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Office365, charismatic technologies, and the ecological perspective

The following began as a summary of Hammond, M. (2019). What is an ecological approach and how can it assist in understanding ICT take-up? British Journal of Educational Technology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12889 A paper that introduces the ecological approach to explain the disappointing uptake of digital technology in schools. Then I stumbled across the work of Ames

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Is training the barrier to quality online learning in higher ed?

TL;DR Recently there have been various suggestions that the biggest barrier to quality online learning in higher education is lack of knowledge held by teaching staff (Johnson, 2019; Mathes, 2019; Roberts, 2018). More or better training, faculty development and requirements for formal teaching qualifications are proposed as the solution. The following argues that this is

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Theory of workarounds

Introduction The following is a summary of the paper Theory of Workarounds. Alter, S. (2014). Theory of Workarounds. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 34(1). https://doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.03455 The paper provides “an integrated theory of workarounds that describes how and why” they are created. It is a process theory “driven by the interaction of key factors

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The conceptualisation of e-learning: Lessons and implications

The following is the content of my first solo journal article. Jones, D. (2004). The conceptualisation of e-learning: Lessons and implications. Best Practice in University Learning and Teaching: Learning from Our Challenges.  Theme Issue of Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 1(1), 47–55. I’m posting this because: sadly the journal is no more; the

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It’s more than how you use the technology – authoring online content

At the recent ASCILITE’2019 there was a common refrain throughout the conference, which started with the original keynote as captured in the following tweet #ASCILITE2019 Keynote Speaker Professor Emeritus Mike Sharples – "focus on pedagogy not technology" as ""it's not what you use (technology) but how you use it (pedagogy)" pic.twitter.com/d2BFyAY5xK — Michael Volkov (@volkov_michael)

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How to share design knowledge in design for digital learning?

The following are associated with an ASCILITE’2019 presentation. A full copy of the paper is available from this blog or the conference proceedings PDF. Below you will find: Copy of the abstract; Embedded version of the presentation; (Download the updated Powerpoint original for the full animated glory) Pointers to the relevant github repositories; References used

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Exploring knowledge reuse in design for digital learning: tweaks, H5P, constructive templates and CASA

The following has been accepted for presentation at ASCILITE’2019. It’s based on work described in earlier blog posts. Abstract Higher education is being challenged to improve the quality of learning and teaching while at the same time dealing with challenges such as reduced funding and increasing complexity. Design for learning has been proposed as one

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Exploring knowledge reuse in design for digital learning

This post continues an on-going exploration of knowledge reuse in design for digital learning. Previous posts (one and two) started the exploration in the context of developing an assemblage to help designers of web-based learning environments create a card interface (see Figure 1). Implementing such a design from scratch requires a diverse collection of knowledge

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Digital learning templates – adding context and configuration

My last post introduced some early steps in exploring how to increase the reuse of design knowledge in design for digital learning (i.e. designing course websites). That post outlined the specific problem, the solution and linked it to work on constructive templates and patterns from the Hypermedia Design literature (Nanard, Nanard and Kahn, 1998). It

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