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 […]
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 […]
The Dynamics of Static Sites
For the last few websites I’ve worked on I’ve utilised this thing called a Static Site generator, and one in particular, Jekyll. I’ve wanted to post about this for a little while because it’s honestly been one of the best things I’ve done in along time. It’s forced me to deeply think about webdesign in […]
This is the fouth year I’ve been invited to participate in the CSU Think Piece project. The idea here is to put forward a brief presentation on the challenges and opportunities of learning and teaching at CSU to help stimulate an ongoing and open dialogue. This years theme is “Leadership for Innovation in Learning and […]
From Us & Them to We
One of my long standing beliefs is that the human default for organisation is the hierarchy. It’s simplicity enables us to quickly organise a group of people in order to achieve a set task. With the Cynefin framework in mind, a hierarchy works for Simple problem space. At a stretch they can be used in […]
It was great to spend time talking with students at the #IndieEdTech/API Conversation a couple of weeks ago. Listening to their voices is something I need to make sure is a bigger part of what I do. It was both refreshing and insightful… And slightly concerning. The concerns raised by students in various groups during […]
Does it Scale?
“Yeah, but does it scale?” This question seems to have become the catch cry of today’s education circles. From politicians to presidents, tech pundits to tech critics, teachers to theorists1 we all seem to be concerned with scale. But what are we really talking about when we discuss scale? What does the idea of scale […]
This is the second post that shares a theme and discuss ideas that relate to agency and autonomy in education. The first was Learning On Rails. So for a long time I’ve been a proponent of an active approach to online learning. At the same time I’ve never really articulated what that means I suppose […]
Learning on Rails
This is the first in a couple of posts that share a theme and discuss ideas that relate to agency and autonomy in education. Some have been half baked drafts sitting in a folder – others are newer – but all seem to share some commonality that has been made more concrete by the Indi […]
SXSW: Pop Edu
Day 3 at SXSW was a bit of a bad day. My Bubble Burst and then I was exposed to (by my own choice), what I can only call “Pop Edu”. First up was the keynote presentation How to Think (and Learn) Like a Futurist from Jane McGonigal and then in the afternoon I went […]