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April 25, 2014

[DEANZ] Special Announcement – ocTEL, 22 April 2014

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL) Course commences 28 April.  Enrol now!
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Hello DEANZ member,
This may be of interest to you, from ascilite on behalf of the ALT ocTEL. We would normally include this sort of thing in our newsletter, but the course begins before our next release.
Kind regards, and we hope to see you at the conference next week!

Your DEANZ Exec

Special Announcement, 22 April 2014

Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL)
Course commences 28 April.  Enrol now!
The Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL) is back! Starting on the 28th April 2014 you will be able to participate in this free online course designed to help you better understand ways to use Learning Technology for teaching, learning and assessment. The course has undergone a revision and now is shorter (six weeks plus induction week) and we are working on incorporating new features including Open Badges for accreditation.

Below is an outline of the course to give you a sense of the timings and content. ocTEL doesn’t follow a traditional format and whilst we’d love everyone to complete ‘the course’ you can drop-in for the material and events most useful to you. Ultimately our aim is to help you make connections between people and knowledge to aid your personal development. ocTEL is also an ideal opportunity to consider the connection with your existing skills and experience and Certified Membership of ALT (CMALT).

Week 0: TEL & the future (induction) – 28 Apr 2014 Week 1: Concepts and approaches – 5 May 2014 Week 2: Learners and learning – 12 May 2014 Week 3: Materials, platforms and technologies – 19 May 2014 Week 4: Support, feedback and assessment – 2 Jun 2014 Week 5: Leadership, management and keeping on track – 9 Jun 2014 Week 6: Enhancement, review and evaluation – 16 Jun 2014

The course is designed, written and supported by members of ALT on a pro bono basis. All its content depends on our community and your expertise, experience and know-how. You can contribute resources,
become a tutor or help run one of the live sessions. You can also contribute to discussions, use the #ocTEL tag to share your own content across the web.

All content of the course is published under a creative commons licence (CC-BY), which means that you can re-use it, share it and re-mix it.

More information
See the ocTEL platform here.
Register for the course here.
Watch a short film about the 2013 course here on YouTube.

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March 24, 2014

ODLAA Webinar – PD for ODL

From Sunday’s inbox…

These webinars from ODLAA may be of interest to you!
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Hello DEANZ member,

These webinars from ODLAA may be of interest to you! Normally we will place such notices in our bi-monthly newsletter, but from time to time events are advertised outside of our newsletter schedule.

With best regards,

The DEANZ Executive.

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From: odlaa-memb-bounces@une.edu.au [mailto:odlaa-memb-bounces@une.edu.au] On Behalf Of Jo Osborne
Sent: Friday, 21 March 2014 6:31 p.m.
To: odlaa-memb@une.edu.au
Subject: [Odlaa-memb] ODLAA Webinar – PD for ODL

ODLAA  is delighted to be starting our 2014 Webinar Program with a presentation on some contemporary offerings in:

Professional Development for Practitioners in Open & Distance Learning
Tuesday 15th April, 1-2pm (Australian EST)

Interestingly, both programs you will be hearing about in this webinar have been introduced to Australia from overseas by Australian institutions looking to establish high quality, internationally recognised professional development opportunities for practitioners of online learning. Together they illustrate benefits of overcoming the ‘not invented here’ syndrome in cherry picking some of the best of ‘what’s out there’.
Both presenters would encourage you to visit the programs’ respective websites prior to the presentation so that webinar time can be used productively for discussion.

Registration:

The webinar is offered free of charge and open to non-members, so please distribute this invitation to any colleagues who may be interested.  If you wish to attend the webinar, please register by emailing jo.osborne@utas.edu.au by 4pm Friday 11th April  (Australian EST) at the latest (include ODLAA Webinar in the subject line).  Details will be sent to you before the event about how to access and join in the webinar.

Speakers:

Gerry Kregor has been working in learning and teaching in higher education for the past 20 years in the UK, Australia and the South Pacific.  He is currently Senior Educational Developer with the Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching at the University of Tasmania and UTAS’s representative to ACODE.
Gerry will be introducing Quality Matters  ­–  a US not-for profit organisation that was founded in 2003 to improve students’ experience of online and blended learning.  The University of Tasmania has been the first Australian institutional member and since June 2013, 65 academic staff and 35 professional staff at UTAS have taken the core professional development course with Quality Matters.  Their experience has been overwhelmingly positive and demand continues through word of mouth… YES, academic staff are asking to be allowed to do fully online professional development!  The session will introduce the three aspects of Quality Matters; the rubric, professional development and peer review, and then go on to describe the benefits to educational developers, university teachers and university quality enhancement efforts.

  •          Further information about the Quality Matters program of offerings is available at http://www.qualitymatters.org

Janet Buchan is an Academic Developer and Senior Lecturer with the Teaching and Learning Development directorate at James Cook University, Townsville. Prior to joining JCU she had over ten years’ experience at Charles Sturt University working with educational design and technology. Janet is a member of the ascilite Executive where she works with Associate Professor Shirley Reushle as a primary contact for the CMALT Australasia scheme and participates in the ascilite Community Mentoring Program.
Janet will be discussing the CMALT Australasia professional accreditation scheme, which is offered in partnership with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) UK. It enables people whose work involves learning technology to have their experience and capabilities certified by peers, and to demonstrate that they are taking a committed approach to their professional development. The basis of the accreditation process is a portfolio which contains both evidence and reflection in relation to a number of key criteria. CMALT (Certified Membership of ALT) allows practitioners to gain recognition for personal and professional development, while encouraging them to reflect on the broader context which is shaped by social, cultural and political factors.

