On the “authenticity” of reflecting for a mark

I’ve been talking quite a lot with educators about embedding reflective practice and the use of ePortfolios throughout courses and programs. So in reviewing the papers and sessions that caught my eye at ASCILITE2014 in Dunedin, I wanted to share this one. This cross-university team responded to student feedback that reflections that are marked are not “real” or “authentic” as the student is tailoring it for the teacher’s eyeballs. In fact, having it marked by…

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Credibility and fact checking

Credibility is the currency of social media and online relationships, yet so many people impoverish themselves by passing on poorly researched information, false quotes, dodgy statistics and/or poor arguments. For advocates, if you are out to build trust ensure you earn it by researching information before you share it with your network. There are a lot of authentic sounding stories out there that have circulated for years.  Here are a few tools to get you…

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Give your brain a break!

This weekend an online learner wrote to me saying she was feeling a bit overwhelmed with a unit of study.  She’d set aside a day to complete one unit and came away feeling stressed. I know she isn’t alone in trying to do this – catch up with a week’s work in one day. I know I have tried this in the past. I’d like to share what I wrote to her (which she said…

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Content filtering with NO Opt Out and government deciding what’s in

“I’m not exaggerating when I say that this model involves more technical interference in the internet infrastructure than what is attempted in Iran, one of the most repressive and regressive censorship regimes in the world.” Colin Jacobs, chair of the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2008. Nope, this isn’t a post about China or a dictatorship (at least, not an official one) that’s the…

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US net neutrality and have your say on future of broadband in Australia

This is my longest blog post ever, but the way I see it – the future of the internet is at stake here, so I wanted to gather my thoughts and resources in one spot and ensure I understood what was going on. First up, it’s all fang’s fault for pointing me towards this “open source documentary” on net neutrality  that links to the Save the Internet site: http://www.savetheinternet.com/ Net neutrality might seem like a US issue, but…

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