Showing posts from September, 2010

Learn About Google Docs

If you don't know, Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered byGoogle. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.Google have created a very nice series of videos to get you up to speed on key aspects of google docs, including presentations and forms, both of which are very useful in Teaching and Learning. Here are the videos:Document list
DrawingsOr you can see them all in the specially created Google Docs YouTube channel at

Daily e-Learning Documents

"Today sees the start of a fortnight where we will be releasing one new advice document a day" - actually JISC complete that statement with an exclamation mark, but I'm uncertain it's such happy news: when do we get the chance to read all of this? Some days I feel that all this stuff is coming at me from all over the world and it all looks so great and so interesting. As I don't have an e-reader, I invariably print the documents out (two pages to A4 and double sided to ease my conscience at least a little) and put it in a pile of papers that is steadily growing (unmanageable). Such is our professional existence in the information age - skipping from small task to small task and finding it difficult to see the broader canvass...

Hope I haven't skewed the context for the introduction of what looks like the usual high quality JISC stuff: Introduction to e-Learning, which is 'aimed at practitioners who are just starting out in incorporating e-learning into the…

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age

Jisc have released what looks like quite a significant document - they say Effective Assessment in a Digital Age is aimed at those in higher and further education who design assessment and feedback for their learners. The guide draws on recent JISC reports and case studies from different contexts and modes of learning to explore the relationship between technology-enhanced assessment and feedback practices and meaningful, well-supported learning experiences.

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age complements Effective Practice in a Digital Age, the 2009 JISC guide to learning and teaching with technology, and Effective practice with e-Assessment (JISC 2007) by focusing on the potential enhancement to assessment and feedback practices offered by both purpose-designed and more familiar technologies.

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Here's the full news item (with podcast)

A Delicious for scholarly articles

Been meaning to revisit this service for quite a while - and beaten to it by Jisc, so here's their blog post in full...

I just discovered CiteULike, a website for organising and sharing references to scholarly articles.

It’s somewhat reminiscent of Delicious in that you can build up a list of links to papers which you identify by tagging and then share your links with others. However, CiteULike also compiles and stores all of the information needed for citations in scholarly journals. What’s more, it has the Genius-like capability to make suggestions of other articles that you may find interesting or useful.

The advantages begin to spring to mind immediately. You can find and study your papers on any computer on the Internet. Citation details are automatically generated. You can easily collaborate on papers by sharing links with your co-researchers. You can find other researchers who are reading the same papers as you and look at what else they’re reading. If you’re a student, you an…

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age

Assessment is one of the most important parts of learning and teaching and whether institutions get this right or wrong has a huge impact on students' lives and careers. Ros Smith, the author of JISC's new guide, Effective Assessment in a Digital Age, explains to Maike Bohn how technology can significantly improve the experience of assessment and feedback: