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A little learning technology experiment.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:09:25 +0000

Tomorrow (14th January 2017) I’ve been asked to speak at one of the regular seminars we provide for doctoral students – I have an interest in educational technology, but I am also in general something of sceptic with regard to technology. Don’t get me wrong. I am not at saying that we shouldn’t make use […]



The EU and the immigration debate

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:47:07 +0000

Right. I suppose I’d better add my views on this wretched referendum. I admit that I have always been reasonably well disposed to the idea of international co-operation, while being sceptical about the claims of nationalists of whatever stripe. My natural inclination was, at first, to vote to stay.  I was, however,  prepared to be […]



Prefigurative doctorates?

Tue, 20 May 2014 12:02:11 +0000

The other day I attended a very interesting seminar on “Prefiguring democratic education” which got me thinking about my own practice, and what I might be able to do to make more of a contribution to the sort of socially just, democratic society that I think education is supposed to be working towards. Prefigurative politics […]



Using a conceptual framework to manage your data

Mon, 12 May 2014 19:56:34 +0000

One of the problems with any research endeavour is that you collect a lot of data. Not just the primary data you get from your interviews and so forth (though, if you’re doing it properly, there’ll be a lot of that), Rather, I am referring to the ideas that you generate as you read the […]



Qualitative Research Traditions – teaching notes

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:01:36 +0000

Below is an edited digest of the notes I used for a teaching session I delivered this morning for novice researchers as part of our Researcher Education Programme.  They’re only an outline of the topics I covered and are designed to provoke discussion (which they did), but I thought students might find it useful if […]



Form, function and content in the VLE

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:43:34 +0000

The other day I blogged about the gap between the theory of providing material via an institutional VLE from the perspective of an educational developer and the reality of doing so as I experienced it as an academic. My feeling was that most of us, (academics, that is, though I reiterate, by no means all […]



What are VLEs for?

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:25:01 +0000

It occurred to me the other day that we I have been working with VLEs (Virtual Learning Environments) in one form or another for getting on for two decades now, and during those twenty years endless articles and books have been churned out on e-learning. I had been going to write something about how technology […]



Making a video with PowerPoint

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:38:12 +0000

This is by way of a bit of self development. The university library has introduced a new piece of software called Talis Aspire, designed to make reading lists a little easier, and I was wondering how best to introduce it to colleagues who are less than enthusiastic users of technology. I’ve also been thinking for […]



Library closures and pornography

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:53:02 +0000

                  Well, that title should get me a few more hits than usual, but I fear sweatier readers will be disappointed. The post is really about library closures and threats to freedom. Now,  it would be fun to ridicule the hapless Councillor Worth’s selfishness and lack of […]



Let’s (not) close all the libraries

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:42:44 +0000

Lincolnshire County Council has recently announced plans to cut its library service to the bare minimum required by law. This means that some 29 libraries will close, out of a total of 44. Now, I’ll be honest, and say that I don’t make a great deal of use of the branch library in my village, […]