Virtual School Meanderings

July 23, 2015

Invitation: 31st National SPERA Conference

One for my readers down under (and those who might fancy a trip down under)…

31st National SPERA Conference
SPERA, Australia’s leading advocate for rural education, invites you to its 31st National Conference, 4-6 November 2015. This year, the conference is being hosted by Deakin University’s Centre for Research Educational Futures and Innovation, the School of Education and the Faculty of Arts & Education, and held at Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront campus, Victoria.
The 2015 conference will bring together a range of pre-service teachers, teachers, school administrators, teacher educators, academics, and community members and parents who are passionate about rural education.
The conference theme this year is Mapping education policy landscapes: rurality and rural futures.
Conference sub-themes include:
  • Education reform
  • Student Engagement, Aspiration and Motivation
  • Pre-Service/ Higher Education
  • Curriculum/ Pedagogy
  • Policy/ Place
  • Partnerships
  • Indigenous/ Aboriginal Education
  • Strengthening and networking rural education research.
Our wonderful line-up of confirmed speakers and performers include:
The annual SPERA conference is a key means of building and strengthening Australia’s rural network. In doing so, we draw together an increasing body of work focused on the implications of education policy and reform for rural students. This is an opportunity to showcase the achievements of, and opportunities available to, researchers, and schools and communities within a complex public policy landscape.
Further information on the conference and abstract submission process is available on the SPERA website.
To register for the conference, please visit the conference registration page. Early bird registrations close Friday 7 August 2015. SPERA members are eligible for discounted registration rates.
Thank you for your support and valuable contribution to rural education in Australia.
Yours sincerely
Mr Brian O’Neill
President
Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA)
P.O. Box 659
Wembley, WA  6913

December 29, 2014

[DEOS-L] Farewell From dehub

And this one (too bad about the updating of the resource)…

From: dehub <rjames6@une.edu.au>

** We bid you a fond farewell!
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See end of message for our parting gift to you.

Unfortunately, UNE will not be able to support dehub past the end of the year. Therefore, dehub is ceasing operation on 31st December 2014.

In accordance with the terms and conditions of our grant, the resources on the dehub website will remain available until 30th April 2016 (visit http://dehub.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4d05c04ae2e7f7723df2a3a7f&id=940a59a870&e=32cce5da2f), but there will be no further announcements across the dehub Research Network or social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).

We would like to thank all of you for your continued support and contributions over the years, which has led to many collaborations and much fruitful output.

We especially thank you for your patronage of the Knowledge and Societies Journal (RUSC), our collaborative initiative with University of Catalonya (UOC). This is a fee, open journal available at http://dehub.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=4d05c04ae2e7f7723df2a3a7f&id=50d1b01edd&e=32cce5da2f

Over the past 18 months, with your help, we have
* Expanded the geographical origin of RUSC authors
* Broadened the expertise and cultural content with the increased number of Editorial Board members and reviewers
* Added 1,000 extra registered readers
* Attracted high quality guest editors
* Acquired 327 Twitter followers
* Increased the geographical range of the readership
* Increased the journal’s ranking
* Expanded the number of indexes in which RUSC is listed
* Provided greater exposure for our authors to academic audiences globally in 133 countries (~60,000 viewers annually).

And keep your eye out for more good things and new initiatives to come in 2015. For example, don’t miss Sir John Daniel, Mercè Gisbert and Esteban Vázquez, who will be guest editors for a special section on MOOCs: Game Changer or Passing Fad?
We would be pleased if you continue to support this initiative as RUSC can only continue to expand and improve with your patronage and input.

To help you stay in touch with new editions and publication opportunities, as our parting gift to you, we would like to automatically subscribe you to RUSC’s mailing list so that you will continue to receive notifications from RUSC. UOC will be bound by the same privacy regarding your email address. If you would prefer not to accept this gift, please opt out here (mailto:rjames6@une.edu.au?subject=Please do not subscribe me to RUSC) before 16^th January 2015. If we have not heard from you by then, we will add your email to the RUSC mailing list.

So adieu! We wish you well for your future ventures and hope that you will continue to collaborate with the friends you have made through the dehub Research Network.

Dr Rosalind James, dehub Director, signing off.

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Our mailing address is:
dehub
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Armidale, NSW 2350
Australia
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[DEOS-L] A Holiday Card From dehub

These two items from dehub appeared in my inbox over the weekend.

From: dehub <do-not-reply@dehub.edu.au>

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** dehub wishes everyone a joy-filled festive season in 2014. Thank you for your support over the past year!  If you’re travelling we wish you a safe journey.

Click here for a Christmas gift (http://dehub.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=4d05c04ae2e7f7723df2a3a7f&id=333b983012&e=32cce5da2f)
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Copyright © 2014 dehub, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
dehub
University of New England
Armidale, Nsw 2350

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DEOS-L is a service provided to the Distance Education community by the Adult Education Program, College of  Education, The Pennsylvania State University. Opinions expressed are those of DEOS-L subscribers, and do not constitute endorsement of any opinion, product, or service by The Pennsylvania State University.

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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