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Web Sciences – faster, rich, responsive, shared …

Life happened at the opening of the MOOC on Web Sciences from the University of Southampton (SOTON)  - the imminent arrival of a great-grand child is announced while two in their late 80s make their departures, one with little warning,

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Posted in Blogging, Collaboration, E-Learning, L&D, Language, Learning, Life, Mobile learning, MOOCs, presence, Retention, Scaffolding, Secondary Education, Team Building, Tertiary Education, Web Sciences SOTON

Reading ‘Red Nile: a biography of the world’s greatest river’ – a gem

At times you laugh out loud, always informative, great stories, full of well-known facts with a twist, as well as a myriad of gems. The kind of book I would have bought and sent to people for the pleasure of

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Posted in Creativity, Language, Learning, Life, Memory, Metaphor, Mind Bursts, PhD, Reading, Reading, voice, Words, Writing

To teach is to nurture and the best metaphor for the mind is to see it as a garden

Uta Firth wants knowledge of the brain to inform education the way knowledge of the body informs medicine.

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Posted in Accessibility, E-Learning, H810: Accessible Online Learning, Language, Learning, Life, MA in Open & Distance Education, Medicine, Memory, Metaphor, PhD, Reading, Reading, Relationships, Research, Scaffolding, The Open University, Words

The Shallows – Nicholas Carr – I’m about to give up after Chapter 3

In Chapter 3, ‘Tools of the mind’, after a potted history of maps (not cartography) and clocks (not horology), we get an equally potty view of the plastic mind and neuroscience. Carr is no neuroscientist – three decades ago he

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Posted in Blogging, E-Learning, Innovations, Language, Learning, Life, Reading, Writing

The memory is the mind process happening in your brain, it can never be the artefact that plays back footage of an experience.

Fig. 1. Bill Gates featured in a 1985 copy of a regional computer magazine In the introduction to ‘Total Recall’ Bill Gates wonders when he and Gordon Bell first met. Was in 1983 or 1982. What was the context? Can

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Posted in Blogging, Collaboration, Communications, Creativity, Curation, Diary, Dream Bursts, e-Books, E-Learning, Frustrated Creative, Innovations, L&D, Language, Learning, Learning Design, Life, MA in Open & Distance Education, Memory, Metaphor, Mind Bursts, Neuroscience, Primary Education, Reading, Relationships, Retention, Scaffolding, Scrapbook, Secondary Education, Short Story, Steve Jobs, Swimming, Writing

Why e-portfolios have their place in e-learning for retention and evaluation – that or get them blogging

How to use e-portfolios for retention and assessment of online students – that or they use a blog

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Posted in Creativity, E-Learning, e-Portfolio, H800: Technology Enhanced Learning - practices and debates, H810: Accessible Online Learning, Language, Learning, Learning Design, MA in Open & Distance Education, Memory, Retention, Scaffolding, Writing

Email is a snowball fight, a wiki is a snowman … I guess a blog is an ice-sculpture

17th May 2011 I’m taking copious notes from Collaborative Learning in a Wiki Environment: Experiences from a software engineering course. Minocha and Thomas (2007) I made this note at the bottom of the third page: Email = snowball fight Wiki

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Posted in E-Learning, H800: Technology Enhanced Learning - practices and debates, Language, Learning, MA in Open & Distance Education, Metaphor, Neuroscience, Visualization

Life-Logging and the contents of my brain, your brain, easily accessed, shared and ameliorated (or just picked over?)

This fascinates me. When I started blogging in 1999 I called the blog ‘The Contents of My Brain’ as for a couple of years I’d been using an early version of Filemaker Pro offline (in Clarisworks) to assemble/catalogue everything I

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