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March 10, 2009

ThoughtFest 09

March 10, 2009

Last week I was fortunate to be one of the attendees at the fantastic Thought Fest 2009 conference, held at the University of Salford's Think Lab. Organised by organized by Pontydysgu with the support of the JISC Evolve network and the European Mature-IP project, the event attracted top class learning technology researchers and practitioners from across Europe. Potential ...

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February 07, 2009

In pursuit of a light-bulb moment

February 07, 2009

  On a recent learning journey, I explored personal learning environments; recognised the need for space to allow learning to happen and the importance of the skills set that would enable learners to function. I had decided that it would be best to allow learner to work and learn in the ‘real world’ without excessive fencing and that ...

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February 06, 2009

A Busy time for curriculum thinkers and planners

February 06, 2009

  “Nationally, our challenge is to create a curriculum that:·         raises achievement in all subjects, particularly in English and mathematics·         equips learners with the personal, learning and thinking skills they will need to succeed in education, life and work·         motivates and engages learners·         enables a smooth progression from primary, through secondary and beyond·         encourages more young people to go on ...

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January 25, 2009

A Personal Learning Environment, about to be born?

January 25, 2009

 My learning was being affected by my deteriorating eyesight. The optician wanted me to play a game where I watched the little green dot jumping around the screen while I focussed on the red dot in the middle; I had to press the button whenever I could see the green light flash on and off. At the same time ...

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December 01, 2008

VLE Debate: Where's the debate?

December 01, 2008

At the Altered States conference (28 November 2008), Emerge hosted a debate - more of a gentlemen's discussion - with Martin Dougiamas of Moodle and John Fontaine of Blackboard from the VLE makers side and Mark Stiles, Dave Cormier and Lawrie Phipps on the side of the implementers and users; Sean Mehan chaired the affair (links to recorded debate ...

From: George Roberts - Read more

October 19, 2008

It is what the learner does in their Personal Learning Environment that is important.

October 19, 2008

I feel the need, prompted by Cristina’s Post, www.tinyurl.com/5flo7d to over-cook the PLE thinking a bit more!   I distilled, from an earlier attempt at summarising the PLE discussions that I had followed , www.tinyurl.com/57eugd that it is what the learner ‘does’ in their Personal Learning Environment that really determines what they will learn.  What they do in the ...

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October 17, 2008

Are we over-cooking the Personal Learning Environment

October 17, 2008

I started to think about how I will often write something up, then edit, re-edit and re-edit it until I have word processed the meaning out of the message that I set off to present. By overcooking, I often loose the message.   I listened to a radio programme that discussed the problem created by all of the space ...

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October 08, 2008

Engineering the Space for learning

October 08, 2008

The more I think about learning the more I get drawn to the idea that there is a need for space; space to allow the learner to focus and concentrate; space that allows them to develop their independent learning skills; space and freedom to be creative;  space and time to collaborate and work with others. Simply the space to ...

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January 29, 2008

free (commercial) social-W3D & PLE tools

January 29, 2008

Ignatia reports on her early experiences with Wiziq and GogofrogThe first is an open social learning space. Users can share presentation, schedule or join learning sessions, etc. The second is an engine for 3D web sites (in flash) with social features.While both seem to have interesting potentials, I haven't had the time to try them in depth. Might do ...

From: Yishay Mor - Read more

January 18, 2008

Amused, pleased and chuffed =D

January 18, 2008

I was simultaneously amused, pleased and chuffed to have a head of department (unnamed department, unnamed university, but not the University of Manchester) discussing adoption of our PLE with me as a replacement for a mainstream VLE across the entire department.  OK, so we are only starting with a pilot there, but that will make it the ...

From: Mark van Harmelen - Read more

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