Jenny Connected

Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

Last week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of 15 minute podcasts over five days on the topic of Truth.

2018 221

Visiting Rome with a Wheelchair User

Jenny Connected

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 184

Understanding ‘Betweenness’ – seeing beyond the parts

Jenny Connected

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 176

Edusemiotics, the Divided Brain and Connectivism

Jenny Connected

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 219

‘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’. We did this in the context of open, online education environments, which we suggested can be both inclusive and exclusive.

2018 151

There are No Things. There are patterns.

Jenny Connected

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

2018 205

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

Jenny Connected

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

2017 214

PhD by Publication – Selection of Papers

Jenny Connected

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).

2017 199

Why do a PhD by Publication?

Jenny Connected

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

#OpenEdMOOC – Final thoughts

Jenny Connected

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

2017 164

#SOCRMx: Week 4 – Discourse Analysis

Jenny Connected

(Click on image for source). In Week 4 the Introduction to Social Research Methods course requires participants to move on and 1) reflect on a chosen method, and 2) test our ability to identify specific information about methods in a given research paper.

2017 164

Human Existence is Difficult. Existentialism and Phenomenology.

Jenny Connected

What does it mean to live an authentic, fully human life? What distinguishes us from other animals? Are we truly set apart in some way? How should we think of ourselves? What are we? What should we do?

2018 130

#openedMOOC begins October 1st

Jenny Connected

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

2017 169

Living in an Algorithmic World

Jenny Connected

Two recent conferences, re:publica 18 in Berlin (May 2-4) and Theorising the Web 2018 in New York (April 27 th /28 th ) have featured the influence of algorithms on today’s world.

2018 130

When Inclusion Excludes ….

Jenny Connected

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.

2018 141

Harmony and hope as pedagogies for 2018

Jenny Connected

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

2017 151

Questions about online ‘openness’

Jenny Connected

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?

2015 247

Critical Examination of MOOCs by Jeremy Knox

Jenny Connected

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.

2016 205

Working in Blackboard

Jenny Connected

Source of image. Fifteen years ago I was working in an institution which invested in Blackboard as its first VLE. Looking back, I remember how relieved I was when the institution got Blackboard. We had been running a distance learning programme by email and paper correspondence.

2015 250

#OpenedMOOC Week 6: The Triumph of the Immaterial

Jenny Connected

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

The power of silent learners

Jenny Connected

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.

2017 179

Trust in the steps. Focussed and whole picture thinking

Jenny Connected

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.

2018 130

The changing role of the online teacher

Jenny Connected

As I mentioned in my last post , I was recently invited by Lisa Lane to write a blog post for her Programme for Online Teaching blog. For details about the programme see the website: Program for Online Teaching .

2015 248

Iain McGilchrist and the divided brain

Jenny Connected

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.

2018 130

Death is a friend of life

Jenny Connected

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.

2018 130

Promoting discussion in FutureLearn MOOCs

Jenny Connected

. 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.

2017 141

Teaching and Learning in 2017 and beyond

Jenny Connected

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.

2017 141

Diversity is hard

Jenny Connected

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.

PhD by Publication

Jenny Connected

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.

2017 164

Open teaching and learning

Jenny Connected

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 232

Skills for ‘Being’ in a Digital Age

Jenny Connected

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

Photography and ‘Living in the Moment’

Jenny Connected

Last weekend I walked across Morecambe Bay with two friends. This is a wonderful experience.

2015 223

#NRC01PL Personal Learning Assistants

Jenny Connected

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.

2016 201

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

Jenny Connected

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.

2017 141

#openedMOOC Week 1: The value of ‘open’

Jenny Connected

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

Jenny Connected

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.

2017 151

Shake up your life

Jenny Connected

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).

2015 213

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

Jenny Connected

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).

2014 252

#FLvirtualrome : An exciting MOOC about Ancient Rome

Jenny Connected

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.

2017 130

cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

Jenny Connected

As xMOOCs become more successful and begin to experiment with pedagogies that go beyond the didactic video lecture approach, I have been trying to understand the essential differences between the original connectivist MOOCs such as CCK08 and the current xMOOCs such as those offered by Coursera.

Crafting Research

Jenny Connected

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.

2017 130

Third Research Paper on Rhizomatic Learning

Jenny Connected

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.,

2016 184

How does the ModPo MOOC enable or create a community?

Jenny Connected

In this final week of the third iteration of the Modern and Contemporary American Poetry MOOC – Al Filreis (the MOOC convener) has asked ModPo participants how the ModPo community works: I am now here in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and will be presenting about ModPo at a conference here.

2014 241