[from catspyjamasnz] Learning with 'e's: Two fingered salute

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1) The French had no effective leadership, but the English and Welsh had a strong and determined leader in King Henry V. The colour of the banner doesn’t matter, because whatever the brand, the VLE has essentially a common architecture and purpose: it is there to restrict access, deliver homogenous content and control the activities of its users. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. They stood facing each other across a muddy ploughed field.

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Learning first, technology second

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Learning should always come before technology. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. In mathematics, I have seen interactive whiteboards used very effectively to teach number bonds and floor robots can be used successfully to teach geometry and algorithms. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching.

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We learn best when we are fully involved in the process. John Dewey advocated ''learning by doing'' and Seymour Papert called it ''learning by making''. I did some early studies into the effects of this when I implemented a programme wide use of wikis in 2006. Clearly these are all very desirable graduate attributes, and needless to say, wikis and blogs now feature as essential ''learning by doing'' tools in many of my undergraduate programmes.

The survival of higher education (1): Changing roles

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Such change and disruption has been in the background of my thinking about learning technology for the past decade. I urged universities to develop new strategies that were based upon digital technologies to widen access, increase quality and generally subscribe to the idea that students need no longer attend traditional lectures to achieve quality learning outcomes (Wheeler, 2004). My main recommendation however, was one grounded in the technology mediated learning approach.

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A tale of two keynotes

Learning with 'e's

Such change and disruption has been in the background of my thinking about learning technology for the past decade. I urged universities to develop new strategies that were based upon digital technologies to widen access, increase quality of provision and generally subscribe to the idea that students need no longer attend traditional lectures to achieve quality learning outcomes (Wheeler, 2004). 2007) Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

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Imagined worlds

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One of the new skills that teachers will need to master in the future will be the ability to manage virtual learning spaces. Learning always takes place in the mind of the learner, but the formalised activities of learning have never been confined to the classroom. And yet the management of learning environment is already a core skill practised by all teachers in schools and lecturers in colleges and universities.