Why and how learning and development must become more agile by @cliveshepherd

Clive Shepherd doesn’t use the term ‘agile’ in this pithy assessment of what’s driving change in learning and development (l&d), but all the changes he lists take us in the direction of greater agility. There’s also an interesting observation from Jay Cross in the comments: why wouldn’t you continue this way even if there wasn’t … Continue reading

Michael Wesch on the secret sauce of classroom teaching in the Web 2.0 world

Michael Wesch is perhaps best known for his YouTube videos like The Machine is Us/ing Us (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g). But he’s also an innovator in teaching methods in Higher Education. Below is an excerpt of an excerpt where Wesch explains what he thinks is the secret of his success. Click through fror the full article and podcast. … Continue reading

New book on how to hack your own education & get a qualification

“Hot” off the “press” comes Anya Kamenetz’s follow-up to DIY U. Thanks to support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this is a free e-book (all formats). Styled as an Edupunk’s Guide, the emphasis is on practical guidance for the individual, picking up where DIY U’s journalistic survey of the state of play left … Continue reading

Will @schooX do for school-level educators what Mendeley does for academics?

SchooX is just starting out and it’s not yet clear what tricks it has up its sleeve to support learning, teaching, discovery and accreditation — or whether it will be “just another social network” with a skew towards education. Or as they put it, in one of my least favourite words, edutainment. What’s interesting is … Continue reading

Re-imagining the university (again but this time differently)

(I’ve checked with Keith and the absence of a seventh principle between the sixth and the eighth is a simple error!) Clipped from http://www.thesocietyforcuriousthought.com Re-imagining the university (again but this time differently) There’s nothing particularly new about calling for the university to be re-thought/re-imagined/rebuilt. How could it be otherwise? An institution set up in order … Continue reading

How widely known is the Cape Town Open Education Declaration? #OER #ocw

I’ve been meaning to pass this on for a while… The Cape Town Open Education Declaration calls for free, adaptable learning materials and open technologies to facilitate collaborative learning. It was first ‘issued’ over three years ago, though I only came across it a few months back — so I’m wondering how well this is … Continue reading

Will this alternative to the spreadsheet+filestore approach to VLEs fly?

I’m predicting that we’re going to see more cut-down alternative forms of Virtual Learning Environments and Learning Management Systems. The argument (whether you’re convinced by it or not) is that VLEs are just big tracking spreadsheets which have become increasingly bloated with successive iterations of poorly-integrated bolt-on functions. If that is the case, then alternatives … Continue reading

Computer skills to last a lifetime, not just until the next software version

If I had a pound for every list of “21st century skills/competences/literacies” I’ve seen recently…. But still, Jakob Nielsen makes some telling points about the need to move away from the old application-centric way of teaching people to use computers (is anyone still using the European Computer Driving Licence? what value does that accreditation have … Continue reading

OERs in a global context – preview of eLearning Africa debate

I confess to being a little puzzled by Neil Butcher’s defence of OERs, which seems to be based around the same ‘freemium’ model touted to other ‘content industries’ like music. It goes something like: give away your core offering to build your profile, then build revenue from additional products/services sold on the strength of that … Continue reading