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
The next iteration of the ICT and Pedagogy course I teach is about to start. We’ve struck a small problem with one of the campuses, the person being employed to run sessions on that campus can’t make the scheduled time. I need to ask the students when would be the best time to reschedule the
As mentioned in the last post there are limitations in the Moodle book module that are acting as a concrete lounge. The following documents an attempt to help improve the module. In the end, I’ve made some serious steps to contributing a bit of code to a standard plugin (as I write this, I’m imagining
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
The following outlines an attempt to evolve the authoring “process” I currently use with Moodle books into something a little more useful. It won’t be the be all and end all of authoring process, just enough to solve the immediate problem I have. i.e. bricolage I’ve essentially got this working on my end. The problem
Metaphors are useful. They reveal some of the underlying assumptions held by people. For example, this paper (Behrens, 2007) reveals that Information Systems research has a strong bias towards thinking of organisations as if they were machines. A bias that tends to invade most organisational practice. The following picks up on a couple of recent
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.
Trying to capture some thinking that arose during an institutional meeting re: learning analytics. The meeting was somewhat positive, but – as is not uncommon – there seemed to be some limitations around what learning analytics actually is and what it might look like. Wondering if the following framing might help it draws on points