Weaving the Web: Launch of the Tilburg University Science Junction

Making CommunitySense

Today, Tilburg University’s Science Junction was launched: The Children’s University aims to work together with regional schools to develop curriculums and teaching materials for more gifted primary school students from groups 7 and 8 (age 10 to 12).

At School, Collaboration is Cheating

Michael Sampson - Currents

Remember at school, "working together" was taken as cheating, and we got punished for that. Perhaps this is changing - as Evan talks about in his recent post entitled "Changing Education" - as some universities are taking a different approach: " Businesses face challenges in becoming collaborative partly because traditional education systems often discourage collaboration. Many universities are seeking to reinvent themselves to preserve their relevance.

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A Social Theory of Learning, Schools and Landscapes of Practice

Jenny Connected

Should we teach trainee teachers about learning theories before we send them into school and let them loose on children, or should we send them into school and engage them in practice, before we introduce them to learning theories? So another question that was raised in the Academic BEtreat was - is a school classroom a community of practice? Cambridge University Press). Cambridge University Press).

Twitter for School Staff Professional Development


All school staff benefit from engagement with continuing professional development (CPD) – keeping up to date in their subject and curriculum area, and in teaching approaches and methods.

More Years of Schooling for Fewer and Fewer Jobs

How to Save the World

T his week’s (July 9/16) New Yorker has a terrific one-page summary by James Surowiecki of why so many job vacancies are left unfilled “for want of any sufficiently qualified candidates” while so many people (especially young people with university degrees) are unable to find work.

A new paper on Emergent Learning in IRRODL

Jenny Connected

We are hoping that through this work we will be able to work collaboratively with others to examine a variety of curricula and learning environments (from curricula in more formal settings such as schools and Higher Education, to more informal settings such as MOOCs), and so further develop our understanding of the factors that lead to different degrees of emergent or prescribed learning.

Reflecting on a month in China

Jenny Connected

As I overheard one tourist saying – ‘China never fails to surprise’ Our final 10 days were spent back in Beijing at the Foreign Studies University, where my husband was lecturing in leadership and talking to students about their aspirations for future study. Despite the one-child per family policy, which was very noticeable in Beijing, particularly when children are being collected from school at the end of the day, China’s cities are very crowded.

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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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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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Guest Post: Net-Map in cultural development in Germany

Net-Map Toolbox

In order to achieve these goals, the Institute for Cultural Policy engaged Robert Peper, a PhD-student from the Leuphana University of Lueneburg, who is trained in visual social network analysis. Missing relations could be located e.g. between artists and schools.

Visiting with University of Puerto Rico librarians

Learning Alliances

But, in more ways than one, it was really cool inside the library at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras , where all of my friends from high school went to college. It was really hot on August 13, the last day of my vacation visiting my brothers in Puerto Rico.

Nohria new dean at Harvard Business School

Endless Knots

Harvard University President Drew Faust just announced that Nitin Nohria , an insightful academic who early on recognized the importance of. From the announcement* on the B-school's site: A scholar of leadership and organizational change, Nohria has. previously been the School's senior associate dean for faculty. networks to global business strategy, is the new dean of HBS. "He's an outstanding scholar, teacher, and mentor, with a global.

Promoting discussion in FutureLearn MOOCs

Jenny Connected

This was the title of a lunchtime seminar I attended last week in the Educational Research Department of Lancaster University, UK. Given that he works for Lancaster University Phil is well placed to explore social learning in FutureLearn MOOCs.

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A You-Shaped Space in the Universe

Net-Map Toolbox

Maybe it’s because I’m German, but where I come from, school is mainly about trying to standardize minds, every kid is supposed to produce comparably good results in every subject. So, is it all about finding (or carving out) a “you-shaped space in the universe The “ Perfect Mess ” has started a train of thoughts for me about how and why successful and happy people become successful and happy.

#FLvirtualrome : An exciting MOOC about Ancient Rome

Jenny Connected

At school I had to choose between history and geography for my ‘O’ levels (that dates me!) In my school days history was memorising dates and facts and I have always had a terrible memory!

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Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams

The Bumble Bee

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina recently published a useful white paper on the topical area of developing skills for virtual teams. It is available online and in PDF. What I found most interesting was the section on Virtual Team Challenges. Virtual Teams

#SOCRMx Week 7: Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research

Jenny Connected

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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Organising Knowledge » Knowledge Organisation Systems

Green Chameleon

He had just retired as Professor at the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London when I went there to do my Master’s in the mid-80s.

How Social Networking Tools Enable Heutagogy in Learning Organisations


. Imagine one day you read this quote: ‘ The way we teach in our schools isn’t the way I think you create successful (and happy) adults, it’s the way you create the society we’ve had until now.’

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Social Media Use Continues to Expand in US Higher Education

Portals and KM

Colleges and universities are using social media, especially social networking sites, not simply to recruit but also to research the backgrounds and activities of prospective students. Additionally, schools are now moving away from some tools and embracing others, demonstrating a more strategic approach to their online communications. In 2009-2010 that number rose to 95% and in the latest study, 100% of colleges and universities studied are now using some form of social media.

