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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]