Reflecting on 2011
As 2011 comes to an end I thought it would be nice to reflect back on the year. This has certainly been a year of change for me, both personally and professionally. I have been involved in lots of fantastic projects; particularly on learning design and Open Educational Resources. The two main achievements for me […]
Designing for learning spaces
In September we were lucky enough to have Matthew Riddle from La Trobe university come and give us a talk. His abstract stated the following: The role of the university campus is changing in subtle and important ways. Today, student ‘timescapes’ typically involve moving between places to work, study, sleep, eat, and play, and the […]
The snowflake effect
Image from I like Erik Duval’s concept of the snowflake effect[1] in terms of user interactions with new technologies. He defines this as follows: In the same way that all snowflakes in a snowstorm are unique, each user has her specific characteristics, restrictions and interests. That is why we speak of a “snowflake effect”, […]
Memes and metaphors in networked technologies
In this blog post I want to explore how the concepts of memes and metaphors can be used to better our understanding of the patterns of user behaviour we are seeing in digital and networked technologies. I have been thinking quite a bit recently about the affordances that social and participatory media offer in terms […]
Scoop it!
  I have just started using ScoopIt and I am loving it! I have set up one topic on elearning related articles and have been having fun today adding my favourite recipes to a topic on food. It is a great way of aggregating useful references and sharing these with others. I also like the fact that […]
Three months on
I can’t believe that I have been at Leicester University three months already! I thought this would be a good time to put down some reflections on what has happened over the past few months. Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone in BDRA and CDDU, as well as people across […]
Google citations
Has anyone else come across Google Citations? Thanks to Terry Anderson for pointing it out to me. You need to register and also you can choose to keep the results private or make public. Mine is here. It is based on the H factor algorithm that originated in Physics and gives you an indication of how […]
Conferences: SVEA, Media and Learning
In November I spent a productive few days in Brussels attending the SVEA and the Media and Learning conferences. There were three keynotes for SVEA. Lieve Van Den Brande from the commission gave an overview of EU policy perspectives on the use of technology in learning and then described their Creative Classroomsprogramme. I gave a broad overview […]
The state of the art of educational technology
This blog post is a draft of a chapter I am writing on the emergence of research into the use of technologies to support education. It describes the nature of the field, along with some of the current  ways in which technologies are being used. Does it adequately describe the nature of the field? Is […]
Interconnectedness of design and e-pedagogy
Yesterday I did a presentation to faculty at CQUniversity. I was physically at the Sydney campus with about ten people and connected via BlackBoard Collaborate online to about 40 other people. The session has been recorded and is available at In the talk I considered the current landscape of digital technologies and their associated […]
My digital environment
As an illustration of how we as practitioners are using technologies to support our practice I will describe some of the key tools I use on a daily basis. I can honestly say that the way I work and communicate with others has been transformed in the last five years or so because of this. […]
Hello blog!
My poor blog has been sadly neglected recently…. I’d like to use the excuse of writing the book, but the reality is I just got out of the habit of blogging. For some reason I’ve got back into it again. I had forgotten how valuable blogging is, as a means of reporting on things and working […]
Learning Design Workshop in Sydney
I have just spent a few days in Sydney attending the LAMS and Learning Design conference and a two-day seminar on learning design. The latter was organised by James Dalziel as part of his ALT-C fellowship. This enabled him to bring together about twenty learning design researchers to discuss the state of the art of […]