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Year in Review / 2013

Year in Review / 2013

Welcome to a final few thoughts on and about 2013: what did I do, what did I read, what did I achieve, what did I miss, what did I not do … you get the picture. Well …

  • After thinking, planning, and talking about it for nearly two years I finally got round to planning, writing, and publishing my eBook on QR Codes in Education. (May 2013).
  • Several years in the making I finally completed my CMALT portfolio and submitted it and gained my CMALT accreditation (November 2013).
  • In October I re-read my QR Codes in Education eBook and realised it would read better with a different structure to the contents and I took the opportunity to make it available as a printed book too (November 2013). Working with the CreateSpace website I restructured the materials, redesigned the cover and worked on the 2nd edition of the book (also updating the eBook too to match).
  • Worked closely with colleagues in Leicester on aspects of mobile learning, online marking and feedback, support, course reconfiguration, and roles & responsibilities.
  • Presented a brown bag lunch seminar on “Improving the Student Experience Through Blackboard in the College of Social Science”
  • I am proud to have helped launch the East Midlands Learning Technology SIG including Twitter, blog, LinkedIn group, Google+ group, etc.

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The Future of Education .. from Isaac Asimov, 1988 #edcmooc

This video, a conversation between Bill Moyers and Isaac Asimov in 1988, just goes to show how some people can have the ability to think outside the box of current convention and get it so right. In the 25 years since Asimov’s words here so much has changed, and how his imagination has been so right.

Thanks for @Stephen_Hurley for the original tweet of this and bringing it to me attention. I post it under the #edcmooc hashtag as I think it is also very important for the topics we are covering on the MOOC.

YouTube: Isaac Asimov World of Ideas (pt.2)

There is so much here, in the 10 minutes of the conversation, that I can’t transcribe it all, but the following quotes are just a snapshot of how imaginative Asimov is and how he was thinking outside the conventions of cultural advancements (and how we’ve developed). What next for us … ?

“Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference material in something you’re interested in knowing … you ask,you can find out, you can follow it up and you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, at your own direction, in your own time, then everyone will enjoy learning.”

On the subject of machines ‘de-humanising’ learning:

“As a matter of fact it’s just the reverse. It seems to me that it is through this machine that for the fist time we’ll be able to have a one-to-one relationship between ‘information source’ and ‘information consumer’ … everyone can have a teacher in the form of access to the gathered knowledge of the human species.”

When questioned whether ‘personal learning’ is just for the young:

“No, that’s a good point, it’s not just for the young. That’s another trouble with education as we now have it – it is for the young and people think of education as something that they can finish. And whats more, when they finish that’s a rite of passage into manhood and therefore anything that reminds you of school (reading books, having ideas, asking questions) that’s kids stuff. Now you’re an adult you don’t do that thing any more.”

“The trouble with learning is most people don’t enjoy it because of their circumstances – make it possible for them to enjoy learning and they’ll keep it up.”