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Higher Education in 2025

Jenny Connected

On November 3 rd Frances Bell and I will be at Southampton University’s ILIaD Inaugural Conference. Here is the programme and this is the information about the conference provided by the University. How will research shape our educational offer? The Purpose of Education.

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An alternative perspective on the meaning of ‘open’ in Higher Education

Jenny Connected

With the rise of MOOCs there has been much speculation about the meaning of ‘open’, particularly with respect to the Higher Education business model. 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. Will this mean the end of Universities as we know them?

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The Divided Brain: implications for education

Jenny Connected

I was fortunate to be able to attend this public lecture by Iain McGilchrist at Edinburgh University yesterday evening. Our attention is responsive to the world, but the world is responsive to our attention.

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The 10 Principles of Social Media for Education

Evolving Web

After the 10 Principles of Social Media for Business came out, people began to engage us on different real-world applications. One of these was the University of Lisbon who asked for a brief thought-exercise. They wanted us to think of ways the 10 Principles would apply to education.

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World Autism Awareness Day

Jenny Connected

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. This has mostly been with Birmingham University’s Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) where the work has involved. working on writing online training materials, such as those currently being produced for the Autism Education Trust , working with Scottish Autism to support the development of a community of practice to share best practice across distributed services, and.

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Dave Snowden on The 21st Century University

Jenny Connected

We have been seduced by machines, leading to an education system dominated by input/output models (promoted by some types of systems thinking) and a view of the brain as an information-processing device (see All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace ). We need more generalists, people with a mix of generalised and deep knowledge, for working in a complex world – people who can work quickly across subjects and in contexts of high levels of uncertainty.

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Cetis 2013 Keynote - Digital Citizenship: Underpinning Open Education

SocialTech

Centre For Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards, are. organisations many countries in the world are rightly envious of. It's also great to be speaking in and supporting Open Education Week , and to be part of a worldwide community who are committed to promoting and.

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Connected Learning in an Open World

Jenny Connected

On Tuesday I spent the day at the University of Greenwich’s APT2014 Conference , the reason for the trip. Open’ means open in all senses, particularly in the sense of open sharing of thought processes, and should be the default position in Universities.

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Student learning in a turbulent age

Jenny Connected

View towards the Royal Liver Building and the Mersey from the 5th floor of the Redmonds Building, Liverpool John Moores University. The title of his talk was: A University for Learning: considering the present and glimpsing the future. How will these ideas impact on Higher Education?

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Beyond Institutions – Personal Learning in a Networked World

Jenny Connected

In this presentation I look at the needs and demands of people seeking learning with the models and designs offered by traditional institutions, and in the spirit of reclaiming learning describe a new network-based system of education with the learner managing his or her education. Autonomy rather than control is the essential in education. The University will be a box in your living room.

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LJMU FabLab: A place to play, to create, to learn

Jenny Connected

Accredited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, FabLab Liverpool is a physical space located in the School of Art and Design which provides access to the tools and knowledge to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make almost anything.

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Access to a world of practice

Learning Alliances

How communities of practice give us access to observing, orienting, deciding, and acting in a world of practice. And the world changes as communities evolve. Thanks to Noah Sparks, a student at Pepperdine University, for getting me to think of how ice skaters learn.).

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cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

Jenny Connected

The original cMOOCs are based on long standing principles of open education and use open educational resources , i.e. they do not create content to go into the course, they use content that is already ‘out there’ on the web and ‘open’ and link to it.

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Changing Dynamics in Learning at University

Michael Sampson - Currents

The key finding is that how students study and learn is changing: " While most universities advocate that students work no more than 12-16 hours per week while enrolled in a full time course, almost a third of students who maintain a full time job are working 16 hours or more per week according to the survey, which questioned both higher education and further education students across the UK. University isn't the only place to learn these things anymore.

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New Publication: Public Libraries as Social Innovation Catalysts

Making CommunitySense

We show how we did an initial validation of the method using the results of two exploratory workshops with professionals in the Dutch public library world. Filed under: education , libraries , social innovation , universities. education libraries social innovation universities Just published: A. de Moor and R. van den Assem (2013), Public Libraries as Social Innovation Catalysts. In Proc.

