Workshop Notes: #Ethics and #LearningAnalytics

This morning I’m attending a talk given by Sharon Slade about the ethical dimensions of learning analytics (LA), part of a larger workshop devoted to LA at The Open University’s library on the Walton Hall campus. I was a bit late from a previous meeting but Sharon’s slides are pretty clear so I’m just going to …

The Teacher’s Apple

Tess Pajaron sent me the following infographic which attempts to substantiate the claim that Apple is winning the battle for tech presence in the classroom and for use by educators.  You can see the full page at http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/the-teachers-apple/.

Scoop.It Activity!

My Scoop.It activity has gone through the roof in the last 48 hours. I would normally expect maybe half a dozen rescoops in a week and I’ve had forty in the last two days. Here are just the email notifications from this morning… The posts which seem to be getting the most attention are 50 …

Visualizing Philosophy

Partly stemming from my recent exploration of OER visualization, I’ve started to take more of an interest in ways that philosophical ideas have been expressed visually.  Now, obviously many artworks are themselves the expression of philosophical or religious sentiment, and I’m not so focused on there (valuable as they are).  Rather, it’s the attempt to …

Philosophising about Education

A couple of weeks ago I attended the ‘What’s the use of philosophy of education?’ workshop at Liverpool Hope University.  The audio of my presentation can be found here and the slides on a recent blog entry.   I was presenting the research paper which myself and Markus Deimann are working on the moment.  Presentation …

Thoughts on Connectivism as Theory

I’ve just been looking at Beware critics of Connectivism ! Or how I feel connectivism opens up content creation and access by @Ignatia Webs.  It’s doing the rounds on Scoop.It and seems quite popular with lots of comment and re-scooping.  But I remain a bit confused about the allure of Connectivism. As a theory, Connectivism …

H808: Reflection and Learning (Core Activity 2.4)

I’ll be concentrating here on Jenny Moon’s (2005) Guide for Busy Academics – Learning Through Reflection.  I was certainly appreciate of its short length, and it seemed to deliver the key points in an efficient way.  Moon begins with the commonplace idea of reflection, suggesting that we can think of reflection as either purposeful activity …

H808: Reflections on Core Activity 2.2

Experience of the Task From the perspective of someone who has put together a significant number of portfolios for academic assessment before, I must say that I have generally found them to be more of a box-ticking exercise than a tool for reflection.  However, it quickly became evident that there were many different drivers at …

H808 1st Impressions

I’ve (somewhat belatedly) started a new OU course, H808 – The e-learning professional. One of the first things we’ve been asked to do is blog about our first impressions of the course, so here goes! I’m a bit concerned about the amount of time I will need to invest in studying, but I still want …