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Innovative Adoption of Web 2.0 Technologies: Emerging Policies, Practices & Strategies for University Leaders

The latest report from The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, titled “Innovative Adoption of Web 2.0 Technologies: Emerging Policies, Practices & Strategies for University Leaders” provides a review of the use of Web 2.0 technologies in five countries (Australia, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States), together with the drivers that are encouraging and promoting the use of Web 2.0 in higher education (HE) (including policy and pedagogic), and inhibitors that are slowing down the uptake of it.

To read the document Click Here! [A username and password is needed to access the document and it can be obtained from your information specialist at the Education Library]

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Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Andrew Churches,  Curriculum Manager, Computer Studies and ICT PD Cluster co-director at Kristin School in Albany, Auckland, New Zealand have updated Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to account for the new behaviours emerging as technology advances becomes more ubiquitous. Bloom’s revised taxonomy accounts for many of the traditional classroom practices, behaviours and actions, but does not account for the new processes and actions associated with web 2.0 technologies and increasing ubiquitous personal and cloud computing. Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy is about  using web 2.0 tools and technologies to facilitate learning. Outcomes on rubrics are measured by competence of use and most importantly the quality of the product.

To read more on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy go to Andrew Churches’ wiki by  Clicking Here!

You can also download the pdf document on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy by Clicking Here!

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Report on Racism at South African Higher Education Institutions released

The South African Ministerial Committee on Racism at Higher Education Institutions released its report on 14 May 2009. To read the Report Click Here! [pdf file, 1.64 MB]

Angie Motshekga appointed as Minister of Basic Education

Mrs Angelina Matsie “Angie” Motshekga (born 19 JuneMotshekga  1955) has been appointed as Minister of Basic Education by the South African president elect Mr Jacob Zuma.  She is the Deputy Chair: ANC Gauteng, a Member of the Executive Council of the Gauteng Provincial Education Department, ANC Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature,  and Deputy Secretary of the ANC Women’s League. She holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand. For more information on her go to 24.com Who’s who by Clicking Here!

Blade Nzimande appointed as Minister of Higher Education and Training

Blade NzimandeDr Bonginkosi Emmanuel “Blade” Nzimande (born April 14, 1958), General Secretary of the South African Communist Party since 1998,  has been appointed as Minister of Higher Education and Training by the new President elect of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.  He has a doctorate degree in philosophy specialising in sociology. For more information on him on Wikipedia Click Here!