Being human in a time of crisis

a network of people

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. Troilus and Cressida Co-authored with Donna Lanclos and Peter Bryant There’s been worry, anger, fear, snark, genuine excitement and lots of emotions in between and around those as responses to what educators need to do to interact with each other, and their students, now that we…

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A Provocation for Digital Leadership

A line drawing of a unicorn

On 6th December 2019 Jisc launched a Digital Leadership community.  As the instigator of the Jisc work in this space I was invited to offer some provocations to kick the community off. I have been around the education technology space for a while, and I thought a retrospective on my personal pursuit of EdTech Unicorns…

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Creativity and Innovation: #TESS2019

Toronto

The Theme for eCampusOntario’s TESS2019 was Level Up Online Learning for Ontario: Experimentation and Impact It was a 2 day event, day 1 showcasing online learning from colleges and universities across Ontario in the form of presentations, panels, and ignite sessions, day 2 was a highly interactive, small group learning experience on H5P, a free…

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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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Inspired by a Possum

Inspired by an anonymous possum is not normally how I would start a blog post,  but the incongruous “EdTech Possum” tweeted sometime in July about Twitter and specifically Tweetchats. Well the first statement “Twitter is not a Personal Learning Network” is contextual, clearly for this particular marsupial, no it probably isn’t. But it is for…

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Changing the narrative: bell curves and refusal

Donna Lanclos just gave a keynote on “refusal”. It sounds quite negative, but we’d been chatting about the idea, and refusal as act of engagement is something we see a lot of in the sector. Most often we dismiss it, consigning those who refuse change to “not wanting to change”, or “lazy”, or “they don’t…

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