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#fslt12 MOOC Distributed Learning Spaces
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, May 15, 2012
    Over the weekend I prepared a video presentation to provide a brief overview of the learning spaces we will be working in during this MOOC. Actually – as one of my colleagues has already pointed out – it is not so brief – 5 minutes – which I know is a bit too [...] Tue, 15 May 2012 15:19:33 +0000 [Comment]

Scholarship and the 'Tyranny' of Openness
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, May 15, 2012
There have been some great comments by George Veletsianos, Mark McGuire and Fred Garnett on my blog post, which asked the question 'What is a Scholar' –  prompted by George's presentation to ChangeMooc. In George's comment he asks Are we are attempting to impose our values (of openness, sharing, online learning as the future of [...] Tue, 15 May 2012 16:44:07 +0000 [Comment]

#fslt12 Week 0 – starts tomorrow – Monday 14 May
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, May 13, 2012
    The run up to the First Steps in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Mooc is well under way. The course officially starts on 21st May (and will run for 5 weeks until 22nd June), so next week is a good time for anyone who is interested in following the course to have [...] Sun, 13 May 2012 15:33:15 +0000 [Comment]

What is a scholar?
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, May 13, 2012
George Veletsianos' presentation to Week 33 of Change Mooc  has been very timely for the First Steps in Learning and Teaching Mooc  that I am planning with colleagues  at the moment. George has posted a recording of his presentation to his blog and it is worth listening to. (See also – Another very interesting part [...] Sun, 13 May 2012 07:17:36 +0000 [Comment]

Scholars' participation and practices online
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 30, 2012
This is the title of George Veletsianos' talk to Week 33 of ChangeMooc.  George is asking questions which are directly relevant to the Mooc that I am planning with colleagues from Oxford Brookes University – George Roberts, Marion Waite, Liz Lovegrove, Joe Rosa, and Sylvia Currie from British Columbia. I like the way George has [...] Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:37:33 +0000 [Comment]

#fslt12 MOOC – Registration
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 24, 2012
Although the development of the First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC is still a work in progress, the course is now open for Registration – ‘First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ is a free online course, which will run from 21 May to 22 June 2012, and [...] Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:37:44 +0000 [Comment]

Online Residency
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 20, 2012
Yesterday (April 19th) I dipped into an HEA workshop (face-to-face in Oxford with open virtual access – I was in the latter group) and enjoyed it so much that I stayed the entire day. The Process There were a few things that made this event enjoyable. 1. I knew, at least by name, quite a [...] Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:04:01 +0000 [Comment]

Changing attitudes to leadership
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 13, 2012
Dr Martha Cleveland-Innes asks (in changeMooc) this week – 'Who needs leadership?' Who needs leadership mooc View more PowerPoint from martic This was a thoughtful presentation. I liked the measured pace and the challenge to traditional ways of thinking about leadership. It seems that there is no longer in this post-modern era a grand theory [...] Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:37:20 +0000 [Comment]

#fslt Expression of Interest and Assessment
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 10, 2012
  Here is a bit more information about the First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC being planned by Oxford Brookes University to run from 21st May to 22nd June 2012. Expression of Interest Quite a number of people have completed this online form – and we already have a wonderful [...] Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:47:03 +0000 [Comment]

Understanding Digital Citizenship
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 05, 2012
Alec Couros was the speaker in Changemooc this week. He is clearly a popular speaker and there were a number of people attending who obviously regarded him with a great deal of affection. Alec talked about digital citizenship in terms of Cyber-safety (keeping safe and being able to discern truth from hoaxes and myths); Memes [...] Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:25:07 +0000 [Comment]

First Steps in Learning and Teaching MOOC – Update
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 05, 2012
This is a new MOOC due to run from 21st May to 22nd June 2012.  It is aimed at new lecturers, people entering higher education teaching from other sectors, postgraduate students who teach and experienced lecturers who would like to update and share their knowledge and expertise. George Roberts , Marion Waite   and I [...] Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:18:05 +0000 [Comment]

Embodied Learning
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 04, 2012
At what point do we forget or cease to think about intelligence as being embodied and think of it only in terms of our brains and minds. Little children naturally use their bodies for learning. Most children in nursery schools do not read and write. They learn through their bodies in the sand and water [...] Wed, 04 Apr 2012 09:59:21 +0000 [Comment]

Where do scholars reside?
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Apr 01, 2012
Week 27 in ChangeMOOC showed us what a Scholar in Residence gets up to. Antonio Vantaggiato shared the work he started as Scholar in Residence at New York University last summer. This work focuses on exploring the myths surrounding teaching, learning and technology. These are listed in this index - and explored further in [...] Sun, 01 Apr 2012 05:38:36 +0000 [Comment]

How to avoid getting sick in India
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Mar 28, 2012
In today's live ChangeMooc session with Antonio Vantaggiato  (which I will come to  again in another post), I was sorry to hear that Stephen Downes, George Siemens and Dave Cormier all suffered from 'Delhi Belly' as a result of their trip to India. I wish I had shared my strategies for avoiding this earlier. [...] Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:41:50 +0000 [Comment]

Identity Online
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Mar 24, 2012
This week has seen the last Networked Learning Conference Hotseat for this year – Managing your Online Learner Identity Having followed the Hotseat discussions, the topic seems to have raised more questions than it has answered. It started with a discussion about what we mean by online learner identity, online identity, learner identity, or simply [...] Sat, 24 Mar 2012 18:49:23 +0000 [Comment]

Is ChangeMooc some sort of test?
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Mar 23, 2012
I think I am missing something somewhere – but where? I am missing Weeks 26, 27 and 28 of ChangeMooc. According to the schedule this is what should have happened. Week 26- Mar 5-Mar 11 – Grainne Conole  was supposed to speak. Nothing happened that week. We were told that ‘the gang’ would be travelling [...] Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:39:04 +0000 [Comment]

