What was I trying to do in my talk to the Solstice conference 2016? In the talk, I analysed learning using metaphors of “Held space” (Plett 2015), The romantic or heroic quest (Wikipedia for summaries) And “heartwork” (Hogan 2011) or the concept of “emotional labour” (Koster2011). I wanted these to be seen in the light … Continue reading Learning design: heroic goal in a held space
Backpacks, badges and epistemology: an interesting conversation that leads to happily ever after
Grant (2014) asks in the title to her book about digital badges, "What Counts as Learning?" This succinctly expresses the question of higher education and explains the continuing interest in badges, and in learning technologies in general. The fact this is less explored, gives me an opportunity to explore both learning technology and epistemology. I have developed … Continue reading Backpacks, badges and epistemology: an interesting conversation that leads to happily ever after
A week of academic multimedia
It has been a week of academic multimedia . Semi-successfully simulcasting a face-to-face workshop to remote participants using Adobe Connect. Creating a series of short audio posts about academic multimedia, continued here. Using a learning object (collection of videos and text) “Philosophy and Policy of Higher Education”, to introduce a flipped teaching session. And using … Continue reading A week of academic multimedia
What kicked me off on this audio exploration of academic multimedia? Two things. First and proximal cause: when I reported that my colleagues and I had been asked if we could give workshops on technology enhanced learning (TEL) the suggestion was scoffed. Why give workshops when you could do a series of three minute talking … Continue reading Dialogic multimedia
FSLT16 Week 1
Week one has flown by like a simile. There are 58 participants on the course of whom 22 are doing the module for academic credit (10 credits, level 7) towards a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE). Sixteen (16) of the assessed participants are from Brookes and six are from other … Continue reading FSLT16 Week 1
FSLT16 Kicking off
It has been a lot of work this year getting FSLT ready to go. Partly this is because as ever, I start too late. We also pulled the starting date forward from last year by two weeks so not only am I late the course is early. There were several reasons to do this, but … Continue reading FSLT16 Kicking off
Self assessing teaching about assessment
A day developing educators at Cardiff University. The topic was assessment: why and how. and being of a self-critical and reflective nature. I am inspired to assess myself. It was OK. I'd say a pass, maybe even a high pass but not really a merit. The discussion was good and facilitation was satisfactory. Midway feedback was … Continue reading Self assessing teaching about assessment
FSLT16 Joining Instructions
First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (#fslt16) 20 January - 26 February 2016 Hello all Thank you for your interest in First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (#fslt16). Welcome to the course. These "Joining instructions" should help you to get started. Because this is an open course, available to … Continue reading FSLT16 Joining Instructions
Countdown to FSLT16: Crazy fun grown up?
There have been and still are some challenges in getting FSLT16 ready to run. The course has grown in complexity since it was first run in early 2012. I have spent a lot of time trying to recover some of the earlier simplicity. In a way this parallels the path that all MOOCs have taken. … Continue reading Countdown to FSLT16: Crazy fun grown up?
Badges: Learning Gain or Just a Game, and what’s wrong with that?
Badges are Digital image files with text metadata stating criteria for which the badge has been earned. Badges are (presently) self-certified by Learner or Earner and Self-certified by Provider or Issuer. Below are resources for a short session I ran for the Technology Experimentation Group (TEG). Badges assert achievement usually for employment or engagement or further educational/CPD purposes. … Continue reading Badges: Learning Gain or Just a Game, and what’s wrong with that?