Socratic Method, Mazur and ‘Peer Learning’

I realise I haven’t been keeping up with blogging here (the perennial blogging complaint), mainly because I’ve been contributing blogs to the OER Research Hub project.  But I think there should be a bit more activity here as well as a bit of cross-posting (oh for the ability to re-blog between .com and .org installs […]

JiME Reviews Feb 2012

We currently have the following books available for review at the Journal of Interactive Media in Technology.  Please forward these details to anyone who might be interested in being a reviewer for us.  If you’d like to nominate yourself as a reviewer, please email rob.farrow [at] or tweet philosopher1978. Dede, Chris and Richards, John […]

Innovating Pedagogy

The recently published Innovating Pedagogy report explores contemporary and innovative forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. Here are the different sections of the report: About Assessment for learning Badges to accredit learning Learning analytics MOOCs New pedagogy for e-books Personal inquiry learning […]

Hornsey: research & self-consciousness

‎What do you do with a quote when you’re not sure what else to do with it?  Stick it on your blog, of course… there’s an interesting parallel to the Friere/Fromm quote here and also some overlap the forthcoming paper on OER and Bildung that I am writing with Markus Deimann.  Thanks to Matthew Bowman […]

Freire & Fromm on ‘Necrophily’

Just reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed and had to make a note of this quote.  Freire encourages us to adopt the general thesis that “only through communication can hold meaning” and suggests that in pedagogical situations the teacher may only authenticate their own thoughts through the thoughts of their students.  Hence “authentic thinking, thinking that […]

Philosophical Pedagogy: Wittgenstein

Philosophical pedagogy is unusual in that the learner is being encouraged by the teacher to think for themselves and develop critical skills rather than absorb a certain concept or datum.  Here’s a report on Wittgenstein’s teaching style that I read today.  According to two of his students, this is how Wittgenstein described his own teaching […]