Development not Training: an approach to social media for leaders

The Jisc Digital Leaders course is running again in May. Whenever we have run the course we have always had lots of questions about social media, especially Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin (sic). These three particular platforms perhaps embody one of the key issues – and causes of angst – for many people both working in education […]

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Satellite tagging saving wildlife

There are times when my role in education technology and my personal life as a conservationist and Environmental Science graduate feel poles apart. But occasionally I am reminded how the affordances of technology impact across so many aspects of our lives, and how the advances being made can benefit things that we are passionate about, […]

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What cats taught me about project management

Recently we held a really fun day of internal talks around a variety of issues. I chose to build on the metaphor that Amber Thomas first suggested around “cats and dead birds”. I have used this before in workshops, but I wanted to build on it, and with limited time available (max 10 minutes) this […]

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Many Bothans died to bring us this information*

*(Spoiler) No Bothans were harmed in writing this post – but if Rogue One taught us anything its that archives and libraries are dangerous places Lots of colleagues and friends are writing blogs at this time of year, reviews and “top 10 tech to watch in 2017” type things. I really enjoyed reading Martin Weller’s […]

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#Codesign16: The story so far – Next Gen Digital Learning Environments

#Codesign16 Launched on 31st October, so far the hashtag has appeared over 4000 times and discussion across all the challenges has been lively. The area I am leading is Next Generation Digital Learning Environments, receiving over 600 tweets and a dozen blog posts from across the sector. We asked a range of questions, including: What […]

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Analytics & Narratives

This post is Co-Authored with Dave Cormier The importance of storytelling in organisational change is sometimes overlooked, this post, and especially today, is written with Andrew Asher and Donna Lanclos in mind, who capture the stories in and around libraries to enhance the student experience. In 2016 the predictive and explanatory power of analytics have […]

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Discussion: Next Generation Digital Learning Environments

We think its time to take the next stepsThis week Jisc launched #Codesign16 , a consultation to find the next big ideas for technology in education and research. We have identified 6 challenges from the visions that you helped us develop, which we think pose interesting opportunities for our members. We want to find out […]

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Virtual fieldwork and equivalent experiences

I thought I’d left this debate behind a while ago, but recently I noticed that “reasonable adjustments” and “equivalent experiences” have appeared in learning technology discussions. I should say that I think learning technologists have the best of intentions, but I also think that there are approaches that will lead to two tier provision, either […]

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Presence, Digital, Well-Being, People

I have written recently about two areas of thinking around Digital Environments – How lecturers (and others) exist in relation to other people in learning spaces, how they are present; and also some of the technology approaches we are taking with regards to building new environments, such as analytics and adaptive algorithms. I started drafting […]

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