Is Student Power the way to get Universities interested in Open Badges?

I’ve been researching Open Badges (and other forms of digital credentialing) for a while now, and have been curious why they have not yet found a firm niche within Higher Education. I’d suggest part of the answer is Universities are generally resistant to the philosophy of Openness that is enshrined within Open Badges. The University business…

How I survived the Open Badgeocalypse

2025: It was 3 years after the Badgocalypse, when the whole of human experience had been carved up by the corporations. As it was a Saturday, I awoke to find out I’d already earned two badges- one for above average REM from a healthcare agency, and the other for punctuality from my employer, as I’d…

Looking at the MOOC through the UKPSF prism: a few notes

So how does my MOOC map onto the UKPSF? The UKPSF, or UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (2011) to give it’s full title, has been developed by The Higher Education Academy on behalf of the UK higher education sector, Guild HE and Universities UK. The material and content is…

What makes Action Research tick?

These notes started with me asking myself “Why are students allergic to research?” Ask new students about research, and they’ll see it as a bookish pursuit, which invariably means sitting down and concentrating, neither of which are overly popular. There’s also an assumption that research is at the planning stage- before the exciting ‘doing’ stage,…

The Community is the Curriculum: Rhizomatic Learning

Preface “I am convinced that the best learning takes place when the learner takes charge” Seymour Papert Looking at how we structure higher education and the taxonomies we use to support that structure led me to wonder how far our understanding of teaching and learning is led by those structures. Frameworks, Units, Projects, Tasks, like…

A MOOC Point: Universities go freemium?

I wrote this article over 3 years ago on halogenic.me but it’s a useful intro to the history, so I’ve copied it over here…. In the US, 2012 was the year of the MOOC or Massive Open Online Classroom. The surprise development of free courses at the likes of the Higher Education elite like Yale, Stanford and Harvard…

The CONVERSATIONAL FRAMEWORK: Spotlight on Teaching

Note: This is a draft exploring some ideas. Diana Laurillard talks about teaching as a ‘Design Science’ not as a craft, or art. With readily available learning designs or pedagogical patterns teachers can share what works and build on the knowledge of others. I want to examine the ways in which the teacher interacts with…

Heutagogy

To me, there’s an attractive teleological progression from Pedagogical to Andragogical frameworks, but I also think part of our job in HE is to make ourselves less relevant to the student in the long run. Knowle’s Andragogy still has a program of study outlined by the teacher, – it’s still teacher managed. So to me,…

Andragogy

Education has traditionally been seen as a form of transmission, of broadcast. It was always the teacher and the institution who decided what the learner needed to know, and how knowledge and skills should be transmitted. This is to be expected since Pedagogy concerned itself initially with teaching children- empty vessels to be filled. Although…

Good CoP, Bad CoP #1: When Communities of Practice go bad

  “The Cartesian worldview of “I think, therefore I am” seems to be finally giving way. A next step, “We participate, therefore we are,” better captures today’s ethos, we think” John Seely Brown and Estee Solomon Gray, Creating a Learning Culture: Strategy, Practice, and Technology (2003)  I first heard the term Communities of Practice (CoP) used in…

Good CoP, Bad CoP #2: the Business of Communities of Practice

The business of Communities of Practice I found it interesting that Etienne Wenger was initially surprised to see that the first people who adopted Communities of Practice were Businesses and not Education. They saw that their typical learning strategies based around schooling- bundling people off to training courses- were not working. So I decided to…