Inspired by the London Underground maps of Harry Beck. Artwork created by Tristram Ariss

Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

In August 2014, Dr. John Lea, then Head of Academic Professional Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, asked me if I would like to contribute “something on online learning” in his new book, Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Engaging with the Dimensions of Practice, that he was editing. He knew that I did […]

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A Pilgrim’s Progress Report #1

But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange (Shakespeare, 1610, The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2) I was originally going to call this blog post Xenophobia, as in an irrational fear or dislike of the unknown. Unfortunately, it has since become a highly emotive word to describe certain discriminatory practices and inflammatory language. […]

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ICT in Primary Education MOOC

Here I go again, I have only just signed myself up for yet another MOOC with Coursera whilst still doing the EdD (Doctorate in Education), especially as I have hit a crucial stage in terms of putting the ethics application form together along with supporting documents and my research instruments – these being the questionnaire […]

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The Flexing of Flexibility

Background Over the last few weeks I have been posting on the team blog regarding the work undertaken by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) on flexible learning, which has now become a major research theme. The seeds for this theme were sown in 2003 when the UK Government published its’ Higher Education White Paper (DfES, […]

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Reflections on the e-Learning Ecologies MOOC

Well, that was the MOOC that was! According to the course convenors, Dr William Cope and Dr Mary Kalantzis, around 4000 participants signed up to become the second cohort on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign‘s e-Learning Ecologies MOOC on Coursera, which is quite modest compared to the University of Edinburgh‘s e-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC (over […]

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Week 8: Personalisation – Introducing the concept

The e-Learning Ecologies MOOC: Week 8 Question Make a post introducing a differentiated instruction concept. Define the concept and provide at least 1 example of the concept in practice. Be sure to add links or other references and images or other media to illustrate your point. If possible, select a concept that nobody has addressed […]