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There are No Things. There are patterns.

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As we can see from his website, Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary.

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#openedMOOC Week 2: Copyright, the Public Domain, and the Commons

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An infographic created by Shihaam Donnelly from [link]. This week’s videos and readings are a lot more interesting than I anticipated.

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Hand Cycling around Bali

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Map of Bali. At the beginning of this month I joined a group of hand cyclists who were raising money for REGAIN by cycling 320 km around Bali. Photo by Liz Pardey, Volunteer at Bali Sports Foundation.

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PhD by Publication – Selection of Papers

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In her book, PhD by Published Work , Susan Smith writes that one of the disadvantages of this route to a PHD is that ‘ it is tricky to retrospectively shoe-horn diverse papers into a post hoc theme’ (p.34).

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Why do a PhD by Publication?

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Why do a PhD at all? I have considered this question many times since I completed my MA in 1997 when I was asked by the awarding University department to continue to do a PhD. I declined.

2017 199

When Inclusion Excludes ….

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counter narrative of open online education. This is the title of a new paper, co-authored with Mariana Funes and published today in Learning Media and Technology, by Taylor & Francis Online. Abstract.

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#openedMOOC begins October 1st

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David Wiley and George Siemens are offering a new 6 week MOOC – Introduction to Open Education – on EdX at the beginning of October.

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Harmony and hope as pedagogies for 2018

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This week’s OLDaily , the online newsletter published by Stephen Downes, includes a discussion about ‘a pedagogy of harmony’.

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Trust in the steps. Focussed and whole picture thinking

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The Field & Field McGilchrist 4 day course about Iain’s book, The Master and his Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World , is a very rich experience. Not only do we hear Iain McGilchrist speak twice a day, but we are also offered a range of optional workshops.

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Iain McGilchrist and the divided brain

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Last weekend I attended a 4-day Field & Field course in which Iain McGilchrist discussed with us the main themes in his book – The Master and his Emissary. The Divided Brain and the making of the Western World, and his recent thinking.

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Skills for ‘Being’ in a Digital Age

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I have been puzzling over George Siemens ’ idea that learners need to develop ‘being skills’ if they are to cope with what it means to be human in a digital age. George discusses this with Neil Selwyn in an interview recorded for Monash University, Australia, Faculty of Education. George does qualify, right at the beginning of the interview, that his question ‘What does it mean to be human in a Digital Age?’ is posed from a learning in knowledge development angle.

2018 109

#OpenedMOOC Week 6: The Triumph of the Immaterial

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This is the final week of the #openedMOOC and my final post. Like Matthias Melcher I have surprised myself by reaching the end of this MOOC.

2017 151

Death is a friend of life

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The Self-Unseeing (by Thomas Hardy). Here is the ancient floor, Footworn and hollowed and thin, Here was the former door. Where the dead feet walked in. She sat here in her chair, Smiling into the fire, He who played stood there, Bowing it higher and higher.

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Critical Examination of MOOCs by Jeremy Knox

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Jeremy Knox ’s book – Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course. Contaminating the Subject of Global Education was published early this year. I bought the book soon after it was published but have only this summer got round to reading it.

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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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Promoting discussion in FutureLearn MOOCs

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. MOOCs: Back to the Future. This was the title of a lunchtime seminar I attended last week in the Educational Research Department of Lancaster University, UK.

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Teaching and Learning in 2017 and beyond

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This is the time of year when many authors/commentators are getting into reflective mode and writing reviews of 2017, not only looking back but also looking forward.

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PhD by Publication

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Today I can christen this mug which was sent to me by my friend and collaborator, Mariana Funes (herself a Dr of long-standing) at the end of March, when I was told by my examiners that I had been awarded a PhD subject to three minor revisions.

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Diversity is hard

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Source of image. dana boyd has written a post in which she discusses why America is self-segregating and she comes up with a few suggestions such as the role of social media in segregating people into filter bubbles and echo chambers.

#SOCRMx – Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC. Week 1

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Source of image. I am currently participating in two MOOCs – the #openedMOOC run by David Wiley and George Siemens , and this one – Introduction to Social Research Methods, run by Jeremy Knox and his team at Edinburgh University.

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#openedMOOC Week 1: The value of ‘open’

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Link to source of image. Why Does Open Matter? This is the key question for Week 1 of the Introduction to Open Education MOOC, being offered on edX by David Wiley and George Siemens.

