Coming soon to 2015

There are a lot of exciting things happening for me in 2015. January (with fingers, toes and eyes crossed) will see the publication of The Really Useful #EdTechBook, which I posted about earlier, and will feature my book chapter “‘…and what do you do?': Can we explain the unexplainable?”. I had written another chapter for […]

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The ‘Root’ of Professional Learning

In my previous post, I have alluded to having a “light-bulb moment” with regards to my eventual EdD thesis. So far, I have had two conversations with “key” people and a third, and final, conversation to be had this week. One of these “key” people has provided me, for now, a working title for my […]

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On Originality

In my last post, I mentioned that at the weekend residential for module 4, I had a “light-bulb moment” that gave rise to an idea for an eventual EdD thesis. My elation for having this “idea” prove to be short-lived (or it did at the time) as it appeared that a colleague had been working […]

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A Liminal Pilgrimage

As readers of this blog may be aware, I am currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education (EdD) at Canterbury Christ Church University. I am on Module 4 (of 7) which goes by the title of “Contemporary Issues in Educational Research” which was superbly faciliated by Dr Judy Durrant and Dr Peter Grimes. For the assignment […]

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Ponderings on Space, Learning, Technology and Choice

We have been given a couple of research papers for critically evaluation. One of them is by Dunleavy et al (2007) which looks at the “value addedness” of the one child per laptop (OLPC) project. What struck me here is that there are similarities between the OLPC initiaive and that of our partly JISC funded […]

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Design Personas and UCD

My University is involved in phase two of JISC‘s Institutional Innovation Programme: This programme represents a £13.08m investment aimed at supporting existing institutional strategies by providing solutions to institution-wide problems, based upon proven practices, technologies, standards and services. The solutions will act as exemplars to other institutions by demonstrating innovation and good practice, and building […]

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The Relationship between People, Space, Activities and Artefacts

I have been thinking more about my intended research project as well as bouncing ideas and talking to colleagues about it as well. One of the recurring themes was a person or a groups relationship to and between space (physical, virtual or both?). These relationships could occur between: Student to Student Student to Peer Group […]

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Mapping the Learning Space

So here we are at last, the sixth and final module that is “research methods”. I know that I would like to do my dissertation on learning spaces as my institution has just opened it’s doors to a new Library and Student Services centre called Augustine House. If you want a feel for the place, […]

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The New Seven World Wonders Quiz – A Team 2 Production

Week 4 of the course saw the teams being given an exercise that involved building a game around the Google Earth platform. Team 2 member, Nicholas Palmer, got the ball rolling by providing a useful mind map of the task at hand – this instantly gave us a quick, ready visual aid. There was some […]

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Step forward Team 2…

As part of the “Introduction to Digital Game-based Learning”, this semester’s cohort have been made up of 4 teams of 6 people who will work together as a team to either construct game-based tasks (for others to participate in) or take part in game-based tasks that have been given to us, as well as giving […]

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