Archive for April, 2008

OERs video

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I’m at the CNIE conference in Banff, Canada - great location, great conference! Terry Anderson is talking about OERs and social software and has just reference Scott Leslie’s 10 min video on OERs.

links for 2008-04-21

Monday, April 21st, 2008

A vision for SociaLearn

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Tony Walton, Martin Weller and I have had a paper accepted for the Eden conference in Lisbon. The abstract gives you a flavour:

What would a new university look like if we started with a blank sheet of paper, capitalising on the very best of what we know about good pedagogy coupled with harnessing the potential of new technologies? The paper will consider the challenges Higher Education faces in the light of new technologies and in particular the potential of Web 2.0 technologies as a means to transform education. It will describe a project, Social:Learn, which is attempting to develop a sustainable educational framework to harnessing the best in new technologies in an educational context; to create a new, dynamic and engaging learning environment for tomorrow’s students. 


links for 2008-04-20

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Learning design the Cypriot way

Sunday, April 20th, 2008


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At the beginning of April I ran a workshop at the University of Cyprus. It was a great opportunity to test out some of our recent Learning Design work on an external audience. The one and half day workshop was organised around 10 activities: 
  1. Changes in technology use in the last fifteen years, ways in which students are using technologies now.
  2. Current strategies for design
  3. Different forms of representations of designs
  4. Visualising design - hands on session using CompendiumLD
  5. Strategies for finding and using resources
  6. Other tools for design - hands on session using Phoebe and the London Pedagogical Planner
  7. Different ways of thinking about design: mapping tools in use 
  8. Different ways of thinking about design: identifying the affordances of tools in use
  9. Different ways of thinking about design: Using the 8LEM flashcards
  10. Sharing designs: exploration of the CLouDworks website


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The detailed presentation is on slideshare. We had some great discussions over the two days, the participants were from very different disciplines across the university. Feedback on CompendiumLD was positive overall, they found it easy to use and a number of people said they would like to explore using it more. It was also interesting to get their views of other tools that are around at the moment. Details of the programme and some more photos can be found here.  

I love clouds!

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

I just love TweetClouds which I came across via David Weinberger’s blog. Here’s mine. “Learning” seems pretty prominent which is a relief given my job title! ;-) “Lol” features alot so not sure what that says about me!!

“Coherent” arguments

Sunday, April 20th, 2008


At the workshop on Friday Simon Buckingham Shum demonstrated the latest version of KMI’s web-based argumentation software - Cohere - essentially a sister product to Compendium. Looking forward to having a proper play with it to see how it might be used to represent learning designs. I am particularly intrigued by the interactive dynamic net view of connections and ideas. It reminds me of some software developed by Penn State called ConceptVista which was an ‘ontology creation and visualisation tool’. In the DialogPlus project we linked the learner design toolkit we created (DialogPlus) to ConceptVista as a means of designers/teachers visually representing their designs. We never really had the chance to fully explore this in that project so it might be fun to relook at this with Cohere.  

The OU Learning Design project

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

As a means of giving me a chance to play with my new sony handycam video here is a short video (ca. 12 mins) from part of the workshop we ran yesterday on learning design. The video provides an overview of our OU Learning Design project and provides a commentary to go alongside the slides I posted earlier. OK OK I “know” this isn’t going to win a bafta award but if you want a quick sum up of what we are up to it does the job! ;-)

links for 2008-04-19

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Briefing papers on learning design

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

There is a lot of activity currently in our learning design project and there seems to be real synergies emerging between the three aspects of the project:

  • Understanding design - gathering empiral evidence
  • Visualising design - CompendiumLD
  • Sharing design - CLouDworks

We ran a half-day workshop at the OU yesterday giving updates on all three areas of work. Here’s my overview. 

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We have a set of draft briefing papers on the different areas of work covering the following topics:

·    The vision behind the OU Learning Design project

·    Tools, case studies, resources and methods for learning design

·    Towards a learning design methodology

·    Different forms of representation for design

·    An introduction to CompendiumLD

·    Cloudworks - a social networking site for finding and sharing designs

Drafts of these are available under the Download section.  Any comments on these would be welcome, they are intended to provide simple (and hopefully easy to understand!) introductions to the different facets of learning design.