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 […]

Metaphors, damned metaphors, and extended metaphors

It was my intention this week to make a start on my assignment. I have now placed this on the back-burner until next week for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I came, quite serendipitously, to a journal article by Hughes & Tight (2013), which I’ll be discussing in this post. Secondly, I have been reading […]

In conversation with the Troika (Part 3)

In part one in my short “In conversation with the Troika” series of blog posts, I spoke to Alec about (e-)portfolios, professional learning and his Master’s thesis; in part two, I spoke to Bryn about academic practice, professional learning and longitudinal studies. Last, but no means least, is Cora… Conversation #3: Cora My conversation with […]

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 […]

Liminality

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 […]

Learning through a lens on the #edcmooc

I thought I had drawn a line under my #edcmooc experience, but there is a something that is still niggling at me to say just a little bit more. In the preamble to the course, the tutors wanted to invite the participants to “view online educational practices through a particular lens – that of popular […]

Reflections on the #edcmooc (Part 2)

This is the second of 2 blog posts on my critical reflection of the E-learning and Digital Cultures Coursera course with the University of Edinburgh. Tutor Presence One of the most interesting things to come out of the #edcmooc was a post from an anonymous participant in an EDCMOOC discussion forum thread entitled “Where are the professors?” which ran along […]

Reflections on the #edcmooc (Part 1)

Well folks, what an amazing five weeks it has been on the E-learning and Digital Cultures Coursera course with the University of Edinburgh and I have enjoyed very single second of it – what a brilliant and fantastic experience to be part of this endeavour. As promised, I am going to be using this blog post […]

Effective Course Design for e-Learning: A Reflection

It was going to be my intention to keep a semi-regular-ish posts on my engagement with the “Effective Course Design for e-Learning” module. As you can see – this didn’t happen! The first week introduced us to some of the current theories around styles of course design (Toohey, 1999) and how some of them might […]