Links for the week… #clex09 and BJET VW

Last week I managed to remember to buy the Guardian on Tuesday for the education supplement. But didn’t find time to read it all. And so I managed to miss news of the release of JISC Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience (CLEX) report “Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World” till the day after. Brian Kelly covered it here, and included the following quote from the Grauniad:

The “Google generation” of today’s students has grown up in a digital world. Most are completely au fait with the microblogging site Twitter; they organise their social lives through Facebook and MySpace; 75% of students have a profile on at least one social networking site. And they spend up to four hours a day online.

It looks like a good report, but it’s going to have to wait for reading time – I have marking to do. But I think the Grauniad got it wrong with the claim that Most [students] are completely au fait with the microblogging site Twitter – I think the reporter got students and edu-bloggers mixed up on that one. Some students, but not most. Not yet, at any rate. For the record, the report itself only has two instances of the word twitter – one in the index.

If you want the report highlights, you can grab the podcast here.

Then as if I wasn’t already feeling overloaded, BJET’s special issue on Virtual Worlds is now online. Lots of excellent papers – including a colloquia paper by yours truly and friends. Subscription required – if you work in HE, your institution might already subscribe.

And lastly, the ning group “The Future of Education” is hosting a series of webinars – some excellent speakers lined up. Tomorrow night (though too late for me, sadly) is Chris Dede. His talk is titledEmerging Interactive Media: What to Use, When, and How? If you attend, tell me how it was.

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