Archive for July, 2014

Weekend Funny – We’ve been robbed!

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Our dinky-di home grown invention, the “circular transportation facilitation device.” (a.k.a. the wheel), patented by the true blue, award winning John Keogh in 2001 has had its patent revoked.

The 2001 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

The 2001 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, October 4th, 2001 at the 11th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. The ceremony was webcast live. You can watch the video on our youTube Channel.

TECHNOLOGY: Awarded jointly to John Keogh of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, for patenting the in the year 2001, and to the Australian Patent Office for granting him Innovation Patent #2001100012.

Ten reasons not to trust your memory

Friday, July 25th, 2014

If we want to help our students retain information it is important to know how memory works.  Understanding cognitive load is, I think, essential.

Not all of the information in this video applies to teaching, but the ‘Google effect’ was interesting.  Actively searching for pacive information is not the same as actively engaging with the information.

Google effect 1


5 quick ways to pull learners into a course (according to Cathy Moore)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Cathy’s focus is on workplace training and eLearning but all the items mentioned also apply to the way we put together our Higher Ed units.

It’s short and sharp and worth reading.  For me, the one statement that probably underpins the whole philosophy.

Briefly tell the learner what they’ll be able to do as a result of the course, and focus on what they care about.”

If you’re telling the student’s what they can do you are automatically focusing on real applied outcomes, which hopefully leads to a more problem based approach.  And by focusing on what they care about (and how that blends with the unit objectives) you are much more likely to design a course that students will engage with.

Cathy Moore

The top ten text match errors picked up by Turnitin

Monday, July 21st, 2014

These items are from the Turnitin white paper The Plagarism Spectrum: Instructor Insights into the 10 Types of Plagiarism.  As with all industry white papers, it should read read with a critical eye.

The paper included a full explanation of each item.

10 Ten Plagiarism methods according to Turnitin

Playing with Ustream

Friday, July 11th, 2014

I’ve been having a play with Ustream.  I have put a very rough and ready video on my YouTube site.  Have a look if you want to see the user interface and how you can switch feeds using only basic webcams


Desktop organiser – Nimi Places

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

For those of like myself, who like to have the things they commonly use on their desktop I recommend Nimi Places.  It’s free and pretty easy to use.  It also works in the Windows 8 desktop.

nimi places

The help files are here

Open Education Resources (a list of free stuff)

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

If you have a bit of time and want to see what is out there in the land of OER this isn’t a bad list to start with.

At a practical level we still need topic specific gateways that pull from all these sites.  Until we do, finding relevant resources is going to be inconvenient for time poor academics.

OER links