• 25yearsedtech,  Books

    25 Years artwork

    Because I’m quite sad, and have also learnt all I know about merching from Jim Groom, I created a t-shirt and a poster for the 25 Years of Ed Tech book. However, these services are not always available internationally, so here is some of the fab Bryan Mathers artwork for you to use in whatever way you see fit:

  • 25yearsedtech,  25YearsOU,  Books,  OU

    25 + 25

    February is quite the month for 25 Year related events in the Weller household. For a start I celebrate 25 Years at the Open University. I joined in February 1995 on a 3 year lecturer contract, contributing to a course on Artificial Intelligence. At the time I had romantic visions of being a wanderer, an academic factotum, drifting from job to job as if precarity was cool. “I’ll only stay for 2 years, max” I confidently predicted. (Narrator: he stayed longer). It is also the month when my book 25 Years of Ed Tech comes out, this Friday in fact. My copies turned up today. That Bryan Mathers artwork really…

  • edtech

    Digital mudlarking

    I spend too long and for too little benefit thinking about ed tech as a field/discipline/subject/hot mess for it to be healthy. I am not as interested in the business of ed tech but rather what it feels like as a practitioner in a university or college. One of the things that often strikes me is that terms we use for other areas don’t quite fit: as we discussed before, discipline isn’t right, and that is how we tend to frame much of higher education. So I end up trawling around for metaphors, like suitcases. Here is another then, that of mudlarking. I was enamoured by the stories my mother…

  • open degree

    Open programme art work

    At the risk of making this blog a Bryan Mathers fanboi site, I am devoting another post to his work. As I’ve mentioned, I’m the Chair of the Open Degree Programme at the OU. We got Bryan in to help us think through our joint principles. The aim was also to create some artwork we can use in presentations, that are social media friendly and illustrate key benefits about the open degree. So here they are with some thoughts: Brave learners – we like to suggest that open learners are brave, in that taking control of your own learning path requires a sense of responsibility. It is easier in some…