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Connectivism - conclusions from CCK08 study

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 14:28:37 GMT

Here is a reworked version of my conclusions from a paper on connectivism that I recently submitted to a conference.  I can’t publish whole paper prior to review and (hopefully) publication at web site but I would be interested in comments on my findings.  Related work is under CCK08 category on this blog.
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Multi-User Virtual Environments in Teaching and Learning

Sun, 25 Jan 2009 19:34:48 GMT

Hot on the heels of the ALT-J Special Issue on Immersive Virtual Worlds is the EXTEND two week discussion at CABWEB on Multi-User Virtual Environments in Teaching and Learning.  We have excellent resources and input from the projects

  • HABITAT (object) (embed) and
  • MOOSE with 3 podcasts available at CABWEB
  • and the discussion is facilitated by Helen Keegan.

Do join us - you can join as a guest, or create an account if you want to post, but all will need to accept Site Agreement to access the space.

Blog about a Woman in Technology that you admire

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 11:58:11 GMT

I blogged about this  yesterday at

Suw Charman-Anderson has set a challenge for people to blog about a woman in technology on Ada Lovelace Day, 24 March.   As I write this 747 out of 1000 have pledged to do this so hitting the 1000 target won't be an issue but let's make this count by blogging, twittering and generally raising the profile of this venture.  Role models are very important!.

Pledge is at

Connectivism MOOC sparks a critique- Actor-network theory vs Connectivism - seconds out!

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 21:57:27 GMT

The Connectivism MOOC with 2200+ students has been running for the last 9 weeks.  I have been participating but not doing the official assignments ;-) 

This has been a fantastic learning experience - demanding, frustrating, provoking and above all social. My main motive for participation was to pursue an idea I have had for about 18 months about a comparison of two theories that seem similar but don;t talk to each other, namely Actor-Network theory and Connectivism.  Here is the latest instalment of my critique - enjoy and comment!

Exploring the Educational Digital Divide

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 16:02:56 GMT

Following on from the recent ALT Conference, the EXTEND project team would like to invite you to participate in an online asynchronous discussion in which we will explore the Educational Digital Divide. Funded by JISC-Emerge Benefits Realisation, the discussion begins on Monday 29 September 2008, with topics and questions including:

· What does the digital Divide mean to you?

· Who has the hardware, software and bandwidth?

· Digital Divide as a duality - link to Perpetual Divide

· Gender as a lens on the Digital Divide

· Silver surfers and Digital Natives

However, you’re not restricted to the above topics - with multimedia resources to inspire you and plenty of opportunity to explore your ideas, we are expecting this to be a lively and interesting discussion.

The event will be hosted on the HELP (Higher Education Learning Professionals) network, which you can join by visiting - this will take you to a login page where you can create an account in 2 easy steps and enter the discussion.


Please do join us for what we expect to be a lively and thought-provoking event!

Helen Keegan, Frances Bell and Cristina Costa

Research post on Digital Environment Home Energy Management System (DEHEMS)

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 20:11:07 GMT

Message from my colleague David Kreps.
There is a vacancy at the University of Salford, on an EU funded Research Project, Digital Enivronment Home Energy Management System (DEHEMS). 
If it is not of interest to you or your colleagues, please pass it on to anyone you think it may be of interest to.

Second Life Book Chapter Call

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 08:38:29 GMT

Not quite sure why this refers to Second Life, not more broadly IVW or MUVE but ....CFP - Higher Education in Second Life   HIGHER EDUCATION IN SECOND LIFE (Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, North Carolina) Editors, Charles Wankel, St. John's University, New York; and Jan Kingsley, Training & Development Consultant   Final date for initial submissions: November 1, 2008 Date of publication:  September 2009   There are many virtual worlds currently available or under development, but Second Life (SL) is the one that is best known and most widely used by the educational and academic community. Many educators have adopted SL as the platform of choice for developing educational activities across many disciplines. The concept of the book is to create a forum for administrators and educators to share experiences and assessments of current and projected uses of  the platform. Chapter proposals are solicited on that.   Topics might include: * Implications of VWs for the education industry in general, and the adult education industry in particular? * The way  companies, universities and colleges are using VWs for deploying their educational strategies * Examples of cutting-edge pedagogic and curricular approaches deploying SL * Specific advantages of SL over other VWs for higher education? * Challenges facing educators in the use of SL? * Resources are required to ensure effective use of the platform? * Legal issues exist and how should organizations deal with these? * Ethical guidelines required for educators and their students? * How does the use of VWs influence relationships within an educational setting? * How can students best be engaged? * How will VW technology develop, and what are the implications for educators?   Schedule:   1.       November 1st 2008: Initial proposals due. 2.       March 1st 2009: First Reviews completed 3.       August 1st: Final drafts completed 4.       September 1st: Page proofs completed 5.       September 30th: Publication   Your chapter proposal ideally should be at approximately 600 words.  Additionally, you should include a brief bio for each of the coauthors of your chapter, with an emphasis on related publications and/or presentations.   Please email all submissions to both Charles Wankel  and Jan Kingsley   Charles Wankel, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Management St. John's University, New York 908-334-7792 and Jan Kingsley, MA MBA Kingsley International   [...]

Women in Games Conference

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 09:32:13 GMT

Thanks to Eileen Brown for the heads up on this one 

Every picture tells a story

Tue, 05 Feb 2008 19:00:17 GMT

....and some tell tall ones.



What does this picture mean to you? more at  

A joke to test my feed

Sun, 03 Feb 2008 13:40:18 GMT

I wanted to test the feed from this blog, so I thought that I would share this joke with you.  It is by Gregory from a New Yorker cartoon in a calendar that I bought in the January sales.

One dog says to another "I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking" .

Well it made me laugh ;-)