#EdTechRations – Emergency Rations

Back in 2014, I contributed a book chapter to David Hopkins‘ excellent book The Really Useful #EdTechBook. The book was incredibly well-received within the learning technology sphere. The experience for me, personally and professionally, was a very good one. So much so, that I asked David to consider me if he were to produce a […]

On Sociomateriality

Sociomateriality welcomes responsible researchers. Please proceed with extreme caution. What’s in a word? Sociomateriality advances the view that organisations, work, people and technology should be conceptualised as being inherently inseparable, rather than the once “taken-for-granted assumption” of separate entities (Orlikowski & Scott, 2008, p. 434). The term came to prominence after 2007, appearing in journals […]

Professional Learning: A Definition in Progress

My EdD thesis has the tentative title of The Professional Learning of Academics in Higher Education: A Sociomaterial Perspective. The title tips its hat towards an earlier study by Knight, Tait and Yorke (2006). It is not a simple case of just replacing ‘teachers’ with ‘academics’. There is an important point to be made here, […]

Return to The Chamber of Fear

The Conference This year’s Association for Learning Technology (ALT) conference took place on the 8th – 10th September 2015 at the University of Manchester. The theme of the conference was “Shaping the Future of Learning Together” and focused upon the following areas: Harnessing the power of the crowd – collaboration and connectivist learning; Social media […]

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 […]