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September 20, 2016

[AECT] News & Notes – September 19, 2016

From yesterday’s inbox…

September 19, 2016

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

PACK YOUR BAGS! If you haven’t registered for the 2016 AECT International Convention in Las Vegas, October 17-21, what are you waiting for? This year’s convention promises to be a “best ever” event. Save money by registering beforeOctober 17. Use the registration website and look for all the information you need.

CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED. The AECT Nominating Committee has chosen Dirk Ifenthaler and Trey Martindale as the AECT candidates for President-Elect. Need a brush-up on the process? Look for AECT Nominating Committee Procedures underDocuments on the AECT homepage.

PROCEEDINGS SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT. All sessions accepted for presentation at the AECT International Convention are eligible for consideration for publication in the Proceedings. Proceedings submissions are due by September 30, 2016, to: Michael R. Simonson, Editor. See the website for details and contact information.

NEW POLICY BRIEF AVAILABLE. AECT’s newest policy brief, “Aligning the Purposes and Evaluations of New Technology in Schools,” is now available among the Policy Briefs already on the AECT website. Check it out and spread the word to your local policy makers and others.

 Learning and Knowledge Analytics in Open Education, proceedings from the AECT-LKAOE 2015 Summer International Research Symposium in Shanghai, is new from Springer and AECT. Members can access digital content free of charge by going to the Publications section of the AECT website.



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September 17, 2016

Spotlight on Online Education’s Continuing Growth

A relevant vendor e-mail from Friday’s inbox…

What We’re Reading This Week
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Spotlight On Online Education’s Continuing Growth

The ProctorFree team loves reading and sharing interesting and thought-provoking articles about higher education and edtech, and we know that you do too. Here are the articles we most enjoyed reading and sharing this week.

For Higher Ed CIOs Navigating Tight Budgets, Relationships Matter Most – EducationDIVE

Higher education institutions are in a financial crunch. CIOs, through effective communication, can express to decision makers how innovative technology can factor into a student’s decision to attend the school. Investment in edtech will only occur though through strong relationships between CIOs and other higher education leaders. CIOs must present their IT needs to leaders of institutions through a business perspective. EducationDIVE calls attention to the challenges CIOs and their institutions currently face.

Why Continuing Education Programs are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation – EdSurge

Nontraditional programs are the perfect place for both launching and testing new, innovative, learning ideas. Higher education institutions that take full advantage of the opportunity within Continuing Education programs will have a leg above those institutions that do not. EdSurge focuses on how Continuing Education programs can experiment with innovative learning models and programs because of their relative autonomy.

Survey Finds Millennial Parents Favor Online and Flexible Education – eSchool News

A recent eSchool News survey of 1000 millennial parents shows that they are open and ready for online and nontraditional education for their children. 92% of survey participants think students should be able to pick online tuition-free options for their learning experience. Millennial parents have a strong association with digital technology and they are bringing new notions to thefuture education of their children.

Predictive Analysis: Nudging, Shoving, and Smacking Behaviors in Higher Education – EDUCAUSE

Predictive analysis gives educators the tools to move students towards success by improving learning outcomes. EDUCAUSE’s in-depth, detailed article discusses the various avenues predictive analysis can use to nudge students towards better decisions for the success of their learning experience. Predictive analysis, and similar tools, give institutions and their students a better shot at success.
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September 15, 2016

FLANZ September Newsletter

Another one for mu Kiwi readers…

FLANZ Newsletter September 2016
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September 2016

FLANZ Newsletter

The Education (Update) Amendment Bill

Not exactly a riveting title, but what it entails has got people excited for a range of reasons. The thinking behind the Bill has been “to consider how a legislative framework can place learners at the centre of the education system, providing an enduring vision of success for all young New Zealanders…”.

Communities of Online Learning (CoOL)

Communities of Online Learning (CoOL)

Part of the Bill proposes a legislative framework for online learning, acknowledging that students will access their education through online delivery, with providers from the schooling, tertiary education and private sectors.


FLANZ members have been active in talking about this –Niki Davis,Derek Wenmoth and Rachel Whalley(VLN Primary) – and FLANZ is planning to contribute to the submission process about the Bill.

