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Tinkering with the system won’t help reinvent the purpose of education

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In OLDaily this week , Stephen Downes, in a comment on a post by Sasha Thackaberry , makes what to me is an astute point – that the future of education is not the same thing as the future of colleges.

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Carrot Cake

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I don’t remember when I first tasted carrot cake, but I have known for a while that it is my favourite type of cake. It still surprises me that I like carrot cake so much. Carrots are not an especially preferred vegetable, although I do eat them in a variety of ways.

2019 130

Open Educational Resources and the Distributed Web

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In this video, posted for the fifth week of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC , Stephen Downes makes the case for open education.

2018 225

What did Socrates ever do for us?

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‘What did the Greeks ever do for us?’

2019 139

Open University Innovating Pedagogy Report, 2019

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Ferguson, R., Coughlan, T., Egelandsdal, K., Gaved, M., Herodotou, C., Hillaire, G., Jones, D., Jowers, I., Kukulska-Hulme, A., McAndrew, P., Misiejuk, K., Ness, I. Rienties, B., Scanlon, E., Sharples, M., W., & B., Weller, M. and Whitelock, D. 2019).

2019 155

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

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The topic for the final week of the E-Learning 3.0 course is Agency. 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?

2018 187

Listening to and Learning from the ‘Other’

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For a few months now I have been struggling to understand the idea of the ‘Other’, i.e. the capitalised Other. Why is it that so many people write about it and make such a big thing of it?

2019 155

Edusemiotics, the Divided Brain and Connectivism

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I have recently been exploring Iain McGilchrist’s ground-breaking work on the divided brain (see The Master and his Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World ), with a view to learning more about the implications of this work for education.

2018 217

Data, personal learning and learning analytics

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This week’s topic for Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is Data.

2018 194

Ten Reasons to Keep Writing

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One of the people I enjoy following on Twitter is the author Joanne Harris. Every so often (this might be weekly, but I’m not sure) she invites her followers to ask a question about anything and everything to do with writing and publishing, which she attempts to answer in #TenTweets.

2018 193

Consensus and community in the distributed web

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The topic for this week in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is Community.

2018 166

Revisiting Calcutta (now Kolkata) after 65 years

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I was born in Calcutta in 1946 and lived there until I was eight years old, when my father decided that we must leave. India was no longer a comfortable place for the British – at least, in hindsight, I think that was what he thought. I was too young at the time to appreciate the problem.

2019 139

Reasons why I am happy to be in Kerala at the end of December

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This morning I found Anthony Wilson’s blog post in my inbox – Reasons why I am happy to be in the city at the end of December. I enjoyed his post, but I am so pleased not to be in the city, and in Kerala.

2018 151

Attending to the invisible ‘Other’

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Attention is how we relate to the world and what we attend to determines what we see. At this stage in my life I am interested in how I can ensure that what I choose to attend to doesn’t blinker me to the possible implications of attending too closely to a given idea.

2019 148

Visiting Rome with a Wheelchair User

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Rome, like Venice , is a city known to be notoriously difficult for people in wheelchairs to visit. I am writing this post as the partner of a wheelchair user, to share some of our experiences of this beautiful and fascinating city.

2018 182

Talking about dying

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This month the Royal College of Physicians has published a report bearing the title ‘ Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead’ . There is a concern that doctors and other healthcare professionals find it hard to talk to patients about dying.

2018 177

E-Learning 3.0 : some initial thoughts

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This is the topic of a 10-week MOOC being offered by Stephen Downes, which started this week. For the course outline see – [link]. Stephen said somewhere that he was trying to create an elegant site for the course. I think he has succeeded. I love this simple image and title.

2018 174

Visiting Kolkata with a Wheelchair User

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Visiting Kolkata with a wheelchair user is a challenge and certainly not for the faint-hearted. Hand-pulled rickshaws are being phased out, but there is little sign that facilities for wheelchair users are being phased in.

2019 130

Learning to be creative on and off the distributed web

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Backwaters, Kerala (* see note below). Although the final week of the E-Learning 3.0 course is almost over, I haven’t yet finished thinking about the penultimate week on Experience. The guest speaker for this week was Amy Burvall. I really enjoyed her conversation with Stephen Downes.

2018 148

Understanding ‘Betweenness’ – seeing beyond the parts

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In a previous post , I began to explore and share my understanding of what Iain McGilchrist has written about and means by ‘betweenness’ as a way of being in the world.

2018 174

What is uniquely human?

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In this first week of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC , Stephen Downes has shared a video introduction to the course (see [link] ) and also recorded a video of a conversation he had with George Siemens. This was really enjoyable to watch.

2018 170

New Year’s Eve in Kerala, 2018

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On this last day of 2018 I have spent some time, here in Kerala, under blue skies and in beautiful surroundings, reading an interview that Jonathan Rowson conducted with Iain McGilchrist in 2013. Rowson, J. McGilchrist, I. 2013).

