January 28, 2015

Distance education in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar -2004

Distance education in Mongolia Distance education in Mongolia

Distance education in Cuba

A revolutionary tank at the Universidad de Havana

Distance education in Cuba Distance education in Cuba

Distance Education in Afghanistan

Kuchi family near Bamian

Distance Education in Afghanistan Distance Education in Afghanistan

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

A mosque in Arar, Northern Saudi Arabia

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

South Africa

White rhinos in Pilanesburg

South Africa South Africa

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A short history of educational technology

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The first section of my chapter on ‘Understanding Technology in Education’ for my open textbook on Teaching in a Digital Age was a brief introduction to the challenge of choosing technologies in education. This section aims to provide a little historical background. This will not be anything new to most readers of this blog, but remember […]

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Deciding on appropriate media for teaching and learning

This is the final section of Chapter 9, Choosing and using media in education, for my online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. It deals with a key question: what kind of decision-making works best in this context, and provides the last step in a methodology for selecting and using media. If you've worked your way right through this chapter, you are probably feeling somewhat overwhelmed by … [Read More...]

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Balancing the use of social media and privacy protection in online learning

This is the last of the SECTIONS criteria for selecting media for my online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital World. The last 'S' stands for Security and Privacy. This is a change from earlier versions of the SECTIONS model, where 'S' stood for speed, in terms of how quickly a technology enabled a course to be developed.. However, the issues that I previously raised under speed have been … [Read More...]

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Networking (and novelty) as criteria for media selection

Almost there! This section covers the 'N' in the SECTIONS model for the chapter on media selection for my online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. Networking and novelty These are two quite different factors influencing media selection, of which networking is by far the most important. Networking This is a relatively new addition to the SECTIONS model and aims to take into account … [Read More...]

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Why organisational issues are critical for media selection

I'm getting to the end of my chapter on media selection, based on the SECTIONS model. I discuss the 'O' for organisational issues briefly. This section is pretty obvious to most readers of this blog, but it needs to be said (or written). The SECTIONS model: Organizational Issues Institutional readiness for teaching with technology One of the critical issues that will influence the selection … [Read More...]

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Seeking the unique pedagogical characteristics of social media

Social media are still in a very volatile state of development, and many faculty worry about the negative aspects of students who are continually 'on' or obsessed with social media. At the same time, there are exciting developments and future possibilities for the intelligent use of social media in education, which are explored in this post. Although social media are mainly Internet-based and … [Read More...]

Figure 9.5.1 A computer-marked assignment form from the University of Western Australia

Seeking the unique pedagogical characteristics of computing

This is the fourth post on the unique characteristics of different media, for my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. This was a fun one to do, mainly because I ignored any previous research on this topic, because I rarely, to my shame, read articles in journals on computing and education. When I have done, the articles seem to be about another world of education in which I don't - or … [Read More...]

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Seeking the unique pedagogical characteristics of video

Figure 9. The Open University on iTunesU This is the third post on the unique characteristics of different media, for my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. Although it will be seen that there are good pedagogical reasons for using video, it presents much more of a challenge to faculty than the use of text or audio. Producing video that exploits the unique characteristics of video is … [Read More...]