Have Your Say
Contribute to the FLANZ submission on CoOLs. FLANZ is gathering members’ views and ideas for inclusion in a submission.

Got to the FLANZ Submission Formand add your ideas and thoughts today.

Be the next to host a FLANZ Conference (Reminder)

The biennial FLANZ conference showcases best practice and theory in the broad field of open, distance, flexible and mobile learning across all aspects of the education sector including the compulsory, tertiary, and professional development settings.

Expressions of interest should be sent to the FLANZ Administrator and must be received by Monday 26 September.


VLN Primary School wins Award

Our last Newsletter reported VLN Primary’s participation in the ANZ Internet Awards in the “Diversity and Digital Skills” category.

The VLN entry was awarded with a Highly Commended.

Well done Rachel Whalley and the team at the VLN Primary.

ANZIA Winner

Recognition for JOFDL

Fred Saba’s Distance-Educator.comweb site is a major online hub for aggregating and viewing material about OFDL. JOFDL starred in a recent Newsletter from the site, giving the journal a real dose of international exposure! Saba picked out the Editorial from Vol 20(1) as worthy of mention.

The future for education?

We mentioned lifelong learning in our last newsletter. We’ve since been referred to the Ministry of Education’s “draft vision for education in 2025”. Subtitled “Lifelong Learners in a Connected World” this vision (presented as an infographic) is worth checking out. The status of the vision is unclear. Is there a Newsletter reader out there who might help by letting us know?

Here’s hoping this sort of long-term thinking can help reverse the trend in lifelong learning we reported in our last Newsletter

Hot topic for the tertiary sector

A recent issue of the journal Online Learning focuses on a topic that is currently vexing numbers of tertiary institutions: Learning Analytics.

The issue features a wide range of articles that will give a good background to the topic, starting with a useful review of the research literature and including some useful case studies of LA use. JOFDL Editorial Board member Peter Albion co-authors one of the papers. Download the issue from the Online Learning site.

Research Briefs

Learning Design

Improving online and blended teaching is partly a matter of design. Improvements can be incorporated in the initial design stage or when a course is reviewed. At the UK Open University this study analysed how teachers changed course designs to make them more student centred and supportive of students.

What did they do, and how?

One especially forearly childhood educators … but of interest to us all. This is where it starts!

(Really) young children play with technologies a lot. How is that play integrated into the provision of play-based learning? Susan Edwards suggests that what’s needed are new concepts of play – concepts relevant to play in post-industrial societies.

Question Time

Given the CoOL debate, I thought it might be interesting to interrogate the current state of online learning in the compulsory sector and develop a question about that. Get some data first I decided. There’s lots of “oh, we must head this way” or “oh this will ruin our education system” but little in the way of data. What is happening already?

I wondered … “How many students are outside the typical face-to-face classroom situation for all or some part of their study, where some form of online technology is the basis of the major part of their interaction with teachers, other students and course material?”

Easy – just like the data that the Ministry of Education gathers on students enrolled extramurally in tertiary education. Sure, definitions are fraught – just what is “online”? But let’s see what we can find.

I searched… and my question is this:

Can anyone produce even a moderately accurate and up-to-date picture in answer to the question I ask above? If so, how?

I’ll admit it, I can’t see how it can be done from currently available statistics.

Does it matter? As a long term question we could debate that. But, right now, since online education in the sector is clearly happening already, it would be nice to have some data to throw into the discussion of CoOLs.

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September CORE Newsletter — Civil Defence’s ‘Get Ready’ Week, Updates For Online Learning And More

One for my Kiwi readers…

The latest news, resources and inspiration from CORE Education.
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Ki te Ao — CORE newsletter
Talofa lava Michael

Welcome to CORE Education’s September 2016 newsletter.  We are close to the end of term three now and I bet you’re excited to take a break for the school holidays before heading into the final term.

In this month’s edition you’ll see there’s lots happening. Our LEARNZ team have an exciting new virtual field trip coming up ‘What’s the plan, Stan?’ which is being held in conjunction with the Ministry of Civil Defence’s ‘Get Ready’ week. We also look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming uLearn conference from 5-7 October!

