Learning to swim… again

Over the last two weeks I’ve been teaching myself to breathe on alternate sides while doing front crawl. This hasn’t been easy; I’ve been a left-sided breather since I learned to swim properly in 2000 at the age of 21. (A brief explanation: I refused to swim on my front at school – my eyesight [...]

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Masters in Education – download my dissertation

Just a quick note to say I’ve finished my Masters in Education and I’m graduating at Bath Abbey on the 4th of July. My final dissertation title was: How can a technology-rich Postgraduate Certificate curriculum influence the development of teachers’ digital literacy? I licensed the work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (to view a [...]

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OLDSMOOC week 1 – Intentions

I’m planning to dabble in OLDSMOOC over the next nine weeks to supplement a learning design project that I have to do anyway. I’ve been working on a new unit for our MA programme on Open Educational Practice; it was a collaborative project to start with (and we got a little bit of funding for [...]

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FOTE12: Taking the social revolution forward

At FOTE09 I gave a presentation (‘The Social Revolution Needs You’) on how and why we as educators, staff developers and learning technologists might get people more involved in sharing their ideas and their practice with learning networks through tools like blogs. If you’re particularly interested you can watch the full recording… but you might [...]

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Reflections on new technical inductions for Academic Practice courses

Today was the first day’s teaching in the new academic year and, although I had small groups in both the morning and afternoon sessions, it felt pretty intense. I felt a little bit underprepared, but at the same time resigned to feeling that way; this was the first time I’d tried doing generic technical inductions [...]

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Residents & Visitors 2 #heanpl

In a nutshell (and partially for Dave White’s benefit, as he’s keen for evidence of impact on practice), here’s how the Visitors & Residents concept is influencing my practice: The PG Cert course I lead is fairly complex. It demands participants use a number of different tools and platforms to create, share and communicate. Prior [...]

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Residents and Visitors (#heanpl)

It’s all go at the moment. Sandwiched between two final days of workshops with our PG Cert teacher-students, I spent Thursday in Oxford talking with Dave White, Alison le Cornu, Martin Weller, Dave Cormier and several others about the notion of  ‘online’ as a place where learners ‘visit’ or ‘reside’, and how we might use [...]

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Consumers and Producers in Higher Education

There was a lot of talk at the AUA conference this week about consumerism in Higher Education. While Anthony McClaran from QAA shared a ‘common sense’ perspective about the existence of the consumer relationship between students and universities, it seemed as if the rest of the panel, the backchannel and the delegates who took the [...]

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Revised Dissertation Proposal

Here we are – I have a new title: The impact of a professional development programme on teachers’ use of learning technologies …and I’ve revised my responses to those questions: Dissertation – initial ideas and key questions

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My Masters Dissertation

I’m on the home straight with my MA in Education, and I found some helpful questions in the dissertation bumpf that I thought I’d better ask myself: What is my dissertation about (what’s my research question)? Can regular peer- and self-assessed learning activities, completed through the medium of weblogs, encourage constructive collaboration between learners and [...]

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