Openness and the Networked Researcher

On the 13th June 2013, I attended the 12th annual Postgraduate Research Association (PGRA) conference at Canterbury Christ Church University. The theme of the conference was around the notion of “Accessibility of Research“, the conference organisers were keen to: “…delve[s] a little deeper into the world of the academic researcher by seeking out your understandings […]

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The Open Learner #h817open

In 2006, my institution took part in a joint Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) venture called the e-Learning Benchmarking and Pathfinder Project (HEA, 2008). Our project was called Digital Experience Building in University Teaching (DEBUT) (Westerman & Barry, 2009) and we had identified quite early on that digital literacy was going […]

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Digital Networking for Researchers

Today, I attended a workshop called “Digital Networking for Researchers” which was facilitated by Dr Darren Ambrose, who divides his time between the Graduate School and teaching for the Department of Media at Canterbury Christ Church University. He ran a short session we will provide some practical information for researchers who want to find out […]

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Digital Natives Revisited

As a results of the “introduction to digital environments for learning” (IDEL) module and the research that I have been doing around the topic of digital literacy; I have crossed Marc Prensky’s path many times over; he should also add agent provocateur to his list of roles. It started with my IDEL essay called “Bridging […]

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Digital Imperialism: The Tyranny of Technology

The notion of “Millennials” (Howe & Strauss, 2000), “digital natives” (Prensky, 2001), “net gen” (Oblinger, 2005), “technological generation” (Monereo, 2004) and Frand’s (2000) ten attributes of the “information-age mindset” is of great interest to me. Why? Well, my institution was awarded, this year, with some HEA Pathfinder funding to equip some of our lecturers with […]

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