Archive for February, 2015

Learner generated content

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

I am currently working on the Create C Chapter of my new book - Learning Design: a practical approach. One section describes ways in which learners can generate content. The table below lists the different approaches that can be adopted. Am I missing anything?




The learners annotate a resource and then summarise the key points

Collective aggregation

The learners work in teams to collectively aggregate a set of resources around a particular topic. They can aggregate these on a group blog, recipe a wiki or a Google doc. They add the link along with a brief description of the resource and why it is useful/relevant.

Crossword puzzle

This consists of a series of clues around a set of concepts. The learners are asked to complete the crossword. For example, ‘a type of pedagogical approach’ with 14 letters is constructivism, or the Spanish word for apple with 7 letters is ‘manzana’.

Mind mapping

Learners use a mind map to visualise a particular topic and associated ideas, either individually or in groups.


Learners are asked to create a poster on a particular topic. Peers can then provide comments and feedback.

Scavenger hunt

Learners are divided into teams, they are given a list of resources to find (for example they might be asked to find a resource on ‘constructivist learning’, or a resource describing how a wiki can be used to promote collaborative learning or a resource on the implications for learning). The team that collates all the items on the list first wins.


This enables learners to organise groups of ideas on a concept and assign them to themes. Patterns and relationships in the groups can also be observed. One slip of paper (or ‘post-its’) is used per idea generated or possible solution offered. A meeting is set up of up to 5 people. The slips of paper are viewed and then grouped ‘like with like’. Duplicates can be created if the idea/solution is relevant to more than one group. Patterns and relationships in the groups are observed.

NMC Horizon 2015 for HE

Friday, February 13th, 2015


The New MediaConsortium Horizon report for HE 2015 is now out. As always it makes interesting reading. This post summarises the key issues that are likely to have an impact on Education in one, viagra sale three and five years. In terms of trends in the short term, viagra the focus is on increased use of blended learning and redesigning learning spaces. The latter reminds me of the SKG project, which lists seven ways to technology-enhance learning spaces. In the medium term it is about focusing on measurable learning, I think learning analytics might have an important role to play in this respect. And also the proliferation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and I would add Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and in particular the implications for formal educational offerings. Advanced cultures of change and innovation as cited as important in the longer term, along with increased cross-institutional collaboration. Bring your own devices and the flipped classroom are cited as important within one year, makerspaces and wearable technologies in three years, and adaptive learning technologies and the Internet of things in five years. A number of challenges are listed: blending formal and informal learning, improving digital literacy skills, personalised learning, teaching complex thinking, competing models of education, and rewards for teaching. 

A new beginning…

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015


So I am half way through my first week at Bath Spa University. They have put together an excellent induction programme and I am in the process of meeting various people and finding more out about the University and various initiatives/projects.

I can’t believe how stunning the campus is, pharm it has to be one of the most beautiful in the country! Have unpacked half my stuff, will bring the rest next week. Lovely new Mac Book Pro up and running (although not yet connecting to the printer). So pretty organised already! I am in the process of moving some EU projects from Leicester and setting up various new projects, which have recently started.

In addition to being chair of education in the School of Education, reporting to the dean Kate Keynolds, I have a cross-institutional remit in terms of e-learning which is great. The details of this role still need to be ironed out but will include involvement in the development of the University’s e-learning strategy, which is great. Bath Spa is quite a specialised university, particularly known for creative writing and the arts. There is a new technology-enabled building called the Commons, I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, it will be interested to see how it has been designed and in what ways it has been technology-enhanced. People have been very welcoming and there is a real sense of collegiality. I think I am going to like working here!

Picture is of the main house, my office is on the top left, not bad ;-)