Knowledge mapping on the fly
Steve Godwin has just posted his interpretation of one of the sessions at the OpenLearn conference – using Compendium. Will post later on reflections on Simon Buckingham Shum‘s talk on knowledge mapping (and in particular Compendium and the new tool they are developing Cohere). It’s interesting that quite a few people are playing with visually […]
Blogging on a roll
I am really enjoying the active blogging which is going on alongside the presentations at the Open learn conference. It really brings the conference alive. There are three parallel sessions but keeping an eye on the conference blog is enabling me to feel as if i am almost attending all three parallel sessions!! Isn’t technology […]
OpenLearn conference
I’m at the OpenLearn conference and have just done a talk on learning design and its application to the reuse of Open Educational Resources. John Seely Brown gave a fantastic keynote this morning drawing together for me many of the threads on the current direction of technlology developments and implications for learning. He talked about […]
The paper vs. blog argument…
My post ‘the nature of academic discourse’ seems to have hit something of a nerve, which I thought was worth summarising here. Not surprisingly the issue of traditional academic output (such as published papers or books) vs. blogging comes to the fore. Sarah Stewart and Leigh Blackall challenge the current predominant norm of not counting […]
Beyond Authorware or not?
Authorware has come to my attention twice this week. I felt a twinge of sadness when I read Richard Nantel’s blog “The retirement of Authorware”. Authorware was one of the most popular authoring tools available. Over the last 20 years, thousands and thousands of hours of CBT and online courseware have been developed using the […]
Mapping the design process
As part of our OU Learning Design project we are gathering views on how people currently design their courses, what approaches, strategies and help they use. In addition we want to gather views on the types of support they would find helpful – in terms of support material, workshops or interactive design tools. As part […]
Sharing good practice
Part of our OU Learning Design work is trying to address the issue of how we can capture and share good practice. This seems to be a fundamental questions which has been inextricably linked with many e-learning projects over the years. Numerous books exist such as Gilly Salmon’s e-tivities and more recently Patti Shank’s Online […]
Current learner experience work
I am currently complying a list of current projects and resources which are looking at students and their use of technologies. The current version is here – if there is other work I have missed please let me know!! It’s really interesting to see the range of work being carried out and there seems to […]
Kitten appeal
I just love the video on Christopher Sessum’s blog of a kitten playing with a Mac! Christopher says While I regularly use both a PC and a Mac, the Mac generally makes me happier. I totally agree. I have always been a perfectly happy PC user, but switched to a Mac this summer primarily because […]
A storm is gathering…
John Naughton’s blog about the latest technology virus and in particular this quote he posted from the original article: To date, the botnet has been used only intermittently, which is disquieting: what it means is that someone, somewhere, is quietly building a doomsday machine that can be rented out to the highest bidder, or used […]
A vision of students today
I always love Michael Wesch’s videos – I first saw his ‘Web 2.0… the machine is us/ing us” at an Ideas in Cyberspace conference and it sent shivers down my spine because it seemed such a fantastic means of encapsulating some of the key issues… I have just watched his latest on students of today […]
The nature of academic discourse
Doing this blog has really got me thinking about the nature of academic discourse. It particularly hit me yesterday when I was checking the proofs of a paper that will be coming out in Computers and Education soon on our LXP learning experience work. Whilst reading through the paper a number of things came to […]
A wish list for ICT policy
One of the key findings from our Learner Experience Project (LXP), which looked at how students were using technologies was that there was a glaring mismatch between the technological infrastructures institutions were providing and the personal tools students were actually using. The findings showed that students were using a variety of different tools, appropriately these […]
Conference: form and function…
There are so many conferences in our area now that I am sure you could literally go from one to another 365 days a year! I am currently on a programme committee for a conference and part of a working group looking at how we might better practice what we preach 😉 and utilise the […]
Tracing technology use
Methodology is one of the key challenges facing projects which attempt to elicit the learner voice in how they are using technologies and what this means in terms of their learning. What methods best represent the student experience? We found the use of audio logs incredibly valuable in the LXP project. The audio logs acted […]
Seeing things differently
Yesterday I posed a question about new ways in which we might conceptualise and understand things, here’s a great example via John Naughton’s blog
RSS Really Simple Stupid
OK confession time… I have only just ‘got’ RSS feeds – please don’t tell my employers… an admission like that with a job title like mine is tantamount to a sack-able offence! Let me unpack this a bit more… Of course I knew what RSS feeds were, I remember Debra Hiom – from SOSIG (now […]
The web 2.0 meme machine
Reflecting on a lot of what I have been reading and listening to recently – through blogs, publications and conferences, I was reminded of a book I read a few years ago which I am sure many others have read too – namely the Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore. The folllowing quote is taken from […]
Digital kids
Next week we are having a meeting of the seven projects who are involved in the JISC’s Learner Experience Phase Two programme. A key questions underlying alot of the research around students’ use of technologies is ‘to what extent is the hype about digital natives, the net generation etc. true?’. I think the evidence is […]
Going back to basics…
Yesterday was a strange experience for me. I picked up a large package from DHL, which marked the start of me going back to being a student. Yep I have signed up for a level one Spanish course with the OU. For all my ‘research talk’ about ‘the learner voice’ I thought it was time […]
WWWrong with e-learning?
I was recently at an interestingly entitled conference workshop “WWWrong: What Went Wrong? What Went Right? Exchanging Experiences in Technology Enhanced Learning”. Draft proceedings are available to download. The focus was on trying to tease out and address the problems associated with trying to develop and implement e-learning/TEL. Themes that the workshop explored included: How […]
Just talking with a friend about the privacy aspects of new forms of social networking. She, like me, was quite shocked by Slifeshare and its potential implications. Martin Weller talks about this on his blog. How much do we know to what extent we are being tracked and by whom?? With all the developments of […]
For what it’s worth
Eric Duval raises some interesting issues about how work is cited, and asks us to consider the following set of questions: • which of your papers has been cited most often? • who has cited you most often? • which papers cited a particular publication of yours? • whether more and more or less and […]
Reality around the virtual…
“Reality around the virtual” was how Will Woods ended his blog the future of web apps, arguing for the importance of the context – the concrete, the real that adds to the virtual. One of the things that i really identified with was Will’s comment “The things that disappointed me were that I was bombarded […]
In their own words
JISC recently launched a new publication In their own words, which provides a very readable summary of the first phase of the JISC Learner Experience programme. The document provides a summary of some of the research which is looking at how students are actually using technologies and includes a set of resources and useful links. […]
More on scaling the social web
Tony Karrer joins in the debate on scaling the social web referring to George Siemen’s article but also Chris Anderson’s point about what he terms social networking being a feature rather than a destination. I can’t help feeling that we are still in the first wave of hype when it comes to social networking – […]
Handing over ALT-J…
I am just recently submitted the copy for ALT-J issue 15.3 – my final issue as editor! Being an editor has been an interesting experience. These are some thoughts – taken from my editorial for the issue… I remember what a huge learning curve it was taking over the first issue I was involved with, […]