Educause Review July / August 2011

The new Educause Review for July / August 2011 is now available by clicking here. This issue has the focus of whether or not it makes sense to keep doing it yourself nowadays when it comes to providing IT services at your institution, with a number of articles looking at…

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I don't know the answer, but I know someone who does …

© Copyright Kenneth Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License The journal Science (via the BBC) considers research that our memories are no longer so full of answers, but instead fuller of where those answers are kept – on-line. Is this a good thing do you think…

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Learning to Teach On-line …

“I think a long time ago, I thought it was going to be time saving. But I haven’t found it to be time saving. I wonder whether the powers that be, think that it might be time saving …” (Dr Catherine Suttle – Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Services,…

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It takes half of College to be ready for College …

This presentation by Susanne Nobles (via our Canadian correspondent, who sometimes feels like my only source), considers something that came up at the recent away morning to discuss the new Learning and Teaching strategy (venue – the exotic and distant surroundings of the Council Chamber in the Abbey – why is it…

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Moodle 2 – A summary of a summary anyone … ?

A summary of Martin Dougiamas talking about Moodle developments. Click here to view. For those of you who don’t have time to read the summary, the most interesting bits are: Certainty based marking. Right and certain – best marks.  Wrong, but less certain – lose, but lose less …  Lots…

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A model for our future development !

Uncertain times.  A whole new campus on the horizon, which will need to be filled with all kinds of exciting things.  Serendipity smiles upon us all once again, with this blueprint for our future success ! http://www.gocomics.com/incidentalcomics/2011/06/06

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Dickens, The Beatles and Beowulf

What have the subjects in the title of this post got in common ? Well, they are all part of the offerings in the new app from the British Library (£2.39 iPhone and Android, £3.49 for the iPad). The Treasures app is designed to enable you to interact with over…

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Don't throw out your old textbooks just yet …

You might be able to flog them to a student ! Some surprises from a recent Book Industry Study Group survey (America’s leading book industry association according to their website) suggesting students aren’t quite as keen to jump onto the e-book bandwagon just yet. This report on the research claims…

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I'll get my coat …

Our Canadian correspondent (well … Stephen Downes actually, but never spoil a good story for the sake of the truth … as they say) suggests an interesting idea. Namely: “to consider the oft-repeated (especially by teachers) requirement for ‘training’ in new technology to be code for I don’t want to…

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