2017 141

PhD by Publication and Collaboration

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A PhD is always (as far as I know) an individual piece of work. The point is to make and defend an individual contribution to knowledge in your given field.

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#FLvirtualrome : An exciting MOOC about Ancient Rome

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Last week I stumbled across a fantastic MOOC – FutureLearn’s course on the history and architecture of Rome. I wasn’t looking for this course, but Rome is a city that I have recently thought I would like to visit and then FutureLearn’s newsletter listing this course landed in my inbox.

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Crafting Research

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This seminar that I attended last week on crafting research was very interesting. It was organised by the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University, UK, and delivered by Professor Hugh Willmott from City University London.

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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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#OpenEdMOOC – Final thoughts

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(Source of Image – [link] – 0.56). Like Rebecca Heiser, I have been reflecting on the EdX Introduction to Open Education MOOC.

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#SOCRMx Week 7: Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research

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The past two weeks in the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC (SOCRMx) have covered ‘How to Lie with Statistics’ (Week 6 Quantitative data analysis) and ‘Interpretation and Trustworthiness in Qualitative Data Analysis’ (Week 7).

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#SOCRMx Week 5: Data Analysis

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In this second half of the Introduction to Social Research Methods course the focus shifts from data generation and research methods to data analysis. Click on image for source).

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#openedMOOC: CC licenses

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In a recent post I mentioned that I have the attribution, share alike, non-commercial creative commons license on my Flickr site. I also mentioned that I sometimes get contacted with a request for use of a photo – usually by a tourism agency wanting to advertise their holidays.

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#SOCRMx Week 4: ‘half-way’ tasks and reflections

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(Click on the image to go to source.). This post should have been made at the end of last week. We are now at the end of Week 5 and I am attempting to catch up. We are now half-way through this 8-week Introduction to Social Research Methods course.

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#openedMOOC Week 5: Research on OER Impact and Effectiveness

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Click on image for source. I have not done any research into OER Impact and Effectiveness and I don’t, in my career as a teacher, remember ever heavily relying on a textbook that students would have to buy.

2017 130

Third Research Paper on Rhizomatic Learning

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Source of image: Making sense of the Rhizome Metaphor for Teaching and Learning. Today our third paper about learning in the Rhizomatic Learning: The Community is the Curriculum MOOC (commonly known as Rhizo14) has been published. Here are links to the three papers. Third paper: Bell, F.,

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#openedMOOC Week 4: Open Teaching

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The topic for this week is ‘Creating, Finding and Using OERs and a lot of resources have been provided to follow up on this. More interesting for me, was the initial discussion in the Week 4 videos about open pedagogy and how networks can enable learning.

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#SOCRMx: Week 3 – Working with images

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I have found the working with images resources in the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC very stimulating. According to the information provided in this course, visual methods are becoming increasingly popular.

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#SOCRMx End of Week 3 Reflections

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This is the third week of the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC , which I am finding both very useful and frustrating at the same time.

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#openedMOOC Week 3: The 5Rs, CC, and open Licensing

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This image is a screenshot taken from a YouTube video – [link]. I have been working independently, i.e. not in an educational institution, for the past 12 years, so my take on this week’s content of Week 3 of the openedMOOC is probably not typical.

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SOCRMx Week 2 Surveys

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I have divided this post into two parts. The first part reports on information from the course site. The second part is an attempt to complete one of the suggested activities. Surveys: Part 1. Source of image here.

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Hand-cycling for the Prince’s Trust

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A week ago today at this time, I was congratulating myself and others on having completed the Palace to Palace charity ride in aid of the Prince’s Trust. This is an annual event. The ride is 45 or 90 miles, depending on which route you choose from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle.

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The Rhizome: a problematic metaphor for teaching and learning in a MOOC

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(Source of image: https://socialdigitalelective.wordpress.com/groups/rhizomes/ ). Our second paper which explores how the rhizome metaphor was understood in the Rhizo14 MOOC (Rhizomatic Learning.

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Queen of the Mountain

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This is the essence of how bizarre apps and social media have become. Here is the story. At the beginning of May I took part in a charity bike ride in Bali. In the last 15 kilometres I came off my bike and broke my collar bone. It has taken me 4 months to get back on my bike, which I did a week ago.

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