The power of silent learners
MARCH 17, 2017
The webinar was run as part of a Nordic Nordplus project, Silent learners – Is lurking working? , investigating how silent or peripheral learners can be better understood even in courses where participation is the focus. This week I attended a webinar which focussed on silent learners.
Exploring the Divided Brain – a 4 day course with Iain McGilchrist. Day 1 (am)
AUGUST 26, 2016
During this course, run by Field & Field , Iain McGilchrist spoke to us twice a day, for an hour and a half at the start of the day and an hour and three quarters in the late afternoon, although these times were flexible and usually ran over. For me, I want to make sense of the course.
The Divided Brain: A four day course with Iain McGilchrist
MARCH 29, 2015
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. which has been the subject of this four day course.
Edinburgh University’s updated Manifesto for Teaching Online – 2015
OCTOBER 21, 2015
Many courses recognise the importance of face-time and try to replicate it online. Online courses are prone to cultures of surveillance. I can think of at least one course I have attended where more surveillance would probably have been a good thing.
#NRC01PL Personal Learning Assistants
APRIL 2, 2016
Intelligent Conversational Bot for Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). 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.
Anticipating new open courses and conferences
AUGUST 29, 2014
There seem, at this time, to be many open courses on offer and conferences of interest. Connected Courses. This has caught my attention because of the number of well-known names involved in the course design. An open, free course being offered by George Veletsianos.
ModPo – Learn how to undo the way in which we read
SEPTEMBER 6, 2014
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). It is a challenging course.
If space is a becoming what kind of spaces do we need for learning?
MAY 13, 2016
Of course Caroline has also published about learning spaces: Haythornthwaite, C. The second keynote at the Networked Learning Conference 2016 was presented by Sian Bayne.
Open teaching and learning
JULY 26, 2015
Of course we will all make mistakes when working online, just as we do face-to-face, but strangely being open online can serve to make us more responsible and accountable than we might be in other offline spaces. Source of image .
ALTMOOCSIG Conference: MOOCs – Which way now?
JUNE 28, 2014
This was a free conference (thank you ALT, Mira Vogel and Fiona Harvey ), but of course there were expenses involved with travelling from Cumbria to London – but it was well worth it. It’s dangerous not to steward courses’ (with reference to Wenger et al.’s MOOCs – Which way now?
Presenting at the 10th Networked Learning Conference, Lancaster
APRIL 27, 2016
We met in the Change11 MOOC run by Stephen Downes and George Siemens and then again in a course run by Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner in which we were both online participants. Bev has just posted a video about this year’s courses.
Drawing to think
JULY 9, 2016
Furthering Higher Education Possibilities through Massive Open Online Courses (pp. 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.
The Pedagogy of ModPo
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
The ModPo team realizes that lots of teachers attend the course looking for ideas on how best to teach poetry in their classrooms. In cMOOCs the students drive the direction of the course. The ModPo team do not believe that they offer a course or a text book.
An Introduction to the Divided Brain – Part 1
MARCH 24, 2015
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. From the course booklet). I have already reserved a place on next year’s course.
Academic Writing as a ‘Desire to Relate’
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
At the same time as being introduced to this video and David Gregson’s work, I have been following Pat Thomson’s blog in which she is sharing how she is running her 8-day writing course in Iceland.
#NRC01PL Personal Learning MOOC Week 1
FEBRUARY 26, 2016
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. Course objectives: participants will develop an appreciation of different models of online course delivery, ranging from the traditional LMS through connectivist MOOCs to potential future models of personal learning and performance support. Course Tag: #NRC01PL.
Pedagogy, practice and learning theory
APRIL 28, 2013
On the Pedagogy First programme (an online course to learn how to teach online) learning theory comes very near the end of the 24 week course (at Week 21), perhaps reflecting a view that theory follows practice, or that theory needs to be understood as a culmination of prior learning.
Principles for Rhizomatic Thinking
JUNE 24, 2014
There was an attempt at self-healing by Rhizo14 participants but apparently the outcome was not satisfactory to those most affected and some people left the course as a result. Some people felt excluded or peripheral to what was going on in the course.
Gardening in open learning environments
SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
Of course, the little I did in my garden yesterday is far from the whole picture when it comes to creating a beautiful garden.
MOOCs – Which Way Now?
MAY 31, 2014
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?
Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed
JANUARY 12, 2014
It has occurred to me that MOOCs (massive open online courses) have something to say about this? ’ This last quote seems to relate, for me, very closely to the philosophy behind the original cMOOCs run my Stephen Downes and George Siemens and to the ideas behind rhizomatic learning which Dave Cormier will discuss in more depth in his open course – Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum – starting on Tues 14th January.
The Divided Brain and the Power of ‘No’
MARCH 29, 2015
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. From the course booklet). Monday 23rd March am.
