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March 31, 2009

The last post

March 31, 2009

I will keep this short and sweet. This is the last night of the Emerge project and its Elgg site as has been .18 January 2007 we pitched the bid to the JISC. 26 Months later, I am saying farewell to a beautiful project. As ever it is the people who have made it what it has been. This ...

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The Story of the Planet Platform

March 31, 2009

True to the dogfood principle, we now have a case study on the development of the Planet platform. An amazing tale on international mystery and intrigue. Well, maybe not - but if you’re working in a UK HE institure and thinking of launching an ambitious web2.0 project, you might find our experience informative. Or, if you ...

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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 23, 2009

A brief valediction to Emerge: where we all are and what we all have done

March 23, 2009

We are coming to the end of the Users and Innovation Programme. Stay tuned for messages concerning the continuation of site services. But before all that, I wanted to say to everyone who reads this, what I said at the NGTiP conference a couple of weeks back. This is my valediction to Emerge.Learning technology R&D projects can appear to ...

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everything you wanted to know about pattern methodologies but didn’t know who to ask

March 23, 2009

Planet is hosting a symposium at CAL’09 tomorrow. If you’re in Brighton, drop in and join the discussion. Our plan is to break away from the usual talking heads format, and devote most of the time for conversation. We’ve set up a web-space for the symposium at: Where you can find drafts of all the slideshows ...

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March 13, 2009

Kolfschoten and Lukosch: Cognitive learning efficiency & design patterns

March 13, 2009

(cross-posted from ) The 1st full paper for our symposium at CAL is now available for download (pdf). When it comes to design patterns, there seem to be two types of people: born-again evangelists who would sell their mum to convince you that patterns are the cure to all your ails, and normal, decent folk who just ...

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March 11, 2009

Next Generation Technologies in Practice 09 - Loughborough

March 11, 2009

Several of the team have just spent two days in Loughborough at the Next Generation Technologies in Practice JISC conference - excellent event with much food for thought on sharing practice and communities of relevance to Planet. This morning Jim, John and I, together with Wendy Luker, Director of the Persona project, led a ...

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#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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