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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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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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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#cck11: Oppression, Freedom, and Control of the Learning Experience

Some great reading this week; some of my students have gleaned inspiration from Friere’s work and referred to it in their assignments, but until this week I hadn’t engaged with it myself that much. Ideas on freedom and oppression arise in many strands of pedagogic theory and there was much here that I was already [...]

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#CCK11: The simple life and the edge of chaos

I’ve hidden myself away from the world this week; I printed off a load of the readings on complexity theory and enjoyed being Keith Hamon’s ‘starving poet scribbling away in his lonely garret, plumbing the depths of the human soul in solitary obscurity’. Did you miss me…? No…?! My cat died a week ago (www.twitter.com/snoodgit). [...]

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cck11: Applying connectivism through concept mapping

A few days ago I wrote down some practical thoughts on what connectivism might bring to the way I teach and the way my students learn. As a result, I did a concept mapping activity with both my tutor groups last week. They are currently starting small-scale teaching development projects of their own, and a [...]

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#cck11: Thinking about Frames

So it’s Week 2 of CCK11 and I’m thinking about Frames (which seem pretty much the same thing as ‘context’ – am I right?). I really enjoyed George Lakoff’s talk – not just because of his magnificent beard, which I am incredibly envious of – and have started watching the full-length version. I’m valuing my [...]

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