The Learner – August 2013 Newsletter‏

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New Book Published

Building Minds, Forging Bridges: Teaching in a Visually Littered World
Arianne Jennifer Rourke and Vaughan Rees (eds)

The 21st century learner is faced with an avalanche of visual imagery in the media and on the World Wide Web that enhances as well as distracts from learning. The 21st century educator in higher education needs to understand how to embrace visual culture and digital imagery to accelerate and deepen learning. This book provides a theoretical as well as practical basis for utilising visual imagery in teaching to build minds and forge bridges between the classroom and the learner’s real world experiences. Through an understanding of visual literacy, visual memory, colour theory, visual autobiography, the role of narrative and metaphor, semantic cues and prototypical examples, this book will explore how best to utilise visual imagery to promote meaningful active learning. It will also discuss how mobile eye tracking technology, mind maps and concept cartoons can be used to stimulate learning and promote critical independent thinking.

This title is now available in our online bookstore

Journal Issues Released

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following new issues:

– The International Journal of Adult, Community, and Professional Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 19,Issue 2 and Issue 3
– The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2


2013 Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who particpated in the Twentieth International Conference on Learning in Rhodes, Greece held in partnership with the University of the Aegean, Rhodes. Over 450 scholars and professionals representing 35 countries were in attendance. Our schedule included stimulating plenary presentations by industry experts and scholars, along with a first-rate collection of parallel sessions.

The final conference program is now available online and can be found here.

Pictures taken by our staff during the conference as well as those submitted to us by delegates are now available for viewing on our conference Facebook Page. Visit and “like” our online community to peruse and tag images, receive information on future conferences, and connect with your colleagues to continue the dialogue online. Visit and like The Learner’s page at:

Thanks again to everyone who participated in and contributed to the Twentieth International Conference on Learning. This wonderful event would not have been possible without the support of the faculty and staff at The University of the Aegean at Rhodes, our Common Ground team, and of course the delegates.

Alumni Registration Available for 2014 Conference


The 2014 on Learning will take place from 15-17 July 2014 at the prestigious Landers College for Women at Touro University in New York City, United States.

Delegates and Student Delegates who have participated in past Learning Conferences are eligible to register with an Alumni Registration. The alumni registration is a $50 discount off the early registration or student registration.

For more information and to complete the alumni registration, visit the conference website.



Crowdsourcing Peer-to-Peer Assessment in MOOCs

Student assessment occupies much of the space within educational policy and learning philosophy discussions these days. The issue poses a particularly tough challenge for the various massive open online course (MOOC) initiatives. The major platforms are expanding into course areas where check-the-box, right and wrong answers don’t provide meaningful feedback. Now the search is on for appropriate platforms that allow for effective responses and ratings for student work. Anne Margulies of Harvard University & edX said recently that assessment models for non-technical courses are, “probably the hottest topic on campus right now.”

The issue isn’t limited to humanities courses either…Read more on Scholar.

Exploring the Theoretical Basis of Online Learning Environments

Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis in the College of Education at the University of Illinois have written two relevant white papers exploring the theoretical basis for online learning environments such as Scholar:

e-Affordances: Or, How Can Learning Be Different in a ‘Social Knowledge’ Space? Found here.

Towards a New Learning: The ‘Scholar’ Social Knowledge Workspace, in Theory and Practice. Found here.

In This Issue

New Book Published

Journal Issues Released

2013 Conference Wrap-Up

Alumni Registration Available for 2014

Crowdsourcing Peer-to-Peer Assessment in MOOCs

Exploring the Theoretical Basis of Online Learning Environments

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U.S. Spends Big on Education, But Results Lag Many Nations: OECD




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Conference Updates

2014 Conference
15-17 July
New York City, USA

Submit a Proposal
Current Proposal Deadline:
3 September 2014

Register for the Conference
Early Registration Deadline
15 January 2014

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