How Sijen Courses work
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
1M ago
Sijen courses are hosted outside of this WordPress site. They are on a seperate Moodle instance at https://sijen.net. I have chosen to use the Tiles format, developed by David Watson, who I had the pleasure of working with at BPP University. I think it’s a great structured interface and allows the learner themselves to track completion in a really transparent way. Currently the course ‘Designing Effective Intended Learning Outcomes’ is free, until 14th January 2023. Join us. The post How Sijen Courses work first appeared on Sijen ..read more
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Empower Learners for the Age of AI: a reflection
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
1M ago
During the Empower Learners for the Age of AI (ELAI) conference earlier in December 2022, it became apparent to me personally that not only does Artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to revolutionize the field of education, but that it already is. But beyond the hype and enthusiasm there are enormous strategic policy decisions to be made, by governments, institutions, faculty and individual students. Some of the ‘end is nigh’ messages circulating on Social Media in the light of the recent release of ChatGPT are fanciful click-bait, some however, fire a warning shot across the bow of ..read more
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Free Online CPD Course on Learning Outcomes (until 14th January 2023)
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
1M ago
Have you got some time for professional development over the holiday period? Or do you have colleagues or design teams working on course designs over the holiday period? Anyone who has ever tried to assess or teach to poorly learning outcomes, and then tried to defend their practices or results, will tell you that getting it right at the offset saves a huge amount of effort and heartache. Intended Learning Outcomes are the foundations of any sound well-aligned course and programme design. Being able to create effective well-structured learning outcome is a valuable skill required of all learni ..read more
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The Metaverse explained for university leaders: opportunities and decisions ahead (4/4)
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
2M ago
Who should universities watch? The question is to what extent universities feel the need to step into the developmental space around XR technologies, and who should they be watching. Which evolutionary pathways will win out is unknown. Meta/Facebook has brand identification with the Metaverse concept in its advocacy of VR. Given the serious trust issues with Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, the challenge to revenue from Apple’s changing advertising policy, and TikTok’s growing share of advertising revenue, the future of Meta is uncertain. Google has innovated in the XR space for several year ..read more
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Metaverse explained for University Leaders: What is currently possible within the Metaverse? 2/4
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
3M ago
I am not selling anything here. That should be self-evident given that my answer to the question “what is currently possible within the Metaverse?” is, not much. I could even suggest nothing, because ‘it’ doesn’t exist yet, certainly in the form it aspires to. What we have instead are partial experiences, glimpses into the promise of what the future holds. In part one of this four-part blog, I explored the definitions of what the Metaverse might be. We don’t have it yet. Recent press (including this from the NYT), in part the reason for the delay in issuing this second of four short articles ..read more
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Metaverse explained for University Leaders:
 A simple guide to the immersive future (1/4)
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
4M ago
University Leaders will doubtless come away from the latest round of late summer conferences with ideas about how to seize some real estate in Metaverse. With some caveats, I would suggest it is worthwhile that Universities start thinking now about how to harness the potential. If you are looking to review institutional strategies in light of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Metaverse, please feel free to get in touch. In four separate postings I want to outline: What the Metaverse is and is not. What is currently possible within the Metaverse Where are the challenges for uni ..read more
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Workshop review: ‘Innovating Pedagogy 2022’
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
5M ago
Thursday 8th September I had the privilege of running an online workshop for FLANZ  to explore the potential of a range of different pedagogical approaches that might apply to different educational sectors in New Zealand and Australia. See Transcript The Innovating Pedagogy 2022 is the 10th annual report from the Open University (UK) exploring new forms in interactive and innovative practice of teaching, learning and assessment. These innovations already exist in pockets of practice but are not considered mainstream. This collaboration between the Institute of Educational Technology at T ..read more
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The threat to the integrity of educational assessments is not from ‘essay mills’ but from Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
5M ago
The threat to the integrity of educational assessments is no longer from ‘essay mills’ and contract cheating but from Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is not so long ago that academics complained that essay mills, ‘contract cheating’ services, and commercial companies piecing together ‘bespoke’ answers to standard essay questions, were undermining the integration of higher education’s assessment processes. The outputs of these less than ethically justifiable endeavours tried to cheat the plagiarism detection software (such as Turnitin and Urkund) that so many institutions have come to rely o ..read more
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Assessment has to change in the face of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
5M ago
The threat to the integrity of educational assessments is no longer from ‘essay mills’ and contract cheating but from Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is not so long ago that academics complained that essay mills, ‘contract cheating’ services, commercial companies piecing together ‘bespoke’ answers to standard essay questions, were undermining the integration of higher education’s assessment processes. The outputs of these less than ethically justifiable endeavours tried to cheat the plagiarism detection software (such as Turnitin and Urkund) that so many institutions have come to rely on. Thi ..read more
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Psychomotor skills should be at the core of all learning
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson PFHEA
by Simon Paul Atkinson
5M ago
Any learning design framework that does not address the psychomotor skills is not worth exploring. There is not a single discipline taught in any formal, non-formal or informal way that does not make use of some tool or technology, instrument or mechanism (aka media), at some point in the process. It makes sense that any curriculum development process needs to put the media at the forefront of its planning. Curricula need to developed around intended learning outcomes that are clearly articulated around the development of psychomotor skills. Rather than have intellectual (cognitive) outcomes s ..read more
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