July 9th, 2013
This is the presentation I delivered at the RSC Wales Encouraging Innovation Conference.
Change is all around us and the modern teacher needs to be adaptable, innovative and willing to take a risk. Flipped classrooms, MOOCs, wearable technology, cloud computing, mobile, tablets, 4G, internet TVs, social learning, learning analytics, game based learning, augmented reality and e-books are all been used now or are just on the horizon. Change is all around us and the modern teacher needs to be adaptable, innovative and willing to take risks. The rate of technological change appears to be getting faster. Can our existing cultures allow us to take advantage of the potential of emerging technologies? Or do we need to change the way we change?
The focus of my presentation was that change is constant, we’ve always had change and that dealing with change is more of a cultural issue than a technical one. Change can be an opportunity and can be exciting, as well as being challenging and daunting for some.
Read more about the conference on the RSC Wales Blog.
July 3rd, 2013
If I was doing one thing this week, the one thing I would be doing is attending the Mahara UK Conference. Alas I can’t go, but I have sent a member of my team.
One of the success stories this year at Gloucestershire College has been Mahara. Learners have been using it in a variety of ways for learning and assessment.
Teams really like how it can be used for many different purposes and one of the things I hope we can get from the Mahara conference is how other institutions and organisations are using Mahara with their learners.
So how are your learners using Mahara?
December 5th, 2012
I spoke at the UKSG e-Resources for FE event in London today.
Research from the University of Huddersfield shows that the number of visits to the library has an insignificant impact on learner achievement. However in the same study it was shown that students who took out more books, or used more e-resources achieved higher grades.
How can a library service engage learners who visit the library to utilise more of the resources available to them?
What strategies can be used to increase the use of e-resources and the lending of books?
Can we learn from major retailers, high street chains and other companies and implement their ideas into the library?
James Clay from Gloucestershire College discusses the strategies they have been using to increase the use of books and learning resources by learners.
November 6th, 2012
I’ve recently (been) signed up for a one day event in that London town.
The event cost is £325 and the train ticket is over a hundred pounds.
That isn’t cheap!
I think it will be an useful event and (probably) value for money.
However when you consider the costs of the JISC Innovating e-Learning Online Conference at just £50 and what you get for that, you might want to consider attending.
As one delegate from last year said:
“I think it is a brilliant return for the investment and consider this to be a major part of my CPD each year.”
There is a packed programme and in addition to the usual week of presentations and discussions, there is the activity week, a chance to have a go at stuff.
For £50 you aren’t probably going to find something of similar value anywhere else in the UK.
Of course also as it’s online there are no travel costs either.
October 25th, 2012
Today I delivered a presentation at The 12th Annual Ebooks Conference in Edinburgh in Scotland. Flying up from Bristol, just for the day, I gave a 40 minute talk (with questions) on a layman’s guide to ebook standards and formats.
One thing I wanted to get across, was that many of the problems that causes users to have problems with their devices is because of wider issues. These wider issues impact on format problems.
EPUB, Mobi, PDF, iBooks – what does it all mean for readers of digital content? This session takes a layman’s look at proprietary formats and standards in ebooks helping us to make sense of it all.
Obviously in 40 minutes it was challenging to cover everything in detail, but one thing I did do (which I hadn’t done for a while) was live tweet references, URLs and pictures as I was presenting.
I used Keynote Tweet 2 which is a little Applescript that tweets the text from the notes field from a Keynote presentation. I used it for the first time when I delivered the Ascilite 2009 Keynote.
When Twitter moved from basic authentication to OAuth this broke Keynote Tweet.
Using this guide, I installed Ruby, used twurl instead of curl and today it worked.
What I like about Keynote Tweet is that it is perfectly timed with the presentation timings, no need to set up or automate tweets in advance.
Overall I was pleased with my presentation and the rest of the day was interesting and there was a fair bit to think about as a result.