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#fslt12 MOOC – Registration

Jenny Connected

Although the development of the First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC is still a work in progress, the course is now open for Registration – [link]. ‘First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ is a free online course, which will run from 21 May to 22 June 2012 , and will introduce new and aspiring lecturers to teaching and professional development in higher education.

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#fslt12 MOOC – Registration

Jenny Connected

Although the development of the First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC is still a work in progress, the course is now open for Registration – [link]. ‘First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ is a free online course, which will run from 21 May to 22 June 2012 , and will introduce new and aspiring lecturers to teaching and professional development in higher education.

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A World With No One In Control

How to Save the World

This is perhaps one of the reasons we humans loathe complexity, and try to oversimplify everything so that we can presume and pretend to understand it and control our world. Hertzberg reminds us that back in the 1960s we blamed “the system” for what was wrong with the world.

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Beyond Assessment – Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Jenny Connected

Keynote presentation delivered to 12th ePortfolio, Open Badges and Identity Conference , University of Greenwich, Greenwich, UK. Beyond Assessment – Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World. Beyond Institutions – Personal Learning in a Networked World.

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#fslt Expression of Interest and Assessment

Jenny Connected

Here is a bit more information about the First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC being planned by Oxford Brookes University to run from 21 st May to 22 nd June 2012. Quite a number of people have completed this online form – [link] and we already have a wonderful mix of people from all over the world interested in the MOOC. EdDevMOOC #change11 #fslt12 #phdchat Higher Education institutions of higher education learning MOOC teaching

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Working in Blackboard

Jenny Connected

The context is the development of an online MA in Education. university administrators, and instructors. In September last year Audrey Watters gave a talk to Newcastle University – Beyond the LMS , where she ended up by saying …. Source of image.

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The Business Model for MOOCs

Jenny Connected

And it seems that this question is currently being considered by others on and off the net – see for example the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. I was very interested at the conference in the session presented by Melissa Highton on OERs and Staff Development at University of Oxford. Through their iTunesU open lectures (videos and podcasts) Oxford University now has strong links with their alumni and prospective students.

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Recording of Etienne Wenger’s talk

Jenny Connected

Here is the link to the talk given by Etienne Wenger to Lancaster University, UK last month – Learning in and across landscapes of practice. Theory in social sciences is a way of talking about the world. How do you manage your identity in world which is so complex and where there are so many mountains to climb? The world is full of boundaries. Travelling across hills and valleys of landscapes of practice is what makes the world an interesting place.

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F-Suites for C-Suites: 4 Futures Thinking Toolkits To Help C-Suite Leaders Thrive in a World of Change « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

F-Suites for C-Suites: 4 Futures Thinking Toolkits To Help C-Suite Leaders Thrive in a World of Change. It’s running a real-time simulation of the world 24/7, creating stories, scenarios, predictions of what could happen next and how a situation might play out. The World Cafe.

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Calling Up for a Reboot of the Education System – Today!

Elsua

Specially, that one clip that touches base on one of my passions: Education. And even more when that video was all about calling up for a reboot of the current education system. Education? education is somewhat dire [.] ", with one single hope: "[.]

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The Metamovement: Moving Beyond Marches and People in the Street

How to Save the World

Free and universal access to health. Free and universal access to education. Mark all ‘underwater’ mortgages down to current market value of property; Student loan amnesty; Extinguish third world and oppressive international debts. Free universal health care.

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What If Everything Ran Like the Internet?

How to Save the World

To answer the first question, the Internet is a “ world of ends “, where the important things happen at the edges — and everything is an edge. Learning about what we have to offer the world (our gifts and our passions) personally and collectively.

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Education Technology Action Group consultation

SocialTech

Last Monday I was invited to Sanctuary House to contribute to two face to face meeting relating to the Data and Infrastructure strand identified by the Education Technology Action Group (ETAG) as one of its three key workstreams. the current gap between educational policy and the social, political and economic impact of technologies, and 2. Scotland and Wales are both supporting Open Education initiatives at country-wide level.