Why and how I use Twitter
MAY 22, 2016
I realised that it was much easier to follow the hashtag of courses and conferences with Tweetdeck. But apart from following hashtags for conferences, twitter chat and courses, the only thing I find it useful for is links to useful resources and ideas. Source of image.
Making Sense of the Rhizome Metaphor for Teaching and Learning
JUNE 23, 2014
In this post we outline how we will continue our presentation, by sharing what we understand by the rhizome metaphor, a description of the #Rhizo14 course, and an explanation of how we are conducting our research. The other key similarity was that it was an open and free course. -
#NRC01PL Personal Learning MOOC Week 3
MARCH 11, 2016
But for me – it’s all fine, because at the moment I can’t devote my full attention to the course, so I am more of a ‘window shopper’ and ‘sampler’ – two of the labels which have been used to define MOOC groups by some researchers.
The Messiness of Rhizomatic Learning – Words Steal My Intent
JANUARY 26, 2014
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. I was interested in this post about unlearning that I came across yesterday – not related to this course ).
#NRC01PL The Connectivist MOOC – Research and Conclusions
MARCH 17, 2016
There had only been one or two open courses before this and they had not been on the same scale. It is no minor achievement to deliver a course to 160 000 learners, but the teaching and learning in the initial xMOOCs wasn’t innovative.
May 2015 – metaphor, meaning and motion
MAY 30, 2015
Of course I know we were so lucky – no rain, only one day of high winds, a fantastic hotel, amazingly safe cycle routes and lanes with good surfaces, and the stunning tulip fields.
An alternative perspective on the meaning of ‘open’ in Higher Education
APRIL 17, 2013
This could apply to face-to-face courses, as when University lecturers welcome members of the public to attend their lectures, and to online courses, where anyone with an internet connection and the appropriate technology can attend the course. A project initiated by a publishing company to develop online courses for Higher Education, through a highly collaborative international and cross institutional approach.
Growing body of research into MOOCs
OCTOBER 5, 2013
and the call for papers from the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCal) which, ironically, although prestigious is a closed journal – Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Courses. In the last few months the number of published research papers, which focus on MOOCs has significantly increased and this looks to continue. In May eLearning Papers published a special issue on MOOCs – MOOCs and Beyond.
The Hazards of Groups and Group Work
APRIL 28, 2014
All this of course, leads very easily to group think, which in turn constrains autonomy. Last week I came across this fun video, which caused me to reflect once again on the potential problems of groups and group work, both on and offline.
Evaluating open learning scenarios – keynote presentation
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
This learning journey was unexpected and beyond the prescriptive learning programme of her course. The presence/writing was the most difficult set of characteristics to determine, but we knew that we had to consider the trace that learners leave behind them as they move through an open learning environment, or even a more prescribed course. A footprint of a standards driven course (e.g. Now we would like you to think about a course you have recently taught or taken.
April 2015 – de-cluttering and disconnecting
MAY 4, 2015
I have thought a lot about the Divided Brain course that I went on in March, where Iain McGilchrist’s seminars focused on the different world views of the left and right hemispheres, and what we are missing when the left hemisphere dominates at the expense of the right hemisphere.
A difficult task – explaining why I teach
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
My ideas about how to give presentations, how to teach and more importantly how I learn, have of course significantly changed over the years, as you would expect. This question has been posed in Unit 1 of the Connected Courses. Active Co-Learning in Higher Ed open course.
Third Research Paper on Rhizomatic Learning
JULY 6, 2016
Moderation and leadership roles in the design and conduct of de-centred courses. Source of image: Making sense of the Rhizome Metaphor for Teaching and Learning.
The Evolution of Cooperation
FEBRUARY 4, 2013
Week 2 of Howard Rheingold’s course – Towards a Literacy of Cooperation – focuses on the evolution of cooperation. Populations, during the course of evolution move from being largely unco-operative to co-operative and then back to unco-operative in a cycle. Do you start with the big picture (as this course seems to have done) and move towards more personal practice, or do you start with personal practice and move to the big picture?
Structure, agency and hard work
AUGUST 31, 2015
The emergent curriculum: navigating a complex course between unguided learning and planned enculturation. Of course, there is plenty about Berlin that can be related to hard work and structure and agency. Today is my (our) wedding anniversary.
Characteristics of open learning environments
AUGUST 30, 2014
Interestingly, Roy and I occupied very different spaces in this open course/MOOC and therefore on the map. Roy, for the most part, participated in the course forums.
Summer Schools, GIFs and Life Drawing
JULY 26, 2015
I have been enjoying Pat Thomson’s daily blog posts about her 5 day course on the Tate Summer School. I have never made a GIF myself, although I have seen a lot, particularly in the outputs from ds106 – an open online course about Digital Storytelling.
Working in Blackboard
JULY 5, 2015
A bit of context is needed here because others using Blackboard might not have the same issues in their courses and in their institutions. Source of image. Fifteen years ago I was working in an institution which invested in Blackboard as its first VLE.