A taxonomy of ethical, legal and logistical issues of learning analytics v1.0

Posted Posted in Adoption, Ethics, Learning Analytics, Legal issues

Jisc, Apereo and the Lace Project held a workshop in Paris on 6th February to discuss the ethical and legal issues of learning analytics.  The focus of this meeting was the draft taxonomy of issues that I prepared previously.  It was extremely helpful to have comments from experts in the area to refine the list, which is forming […]

UK Learning Analytics Network – notes from kick-off meeting

Posted Posted in Adoption, Learning Analytics

Jisc’s Learning Analytics Network got off to a great start last week with a workshop hosted by the University of East London.  The event was fully subscribed, with around 50 people attending from 31 different institutions, showing the high level of interest in the area in the UK. Staff and students very positive about dashboards at Nottingham Trent Mike […]

Mock-up of new mobile interface for OU course websites

Can technology significantly impact learning before it has been commoditised?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Adoption, Course design, iPad, Mobile Learning, Moodle, OU VLE, Podcasts

I’ve just had some interesting conversations at an event for new OU module chairs at Cranfield University after presenting on some of the possibilities of elearning for our students. One academic wondered how he could be expected to design courses for smartphones and tablets when the University was not prepared to buy him these devices […]

HEFCE’s new strategy for e-learning

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Adoption, eAssessment, Policies

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has issued a document called Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology: A revised approach to HEFCE’s strategy for e-learning. Naturally I was interested to see what they are recommending. Various other studies are quoted which demonstrate the benefits of elearning, and there are references to […]

Italian and European flags

Accrediting institutional competence in elearning

Posted Posted in Adoption, Strategy

Elearning is taking place in all universities and colleges to varying degrees. For many it is now a strategic priority but few institutions could honestly say that it is being rolled out across all courses systematically, and some have not yet even defined a common language for what elearning is. Benchmarking and accreditation processes are […]


In the army now

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Maybe not one of Quo’s better songs… Well I’m not in the army but I did stay in an army camp last night. I was giving a talk about Moodle to various military personnel which kicked off a discussion over dinner in the Officers’ Mess about elearning. It was fascinating to compare the issues faced […]


Wikipedia beats lectures and course materials??

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EDUCAUSE has carried out its annual survey of the undergraduate use of technology. ECAR Fellows Judy Borreson Caruso and Gail Salaway discussed their preliminary findings today at the ECAR Research Symposium in Boulder (the report will be published in October). 27,317 students from 98 US institutions took part in the survey plus a few from […]

The pedagogy should lead the technology. Should it?

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Matt Lingard discusses the age-old mantra that pedagogy should lead the technology rather than the other way round. I think this arises from the fear among some faculty that somehow their more technical colleagues are doing all sorts of supposedly innovative things with technology which in the end of the day don’t actually help learners. […]

59% of UK colleges now using Moodle

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Rob Englebright reports recently on the JISCmail VLE List about an unoffical wiki-based survey of VLE usage in UK colleges. Of 156 colleges it’s now Moodle 59%, Blackboard 28%. The detailed breakdown is: Moodle 93 including 4 using moodle in combination with Sharepoint (and in one instance Moodle, Sharepoint and Pebblepad) Blackboard 43 including 2 […]