How to write a great research paper

I found this video on Youtube. It really gives a good breakdown of what to do when planning and writing a research paper.

Published on 18 May 2013

An eye-opening talk…

Professor Simon Peyton Jones, Microsoft Research, gives a guest lecture on writing. Seven simple suggestions: don’t wait – write, identify your key idea, tell a story, nail your contributions, put related work at the end, put your readers first, listen to your readers.

Abstract of the talk
Professor Simon Peyton Jones, Microsoft Research, gives a guest lecture on writing. Seven simple suggestions: don’t wait – write, identify your key idea, tell a story, nail your contributions, put related work at the end, put your readers first, listen to your readers. Prof. Peyton Jones’ lecture contained a lot of question and answer sessions with the audience. These have been removed from this video, cutting the original 50 minute lecture down to 30 minutes.

OpenEducation MOOC – Open University

Last week I completed the EDCMOOC which was presented by the University of Edinburgh on Coursera.org. What an incredible experience. I can honestly state that I enjoyed participating in the learning experience from communicating with other participants, joining in the discussions and even creating my own little digital artefact for evaluation at the end of the course.

I am currently busy with my Phd studies and I did worry that I will not get to everything every week, but I found the time I allocated to the MOOC was more than enough to get things done.

Now that we reached the end of the MOOC I found myself searching for something to fill that gap!

Last night I was invited to participate in the MOOC that will be presented by the Open University and will begin in March 2013.

The course will be presented at a Masters level and I believe this will ensure that we will not get bored half way through. The time allocation is also a lot higher than other MOOCs but I do think this is more realistic. The seven week course bring together students who are studying the Open University Masters-level course H817 Openness and Innovation in eLearning (this course is one the blocks of that course) and open, informal Learners.

More information from the website:

The course operates an activity-based pedagogy, so within each week there will be approximately four activities: in these you will typically be expected to read some material (or view some other media), perform an activity and create a short blog post. It is through the process of sharing the outputs of these activities through blogs and forums, and reflecting on the experience of other learners that learning occurs for much of this course. We will look at pedagogy associated with open learning in Week 5.
The course is set out week by week as many learners prefer to structure their study this way and, particularly for an open course, it helps to coordinate discussion. But it is not essential that you study it in this manner. If your other commitments mean you have to work ahead sometimes or need to catch up, this is fine – there is a lot of flexibility built into the structure of the course. The course is aimed at a postgraduate, Masters level, with the expectation of approximately 16 hours of study each week. However, the informal learners may choose to select only some of the activities in any given week.


The topics you will study in the coming weeks are:
• Week 1: Openness in education
• Week 2: Open education resources
• Week 3: Moving beyond OER
• Week 4: MOOCs
• Week 5: Pedagogy in open learning
• Week 6: Operating in an open world
• Week 7: Conclusion

I have already enrolled in this course and hope you will join me!
To register click on this link! http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/open-education/content-section-0
 

Youtube ‘n Toevlugsoord – EdenExpress – JuicyBrain

Ongelukkig lewe ons in ’n tyd waar geweld en slegte nuus die beste verkoper is. Na ’n lang dag van werk, kom jy sleepvoet by die huis aan, sit die televisie aan en jy word gebombardeer deur geweld, slegte nuus en dan het jy nog nie eens die nuus gekyk nie.

Die afgelope paar maande het ek begin opmerk hoe meer en meer van my vriende snaakse videotjies van Youtube vir my stuur. So ook word snaakse videotjies op ander sosiale netwerke daagliks gedeel en sodra jy na een gekyk het, voel jy sommer beter.

Vandag wil ek net oor Youtube skryf. Het jy onlangs gaan rondkyk op Youtube? Indien nie, kry ’n paar uur dié naweek en begin deur na www.youtube.com te gaan. Tik dan iets soos, “funny” in die soekkas. Jy sal dadelik ’n paar honderd resultate sien kies een van die videos wat vir jou snaaks klink volgens die beskrywing.

Ná die video se einde sal jy ’n skerm sien met ’n hele paar videos wat die stelsel vir jou voorstel om te kyk. Jy hoef dus nie eers verder te gaan soek vir nog snaaksies om jou dag mee op te kikker nie kliek en skater voort! Ek kan jou verseker jou gemoed sal lig en na die tyd sal jy sommer stukke beter voel.

Onthou dat jy baie bandwydte gaan gebruik, dus moet jy dit nie noodwendig op jou 3G of op jou selfoon aanpak nie.

Jy sal ook vind dat die tyd vlieg en voor jy jouself kan kry, is ’n uur of twee verby en jy voel ’n ander mens.

Ons moet meer lag, en ’n goeie plek om te begin is op Youtube.

Final Assignment – Digital Artefact – EDCMOOC

My view of the future of education is to greatest extent utopian. I cannot see why we need to fear the future and the way in which technology will integrate into our daily lives.

The way in which education has evolved and the way that it has shaped around us as knowledge beings is quite fascinating to me. The use of technology to enhance learning and teaching experience is at the centre of everything in my view.
The use of technology especially when using augmented reality will play a major role in the future of education.