Jo Osborne
Educational Developer
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
University of Tasmania
Tel: +61 3 6324 5006
Email: jo.osborne@utas.edu.au
Web: http://www.utas.edu.au/learning-teaching-online/
Mail: University of Tasmania, Locked Bag 1341, LAUNCESTON TAS7250

Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia http://www.odlaa.org

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March 20, 2014

eLearning guidelines.. launches AND Call for proposals for Themed Issue of Distance Education

One for my Kiwi readers…

eLearning guidelines.. launches AND Call for proposals for Themed Issue of Distance Education
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Hello DEANZ member,

Two things for your information and consideration:

  1. The updated e-Learning Guidelines (see http://elg.ac.nz/) will be launched in three events, including the 2014 DEANZ conference in Christchurch. Venues and dates are below:
  • Auckland – Tuesday 15th April, New Zealand Tertiary College, Level 2, 1 Marewa Road, Greenlane, Auckland – 3.00PM
  • Christchurch – Wednesday 30th April, 2014 DEANZ Conference – venue, auditorium of the Northcity Community Centre, 95a Sawyers Arms Rd, hosted by New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education – 1.30PM
  • Wellington – week of 26th May, date yet TBC

If you would like to attend, please contact Mo at mo.cunning@nztertiarycollege.ac.nz. Feel free to forward this invitation on to interested colleagues.

  1. The journal Distance Education (associated with ODLAA) is seeking proposals for a guest issue. Applications are due by April 30. The process for application is outlined below.

With best regards,
The DEANZ Executive.

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Call for proposals for Themed Issue of Distance Education (Volume 36, Number 2, 2015)
The “Distance Education” journal (www.informaworld.com/DistanceEducation) is calling for EOIs in the development of a guest-edited themed issue that will need to go to press in early May 2015.
Guest editors should send a short proposal using the following guidelines to the Executive Editor, Som Naidu (somnaidu@gmail.com) on or before April 30th, 2014.

All Expressions of interest in developing a themed issue of the journal will be carefully considered by the editors of the journal for their appeal and timeliness and its alignment with the scope and coverage of the journal. Proposals could be revised or combined if that strengthens it, and/or the editorial team.

Guidelines
·           Names and affiliations of guest editor(s)
·           A clear and concise statement of the special edition theme
·           Its relevance to the scope and coverage of the journal, and
·           The need for a focus on the theme at this time

“Distance Education” publishes research and scholarly content in the field of open, flexible and distance learning. “Distance Education” is owned by the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc., and it is published by the Taylor and Francis Group. The journal was first published in 1980, and as such it is the oldest of all journals currently being published in the field.

Past themed issues include:

  •  Volume 26, Number 2 (2005): Theme: Distance Education: Past contributions and possible futures. Guest editor: Peter Smith, Deakin University, Australia.
  •  Volume 27, Number 2 (2006): Theme: Online distance education – New ways of learning; new modes of teaching. Guest editor: Rod Sims, Capella University, USA and Knowledgecraft, Australia.
  •  Volume 28, Number 2 (2007): Theme: Distance education technologies – An Asian perspective. Guest editor: Jon Baggaley, Athabasca University, Canada.
  • Volume 29, Number 2 (2008): Theme: Distance education and e3-learning (effective, efficient and engaging learning). Guest editors: Michael Spector and David Merrill, Florida State University, USA.
  • Volume 30, Number 2 (2009) Theme: Researching learning design in open, distance and flexible learning: Guest editors: Sue Bennett, Shirley Agostinho, Lori Lockyer and Barry Harper, University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Volume 31, Number 2 (2010) Theme: Mobile Learning and distance education. Guest editor: John Traxler, University of Wolverhampton and Jon Gregson, University of London External System.
  • Volume 32, Number 2 (2011) Theme: Distance Education for empowerment and development in Africa. Guest editors: Neil Butcher, Monica Mawoyo, Colin Latchem, and Lisbeth Levey.
  • Volume 33, Number 2 (2012): Theme: Fostering social inclusion through open educational resources (OER). Guest editor: Grainne Conole, Leicester University, UK
  • Volume 34, Number 2 (2013): Education Across Space and Time: Meeting the needs of the distance learners (Best papers from the ODLAA DE Summit, February 4-6, 2013). Guest editor: Rod Sims and Mutuota Kigotho (ODLAA Executive).
  •  Volume 35, Number 2 (2014): MOOCs. Guest editors: Kemi Jona, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA; Som Naidu, Melbourne, Australia.
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March 12, 2014

[DEANZ] ODLAA March 2014 Bulletin

From Monday’s inbox for my Kiwi and Aussie readers…

Latest Bulletin from ODLAA, the Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia.
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Hello DEANZ member,

Please find below a link to the latest Bulletin from ODLAA, the Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia.
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ODLAA_Bulletin_March_2014.pdf

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January 25, 2014

[DEOS-L] BOLDE Research Bank Update

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

From: “Spiller, Barbara” <Barbara.Spiller@acer.edu.au>

To all BOLDE research bank users

191  new records have just been added to the Blended, Online Learning and Distance Education research bank.

http://opac.acer.edu.au:8080/ drde/index.html

Scroll down to November/December 2013 new additions.

Regards
Barbara Spiller
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