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Design learning design

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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Design EdTech Learning Tech Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Ideas Thought Bubble

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 […]

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Opinion Work Work Out Loud

Leading Through Fog

“I feel called on to “lead”, even as I am not sure what to think.” On return to campus planning, this beautiful writing speaks to the challenge of leading in fog. https://twitter.com/brlamb/status/1448448092190109697@katemfd This week was a big one. I’ve been so focussed on recruiting and developing the team, getting work practices established and building momentum […]

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Opinion Thought Bubble

The System vs The Game

I had this thought the other day – when was the last new social system developed? Sure we’ve seen plenty of technological systems come and go, but what about those that affect how we live, and perhaps more importantly live together? The bulk of our social systems came about in the post-war era, obviously required […]

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Agile Learning Design

Be Water

This is part of a series unpacking each of the Principles of Agile Learning Design. The last principle is one that gets to the heart of what I see as the role of the learning designer: As the Learning Designer the roles and responsibilities in the process need to adapt to the course, the discipline […]