If space is a becoming what kind of spaces do we need for learning?

Jenny Connected

Sian’s argument is that we need to get away from the idea that the architecture of a university is the authentic space making distance education a less authentic space. She said that sedentarism is still driving universities. 2016) ‘Away from the university’.

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IMT 586: Information Dynamics at the University of Washington

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

If you are a University of Washington graduate student interested in understanding the impact of information feedback on the systems in which we live and work, check out this winter's IMT 586 (also offered as INSC 586). For any of you, studying system dynamics (okay, it's offered in the Information School , so we call it Information Dynamics) offers a great opportunity to learn a new way to make sense of the challenges we face and to find and test solutions.

New publication: The “Kids’ Knowledge Base”: Connecting Junior Science to Society

Making CommunitySense

The Hague University of Applied Sciences , pp.108-111. Universities try to reinforce their connections with society in many different ways. The online “Kids’ Knowledge Base” is a key instrument for presenting showcases of various scientific fields to primary school children, thereby aiming to pique their curiosity. Just published: A. de Moor (2014), The “Kids’ Knowledge Base”: Connecting Junior Science to Society. In Proc.

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Knowledge Sharing for Social Innovation: The Dutch Tilburg Regional Case

Making CommunitySense

On October 21st, I gave a guest lecture at Rutgers University , USA, having been invited by the Communication Department, the MCIS Program, and the Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation and Design. A video recording of my presentation, and an interview by the School of Communication and Information with my host, Mark Aakhus , are still to follow.

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

Jenny Connected

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? From the work that I do with different Universities, not just in the UK, but also around the world, I don’t think so, at least not yet.

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The Tilburg story of knowledge sharing for social innovation

Making CommunitySense

Last October, I gave an invited talk at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University , USA. Experiment: Tilburg University Language Center Students.

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Teaching English with Technology – does it work? Part 1

e-Moderation Station

The research referenced below is from my recent book Focus on Learning Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016). It included a focus on the impact of student characteristics, and home and school contexts on levels of computer literacy, both within and between countries.

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Winning! The DigiLit Leicester Project


Our project is a partnership between Leicester City Council, De Montfort University and the 23 Leicester Building Schools for the Future (BSF) mainstream and SEN secondary schools.

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Phase I Knowledge and Innovation Network at Warwick Business School

John Tropea - Delicious Community

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Social Networks Laboratory : School of Behavioural Science : MDHS : UM

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

New York: Cambridge University Press. Social Networks working paper No 1/05: Psychology Department, University of Melbourne. Social networks working paper No 2/05: Psychology Department, University of Melbourne. University of Melbourne.


Ken Carroll » Blog Archive » Here Comes ItalianPod

Ken Carroll

New definitions of mobile learning » Here Comes ItalianPod Harold Jarche writes about how the traditional ‘business model’ of the universities is under pressure. richest) universities are too wealthy for their own good. Ken Carroll networks, languages, and learning 2.0

Connected Libraries: project summary and recommendations


As ICT Strategy Lead (Children's Capital) at Leicester City Council, I'm responsible for investment, management and development work relating to technology on the city-wide secondary school building programme. All Leicester BSF schools were invited to participate. 6 schools took part.

Autism and Technology Enhanced Learning

Jenny Connected

Do new technologies transform or enhance teaching and learning? This is the question discussed by Paul Prinsloo in his interesting blog post.

Free webinar on Twitter for Australian Teachers – PIL Microsoft Teachers

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Building Lists from University Lecturers to Media Education Journalists to students in the classroom. The importance of Klout score to school leavers and graduate .

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

Jenny Connected

So what is the incentive for University lecturers and teachers to create their own OER? This image is a screenshot taken from a YouTube video – [link].

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KM Australia 2015 – The Discovery and Re-Discovery of Knowledge, plus Six Workshop Opportunities

Michael Sampson - Currents

Facilitated by: Eight Leading KM Professionals from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs,Transport and Resources, University of Melbourne and Birchip Consulting Group. Facilitated by: Michael Sutton, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, Westminister College. KM Australia is happening in Melbourne in a couple of weeks (August 4-6). The theme for this year is “The Discovery and Re-Discovery of Knowledge.”

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Teaching English with Technology – does it work? Part 2

e-Moderation Station

The research cited below is from my recent book Focus on Learning Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016). Here is how it worked: The study compared the use of mobile devices out of the class to support vocabulary acquisition with a paper-based in-school-only control group.

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#NRC01PL Personal Learning Assistants

Jenny Connected

A few years ago, whilst working as a consultant for the University of Birmingham, I saw these robots (the ones in the first image in this post) being used to support children on the autism spectrum in a forward thinking Birmingham school. Source of image (see Footnote).

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How Data Drives Effective Decision Making

Portals and KM

The article then focused on research conducted by new research led by Erik Brynjolfsson , an economist at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brynjolfsson and his colleagues, Lorin Hitt, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Heekyung Kim, a graduate student at M.I.T.,

The Inside Scoop on the International Association of Business Communicators Conference

Partnering Resources

“The meaning that matters is in the eye of the beholder,” said Rebecca Weintraub of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. In June, I traveled to Washington, DC for my first International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) conference.

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