Just think how we can augment static media into fully fledged learning resources. Not only resources – but resources that engage the learner.
In this video clip it is clear that augmented reality can enhance printed media to the extent that video, audio, and other graphics can be incorporated into the printed resource.
 

The use of augmented reality in training situations may change the way we experience learning. The ability to go on a road-trip without leaving the classroom, virtually walking around inside a microscopic cell or even walking around on a battle ground and being able to view the battle will have benefits that I cannot begin to imagine. If you are able to experience history in such a manner will it not be like traveling back in time? The list of possibilities is endless.

I many that see augmented reality apps believe that this is something that will be available in a few years or even decades but many of these apps are available now. The thought of these applications being enhanced and of it being implemented on a greater scale can only be limited by your imagination.

The following videos show some of the applications that are available at this very moment.
 

We have incredible students! We have incredible technologies available now, and we will see great advances in technology in the future. We need to embrace these technologies, enhance and improve mash up, remix and ENJOY our ability to add value to the learning experience of our students.
As human beings we have a thirst for new knowledge, gaining access to this new knowledge can be gained in a fun, informative and innovative way.

Reflect on how you think education will benefit from advances being made in augmented reality and if or how you think this may enhance and improve teaching and learning in the future.
 

TWITTER: NET ’N GERAAS? EdenExpress – JuicyBrain

Waar verkeer jy sosiaal op die web? Is jy op Facebook, Twitter, App.net, Google Plus, YouTube, LinkedIn, Friendfeed of een van die honderde ander sosiale netwerke wat vandag beskikbaar is?

Dit is deesdae baie moeilik om te weet waar om te fokus. Indien jy aan meer as een netwerk behoort, is dit maklik vir jou om programmetjies te gebruik om jou boodskappe op meer as een te pos, maar dan verloor jy ’n mate van interaksie met jou “vriende” en “volgelinge”. Om ’n groot netwerk te bou is nie so moeilik as jy iets het om te sê nie, maar indien jy werklik interaksie wil stimuleer, sal jy ‘n netwerk moet kies waar jy jou fokus plaas.

Ek het oral profiele, op al wat ’n netwerk is, maar ek het gevind dat Twitter nie veel meer as ’n klomp geraas is nie. Jy skree na die wêreld en hopelik luister iemand en skree terug, maar dit kan verlore gaan tussen al die geraas. Facebook is vir my ’n plek waar ek elke nou en dan kan gaan kyk wat my vriende aanvang en dit het ’n goeie netwerk geword om met jou direkte vriende kontak te hou. ’n Wonderlike netwerk vir jou professionele profiel is LinkedIn en ek kan dit sterk aanbeveel.

Ek begin ook hou van Google Plus en kry so ’n gevoel dat ons nog wonderlike dinge van dié netwerk sal sien.

’n Nuwe alternatief tot Twitter is nou beskikbaar en hierdie week het ek aangesluit om te sien wat dit bied. Besoek www.app.net. Twitter het vir baie mense ’n geraas geword en app.net is ’n betaalopsie; dus beperk dit die geraas. Ek sal in ’n volgende rubriek oor ’n maand of twee skryf oor my ervaringe met app.net.

Soek goedkoop data – EdenExpress – JuicyBrain

Hoe kry jy toegang tot die Internet? Gebruik jy 3G? Het jy deur Telkom ’n ADSL-lyn by jou huis?

Ek vra maar net omdat ek sien die pryse van ADSL is besig om drasties te val en ek dink dat dit dalk tyd kan wees vir jou om te gaan kyk na wat jy tans betaal en watter nuwe spesiale aanbiedinge beskikbaar is. Ek wil voorstel dat jy definitief kyk na die uncapped opsies wat nou aangebied word. Die prys van data het aansienlik geval en alhoewel die prys van 3G-data nog baie moet sak, het die pryse van data wat jy by jou huis kan kry heel bekostigbaar geword.

Hoe moet jy te werk gaan om te sien of jy dalk moet oorskakel na ’n ADSL-lyn by jou huis? Kyk hoeveel data elke lid van jou gesin per maand gebruik en wat dit jou kos. ’n Vriend van my het in Januarie ’n verrassing gekry toe sy nuwe tablet 1 GB data gebruik en dit hom R1 500 gekos het. ’n Uncapped ADSL-diens kan onder R500 per maand kos, indien nie heelwat minder nie, afhangende van die spoed wat jy kies.

Ek besef dat ons deesdae daarvan hou om op enige tyd en plek toegang tot die internet te hê, maar ek dink dis belangrik dat ons moet somme maak as dit by ons data kom. Ons kan die aflaai van groter lêers uitstel tot in die aand. Dalk foto’s op- of aflaai as ons by die huis is.

Doen ’n oudit by die huis en kyk waar jy kan bespaar. Data is deesdae goedkoop as jy die regte verskaffer gebruik. Daar is baie opsies beskikbaar, jy moet net gaan rondkyk.

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