Blended Learning is known as a disruptive innovation, not least because emerging educational technologies cannot just be bolted onto an outdated industrial system of education without a fundamental shift in how we teach and learn. The advent and development of the World Wide Web impacts every facet of society, including education.  New learning media emerge daily with the proliferation of Web 2.0 applications, mobile devices and social media - all of which has spawned a new kind of learner profile.  We would be foolish to ignore the ubiquitous nature of technology and its impact on the places, spaces and ways in which knowledge builds and learning constructs.

Globally, there are relatively few educators who are taking the lead in exploring new learning spaces and technologies that enhance learning. This is especially true of the traditional higher education sector compared to the schooling sector where the rise of K12 Blended Learning is growing exponentially. Researchers and academics like George Siemens, author of Connectivism (an emerging learning theory) are laying the theoretical foundation to guide us through the transformation and Siemens' point is profound:  "It is not about the tools....it is about the change."

This page is designed to support and encourage the development of your teaching craft in a connected world. Applied principles of connectivism and emerging networked learning theories should inform the nature of the shift that needs to start (one strategic step at a time) in your classroom. The visuals and commentary provided here will be regularly updated and serve to bring to you curated content and opinion for your comment and discussion. Soon we hope to see posts here by members of this learning community.

The Networked Teacher

Dr Alec Couros (Department of Education, University of Regina,Canada) is reknowned for his diagram of The Networked Teacher.

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Creative Commons

Looking for images, audio, video and other content that are freely available on the web to use without having to worry about copyright infringements? Or looking to share your own content with the world? Content that is licenced under Creative Commons is what you need. TED videos, most Power Point presentations on Slideshare,  images on Flickr Creative Commons and some videos on Youtube carry the cc mark!  Wikimedia Commons offers a database of 12,073,599 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. Other sites that offer free images for you to use include Free Stock Photos and Kozzie Images.

Larry Ferlazzo is a high school teacher who tried to clarify his own thinking around copyright and what he and his students can and can't do with "stuff" they find on the web. Having reached out to his professional educator network on Twitter, he was able to summarise some of the most helpful sites on the subject of copyright. Read more here.

eBooks from eBrary

We are pleased to announce that lecturers and students now have access to the eBrary electronic books database to access eBooks.

eBooks will mainly replace recommended titles and the access is broadened to a range of subject collections that are relevant to the IIE programmes. Subject collections include the following; business & economics, Humanities, Leisure titles and the education subject collection which contains teaching and learning titles and research titles.

You may also view the Quick Start video that will show you how to use the database features of eBrary which includes being able to save pages from the eBook to annotate with highlighted text and comments.

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