Learning To Mobile Learning: Electronic Textbooks, Mobile Devices and Sanskrit
    go.nmc.org/sans - LINK NOT WORKING???
    Shifting content from a LMS to an e-textbook (pre-loaded into mobile devices) enabled the Australian National University to solve five long-term problems, including improved accessibility and increased learner engagement. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 5, 2015- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 8, 2015 reducing cstudent cost?- slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • FutureLearn
    go.nmc.org/monashu
    Monash University offers two courses through FutureLearn’s MOOC platform — “Creative Coding” and “The Science of Medicines:.” - s.defreitas s.defreitas Feb 7, 2015- karen.melhuish.spencer karen.melhuish.spencer Feb 7, 2015 - joyceseitzinger joyceseitzinger Feb 11, 2015
  • Game Development at Swinburne
    go.nmc.org/crcarbon
    The Swinburne University of Technology is developing a mobile game to educate Australians and motivate them to work collaboratively toward the goal of decreasing their reliance on carbon products and services.
  • H2GU
    go.nmc.org/HGU
    Dr. Peter Teasdale at Griffith University uses the app “H2GU,” which allows his students to work in the field when learning to collect and test water samples. great, a lab of the real world - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Insignia
    go.nmc.org/adven
    Insignia is a project led by the Director of Research Training at the Australian National University, dedicated to exploring open badging in research education.
  • Interteaching
    go.nmc.org/Griffith> - LINK NOT WORKING???
    Students taking Science, Technology, and Society courses at Griffith University are engaged with a form of the flipped classroom known as “interteaching,” a blended, videobased approach.
  • mdTimetable
    go.nmc.org/melb
    Medical students at the University of Melbourne use the app "mdTimetable" to access personal timetables, as well as "mdPatients," to create and manage patient records at the bedside during or immediately after patient encounters.- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015
  • Media Studies 101 - A Creative Commons Textbook
    https://mediatexthack.wordpress.com/about/
    On the weekend of 16-17 November 2013, a group of academics and librarians across Australia and New Zealand got together at their respective campuses to collaboratively write — or ‘hack’ — an open textbook.- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015- karen.melhuish.spencer karen.melhuish.spencer Feb 7, 2015- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 8, 2015 also great to involve students, lots of potential for digital skills as well as lowered text costs- slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Minteract
    go.nmc.org/phone
    In the Accounting for Business Decisions course at The University of Technology Sydney, students use their mobiles to access mInteract, a system developed by the university to help the professor gauge how well students understand a topic.- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015students as co-creators - mobile devices as media creation tools for peer learning - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Online Bachelor of Laws Programme
    go.nmc.org/cqu
    CQ University Australia offers its Bachelor of Laws programme, which is accredited with the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland, in an online format where students access materials using iPads, iTunesU, Moodle, and Collaborate.
  • Open Mozilla Badges
    go.nmc.org/carpe
    At Swinburne University, Open Mozilla badges are used to reward students in Swinburne’s “Carpe Diem” MOOC upon completion of the assigned online activities. - s.defreitas s.defreitas Feb 7, 2015- karen.melhuish.spencer karen.melhuish.spencer Feb 7, 2015 - joyceseitzinger joyceseitzinger Feb 11, 2015
  • Pilot of Open Educational Practices
    go.nmc.org/latrobe
    At La Trobe University, the Faculty of Health Sciences have successfully piloted a programme to develop and distribute OER and research practices using Wikiversity and the Wikimedia Foundation Projects.- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015 - joyceseitzinger joyceseitzinger Feb 11, 2015
  • Polls at Curtin University
    go.nmc.org/curtin
    Faculty at Curtin University leverage students' personal devices to check their understanding during class using polls conducted via web-based or mobile apps.
  • SimSchool
    go.nmc.org/simschool
    SimSchool from Curtin University is an open digital game and assessment platform that allows teachers in training to practice in a virtual environment and interact with simulated students. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 5, 2015 - s2.vaughan s2.vaughan Feb 7, 2015- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 8, 2015
  • SoLAR Symposium
    go.nmc.org/symp
    A symposium supported by Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching engaged researchers and practitioners with opportunities to explore the learning analytics frameworks of state, provincial, and institutional strategy and policy.- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015
  • Storytelling MOOC
    go.nmc.org/potsd
    The University Of Applied Sciences Potsdam created an interdisciplinary MOOC to study storytelling that includes project presentations by game designers, writers, trans-media producers, executives, and theorists from different fields of study.- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 4, 2015 - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 5, 2015- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 8, 2015
  • Taking Tests Using Personal Devices
    go.nmc.org/deakin
    The Deakin School of Law has implemented a pilot programme that permits students to complete their exams using their own computing devices rather than requiring tests be done with pen and paper.- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015- sherman.young sherman.young Feb 7, 2015- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 8, 2015
  • Time to Uncap and Unbundle University Education: Barber
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/time-to-uncap-and-unbundle-university-education-barber/story-e6frgcjx-1226808944603
    The concept of 'unbundled' education refers to the emergent practice of allowing students to pay for those services, and only those services, that they actually require. Optional extras in the form of tutorials, one-to-one coaching and a range of other academic and support services, all of which are currently bundled into the price of a degree, are stripped out and made available as premium products on a fee-for-service basis.- sherman.young sherman.young Feb 7, 2015 - joyceseitzinger joyceseitzinger Feb 11, 2015 yes - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • University Students in the Dark on Cost of Degrees
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/university-students-in-the-dark-on-cost-of-degrees/story-e6frgcjx-1227183836365
    Students are enrolling in university degrees without knowing how much they will pay to complete their studies, amid ongoing uncertainty over a proposed shake-up of the higher education sector. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 5, 2015
  • What Are the Essential Tools for BYOD in Higher Ed?
    http://edcetera.rafter.com/what-are-the-essential-tools-for-byod-in-higher-ed/
    As students come to campus, they now expect to be connected everywhere they go, therefore schools need to assess their current wireless network and add the routers and hubs needed to handle more devices and data.- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 4, 2015- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015 and potential additional impact of encouraging students as creators - s.defreitas s.defreitas Feb 7, 2015- sherman.young sherman.young Feb 7, 2015- karen.melhuish.spencer karen.melhuish.spencer Feb 7, 2015- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 8, 2015
  • What Everybody Should Know About Online Learning Environments
    http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/01/28/online-learning-environments-415/
    Peter West, Director of eLearning at Saint Stephen’s College in Australia, discusses why integrating learning resources is important for blended learning strategies because integration removes the need to manage multiple accounts for users.