links for 2007-11-30
Unit Structures: Social Network Transitions (tags: Web_2.0) 10 Semantic Apps to Watch (tags: web2.0)
That VLE vs. loosely couple thing…
Now I don’t want to stir, but I can’t resist it 😉 I was just quietly reading the final proofs for a paper accepted for the ReCALL journal associated with a keynote I did at Eurocall this year when the following paragraph caught my attention… Only one person on the survey mentioned a VLE as one of the four […]
Glimpse of the future
This video which I came across via John Naughton’s blog  gives a glimpse of what the future might look like if the current technological trends and associated impact on changing business models continue. Of course predicting is always dangerous particularly in relation to technology, nonetheless I think the video raises some interesting issues….
e-inclusion: spanish style
Nice post from Ismael Peña-López summarising some of the debate from a recent Spanish conference on e-inclusion. Hey and it gives me a chance to practice my Spanish 😉
Great e-learning examples?
  The building blocks of learning (flick: Tony Karrer  refers to Cathy Moore’s post on good e-learning examples and he points back to an earlier question ‘What are the examples of e-learning?’ This has got to be one of holy grails of e-learning – providing teachers with good examples to help them create better learning activities. BUT in reality it’s […]
Quality discourse: flourish or whither?
George Siemens post ‘blog malaise’ raises some really interesting questions about the ‘worth of knowledge’ in today’s context.  The fact is, today’s information currency finds its value in connections. And Google is the banker. If you want society to know you exist, you need to be found by search engines.     If you want something chances are […]
links for 2007-11-24
Home: Exploring online research methods – Incorporating TRI-ORM (tags: Research_methodology) ICT4D Bibliography » Bibliographies » Reader: Web 2.0 and Education (tags: Web_2.0) Social Media Resources / Participatory Media Literacy (tags: Web_2.0) edtechpost » The Pros and Cons of Loosely Coupled Teaching (tags: Web_2.0)
Slow learning
John Naughton has a nice post about slow journalism: You can get junk food on every high street. And you can get junk journalism almost as easily. But just as there is now a Slow Food movement, I should also like to see more Slow Journalism.           And is the same true for learning? I’ve mentioned before Peter […]
Technology pros and cons
This diagram is a variant on a slide I have used in numerous presentations over the last few years and interestingly I think it’s still as relevant in the current “web 2.0 meme” discourse, although I might have a go at extending it to explore more explicitly some of the pros and cons specifically relevant […]
The email thang again
OOhhh I think this week’s bone of contention may well be around the limitations of email. Patrick is the latest to blog on this. I got in the same mess as Patrick this morning composing an email, then loosing it because I was over my limit aaaarggghh  (I suspect the culprit was the same massive document Patrick […]
A VC’s perspective
Entertaining talk from Van Gore Vice Chancellor of Solent University on the disjointedness of IT from his perspective. He gave six mini stories – demonstrating the different agendas, confusing techie language and the sheer complexity of the IT needs for a modern university.  He finished by showing us some of the videos they have produced to help […]
UCISA conference
I’m currently at the UCISA conference in Southampton, having been suggested as a speaker by Heidi Fraser-Krauss (pictured here with David Sweeney from Royal Holloway). I don’t normally go to UCISA conferences but it’s been really interesting getting a different take on the issues associated with use of technologies from an institutional support perspective. In my […]
Past its sell by date
Martin Weller has picked up on my post about the limits set on institutional email  – see his latest but also there are some interesting discussions in the comments. It does make you wonder if email is past its sell by date. I can’t help feeling that with the amount of email now being sent that it’s just not […]
The hidden dangers of Web 2.0
Just came across the following presentation from Stuart Lee  which outlines some of the potential negatives about Web 2.0. | View | Upload your own  
links for 2007-11-22
Enquiring Minds (tags: inquiry_based)
links for 2007-11-18
Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship (tags: Web_2.0) JCMC Vol 13 Issue 1 (tags: Web_2.0) Wikipatterns – Wiki Patterns (tags: Web_2.0 Tools) Knowledge Art: Narrative and sensemaking (tags: narrative)
Tool and task affordances
  Following on from the last post, another thing I have been playing around with in the last few years is using identification of the pedagogical affordances of tools and tasks as a means of selection criteria in the creation of learning activities. The figure lists ten common pedagogical affordances that a teacher might want to […]
Tools and pedagogy
Mapping pedagogy, tools and activities is something I have been interested in for a long time. What is the relationship between these things and can understanding/articulation of this relationship help use design better learning activities? So I really like Steve Warbuton’s diagram about interpreting technologies in use. He maps technologies along three dimensions 1) isolated-social, 2) active-passive and […]
Your mailbox is over its size limit!
