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The power of silent learners

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This week I attended a webinar which focussed on silent learners. Thank you to Martina Emke for drawing this webinar to my attention. The title immediately resonated as recently I have found myself increasingly troubled by the constant noise of the online environment.

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‘The New World’. Fact and Truth in 2017

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Source of image. Every day this week, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a 45-minute programme at 9.00 am bearing the title ‘The New World’. This is a series of programmes examining the major forces that are changing the world around us.

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Edinburgh University’s updated Manifesto for Teaching Online – 2015

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In June of this year I published a blogpost about the changing role of the online teacher , following an invitation from Lisa Lane to write a post for her open Program for Online Teaching.

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#NRC01PL Personal Learning Assistants

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Source of image (see Footnote). This week I have lost my wonderful personal trainer who has been coming to me twice a week for the past three years or so.

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Questions about online ‘openness’

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Source of image. What motivates academics and teachers to get involved in areas of practice that are NOT supported by their institutions? Why invest even longer hours in supporting educational practice? My dentist doesn’t give me free root canal treatment outside of work?

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The Rhizome as a Metaphor for Learning in a MOOC

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This is the first in a series of 4 blog posts which Frances Bell and Jenny Mackness have written in preparation for a presentation that we will give at the ALTMOOCSIG conference – MOOCs – Which Way Now? on Friday June 27 th . Source of image: Sylvano Bussoti.

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A-Z of authors I have learned from this year

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To follow my last post – A-Z of my year – I have been thinking about my reading this year. Unlike the last one, this A-Z is not a complete list. For some letters of the alphabet there is more than one author. For others, there are none.

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Shake up your life

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Today I have been to the funeral of a friend who I knew for more than 30 years. This is the second funeral I have been to recently. The first was to celebrate the life of a man cut off in his prime by bowel cancer (he was still in his 50s).

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If space is a becoming what kind of spaces do we need for learning?

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The second keynote at the Networked Learning Conference 2016 was presented by Sian Bayne. The title of her keynote was Campus Codespaces for Networked Learning , which she framed around the question ‘Do we need other ways to think about networked learning space?’.

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Open teaching and learning

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Source of image . My work in July has been more face-to-face than I have been used to in recent years. This has been a pleasure and illuminating in many respects, and has caused me to reflect once again on the meaning of ‘openness’ in teaching and learning.

2015 71

ModPo – Learn how to undo the way in which we read

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Al Filreis’ Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) open course/Coursera MOOC has started again today. This is the third iteration of this course. I didn’t catch it first time around, but I did complete the course last year (2013).

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Access to open teaching and learning

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This week I have been reminded that I cannot assume that everyone working in education will have online access as and when they want it. I live in a beautiful part of the UK – Southern Cumbria – a county filled with mountains and lakes and lushly green because of all the rain we get.

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Open Educational Resources and Pedagogy

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Dave White’s presentation to FSLT12 yesterday included a number of thought-provoking ideas. In the past I have heard Dave speak a number of times about ‘Visitors and Residents’ in the online environment.

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ALTMOOCSIG Conference: MOOCs – Which way now?

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MOOCs – Which way now? This was the question for the ALTMOOCSIG day conference (Friday June 27 th ) which was hosted at UCL. As an independent consultant and researcher, I have to think carefully about where to invest my time and resources.

2014 83

Presenting at the 10th Networked Learning Conference, Lancaster

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In a couple of weeks I will present a paper with Jutta Pauschenwein at the 10 th Networked Learning Conference in Lancaster, which is very convenient as it is less than half an hour from my home. I think this image below will be the first slide of our presentation, but we are still working on it.

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Art I have enjoyed in 2014

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This year I have tried to take every opportunity to see an exhibition if it is in an area I am visiting. I am recording here some of the exhibitions and art I have seen and enjoyed in 2014. January. In January I started exploring rhizomatic learning for research purposes.

2014 71

Drawing to think

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I will start by saying that I do not draw to think, even though I do occasionally draw. I write to think, which is why I am writing this post. Let me explain. Next week I will attend a one day symposium at Lancaster University on ‘The Materiality of Nothing’.

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Academic Writing as a ‘Desire to Relate’

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A couple of days ago, Nancy White posted this video on Facebook (thank you for sharing it Nancy). David Gregson : A Desire To Relate from Creative Matters on Vimeo.

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The Pedagogy of ModPo

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An Introduction to the Divided Brain – Part 1

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For the past four days I have been attending a 4 day course run by Field & Field , in a beautiful location near Broadway in the Cotswolds.

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The Materiality of Nothing

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This was an interdisciplinary symposium , held at Lancaster University, UK, about the immaterial/intangible, which aimed to bring together people with different perspectives to negotiate the imperceptible.

