If teachers, or rather more broadly 'educators', in order to embrace teachers, tutors, lecturers and others across all formal teaching sectors, are to be any kind of 'scientist' or 'engineer' then not only do they need to be qualified and certified, but they need to be paid accordingly - we are not. A previous Vice-Chancellor … Continue reading The world is our classroom
A review These days I takes a book to make me stop and think. Anyone who’s old enough will have seen the disruption caused by technological change all before - my 126 grandfather saw it all, his father, born in 1867 felt it more severely: off the land, groom, head groom, trained as mechanic and … Continue reading The Future of the Professions
[SUSSKIND, D. (2020). A world without work: technology, automation, and how we should respond.] I first came across Daniel Susskind when he gave a keynote speech in November 2020 at EdTech. He introduced ‘A World Without Work’ - the research for which he used in his presentation. I could have had the eBook moments after … Continue reading Daniel Susskind: A World Without Work
We need to open libraries, keep school LRCs and Learning Zones open. And if needs be open unused Town Halls and other spaces that have reliable broadband and can be set up as supervised, safe and quite places to study. I work in FE and HE as a learning technologist which puts me in the … Continue reading Students wanting to study need the kit and the place – this is rarely at home.
An astonishing and unique autobiography that exposes the depth and violence between segregation in the US 1900 to 1940s.
Xina Gooding Broderick > http://bit.ly/391ZVFs. “You didn’t set aside sufficient time to complete your course”. The answer she says is to create a timetable and don’t be too harsh on yourself. If you have to, change the times.“You didn’t realise it would be as challenging as it is”. Here she refers to Barbara Oakley and … Continue reading Five Reasons people don’t complete their course – from the wonderful Xina Gooding Broderick
Dr Anthony Claire died three years ago. Do you remember him from BBC Radio 4? I've put this together from a replay of an old BBC radio programme and an article from the Times with Gyles Brandreth. If you have plans for 2021 why not aim for the greatest challenge of all ' happiness? Number … Continue reading Seven ways to Happiness
The Master of Arts : Open & Distance Education module ‘H817: Openness in Elearning’ has run each year for some ten years and is on its last outing this February. I completed the MAODE and this module in the early summer 2013. I would go on to take a further two modules to complete all … Continue reading Exploring Open Educational Resources
Fig.1. For online learning to work you need scaffolding - Drawing by Simon Fieldhouse Levels of interaction and support Drop out rates from 20-50% for online courses ... more than for traditional courses. A full breakdown of the figures, how prepared, representing which institutions and student groups would be helpful. Anyone can use a statistic if … Continue reading How to improve retention – scaffolding, mentors, interaction and community
[I was two years into a three year part-time MA in Open and Distance Education when I wrote this in 2012]. Had this been the title of a post-graduate diploma in e–learning it would have been precisely what I was looking for a decade ago – the application of theory, based on research and case … Continue reading How people learn and the implications for design