Contradictions in adjectives: You can't be consistent and optimal

One current challenge is attempting to engage productively with institutional strategic/operational planning. The big challenge in doing so is balancing the perceived importance of institutional level concerns (governance etc) with those of an individual teacher. As part of this challenge I was reading a document summarising the aims of a rather large institutional project in

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Framing an open book as situated, social, distributed and protean

My institution has some grants available to produce open textbooks. The following is an attempt to develop an interesting idea that might be funded by such a grant. This is a quick first run at this. It hasn’t been informed by any literature or other searches for prior art. It’s constrained by my experiences and

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Concrete lounge #1 – Helping learners find correct, up-to-date course information

The following is (hopefully) the first in a growing list of concrete lounges that I’ve faced in institutional e-learning. The concrete lounge metaphor is my attempt to explore the reality of university e-learning, to illustrate some possible reasons why it continues to be so wrong, and see what can be done to address those reasons.

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