23.2.11

[live chat: Steve Wheeler on The Future of Web 2.0 Technologies in Learning]




Date: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
Time: 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Pagehttp://www.learncentral.org/event/138191
Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of learning technology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth. He chairs the Plymouth e-Learning Conference, convenes the University's e-learning research network and co-ordinates technology mediated learning for the Faculty of Education. He serves on the editorial boards of ten international journals, including ALT-J, Digital Culture and Education, and IRRODL and is co-editor of Interactive Learning Environments. He's also the chair of the UNESCO funded IFIP WG 3.6 (Distance Education) and a Fellow of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN). His research interests include e-learning, distance education, creativity and Web 2.0 social software. He blogs at Learning with 'e's and Tweets  at @timbuckteeth on Twitter.

13.2.11

[computer science ph.d scholarships: RMIT]


LOSING DATE: MONDAY FEB 28, 2011
PhD Scholarship (Computer Science) – Thesis-based, 3 years, to commence first quarter 2011, tax-free stipend of AUD26,669 per annum.
THE PROJECT: The Circus Oz Living Archive: developing a model of online digital engagement for the performing arts.
The successful applicant will have demonstrated capacity in one or more of the following areas of computer science: information retrieval, image/video processing, web programming and database development. In addition, you will be excited by the prospect of contributing to a multidisciplinary team on a research project with a ‘real-world’ context.
As a PhD candidate on this ARC funded project commencing in early 2011 you will be supervised by Associate Professor James tom and co-supervised by Dr. David Carlin the project leader. The computer science research will include building a content based video retrieval system using public domain software, and investigating how the content based video retrieval may be supplement the archival metadata and social tagging as search mechanism. Possible specific areas to explore may include:
1. Suitable techniques for automatically fragmenting videos into meaningful shots for subsequent search and categorization identified and applied.
2. Preliminary video search and content-based image retrieval (CBIR) tools developed for trial in the prototype beta version.
3. Facility for user community tagging of shots/videos incorporated into first beta release of prototype system, as well as search capability based on both user community tags and authoritative metadata in video archive
4. Enhancement and evaluation of algorithms for automatically fragmenting the videos into meaningful shots of distinct circus acts, especially as applied to the more recent digital footage.
5. Further development, evaluation and comparison of several user search and exploration interfaces with particular emphasis on supporting and supplementing both the authoritative metadata and the community tagging.
6. Further development and evaluation of video retrieval of individual circus acts using techniques that combine content-based image retrieval of keyframes with authoritative metadata and community tagging.
As this position is situated within the Circus Oz, Living Archive research project, the successful application will collaborate with a media and communication PhD candidate as we work towards the creation of the Living Archive. As such the media and communication candidate will complement your area of expertise in the project and focus on developing innovative approaches to social media in the context of online video and performing arts audiences.
This PhD scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of AUD26,533 per annum for three years. There are also limited funds to support the candidate is disseminating their research outcomes throughout their study program in conjunction with the other project researchers. The position is full time, and is based at RMIT’s city campus, in Melbourne, Australia.
Potential applicants are invited to contact Associate Professor James Thom [james.thom@rmit.edu.au], for more information, and/or to view the project blog.


8.2.11

3.2.11

[online presentation: new media and 21st century learning]

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Page: http://www.learncentral.org/event/134859


Karen Hume is a well known Canadian teacher, administrator, author, speaker, and workshop leader. The winner of three “Teacher of the Year” awards, Karen draws from her wealth of experiences and extensive knowledge base to provide focused, practical, and inspiring support to teachers and administrators.

Karen has her M.Ed. in curriculum and teacher development, has been a member of a university research group funded to investigate the role of talk in the classroom, and is a member of the editorial board of an online action research journal.

Karen Hume has written 6 professional development books for teachers. Her latest publication is Tuned Out: Engaging the 21st Century Learner (Pearson Canada, 2010). Her previous best-sellers include Start Where They Are, and Evidence to Action. Karen’s writing, workshop facilitation, and keynote addresses revolve around differentiated instruction, which she sees as an organizing framework for everything that happens in teaching and learning at all levels of a school system.


Karen has launched a new website and blog at www.karenhume.ca, and her Twitter handle is @humekaren. She invites teachers to join the conversation!

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Note: Info and image via Steve Hargadon: http://www.stevehargadon.com

2.2.11

[UNESCO Call for Experts]


Governance of Culture in Developing Countries

First UNESCO technical assistance project funded by the European Union contributing to the implementation of the Convention, it aims to strengthen the system of governance for culture in developing countries and reinforce the role of culture as a vector for sustainable development and poverty reduction.
This project will involve technical assistance missions to be undertaken by specialists in the field of cultural policies chosen from a pre-selected pool of experts. The assistance will be based on the needs and priorities identified by beneficiary countries through an application procedure and will endeavour to support them in their efforts to:
- establish legal, regulatory and/or institutional frameworks necessary to develop the culture sector in their country; and
- introduce policies that address the role of culture in social and economic development, particularly through the cultural industries.
 
More information:

[edmonton winter]

This is how we plough the snow in Alberta...with a tractor!