JISC Curriculum Design programme
An announcement is now up on the JISC site of the 12 projects that have been funded under the new JISC Curriculum Design programme. Details of all the bids are online from the JISC site, ours is here. The projects represent a good spread of different types of institutions and reading through the outlines of the proposal offer a […]
New schemas for mapping pedagogy
Ariadne is a web-based professional magazine for information professionals which has been in existence since 1996 and publishes a range of articles on the use of technology in education every three months. I was asked by Richard Waller to do an article following the Eduserv foundation talk I did in May.  I focussed on the apparent disjuncture between the […]
Mellow yellow
I didn’t particularly like yellow, but I have a new affection for it now! Yesterday morning when I arrived into work there was a large yellow envelope waiting for me. It was a confirmation letter from the JISC to say that we had been successful in the bid we put in for the recent JISC […]
A step forward for constructivism
Really interesting paper on an environment for creating Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) by Wild et al. which I picked up from Terry Anderson’s blog.  As Terry says, the paper describes: A markup language by which designers or learners create scripts of learning activities that in real time mashup a host of Web 2.0 tools that allow individual or groups […]
Learning Design Handbook now out!
 If you are looking for a mega door stopper as a present I have the perfect suggestion for you. The hefty two-volume Handbook of Research on Learning Design and Learning Objects: Issues, Applications and Technologies is now out published by IGI global. It’s not cheap at ~$495 so I suspect this is one to get through […]
Going with the ‘flow’
One of our PhD students – Binhui Shao is currently exploring whether to apply the concept of flow to looking at students’ use of different technologies. Flow theory has been developed by Csikszentmihalyi and others. Flow theory essentially is a concept used to describe ‘the holistic experience that people feel when they act with total involvement’ or […]
Social objects for sharing designs
I’ve currently writing a paper to submit to the ASCILITE conference. The paper describes how we are using the notion of Social Objects as articulated by Engeström and others as a theoretical basis for the developing of a social networking site for sharing learning and teaching ideas and designs (Cloudworks). Thanks to Martin Weller for pointing this reference out […]