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October 30, 2014

[DEANZ] AkoVictoria2014 Unconference; ascilite bulletin, ICDE latest news, ALT Fortnightly Digest 310

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AkoVictoria2014 Unconference; ascilite bulletin, ICDE latest news, ALT Fortnightly Digest 310
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In today’s communication:

  • AkoVictoria 2014 Unconference – see below
  • ascilite bulletin (PDF)
  • Latest news from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (PDF)
  • Association for Learning Technology – fortnightly news digest 310 (PDF).

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DEANZ Executive

AkoVictoria 2014 Unconference

Come and engage with other tertiary educators interested in exploring learning and teaching practice. Talk about the burning pedagogical issues you are facing, explore exciting new ways of learning and teaching, experiment with new technologies in hands-on making sessions. Best of all – it’s completely free thanks to sponsorship from the Victoria University of Wellington Centre for Academic Development and our generous sponsors:

Ako Aotearoa, The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence;
– DEANZ, The New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning; and
– ASCILITE, The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.

When: 20 November, 9am – 4:30pm
Allen Ward VC Hall (AWH301)
Karori Campus
Victoria University of Wellington
Donald Street


So….. What on earth is an Unconference?
Unconferences ditch the formality of academic conferences and the pressure to publish, instead focusing on the important networking, sharing and engagement that can inspire great learning and teaching. At an unconference, the agenda is created by the attendees online and then at the beginning of the event. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. Sessions can be talking, making, teaching, playing or showing – whatever excites you and the other participants.

Ah….. So what do I do now?
Simply do the following -
1 Register!- Get your name down to be part of the OHP experience at

2 Contribute!- Start thinking about what you want to hear or what you can offer!

3  Study Up! – Learn more about the focus of an Unconference:
-How ‘Unconferences’ Unleash Innovative Ideas


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The Hechinger Report
Technology is everywhere at KIPP Austin Obras, a charter elementary school in Texas. One day at the beginning of the school year, first-graders grappled with math concepts as they tried to coax JiJi the penguin across the screen of their netbooks…
Forget policy. Forget expertise. Want to design better schools? Force yourself to sit in a classroom and see what it is actually like to be a student. Alexis Wiggins, a veteran high school teacher, shadowed students for two days and recently wrote about her…
Deseret News
Teaching and learning in the Wasatch School District are not what they used to be, and lawmakers and other districts are taking notice. “We’ve started on a journey to look at a more comprehensive way of transforming teaching. We call that digital conversion…
New York Times
When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education by expanding access and reducing costs. The hope that was MOOCs — classes from…
Keeping Pace
A new report from the National Education Policy Center reviews the Harvard study of Florida Virtual School outcomes that we discussed in an earlier blog post. The press release headline summarizes its conclusion: “Online Education Report Offers Little…
Blend My Learning
Edtech tools will never replace teachers, but teachers who use edtech tools will replace those who don’t. There’s absolutely no denying that edtech tools are changing the teaching profession. As a result, I’ll argue that the edtech trinity in education must…
Kearney Courier
During his decade working in education, Kearney Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jon Sorens has experienced firsthand the rise of technology in the classroom and how it can impact students and lessons. “In order to best reach the students…
Campus Technology
IT systems on today’s campuses are generating great piles of data: grades, student records, financial aid, admissions, alumni information and more. Yet higher ed has been behind the eight ball compared to other sectors in applying big data and…
THE Journal
In this video interview, Ryan Imbriale, executive director of digital learning for Baltimore County Public Schools, discusses how his district planned its 1-to-1 rollout for 18 months before devices were distributed to a select group of early adopters. He also…
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KEYNOTES-PROGRAM-REGISTRATION: International Forum for Women in E-Learning (IFWE) 2014

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IFWE is the International Forum for Women in E-learning presented by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Recognizing the role of women leaders in the field, USDLA is proud to present the 2014 IFWE Conference, which will be held December 3-5, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas at the Hotel Contessa on the Riverwalk.


As a forum, IFWE includes open discussions, a voicing of ideas, and a number of presentations involving conversations that include audience participation. It is designed to tap into the resources of the attendees as well as other experts in their profession.


IFWE is an opportunity to share ideas, learn about e-learning programs and products, discuss issues, and gain a better understanding of being a successful leader. It also provides attendees with a wonderful opportunity to establish new relationships and contacts, find a mentor or become a mentor, and visit with old friends involved in e-learning. The format of the event allows attendees to learn about relevant topics from many different points of view.


IFWE is a time for attendees to listen, think, talk, network, reflect, dream and learn.






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Learn more about SoftChalk’s NEW K-12 Kickstart Program at iNACOL

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