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 just a symptom of the […]

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). 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 that determine whether possible workarounds […]

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 only version I had on […]

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)" — Michael Volkov (@volkov_michael) December 3, 2019 While I […]