The future, facilitating online, and interactivity: eLearning Watch has it all

Richard Elliott has done it again 🙂 I must admit that every month when his resource, the eLearning Watch (which you can subscribe to here), pops into my inbox I see it as a treat to be savoured. I always find something from the variety of emerging trends, events, resources, and tools that is of real value to me and my professional learning.
I’d like to highlight the following from this month’s eLearning Watch:
Facilitating online: A course leaders guide (a .pdf file), which, Richard observes, a “lot of work has gone into producing…., and a very useful resource it is. Lots of ideas and suggestions to ensure the online experience for the student and tutor alike is productive and of value”. I was particularly taken with the descriptive principles of arriving, conversing, facilitating, creating and applying for participants. In addition, the rubric, which has descriptors for beginning, intermediate and expert facilitators, is well thought out with skills for the facilitator, rather than the focus being on what the facilitator ‘does’ to the participants.

The second resource is a video. The description from the site reads: “On January 24-26, 2012, one hundred distinguished thought leaders from all over the world were invited to come together in Austin to mark the tenth anniversary of the NMC Horizon Project with a very special convocation and retreat. Over its decade of work, the Horizon Project has grown to the point that it may very well be producing the single most important body of research into emerging technology within the world of education. With more than one million downloads and 27 translations in the past ten years, the NMC Horizon Report series provides the higher education, K-12, and museum communities across the globe a key strategic technology planning tool that is continuously refreshed and updated. The following videos from the retreat were taken of the speakers’ six minute thought pieces.”

The third resource has a range of science resources for students and teachers that Richard describes as follows: “There is a reasonable list of links to a range of interactive resources relating to science for all ages. The web site also has sets of links to other sites containing interactives, grouped into a half a dozen high level academic subject areas. All worth exploring for that gem that will make a difference to your student’s learning”.

Thanks, as always, Richard – and I look forward to April’s gems.

About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ ( I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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