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Sand between fingers

I stumbled into Twitter at a unique moment in my career. I’d lived overseas, returned to my small home town and switched careers. I was a couple of years into working in educational technology, and I was at my first tech conference in the US. Twitter had been around, but I wasn’t on it. I […]

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The Public Square

The shitstorm that is Elon Musk has hit Twitter. The village idiot got drunk in the town square and started hurling curses and abuse at everyone there. He’s now wondering why everyone is packing up to leave, while he proceeds to turf people out himself and smash everything in sight. Everything that was built in […]

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Design learning design

A Learning Design System

Recently I had the pleasure of presenting with one of my team members about some of the work we’ve been doing. It was to a local UX group, Design for Humans, and it was an excellent opportunity to share our work. I’m not going to run through the presentation here, but I did want to […]

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Design is Scale

I’ve just been listening to the We Are Open podcast interviewing Brian Alexander. During the discussion Brian talks about the idea of scale and needing to move between the micro through to the meso. This is something I’ve been fascinated in for quite some time and I’ve looking for words and terminologies to kind of […]

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EdTech Ideas Learning Tech

A Course Builder

The tool I’ve been imagining for a while now is something bespoke for the development of courses. Something that would combine the features of previous work that I’ve done around single source publishing, pattern languages, metadata and the difference between authoring and presenting content. I’ve been asking myself a number of questions: Rather than the […]

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Previous tool making

Before I get into making new tools I want to go through what I’ve done so far. There’s a line between each of these areas of work below that has shaped my current thinking and where I am today, and each of these previous projects has informed my thining as well as given me valuable […]

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Working without tools

Learning Design is a relatively new field. I’m not sure if it’s a discipline, or even if its defined as profession just yet. There are certainly aspects of it being both a discipline and a profession, but there is one clear thing missing — tools. Having spent years working adjacent to the design of learning, […]

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Political Leadership

As we head into the 2022 election I have some real concerns about the lack of leadership has in Australian politics. Let’s start with some basic definitions about what “leadership” is. For starters leadership is a characteristic that sits outside of a hierarchy. It is a quality, not is it a role. And it’s for […]

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Who wants the metaverse?

I’m not sure what kind of mindset drives someone to troll dystopian sci-fi for your “next big thing”, but it seems to be a big in Silicon Valley. It’s from one of these unheeded fables that Zuckerberg’s Metaverse emerges. Rather than try and fool a population and lull them into a false sense of safety […]

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Did DIY kill expertise?

I’m putting this up as a provocative idea: Did DIY kill expertise? DIY has always been a part of my cultural experience. As I grew up I saw hardware shops go from nothing more than a dingy hole in the wall to gleaming sparkling palaces adorned in fluro paint, tiki torches and outdoor furniture. The […]