• higher ed

    Losing the glue of scholarship

    <Image http://www.flickr.com/photos/kapungo/422491278/> This thought has been bubbling away with me for a while, so I'll try and express it here, but it may be patchy (yes, yes, no change there). The financial crisis and rising tuition fees (particularly in the UK, and Europe will probably follow given the state of their economies) has placed a number of pressures on higher education. One of the outcomes is that greater accountability and transparency is demanded. That's only to expected and is reasonable – if students are paying high fees which pay academics salaries then we need to demonstrate that those academics are engaged in meaningful work. And as employers struggle with less money,…

  • higher ed

    Education & the language of change

    Occasionally a blog post comes along in your field which you feel is seminal, a must-read. Think Scott's just share or Jim's glass bees post. Last week it was George's turn, and his post on the commercial pressures and interests around education is thought provoking and honest as he wrestles with the issues. If you haven't read it already, then please do so. One element I wanted to expand upon was the language of change that is employed by many both within higher ed, and in companies with an interest in it. The common phrase now is to declare that education is broken. I commented on George's post that this…

  • digital scholarship,  innovation,  openness

    The role of respectable idiots

    <Image http://www.flickr.com/photos/aussiegall/6846455366/> I gave a talk at the Higher Education Academy 'New Places to Learn' seminar yesterday about openness and the institution. I was proposing that in order to facilitate openness you need a combination of a top-down and bottom-up process. So for example, OER projects such as OpenLearn, combined with creating the space for academics to generate and share their own content (eg by recognising digital artefacts in promotion). One aspect I raised for creating the environment within which academics engage in openness of their own free will is the role of the 'respectable idiot'. This is a person who has a degree of respect within the institution as a…

  • informal learning,  photos

    What I learnt from a photo a day

    I've blogged on this before, after I had done my first year of a photo a day, using Flickr. I stopped that in July 2011, and found that I wasn't taking any photographs. So after some encouragement from Karen Cropper to try blipfoto, I started again in Oct 2011. Today I ran a session at the OU along with Juliette Culver on what I learnt from a photo a day. It was a fun workshop and went down well. The slidecast is below, complete with sh**e photographs.   What I learnt from a photo a day View another webinar from Martin Weller

  • digital scholarship

    10 Digital Scholarship Lessons in 10 Videos

    I’ve given a talk with this title 3 or 4 times recently, so thought I’d best get around to blogging it. In the presentation I caution that you shouldn’t really trust people who give lessons about the future – they’re usually trying to sell you something. But lessons is a nice way to frame it, so treat them more as opinions I’ve come to over the past couple of years. Lesson 1: It’s not just for geeks It is easy sometimes to get bogged down in conversations about the latest technology, API calls, RSS feeds, linked-data, etc and it seems very technical. Sometimes this has the effect of making academics…