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. […]

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, […]

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 […]