2018 139

E-Learning 3.0 Experience

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The task for this penultimate week of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC on the topic of Experience is: Here is my submission. This is the musical accompaniment for the verses below. Please sing along. For the introduction to this week’s topic, see Stephen Downes’ Synopsis.

2018 148

A Conversation about Community in the Distributed web

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This image created by Kevin Hodgson , a participant in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC , as Stephen Downes said on Twitter, ‘ basically completes the Task for week 8 ’. For an interactive version of this image see: [link]. The final discussion about the topic of community in the E-Learning 3.0

2018 148

A-Z of my year – 2018

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I first wrote a post like this in 2016. I didn’t write one last year. Here is one for this year. It has seemed more difficult this year than in 2016, but perhaps that’s just my memory, or perhaps it’s because I am in Kerala, away from home and access to some of my resources.

2018 139

Creativity and experience on the distributed web

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The topic for the penultimate week in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is ‘Experience’ We haven’t really started discussing this yet, but Stephen Downes, who is running this course, has posted a Synopsis to get us going.

2018 148

E-Learning 3.0 : Graph

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Graph is the Topic for Week 3 of Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 Again, he has provided a good Synopsis – see [link].

2018 161

Trust, Truth, Consensus and Community on the distributed web

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The seventh topic in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has been Community. I have invested quite a bit of my time over the years learning about community – or more specifically communities of practice.

2018 148

Digital badges and the purpose of education

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We have now come to the end of the sixth topic – Recognition – in Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 For me, this has been the least satisfying of the course topics so far.

2018 148

Digital Badges as Recognition of Success

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Looking back through this blog, I am reminded that in 2012 I attended a SCoPE seminar on digital badges and wrote two posts about it. Reading back through these posts I see that at that time I had some reservations about badges.

2018 148

Access to E-Learning 3.0 and the Distributed Web

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Stephen Downes has once again written an excellent summary for the work we did last week on open educational resources. He has tweeted: Downes @Downes. Friday’s #el30 newsletter is now available. el30.mooc.ca/archive/18/11_…

2018 148

Identity graphs as a ‘source of truth’

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Week 4 on Identity in Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has come to an end. It was another very interesting week. Stephen has summed up the week with a video and a paper, both of which I will link to in this post. They deserve to be widely distributed.

2018 148

The Quantified, Qualified and Connected Self

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This week the topic on the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has been Identity. We have tried to answer questions such as: How do we know who someone is? How do we project ourselves on the internet? How can we be safe and secure?

2018 148

E-Learning 3.0 : Identity Graphs

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We are now in the fourth week of this E-Learning 3.0 open course/MOOC. The task for this week is to create an Identity Graph, which Stephen Downes (convener of this course) has outlined as follows: Identity – Create an Identity Graph.

2018 148

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.

2018 206

E-Learning 3.0: The Human versus the Machine

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This post is a response to a challenge set, as a result of Task 2, by Frank Polster , a fellow course participant on Stephen Downes’ MOOC, E-Learning 3.0. Here is my challenge to all the E-Learning 3.0

2018 148

Badges are not sufficient

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This week Stephen invited Viplav Baxi to join him in a discussion about this week’s topic – Recognition – for the E-Learning 3.0 They only mentioned badges briefly, but the task for participants this week has been to create a badge – see my last post.

2018 139

Failing to Create a Content Addressed Resource for the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC

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Montaigne’s opening words in his essay ‘Of Books’, seem so apposite to my experience of trying to engage with the task of creating a content-addressed resource for this week’s E-Learning 3.0 course. I quote them here to serve as a disclaimer for all that is to follow.

2018 139

12 Rules for Life

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Earlier this week I travelled to Manchester to hear Jordan Peterson speak at the O2 Apollo Theatre about his book ‘12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos’ This was one event in a punishing schedule of 80 cities – [link].

2018 148

Identity from the perspective of authentication

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In this video Stephen Downes, convener of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC explains that in the future our safety and security online will be managed through the use of identification keys.

2018 139

Some Thoughts on Identity

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The topic for Week 4 of Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is Identity. The focus of this topic is on digital identity – exploring questions such as: ‘How do we know who someone is?’, ‘How do we project ourselves on the internet?’ How can we be safe and secure?’.

Thinking of knowledge as a graph

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This is a response to the E-Learning 3.0 task for course participants created by Matthias Melcher. See [link]. The task requires that we select from one of the topics of this course, and create a map of from the list of keywords for the topic provided by Matthias.

2018 139

E-Learning 3.0: Conversation with Ben Werdmuller

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The guest for this third week of Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC was Ben Werdmuller. I took a screenshot from the Hangout, because he has such a winning smile. Just what you need for a difficult topic!

2018 139