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No script for rhizomatic learning

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I recently went to see the film Mr Turner. I came out rather wishing I hadn’t seen it. I have always loved Turner’s paintings and at one stage of my life lived within walking distance of the site of his painting of the Crook of Lune. Source of image.

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Gardening in open learning environments

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I spent most of yesterday in my garden, thinking about plants and how what I was doing in my garden might relate to my understanding of teaching and learning in open learning environments. We have a large garden – ¾ of an acre.

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#NRC01PL Personal Learning MOOC Week 1

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I have registered for Stephen Downes’ 7 week Personal Learning MOOC – Here is the text, advertising the course, from the first part of Stephen Downes’ Half an Hour blog.

2016 45

Are MOOCs immune to rigorous investigation?

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The title of this post is taken from David Wiley’s blog post that he made earlier this year. And this week on Twitter Apostolos Koutropoulos commented that there is currently a lot of comment on MOOCs, but much less research.

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Mad Old Gitesse Syndrome

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This post has been sparked by an article in The Times Higher Education (Dec 8 th , 2016) – ‘What does retirement mean for academics’ , in which Lincoln Allison , Eric Thomas and Richard Larschan reflect on ‘the next phase’ of scholarly life. Having recently entered my eight decade it is perhaps not surprising that this article caught my attention. Being this age several of my friends and family are ‘retired’.

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Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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An email notification of a forthcoming conference at the University of Central Lancashire (uclan) – Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: changing lives and transforming communities (28th April -1st May 2014), prompted me to take my copy of ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ off the bookshelf and remind myself of its contents.

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MOOCs – Which Way Now?

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The ALTMOOCSIG – the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Special Interest Group (SIG) – is running a one day conference on MOOCs – Which Way Now? – on June 27 th at UCL in London.

2014 64

The Divided Brain and the Power of ‘No’

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Monday 23rd March am. This is the penultimate (or that is the plan!) in a series of posts I am making following a four-day course with Iain McGilchrist. Details of the course, which will run again next year can be found on the Field & Field website.

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Why and how I use Twitter

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Source of image. This post is for Maxine Griffiths (@now_teach_this) but I hope others will chime in, in the comments or on Twitter, to support Maxine in her MA in Education.

2016 40

Principles for Rhizomatic Thinking

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This is the third in a series of posts which outline the thinking and planning Frances Bell and Jenny Mackness have been doing in preparation for their presentation – The Rhizome as a Metaphor for Teaching and Learning in a MOOC – for the ALTMOOCSIG conference on Friday 27 th June.

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Pedagogy, practice and learning theory

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When I was a teacher trainer, we used to debate whether trainee teachers should be introduced to learning theory before or after they went into the classroom to teach.

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Technology, teenagers and books

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Ripley St. Thomas Academy, Lancaster.

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#NRC01PL Personal Learning MOOC Week 3

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There have been a few interesting goings on in the open ‘Personal Learning Conversation’ that Stephen Downes is running.

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The Messiness of Rhizomatic Learning – Words Steal My Intent

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Week 2 of Dave Cormier’s open online course - Rhizomatic Learning – the community is the curriculum – is at end, and what a messy week it has been. Helen Crump has called it chaotic. I, and I’m sure others, can recognise this sentiment – but for me it has been ‘messy’ rather than ‘chaotic’.

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Making Sense of the Rhizome Metaphor for Teaching and Learning

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This is the second post in a series of four about a presentation Frances Bell and Jenny Mackness will make at the ALTMOOCSIG on Friday 29 th June this week. One of the reasons for these posts is that it is going to be impossible to cover all this in the time we have available at the conference.

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May 2015 – metaphor, meaning and motion

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I have committed to writing a monthly blog post this year, rather like those who commit to posting a photo a day. I have resisted the photo a day – I hate routine.

2015 51

#NRC01PL The Connectivist MOOC – Research and Conclusions

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In Week 4 of the Personal Learning MOOC (#NRC01PL) “Stephen Downes and Helene Fournier look at the research effort that has followed the NRC MOOCs and PLEs through development and deployment”.

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The Divided Brain: A four day course with Iain McGilchrist

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Monday 23rd March pm. This is my final post in a series of posts I have written following a four-day course with Iain McGilchrist. Details of the course, which will run again next year can be found on the Field & Field website.

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An alternative perspective on the meaning of ‘open’ in Higher Education

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With the rise of MOOCs there has been much speculation about the meaning of ‘open’, particularly with respect to the Higher Education business model. It is clear that ‘open’ can be interpreted in a number of different ways. In relation to MOOCs the term ‘open’ relates principally to open access, i.e. anyone can attend – there are no entry requirements.

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