Miranda awoke to the latest hit from Beijing Princess at maximum volume. The aging speakers attached to her brother’s old Zune Plus did little for the music. Accepting the inevitable, Miranda pointed her iPhone at the Zune. The girl band died, only to be replaced by the audio track from Doom 5.0. Lost in the […]
links for 2007-11-16
The Inquiry Page (tags: inquiry_based)
It’s official – small is beautiful
…from the experts. Pic just taken of my two playing with the new Asus MiniBook. It’s one thing talking about how these things might be used by kids in an esoteric ‘acedemic meeting’ but it’s just not the same as seeing the thing in action with the real users. Reaction from my kids? Let’s ask […]
links for 2007-11-14
eLearning 2.0 Presentation (tags: Web_2.0 E_learning) Sharing E-Learning Content – a Synthesis and Commentary (tags: Learning_objects) Kirschner, Sweller, Clark (2006) – Summary ~ Stephen’s Web ~ by Stephen Downes (tags: E_learning) NMC: 50 Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story » CogDogBlog (tags: Learning_activities Learning_design Web_2.0)
The OU learning design project
The following presentation from a recent seminar at Nottingham gives an overview of the ratinale and focus for the Learning Design project we are doing at the OU. | View | Upload your own Essentially the overarching focus is: “How can we help designers create better learning activities which are pedagogically sound and make effective […]
Targetted help with design
As part of our learning design project, Andrew Brasher is currently looking at ways in which we might provide some tailored help and guidance. So the kinds of things we are thinking of include a) a user wanting examples of learning activities which use a blog to encourage reflective learning, a) tips and hints on […]
links for 2007-11-11
Becoming Net Savvy (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE CONNECT Micro Persuasion: Blogging Heroes Book Excerpt (tags: blog) The 21st century educator …. and professional practice « HeyJude (tags: Web_2.0 teaching) Elearning examples — infographics, simulations, and online courses » Making Change (tags: Learning_activities)
Struggling to make sense of it all
Time enough for space (from fickr) Both Lorcan Dempsey’s ‘Webified terminologies’ and Martin Weller’s ‘A lexico for the virtual/real world intersection’ nicely illustrate the ways in which we as a community are struggling to make sense of it all. I’ve posted on aspects of this before ‘New forms of sensemaking’ and ‘Degrees of meaning’. New […]
links for 2007-11-10
CPSR – Participatory Design (tags: Research_methodology) CLTI 2007 conference (tags: conference) Micro Persuasion: Ten Blogging Hacks (tags: Tools, Blog) The E-LEN project (tags: Pedagogical_patterns)
The academic perspective
The student experience? What about the academic perspective? Following on from Michael Wesch’s ‘A vision of students today’, now read ‘A Vision of professors today’. Alarmingly realistic!!!
