Saturday, 21 September 2013




Learning is at the heart of what we do. Technology can facilitate, customise, amplify. Note the small (e), and big L in (e)Learning. The quality of the content matters. As educators, lets create great content, share it, or curate it. The internet and mobile technology connects.


My opening statement in the eLearning workshops that I run for faculty development in Singapore under the auspices of the Medical Education Unit is (e)Learning --> with emphasis on the Learning/our students learning needs/our learning objectives/curricula and assessment to promote learning.

Despite this, the (e) does have some educational features that distinguish it from previous innovations in learning technology - the stick in the sand, chalk, overhead projector, printing press, VHS tape, VCD ...
i.e. access, reusability, hyperlinking, embedding, broadcasting, narrowcasting (targeted access), granular curricular construction, distributed crowd sourcing/co-creation to name a few.

At the moment, I walk around with a 5.8 inch Samsung phablet in left front jeans pocket, iPhone 5 in right front jeans pocket, HTC smartphone with keyboard in left jeans backpocket (while waiting for the next incarnation of wearable computing/cloud storage and processing) ... however ... whenever I pull out one of these devices to teach on, or illustrate with ... the first point I make is that it is the digital content which I am accessing which is important, NOT the device ... and the purpose I am accessing the resource for.

I truly believe that curated digital repositories, containing the most basic digital elements of "what" we teach with, and "material" we assess on defines and characterizes what we do ... breadth, range and depth of material/case based scenarios.

We teach with analogies ... and share stories and lessons.

To the current generation of students ... the technology recedes into the background ... it is just there ... their focus is on getting on with learning and connecting.

The quality of the content matters. As educators, lets create great content, share it, or curate it.

The internet and mobile technology connects.

Google Inc. (Google) is a global technology company focused on improving the ways people connect with information. 
Role of Google in our digital future (LinkedIn post, September 2013)

Technology matters, but teachers matter most of all (Heng Swee Keat)

15 year olds in Asia are better problem solvers than in the US (CNN)

What can Asian schools teach the rest of the world (CNN)

View to a skill

10 Strategies Quick Learners Use To Pick Up Anything

"Information comes to you as you need it" (Sergey Brin)

Seven essentials of good infographic design

The global teacher

Walking improves creative thinking

As education evolves, so must universities  ("swirling", "continual lifelong learning interspersed with work", "relevancy, reinvention, re-learn, re-skill", role of universities - "helping students choose, assess and certify multiple learning paths", "lecturers as academic coaches - helping students construct an academic path that is coherent, and has both breadth and depth"),-the-things-we-think-we-know-bu.aspx

Google search tips

Sharing images in wikis, supporting small group work

A plea for "close learning"

Be FAIR to students: Four principles that lead to more effective learning (Harden, 2012)

Be FAIR to stuents (pdf)

NHS Hack Day Cardiff (January 2014)

MOOCS (plus and minuses), e.g. MBA

SPOCS (post MOOC era)


Andrew Ng, Coursera, see Straits Times, Sunday, March 16, 2014 interview - "There is no substitute for a good teacher", section "Think", page 46

MOOCs - Threat or Opportunity

Google, memory & learning

Content Curation World

         How to be an effective content curator

25 things you might not know about the world wide web

Library of the future

Why kids prefer print

Print vs Digital Reader's comment

Print vs Digital News

Print is here to stay

E-Book vs P-Book

Hybrid reading (Washington Post)

"The difference between surfing the web and reading print is the difference between the visual rush of jet skiing and the immersive experience of scuba diving" (Carr, 2008)

"We are not only what we read, we are how we read" (Wolfe, 2007)

The future of brain implants

eLearning in Commonwealth Asia - Implications and Impact (Commentary)

         Clifford Adelman, Ph.D: profile

UW Flexible Option – If You’re Competent and You Know It, Prove It and Move Forward

          Enabling Student Swirl: A Community College/University Dual Enrollment Program

Shaking up the classroom

Design for a new college

Keynote: Benedict Evans - InContext 2014

Accounting principles: a business perspective, financial accounting (pdf)

Accounting principles: managerial accounting (pdf)

Principles of accounting (pdf)

Are you competent? Prove it.

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