Breaking BAD to bridge the reality/rhetoric chasm

The following is a copy of a paper accepted at ASCILITE’2014 (and nominated for best paper) written by myself and Damien Clark (CQUniversity – @damoclarky). The official conference version of the paper is available as a PDF. Presentation slides available on Slideshare. The source code for the Moodle Activity Viewer is available on github. As

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Staff need to be using the same tools they use to teach to also learn

The title of this post is from a presentation by someone at a University responsible for the institutional e-learning systems. It doesn’t matter which university because I imagine it’s a line that has been used at quite a few of them. It does matter that I think it’s completely wrong-headed and illustrates perfectly the problem

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Documenting the gap between "start of art" and "state of the actual"

Came across Perrotta et al (2013) in my morning random ramblings through my PLN and was particular struck by this a rising awareness of a gap between ‘state of art’ experimental studies on learning and technology and the ‘state of the actual’ (Selwyn, 2011), that is, the messy realities of schooling where compromise, pragmatism and

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The life and death of Webfuse: What's wrong with industrial e-learning and how to fix it

The following is a collection of presentation resources (i.e. the slides) for an ASCILITE’2012 of this paper. The paper and presentation are a summary of the outcomes my PhD work. The thesis goes into much more detail. Abstract Drawing on the 14-year life and death of an integrated online learning environment used by tens of

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The illusion we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future

As mentioned in the last post I’m currently reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. The title of this post comes from this quote from that book The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future Earlier in the same paragraph Kahneman writes As Nassim Taleb pointed

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Lessons for the meta-level of networked learning?

This semester I’m teaching EDU8117, Networked and Global Learning, one of the Masters level courses here at USQ. It’s been an interesting experience because I’m essentially supporting the design – a very detailed “constructive alignment” design – prepared by someone else. The following is a belated start of my plan to engage in the course

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