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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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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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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 Opinion

The Key to Success is to Iterate

This is part of a series unpacking each of the Principles of Agile Learning Design. The biggest change in moving from a traditional waterfall approach to an agile one is the concept of iteration. Rather than a linear approach, the secret ingredient to adopting an agile methodology is to iterate. What I find counterintuitive is […]

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Agile Learning Design Opinion

Ask Big Questions for Little Details

This is part of a series unpacking each of the Principles of Agile Learning Design. In the last post I spoke about purpose — this principle is how do we establish what that is. From the outset ask big questions – like how do you want to change students? What will they remember in 5 […]

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Agile Learning Design Opinion

Design with Purpose

This is part of a series unpacking each of the Principles of Agile Learning Design. Design with intent and purpose. Know what you want in the course and design it in. Ask and map out the points of Wow and Joy and design for them. We get to define the whole experience, so don’t leave […]

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Understand the Constraints

Previously I’ve described design as problem solving within a set of constraints. It’s a definition I believe works across the various media and disciplines we might apply design to – web, graphics and yes learning. In my early career I was a graphic designer. I’ll admit that I was never the flashy kind, my work […]