Dadamac learners: social, online, self-directed, habitual and lifelong (via @Pamela_McLean)

Dadamac ( works in Education and Development in Africa, connecting people in the UK (and elsewhere) with their grass-roots social networks in Africa and our online community. Here Pamela McLean (@Pamela_McLean) outlines the practical characteristics of her own learning, and asks, Are you a Dadamac learner? (I’m pretty sure I am) Clipped from “Dadamac … Continue reading

Research says making learning materials more difficult to read can significantly improve student performance

This research finding should probably taken with caution until it has been replicated in other contexts — and see the comment on the original blog post about the research design. But, if the findings are backed up, the conclusions are provocative. Clipped from Making learning materials more difficult to read can significantly improve student … Continue reading

Mimic experience of the face2face classroom, or take advantage of rich learning opps of the open web?

This Fast Company piece is about Duke University adopting Cisco’s Quad enterprise collaboration platform for use by its executive MBA students. Features include automatic transcription, enhanced search, and annotation of video lectures and content sharing over blogs, chatrooms, and in webinar-like formats. So this MBA programme is still competing by creating the aura of high … Continue reading

No ‘one size fits all’ model for education, #OER still only at end of the beginning (excerpts from @donaldclark)

This is a long piece by Donald Clark that touches on many subjects. I’m not attempting a summary of it all here, just excerpting the key lessons that seemed most valuable from an agile learning perspective… Clipped from 10 lessons learnt at WISE in Doha This culture clash surfaced time and time again at … Continue reading

Learning innovation starts in the classroom? What if the world were the classroom? from @jaycross

This little snippet jumped out at me. Jay Cross has honed his arguments into great, pithy observations like this one. Clipped from The whole discussion rested on Pelosi’s (and nearly everyone else’s) assumption that learning takes place in classrooms. When I managed to get the microphone, I asked whether the issue wouldn’t go away … Continue reading

Can we make a newspaper about self-organised learning?

Clipped from I’m still digesting the eight interviews I’ve done on these pages in recent months under the Agile Learning banner. (I know, I know: if I haven’t digested them yet, how must you feel?) A few kind souls say there’s some valuable stuff in them, and a handful have even taken on the … Continue reading

Rough notes from yesterday’s meetup with @andrew_davis, creator of Social Media Fundamentals course

Here are some rough notes with minimal editing from our meetup yesterday. If you’re near London, please join our group to keep up with this series of meetings. Andrew Davis started by outlining his career path. After graduating from Roehampton University in 2000 and failing to make a proper living from DJing for a year, … Continue reading

Tomorrow’s London meet-up has Andrew Davis (MySpace, BBC,EdExcel) on why teachers need to understand social media

Looking forward to this – Thanks to Lucy Johnson (@clumie on Amplify or @creativeducator on Twitter) for setting this up! Clipped from Andrew Davis on applying social media to help schools and educational institutes We’ve invited Andrew Davis of Edexel, Myspace and the BBC to come and chat to us. Andrew is is the … Continue reading

A vision of peer-to-peer learning in organisations, interview with @olliegardener and London meet-up

Here’s the intro of an extended interview I did with Olaug Nørsterud Gardener a few weeks ago. Ollie describes the thinking behind NoddlePod, her company’s first offering for making work-based learning more relevant and useful. Ollie is in London on 15 December, and we’re aiming to run a meet-up to talk more about the principles … Continue reading

Do you agree with these seven characteristics of self-managed learning – 7 S’s? via @fredgarnett

Another mnemonic (… though I’m not sure it’s good mnemonic design (a) to have 7 elements and (b) all with the same initial letter). I think some people I know would disagree with some of these characteristics — especially the points about structure. The descriptions below are just the introductions to each characteristic: click through … Continue reading