Thinking aloud: MS Teams, Domain of One’s Own and EdTech

Back in 08 Myself, Cormier and Stiles asked a question about virtual learning environments (VLEs). Extinction or Evolution? Some might have seen the question as a tautology, certainly at the time of writing we anticipated that the VLE of 10 years later would have evolved and changed and look very different, but have the same…

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Leading Change in Libraries: A keynote for UXLibs 2

We all have experience of change initiatives at one level or another. After being involved in more than 200 change projects across the higher education sector, and working with senior staff at more than 60 universities, this keynote was trying to communicate some general principles around leading change. A lot of people helped me in…

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Individual as Institution

Changing natures Access to a ready means of publishing, social media is being used by a cohort of academics and academic related staff that can be identified and recognised through the  online promotion and increased visibility of their work; and importantly interaction and collaboration with others. This kind of activity has lead to success, with…

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A possible lens for deployment strategies in institutions for JISC artefacts

The Visitor and Resident project is yielding important data about behaviours in digital environments and the real world. Understanding behaviours around technologies is not new and work around digital literacy is an ongoing theme across education. But digital literacy is only the start of the process and many people are no longer identifying skill sets…

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Support isn’t just “noise on a spreadsheet”!

Recently I was chatting with a colleague working in the sector who reflected: “When I worked in IT support in a Computer Science Department (nearly 20 years ago now), the department was up for a re-organisation. My role, and those of the rest of the IT admin people, were described by the then Head of…

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