Reflections on the PELeCON conference
I really enjoyed the PELeCON conference. I liked the format; in terms of the mix of themed sessions, interactive workshops and lots of keynotes. Unfortunately there were less people at the conference this year, which is a shame as it was excellent. It was good to meet up with old friends and to finally meet […]
The closing PELeCON conference keynote
Donald Taylor, the James Bond of e-learning apparently ;-), gave the closing keynote at this year’s PELeCON conference. The title of his talk was ‘Does learning and development have a future?’ He began by asking us to think about how our roles have changes in the last five years as a result of technology. For […]
Creating a learnspace in your workplace
  One of this year’s PELeCON conference keynotes was my friend Joyce Seitzinger from Deakin University.  This blog post is a summary of her talk, the slides are available online. She started by stating that winning a place for technology is easy, whereas winning people for technology is hard. The talk gave a nice overview of […]
Managing change – patterns and analytics
  One of the keynotes at this year’s PELeCON conference was Steve Warburton from Surry University. He had two themes: Pedagogical Patterns and Learning Analytics. He started by referencing Gartner’s technology acceptance curve and He stated that computing power is doubling every year.  He recommended Ray Kurzweil’s book ‘The singularity is near’, which argues that technological change is […]
Digital literacies session at the PELeCON conference
One of the sessions I attended at this year’s PELeCON conference was on ‘Digital literacies and work placement’. The first speaker was Nadja Gagsi, who presented on the digital literacy work at Reading University as part of their JISC funded project. They used Beetham and Sharpe’s digital literacy framework. She outlined ten key findings from the project:  Awareness – […]
A meta-model for learning
I recently read an article which described a conceptual framework for mediated environments (Childs 2010). The model augments Activity Theory (Cole, Engeström et al. 1997) (subject, objected, Mediating Artefacts, division of labour, community, and rules and conventions), with two aspects of  Wenger’s Community of Practice (Wenger 1998) (presence and identity) (Figure 1).  Figure 1 The […]
Three activities in virtual worlds
  Mark Childs gave a talk on Friday at Leicester. This blog post is a summary of the key points. His talk focused on his research on Virtual Worlds. He provided three examples. The first was the use of SecondLife for disaster management communication. This was in conjunction with Yung-Fang Chen and El Parker in […]
E-Learning and social networking handbook
I recently did a review of the ‘e-Learning and Social Networking Handbook’ (Rennie and Morrison 2012). The book is an excellent introduction to social media and how they can be used to promote different pedagogical approaches. The authors state that the purpose of the book is to provide guidelines for integrating social networking into course design. They […]
  Leicester is the fifth institution I have worked at. It is a great place to work and the people in my department (the Institute of Learning Innovation) are fantastic. We have a vibrant community of PhD students and visiting scholars. So I feel very much part of the University of Leicester. However, this sense […]
Blurring boundaries  I have been thinking a lot recently about digital identity and presence online (see earlier posts). Mark Childs has also been writing about presence, in particular, with respect to virtual worlds. I like his definition of presence: Presence is a combination of mediated presence (“being there” aka immersion) + social presence (projection of ourselves, […]