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Hindsight – training then and now

If my 46 year old self could have mentored my 23 year old self in being a training professional, what would I have said? I’ve been a staff developer in various guises since 1998, stumbling into the profession mostly as an escape route from another plan that hadn’t worked out. I brought with me a […]

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Adam Neely: 14 years on Youtube

I really like Adam Neely’s YouTube stuff as a bass player, and failed muso. His latest video, though, is an interesting reflection on his 14 years as a YouTubing musician. He charts his changing approach to using the platform from charming early-doors stuff in 2006 to the thoughtful, extremely popular material he does now. He […]

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What I think about when I think about maps

Back in January I gave a short presentation to some of my Jisc colleagues on maps and map making. The format of the event meant we could choose anything to talk about and I tried to not make it about storytelling, I really did but… well, you’ll see. Best laid plans and that.

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Geography – so much more than the sum of its parts

It’s a bit of a stereotype that the main transferable skill you learn as a geographer is how to colour stuff in. Ordnance Survey has latched onto the trend for colouring-in for grown-ups and released a set of lines-only PDFs of some of its city maps for that very purpose. So grab your felt-tips and […]

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NSS scores, exams results and the quality of teaching – Twitter conversation

An article in the THE was tweeted by someone that argued National Student Survey scores were not a good enough indicator of teaching quality. While I was on the train to a meeting I tweeted a thought that neither were exam marks. A conversation ensued which I’ve captured here.

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Technology isn’t about to kill map-reading

The Royal Institute of Navigation have been talking about the demise of traditional map reading and navigation skills today. They say that society is being “sedated by software” through the use of GPS and mobile devices. While I’ve got some sympathy with their view I don’t think it’s the whole story. Technology has an important role to play in developing spatial awareness.

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Choosing a university is like buying a telly. Discuss.

First off, choosing a university or college is NOT like buying a telly but something I heard in a presentation today about a learner’s journey through university reminded me of some of the things I thought when we replaced our telly recently. (You remember, the one I mentioned in this post? Of course you do.) It’s […]

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A house of cards? – Netflix as a model for elearning

With so much discussion about scaling up online learning, do we risk losing site of how technology can help us at the small scale as well?

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How “smart” is your smart TV?

TV’s have been a part of our living rooms for many decades and we’ve got used to their status as receivers of information. We now have to adjust to the idea that they are now computers and we should think about them as such.

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Learners and technology: enabled but not empowered?

As learning technologists, are we helping learners to be sufficiently critical of the tools they are using? We may be enabling students to use technology but are we empowering them to make informed choices? We should encourage learners to be as constructively critical of the nature of the technologies they use as the academic literature they read. This means thinking about business models as much as function and safeguarding.