Security, identity, voice, opportunity and agency on the distributed web

Jenny Connected

Agency is one of those words that, if you work in education, is very familiar, but when it comes down to it, are we clear about what it means? Off the top of my head I would associate choice with the word agency, i.e. learners have the freedom and ability to make choices about their learning.

2018 185

‘Betweenness’ : a way of being in the world

Jenny Connected

At the beginning of this year my colleague Mariana Funes and I published a paper in which we argued for ‘both/and’ thinking, as opposed to ‘either/or’. This was our abstract: Open education aspires to democratize education, promote inclusion and effect change through social justice.

2018 146

E-Learning 3.0 Task 1 completed!

Jenny Connected

MOOC being run by Stephen Downes, we have been given two tasks to choose from for this week. To get a badge you’ll need to show you’ve done this, maybe by writing a blog post). Quick (13 minutes) description of how to use the E-Learning 3.0

2018 138

The skillset of a blended trainer or facilitator: technology is overrated

Joitske Hulsebosch

For learning, intimacy is needed which you can only achieve face-to-face I feel completely energized when I am standing in front of a group I am quite technophobe/ I have little interest in working with technology Why would you invest in blended training? That way she can get up to speed.

2018 130

Smartphones use outside work hours cause exhaustion: the case against mobile learning?

Joitske Hulsebosch

I was part of a group which exchanged via a Whatsapp group whether to cancel our dinner. The group had such a flurry of messages which made me feel very unproductive in my work because I had my smartphone lying next to my laptop, and every time I looked at the new messages.

2018 130

Homeschooling over time


I keep on thinking how needs of a homeschooling family change over time. Finding people, who made the choice, and figuring out how to fit it in in the own circumstances. Once the choice is made the need for acceptance and like-minded people becomes very strong: at the beginning the stress from explaining and defending “deviation from the norm” is very high and it helps a lot to be with people who share your views. Curious to see what it brings.

2018 89