Manuia leaso,
CORE Education

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

Resources for Civil Defence’s ‘Get Ready’ week

You probably already know to “Drop, Cover and Hold” during an earthquake but living in New Zealand there are also other disasters to be prepared for, including geothermal activity, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. CORE Education’s LEARNZ team have put together an exciting new virtual field trip ‘What’s the plan, Stan?’ to run in conjunction with the Ministry of Civil Defence’s ‘Get Ready’ week starting Monday 10 October. Also being launched during this virtual field trip is the What’s the Plan Stan education resource, that has recently been updated by CORE Education.
What's the plan, Stan?
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Online Learning: a future option for schooling?

Proposed changes to the Education Act

An amended bill has been presented to Parliament, which if passed, could allow school-aged children to enrol full-time in online study, instead of learning in a traditional classroom environment. CORE’s e-Learning Director and former school principal Derek Wenmoth, thinks the proposed changes to the Education Act could provide education opportunities for students who’ve faced barriers in the system in the past. For more about students learning online, listen to the interview with Derek on NewsTalk ZB, and read Derek’s recent blog post “What’s cool about COOLs?”.
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Want to step into the shoes of a learner?

Join uLearn’s P2P one day pre-conference

Imagine, design and engineer as you immerse yourself in a full day of hands-on, fun learning experiences at the Permission to Play pre-conference to uLearn held on 4 October at the Holiday Inn, Rotorua. Breakouts sessions on the day will include game design and development, coding and programming, ‘unmaking’ electronic devices, 3D printing, softcircuits, electronics, augmented reality and more!
Find out more or register here >

#edchatNZ conference 2016

Most Likely to Succeed Documentary
What might an eco-friendly, learner-centred conference, focused on the future of education look like? The #edchatNZ Conference 2016 held 12-13 August at the inspiring Rototuna Junior High School in Hamilton, was an event designed by and for educational explorers.
Read more here >

Database update is complete & the winners are…

Prezzy Card
Thank you to everyone who updated their details during our database clean up recently. Congratulations to the five randomly-drawn winners of the $100 Prezzy Cards: ABC Allenton, Danny McNeil (CCC), Mandy Newcombe (Lincoln Primary), Justin Fletcher (Bright Horizons) and Te Hurinui Clarke (University of Canterbury).

From the blog

Building a coaching culture
Making the change we know in our hearts is essential…
by building a coaching culture 

Hazel Owen discusses what exactly a coaching culture is, the importance of providing a coaching programme, and what the development of a coaching culture will look like in practice.
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Community of Learning
Making it safe to fail as you build your Community of Learning
Rebbecca Sweeney outlines the common issues and challenges to watch out for in a cluster or Community of Learning (CoL) and how you are best to address these if they arise.
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Your learning space
Taking a fresh look at your learning space
Lynn Silcock explores why you should take a fresh look at your physical classroom or learning space, what you should take note of, and how you can create a unique learning space.
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Courses and events

Collaborative Teaching
18 October

Workshop: Collaborative teaching to lead your team
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Deep Learning Lab
2-4 October

Deep Learning Lab: Learn from global experts
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18 October
Workshop: Universal Design for Learning with technology
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Permission to Play pre-conference
4 October

Permission to Play: One-day Pre-Conference to uLearn
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The Maker Movement in Schools Breakfast Seminar
28 October
North Shore

Breakfast Seminar: Innovative Learning Environments
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uLearn Conference
5-7 October

uLearn Annual Educators’ Conference
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Mobile Learning Mastery Series – Starts September 21

Another OLC item…

Online Learning Consortium -
Mobile Learning Mastery Series
Starts September 21
Dear Michael,

Thank you for your interest in  Dr. Scott Hamm’s blog post,Relationships, Research, Reflection.

Would you like to learn how your institution can make the best use of mobile technologies for your online and blended programs? Join Dr. Hamm September 21st for the nextOLC Mobile Mastery Series.

Best Regards,



Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium | 617-716-1414 |

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