Top 5 sites every edtech professional should know about

Some of you may be familiar with these and may have found them useful too, if not I am sure you will:) These are sites that I have found myself coming back to regularly and that help me to design blended and online activities to engage my course colleagues (I don’t say students as my ‘students’ are professionals working in edtech and education related fields and I see them more as colleagues).

  1. Gilly Salmon: The e-tivities page has useful resources that can help educators design learner-centred blended and online activities. I think it’s a bit more accessible for the majority of educators and is a nice lead into slightly more complex processes such as her Carpe Diem approach to learning design.
  2. Jan Herrington’s site describes a model of authentic learning. It is useful for folks thinking about designing authentic learning activities in particular.
  3. Nancy White and her colleagues from Full Circle Associates put together this online community toolkit. While it might be a bit dated, it is still useful, as well as her online facilitation wiki.
  4. Open educators and researchers Catherine Cronin and Maha Bali really inspire me and I think they are both really great exemplars of open education practitioners. Even if you just ‘lurk’ on their blogs for now, you are likely to pick up some great tips if you’re thinking about blogging and how to start engaging with others in an explicitly open way.
  5. Technology mediated assessment feedback via the Learning with New Media research group at Monash University has been useful to me in various ways. Last year colleagues and I used audio recordings for formative feedback on student assignments and we are currently working on a journal article. I also really like how this particular page is structured. It got me thinking about how to structure online self-help staff development resources.

What I’d love to see is more colleagues from Africa developing similar online resources. Perhaps there already are some really good ones out there and I’ve just not come across them? Please share:) I am also looking forward to course colleagues Top 5’s that they will share via Twitter using the hashtag #EdTechUCT

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Phil Hill on online & hybrid education

Today we had the privilege of listening to Phil Hill’s presentation. Phil @PhilOnEdTech is an educational technology consultant and analyst who has spent the last 10 years advising in online education and educational technology markets. For me the main takeaways of his talk were that comparing traditional and online teaching is unhelpful. This slide shows that the landscape of hybrid and online learning is more complex (see slide 5 below) than an either or.

(insert photo of Phil with hands in either/or gesture)

He also discussed how questioning the integrity of online teaching has led lecturers to pay more attention to their face-to-face teaching. While some may see online education as a threat to traditional notions of Higher Education and the core missions of a university, he highlights some of the opportunities.

What I hope the PGDip students took note of was how he prioritised the need for university lecturers to think about the educational challenge they see online education being a response to. Is it about increasing accessibility for students who are unable to attend more traditional offerings, for example. Or is it around student-centred learning? Third stream income for a department? Often I meet lecturers who want to engage in online teaching but are not sure why or there is a mismatch between the problems they are facing and the online space. Sometimes there are even deeper social issues where online is not the best solution. Phil highlights the need to be purposeful which I liked because he is also questioning the rampant solutionist discourse of the edtech industry.

Listen to a podcast of his talk here.

Phil’s slides via SlideShare:

I managed to catch the first part of his talk on video: (insert here)

Also check out:

e-Literate blog (Phil is one of the contributors)

e-Literate TV