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A-Z of authors I have learned from this year

Jenny Connected

Ashwin, Paul – Analysing Teaching-Learning Interactions in Higher Education: Accounting for Structure and Agency. Biesta, Gert – The Beautiful Risk of Education. Edwards, Richard – Knowledge Infrastructures and the Inscrutability of Openness in Education.

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Is education always behind the times?

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

When I was at the university, I majored in electrical engineering and math. One of those was The Education of Henry Adams. One of the lessons I drew from both of these is that our educations don't prepare us well for the world in which we find ourselves. Perhaps the lesson is that our educations, as important as they are, always teach us about the problems of the last generation. Taken at face value, my education prepared me for a world that's no longer visible.

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Evaluation SURFnet pilot Active Worlds

Making CommunitySense

SURFnet provides a high-quality network specifically intended for higher education and research in the Netherlands. It is a subsidiary of the SURF organisation, in which Dutch universities, universities for applied sciences and research centres collaborate nationally and internationally on innovative ICT facilities. One of its R&D topics is how to use virtual worlds in higher education. Posted in e-learning, events, SURFnet, virtual worlds.

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Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge

Jenny Connected

This week Professor Glynis Cousin from Wolverhampton University spoke at Lancaster University about her long-standing interest and research into threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge. As a consequence of comprehending a threshold concept there may thus be a transformed internal view of subject matter, subject landscape, or even world view. They often do not understand the rules of engagement of being a University or College student.

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Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge

Jenny Connected

This week Professor Glynis Cousin from Wolverhampton University spoke at Lancaster University about her long-standing interest and research into threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge. As a consequence of comprehending a threshold concept there may thus be a transformed internal view of subject matter, subject landscape, or even world view. They often do not understand the rules of engagement of being a University or College student.

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How Social Networking Tools Enable Heutagogy in Learning Organisations

Elsua

Imagine if you then read this other quote at some point in time later on: ‘ I don’t want to grow up and 30 years later find out that I’m an office worker unhappy in life and that hasn’t done anything to improve this world. No wonder the current education system is totally broken.

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The place of ‘the teacher’ in relation to open content

Jenny Connected

Web Concepts: Change in Education and the Laws of the Web . It was the startling fact that India (where more than half the population is under the age of 20) needs 37000 new universities within the next 10 years (as of today, 4 new universities a week) if it is going to meet the education demands of it’s growing population. Evidently Sir John Daniel as long ago as 1996 warned that traditional universities cannot create enough supply.

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The place of ‘the teacher’ in relation to open content

Jenny Connected

Web Concepts: Change in Education and the Laws of the Web . It was the startling fact that India (where more than half the population is under the age of 20) needs 37000 new universities within the next 10 years (as of today, 4 new universities a week) if it is going to meet the education demands of it’s growing population. Evidently Sir John Daniel as long ago as 1996 warned that traditional universities cannot create enough supply.

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Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Jenny Connected

An email notification of a forthcoming conference at the University of Central Lancashire (uclan) – Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: changing lives and transforming communities (28th April -1st May 2014), prompted me to take my copy of ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ off the bookshelf and remind myself of its contents. This, and my career in education, makes a lot of what he writes strongly resonate.

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Drawing to think

Jenny Connected

Next week I will attend a one day symposium at Lancaster University on ‘The Materiality of Nothing’. Across the arts and sciences that we call ‘zero’, ‘absence’ or ‘nothing’ remains a potent and powerful entity shaping the way we make sense of the world.

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Exploring the Divided Brain – a 4 day course with Iain McGilchrist. Day 1 (am)

Jenny Connected

We each attend to the world from our own perspective, from our own right and left hemispheres. Its purpose is to demonstrate that the universe doesn’t work by the law of parsimony. This is the world of the right hemisphere. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.

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Shocker of a site: StudentRights.com.au

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

This is Australia’s social, educational and commercial network for students only. The Student Rights ANZ prepaid Visa card offers students the ability to load and reload funds for purchases anywhere Visa is accepted world-wide. Tip: next time, if you are serious, get the Universities on board. Technorati Tags: community , Nandos , studentrights , studentrights.com.au , students , university. Education

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