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March 26, 2009

Is there evidence of the use of Web2.0 to do deep learning?

March 26, 2009

It is sometimes asserted that while students are using web 2 tools extensively there is no evidence that they are using them to do deep learning. I believe this assertion should be questioned. There is some evidence to suggest that contemporary undergraduates in the normal age cohort (not mature learners) are not particularly critical or reflective and are highly ...

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March 24, 2009

An Ada Lovelace legacy: women in (learning) techonolgy

March 24, 2009

There are many women in technology I admire. My field: learning technology is characterised, in part, by many female leaders. I think of Diana Laurillard, Grainne Conole (jfg them); colleagues: Rhona Sharpe, Patsy Clarke, Frances Deepwell, Judy Lyons in OCSLD; there’s Helen Beetham, Helen Barrett, Rose Luckin, Diana Oblinger; Robin Mason, who defined a practice through Mindweave and ...

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March 11, 2009

#NGTiP09 embedding institutional change guidelines from @Gwenvdv

March 11, 2009

Embedding needs building. Building needs scaffolding. Gwen van der Velden recognises that change agents operate in networks of influence. To make change you need: - buy-in - user engagement - institutional solutions - patronage - a user-friendly pitch - reputation-awareness. Barriers to change include: student data systems, middle managers, staff learning needs. Drivers for embracing technology: students, resource constraints, employers. So answer these questions: - What is your strap-line? - Why ...

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March 10, 2009

using eportfolio for HE staff CPD and Professional Review - with a Flourish

March 10, 2009

The Flourish project: Flourish, funded by the JISC, looked at eportfolio for HE staff in annual appraisal, accredited PGCert in Teaching in HE course, and CPD/Training. They used PebblePad in a “low-risk” environment running workshops, elearning retreats, staff information sharing channels, and using it with students. The key message is if you want to use an eP for students you ...

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February 19, 2009

Emerge team writing retreat

February 19, 2009

I have set up a place to post our stuff from the writing retreat (I know, I know, another b***** site). Bear with me We do not have a projector but most of us have machines, I thought this might work as a whiteboard. I have not made the site private - yet. But we can. Suggested schedule 0900-0930 Review: task ...

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February 09, 2009

Posterous has closed the camera, phone, Flickr loop for me

February 09, 2009

I was mildly annoyed (a usual state for me) a year or three ago when Ericsson bundled Blogger in the firmware of their good camera phones. I didn’t want to set up a Blogger ID, all I wanted to do was post to Flickr. For a while I tried to use Shozu (), but its Java applet crashed ...

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January 09, 2009

A digital identity question for parents

January 09, 2009

An interesting question is raised by a Design Pattern problem, Others First, identified by Yishay Mor in the Pattern Language Network wiki: Parents who create an online identity for themselves that includes any images of and text about their children inevitably create an online identity for those children. The children have no control over how they are presented or ...

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January 08, 2009

Immersive interfaces for learning

January 08, 2009

Another very useful Berkman talk on Immersive Interfaces by Chris Dede, Timothy E Wirth professor of Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Dede develops a typology of immersive interfaces and illustrates their application in US middle schools. Even more usefully he presents a simple analytical framework for discussing immersive environments for learning: is it an ...

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January 06, 2009

Epigenetic phenomena

January 06, 2009

Thanks and a(nother) tippo to A J Cann for the link (via his soti bookmarks on delicious) to D’arcy Norman’s epigenetics and the institution. This hit me as an approach to conceptualising the relationship between individuals and institutions for a paper I am puzzling over writing, about the utility of participatory media (Web2.0/the social internet) to the support, ...

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January 05, 2009

Participatory media literacy: it does matter

January 05, 2009

This post is one small link in a chain started for me by A J Cann in a post on his Emerge blog, The P word, fed from Science of the Invisible that linked to Michael Wesch’s post, Participatory Media Literacy: why it matters, referring to “… Howard Rheingold’s great little article, Participative Pedagogy for a Literacy of ...

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