The power of speech
Straight after reading HeyJude’s ‘the whole audio thing’ about vozme I couldn’t resist trying it myself. True enough in two ticks I had an alarming sounding audio of some of my text!!! Try it yourself! On the one hand great this is so simple, on the other hand, as usual we as teachers need to […]
Putting an official stamp on things
Brian Kelly is having a ‘Groundhog day’ moment with the announcement that institutions can now have a presence on facebook. It’s just like 1993 and 1994 all over again. Have we learnt from our experiences when we first set up our first organisational Web sites, or are we doomed to repeat the mistakes – and […]
In an RAE quantum fix
As I sit here fielding last minute panic enquiries from folk leading our CREET RAE submission about my stuff, I really aligned with Alan Cann’s post Schrodinger’s RAE. Partly because I was a fan of Schodinger’s work in the days when I was a Chemist and understood all that stufff, and partly because it hits […]
Intute goes web 2.0
Intute has launched a new blog, see this posting for the rationale behind this. For those of you who haven’t come across Intute before it’s a free online service providing access to the very best web resources for education and research. All material is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists to create […]
A student’s view on things…
Of course the debate about VLEs/LMS vs. PLEs and beyond has been raging for years, but with the increasing impact of Web 2.0 technologies and the shift towards more open philosophies (Open Source, Open Content, etc.) and associated high impact applications of these (facebook apps, now OpenSocial) it seems to have gained momentum as is […]
Horizon scanning
I seem to have been in quite a few events recently focusing on horizon scanning and in particular mapping societal and educational changes to trends in technological developments. I think this demonstrates that the educational sector as a whole is really reflecting on the ways in which technology might have a significant impact on ALL […]
Who’s using what and why?
This post by Alan Cann really resonated with some of my own thoughts about current trends of use and uptake of technologies. I think the general consensus is that most people have moved beyond the simple notion of ‘the younger they are the more technology literate they are’ to an understanding that use and uptake […]
Reasons for blogging – 1, 2, 3…
Following on from my post ‘Framework for blogging’ I notice that Cole Camplese has a nice blog about reasons for blogging and a nice powerpoint slide summarising the key points – reproduced here… As an aside I am ashamed to say that my colleague Cindy Kerawalla today said she was amazed to see that I […]
Small is beautiful
A blantant rehash of Marc Eisenstadt’s blog yesterday but I can’t resist it. I think I am in love… with a machine … which is a tad worrying… In one of our research meetings today we were exploring how the Asus minibook machine might be used in some of our research looking at learning in […]
A framework for blogging
Brian Kelly has a couple of posts from people who attended the blogging workshop that Brian and Kara Jones ran recently, which reminded me of some interesting work which was has been carried out over the past year led by Cindy Kerawalla and Shailey Minocha. They evaluated a range of student blogs as a means […]
Doing the conference rounds…
It feels as if you could go to a conference in our area 365 days a year. The truth is pretty close to that if you take a look at the Ed Tech conference list complied by Clayton R. Wright!!! Clayton has been compiling a list like this since 1998! He has sent me copies […]
Twittering away…
Nice post by heyjude on understanding Twitter. Martin did a couple of posts recently on his pros and cons of using Twitter. Although I think his post Twitter dreams is a tad worrying… 😉
I’ve now put the links to current projects that are research students and their use/experience of technologies into a wiki. Feel free to add to it! I have already had a few links and have added them in – thanks.
Blogging: a health warning!
The blog title ‘Blogging is like crack for academics’ certainly got my attention! It was referring to an article about the pros and cons of blogging by Bellman. Here are some of the main points: • Blogging enables virtual communities but erases the social restraints enforced by real ones. • The boundaries between reading and […]
Podcasts and student feedback
How does the technological medium through which we choose to give feedback to students influence the nature of that feedback? I’m very aware of this at the moment as I have started my OU Spanish course – LZX194 for those of you who are ‘into’ OU course codes! 😉 As I work through the textbook […]
Degrees of meaning
New forms of literacy came up a number of times at the OpenLearn conference and in particular how do we navigate through and make sense of this ever increasingly complex world of digital information and communication? Some of Marc Eisenstadt’s comments in his blog on ‘attention deficient’ resonate with this for me. Marc talks about […]
New forms of sensemaking
As I have discussed before on this blog we are using Compendium as part of our Learning Design project – to map learning activities. Simon Buckingham Shum’s talk at the OpenLearn conference provides an excellent overview of knowledge mapping and in particular the philosophy underpinning the development of Compendium. He started with “Gutenberg’s shadow – […]
Opening up education
Toru Iiyoshi made reference to a new book ‘Opening up education’ that he is co-editor for as part of the plenary at the Openlearn conference. This looks to be an interesting book with chapters from international researchers involved in the Open Educational movement. In the spirit of the movement the book will be available in […]