Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Anyway, here are a couple of options for getting updates to Twitter, just by sending an email.
I love being able to post to my blog by simply sending an email - Blogger offers this functionality.
Very practical for sending quick updates from mobiles etc.
Tonight on Insight, find out what makes a great teacher, and hear Julia Gillard and Shaun Micallef talk about theirs.
Tuesday 20 April 2010
Repeated Friday 23 April, 1:30pm and Monday 26 April, 3:30pm
Thanks Mathews Thomas for the heads up.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Here's the example, my blog contains posts on a number of topics, primarily links to current events relevant to my teaching areas, these posts are made with students in mind.
I also post tips,links and opinions relevant to and intended for other academics - typically around the use of technology in teaching.
Being able to offer separate RSS feeds, based on the tags I apply to posts would be useful, so any subscribers to RSS feeds from the blog would not receive feeds for subjects not of interest.
After a bit searching and reviewing web resources, the link below was the most straightforward and very simple. This information relates to Blogger, the specifics of how to do this with other blog providers will no doubt be lurking elsewhere online.
So if anyone wants a feed only from my blog only containing 'Teaching & Learning' posts, here it is:
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
A podcast here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-metaverse-journal-virtual/id276946889 (Episode 5)
Melissa was formerly at Monash and is now at Uni SA.
She blogs at: http://bramspyre.blogspot.com/
Monday, April 12, 2010
This research makes a very meaningful contribution, as it is:
- Empirically sound
The findings probably generally align with the anecdotal observations of many lecturers.
It was interesting to note that the survey found, as have I, that international students tended to make more use of online resources and lecture recordings etc.
One of my colleagues was mentioned in an article in The Age today as being one opposed to the audio recording of lectures:
Monash's move to introduce integrated audio and video recording facilities was also mentioned. I do not lecture in any rooms where this equipment has been installed, but have seem a demo of the technology and it seems to function well and create file sizes that are not too much larger than audio only lecture recordings.
It remains to be seen whether students prefer integrated audio/video (the 'video' is typically lecture slides rather than the 'talking head' of the lecturer) that requires dedicated involvement, or whether the flexibility offered by audio only is preferred, as it enables students to listen as they travel, exercise etc.
The other point to be made is that the distinction between 'podcasts' and complete audio recordings of lectures is often not clearly made - but this is very important distinction.
One particular aspect that this site mentions is the need to plan how to integrate podcasts into course content and learning activities and outcome. They suggest that if podcasts are merely an optional extra resource, most students will not listen to them.
From my observations, it is generally students that fit one of two profiles that make more use of podcasts (and probably most other 'additional' resources that academics put extra time and energy into), these students tend to be those that might be struggling (often international students overcoming the challenge of learning in a non-native tongue) and committed, engaged students.
Upon reflection, with my podcasts, I probably do not do enough to make my podcasts part of a required learning activity instead of an ancillary content resource.
More thought and development in this area would hopefully lead to more students 'fitting under the main body of the bell curve' using these and other resources.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The judgement is available here:
A brief summary from Mallesons, here:
Friday, April 9, 2010
If anyone primarily uses a blog to keep their link collection together online - this might be an option.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Not sure about the merits of Law, Education, Languages, Music etc being grouped together into a 'super faculty'