What does a school library look like in the digital age? | Teacher Network The concept of a school library in a digital age is challenging. With the capacity to download books onto a range of digital devices there is every possibility the library could look superfluous to youngsters growing up today. Why would you want to visit a room which is essentially about storage and distribution? We are in the middle of redesigning our school library. If we view the library as purely a function of lending books this is indeed the case. The Renaissance witnessed the exponential growth in libraries with the invention of printing. So what does this mean for a school? The design brief for the libraries in our junior and senior schools is premised on inspiration. The senior school library continues the journey. The digital age therefore, far from sounding the death knell of school libraries, offers schools an opportunity to create their own distinctive library space.
Technology-Enhanced Learning Toolkit by the HEA The use of technology to maximise the student learning experience is a vibrant area of interest across all tiers of global education. Technology enhanced learning (TEL) is often used as a synonym for e-learning but can also be used to refer to technology enhanced classrooms and learning with technology, rather than just through technology. Flexible pedagogies: technology-enhanced learning Our Flexible Pedagogies: preparing for the future research series includes a publication that focuses on a better understanding of technology enhanced learning, including highlighting some of the challenges and opportunities that TEL brings to HE. How to start using technology in your teaching Based on his experience within medical education Dr James Pickering, Most Innovative Teacher of the Year (2014), offers a simple walkthrough highlighting the lessons he has learnt. This toolkit brings together ideas and pedagogies that are influencing today’s academic practice in relation to TEL. Research
Reading level: accessibility for web writers, part 15 | 4 Syllables Writing clearly is an important web writing skill. Unfortunately a lot of web content is unnecessarily dense and complex, making it difficult to read. This is often the case on large sites where providing information to users appears to be the site’s main purpose. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 suggest we write content that requires reading skills no more advanced than lower secondary education level (roughly 9 years of education). Measuring reading level Readability tests were developed to measure reading level. Two readability testing tools are built into Microsoft Word: Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. If you don’t have Word, you’ll find a range of readability testing tools on the web. To meet the accessibility guidelines, your content should have a Flesch Reading Ease score over 50, or a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level below grade 10. Example readability test Here’s an example, using content from the Centrelink (an Australian government agency) website.
XCRI XCRI stands for eXchanging Course Related Information, and the XCRI Course Advertising Profile (XCRI-CAP) is an information model, supported by an XML specification, used to share information about courses between UK education institutions and aggregators such as UCAS and other sites that advertise courses. XCRI is developed by a community-based group with no formal membership processes, similar to initiatives such as Microformats. The infrastructure of its communications (website, forum and wiki) is run by JISC-CETIS and funded by Jisc. UK Standard People Key people involved in XCRI in recent years include: Scott WilsonMark StubbsBen RyanAlan PaullRichard EntwistleVashti ZarachSebastian RahtzRob Englebright Patents and open standards Like many "informal" specifications, XCRI releases are under a Creative Commons license. History 2005-2006 XCRI was originally developed as part of a project funded by Jisc in April 2005. 2007-2008 2009 Criticisms
Ten new advice documents released Request advice via helpdesk → Blog Older | Newer Ten new advice documents released By Steve Hull on Monday 27 September 2010 Normally the University of Bristol based team release a new document every week - but after a busy summer we will release a new advice document every day for two weeks. The flurry of documents looks at the role of digital media in teaching and learning and starts with an Introduction to e-Learning. Photo by FabioHofnik on Flickr - used under a Creative Commons licence #1 Introduction to e-Learning #2 Designing Learning Experiences #3 Common Methods for Viewing, Using and Producing Digital Media Resources #4 Considering the delivery of digital media online #5 Organising Digital Media Content in a VLE #6 Mobile Learning for Education #7 Providing Live Support to your Community over the Web #8 Audio Feedback #9 Telling it like it is - a how-to guide on creating audio feedback #10 Using Multimedia in a PDF Commenting is not available in this channel entry. Get in touch Infokits Guides
7 characteristics of a digital mindset The digital five forces – Social Media, Big Data, Mobility and Pervasive Computing, Cloud, and AI and Robotics – are disintermediating, disrupting and deconstructing the old world order. The word “digital” is on everyone’s lips; however, organizations are stumbling when trying to put in place a holistic strategy and implementation plan that will take into account the mega-shifts heralded by these forces. What is often happening are piecemeal and fragmented approach at attempts to use Big Data or Social Media or the affordances of the Cloud. The reality is that none of these work in silos; they are collectively creating the disruption we are seeing and sensing all around us. Dealing with this mega disruption calls for a digital mindset, which is not equal to tech savviness or the ability to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with ease. Some of the key characteristics underlying a digital mindset are described in this article: Abundance Mindset The power of digital is transformative.
Vital | Transforming lessons, inspiring learning E-framework This article or chapter is incomplete and its contents need further attention. Some information may be missing or may be wrong, spelling and grammar may have to be improved, use your judgment! 1 Definition “ The e-Framework for Education and Research is an initiative by the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Australia's Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). e-Framework has been developed to “ to facilitate technical interoperability within and acress educationa and research through improved stategic planning and implementation processes” (Daniel R. This project could be considered one of the initiatives that will lead to future learning management systems. Update: This is now a dead project, but according to the website resources will stay available for future R&D. - Daniel K. 2 History ELF in turn, integrated earlier initiatives on service oriented architectures, such as Daniel R. 3 Architecture of the framework 3.1 The e-Framework knowledge base (3) Guides
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