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Via Scoop.itLearning Environment Support

Some good points are mentioned in this article. The approach seperates ‘learning’ from ‘assessment’, and maybe this needs to be considered as an approach for training providers? A model may be where the content is free, and you pay for the assessment of your learning against recognised standards?

Many universities seem to be looking at this approach, for example, this report:

Mexico’s Largest University to Post Online Nearly All Publications and Course Materials

Via theskooloflife.com



We have been exploring ‘Scoop.it‘, a curation tool we learnt about at ConVerge last week. Content curation is becoming more important as a way of sorting out the vast amount of information we have available.

Have a look at our Scoop.it site at www.scoop.it/t/learning-environment-support

A similar option is ‘Delicious‘, but we haven’t explored this one as yet.

Access to iTunes U by mobile devices

The link below discusses the increasing use of mobile devices, particularly those using iOS, to access iTunes U content:

Open University’s iTunes U success driven by mobile learning and iOS.


Many people prefer information presented in a visual way. This is where infographics (sometimes referred to as data visualizations) can help. There are a number of sites that share infographics, and they can be useful for visual learners as well as for encouraging discussion. Some sites I have seen include:


Good.is infographics



Visual.ly plan to have tools that will help individuals create their own infographics.

LORN to be decommisioned

The Learning Object Repository Network (LORN) is to be decommissioned. Some of the resources will be available from other repositories. The link below is to an article in the Flex e-News newsletter about this subject:

Flex e-News article

These resources are very useful for providers. The resources can be used as they are, or adapted. Check out the licence conditions for each resource when you download them. If you would like some help in downloading and/or adapting this type of content for use with your delivery platform(s), let me know.

South Korea to move to digital textbooks

An article from engadget.com talks about the plans of South Korea to move towards the use of ‘digital textbooks’. See:

South Korea plans to convert all textbooks to digital, swap backpacks for tablets by 2015

The links in the article have a bit more information.

Digital textbooks

With the growth of mobile devices which can be used as book readers, it was only a matter of time before digital textbooks for use by students started to arrive. The following links have more information:

Tablets make digital textbooks cool on campus

Reinventing the College Textbook

The two links below are to sites that are taking up this idea. They give some idea about where all this might be heading:


Dynamic Books

There are a lot of advantages to digital textbooks, including the amount of paper saved, and being able to have a number of textbooks accessible on the one device (no more having to carry around large textbooks). people used to say that at least with a book, you could read it in bed, but I think tablets and e-book readers have changed all that!