Online Learner Identity – final NLC Hotseat
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Mar 19, 2012
Managing your online learner identity Kamakshi Rajagopal, Adriana Berlanga, and Peter Sloep March 19th – 23rd This promises to be an interesting final Hotseat before the Networked Learning Conference due to take place in Maastricht next month. Kamakshi Rajagopal has started the discussion off with these questions: Is our online learner identity really important for [...] Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:21:36 +0000 [Comment]

The philosophy of MOOCs
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Mar 11, 2012
There are currently lots of blog posts around, asking yet again 'What is a MOOC?' and about the different types of MOOCs  –  see for example Osvaldo Rodriguez blog George Siemens' Elearnspace blog Stephen Downes' Half and Hour site John Mak’s Blog MOOCs are even being discussed on a German blog which I could only [...] Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:12:52 +0000 [Comment]

Questions to ask when planning a MOOC
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Mar 01, 2012
The task that has been set by Stephen Downes in Week 25 of ChangeMooc,   is to create and present an artifact, which answers the three questions below. Since I am currently working on planning a new MOOC (massive open online course) – First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, May 21st – [...] Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:50:07 +0000 [Comment]

Knowledge, Learning and Community: Elements of Effective Learning
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Mar 01, 2012
This is the title of Stephen Downes’ presentation to Week 25 of ChangeMooc Here is the link to a Recording of the session Also here: Slides, audio and Elluminate video recording   My notes from the session What is knowledge? It is not memory. It is not facts or laws, which are slippery. It is [...] Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:36:44 +0000 [Comment]

Passionate teaching – a la Geetha Narayanan
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Feb 25, 2012
Geetha Narayanan's presentation to ChangeMooc this week has coincided with an evening out with a friend who has recently qualified as a primary school teacher and it has been very interesting to think further about Geetha's approach to teaching and learning, and how newly qualified teachers are expected to teach in the UK. I mentioned [...] Sat, 25 Feb 2012 19:37:04 +0000 [Comment]

Dangerous ideas for the future of teaching and learning
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Feb 22, 2012
A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame.  The teacher who has come to the end of his subject, who has no living traffic with his knowledge, but merely repeats his lesson to his students can [...] Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:28:59 +0000 [Comment]

What is Academic Rigour?
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Feb 19, 2012
This is a question that was raised near the end of Tom Reeves  very interesting presentation to ChangeMooc this week. Recording for this session The focus of Tom's presentation was educational research and the lack of impact of educational technology research on educational policy and practice. To address this problem he has worked with colleagues [...] Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:30:04 +0000 [Comment]

First Steps to Planning a MOOC
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Feb 17, 2012
We started planning for this MOOC last week – I blogged about it here – There has already been a lot written about planning and running a MOOC. Stephen Downes has written a lot of blog posts about this and done many presentations.  (See for example, ; and Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:29:11 +0000 [Comment]

A New MOOC for May/June – First Steps into Teaching in FE/HE
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Feb 11, 2012
I have been invited to work with the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development to develop a short MOOC (4-6 weeks) for Educational Developers and all those interested in teaching and learning in Further and Higher Education. I will be working with Marion Waite and George Roberts, who has already started blogging about it [...] Sat, 11 Feb 2012 11:43:29 +0000 [Comment]

Creative Conversation
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Feb 08, 2012
This is the subject of Chapter 4 of Prof Pierre Lévy's book: THE SEMANTIC SPHERE COMPUTATION, COGNITION AND THE INFORMATION ECONOMY Volume 1, which he has shared with ChangeMooc this week This is a fascinating chapter on many counts and I found it easier to read and relate to that Chapter 1. Prof Lévy discusses [...] Wed, 08 Feb 2012 12:25:05 +0000 [Comment]

Prof Pierre Levy: The IEML Philosophy
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Feb 06, 2012
Prof Pierre Lévy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Collective Intelligence University of Ottawa, is the speaker this week in Change Mooc. This is part of his introduction: The human species can be defined by its special ability to manipulate symbols. Each great augmentation in this ability [...] Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:30:45 +0000 [Comment]

IRRODL – A new edition has been published
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Feb 01, 2012
The first edition of IRRODL for 2012 is now out, and one of the 15 articles is the one I spent a lot of last year working on with Carmen Tschofen Tschofen, C. & Mackness, J. (2011) Connectivism and Dimensions of Individual Experience. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Having both [...] Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:21:43 +0000 [Comment]

The place of ‘the teacher’ in relation to open content
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Jan 29, 2012
Change Mooc, Week 18: Richard DeMillo, Ashwin Ram, Preetha Ram, and Hua Ali Social Networks, Learning Communities, and Web Science – See also Web Concepts: Change in Education and the Laws of the Web  Updated pdf available for download from Rich DeMillo, Mike McCracken and Ashwin Ram's first #change11 session for week 20. Social [...] Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:39:27 +0000 [Comment]

‘Open space rewards consensus and punishes dissent’
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Jan 21, 2012
Dave Snowden made a number of provocative statements  in his presentation to Week 17 of ChangeMooc, but 'open space leads to consensus' and 'consensus is rewarded, dissent is punished' were two that caught my attention. As with all such statements, they have to be taken in context. He was arguing that spaces that lead to [...] Sat, 21 Jan 2012 10:37:32 +0000 [Comment]

Dave Snowden on The 21st Century University
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Jan 19, 2012
Notes from Dave Snowden's Presentation to Week 17 of ChangeMooc, 18-01-12 Learning and the Human Brain The assumption that the human brain is a computational device has led to an information focus in learning. There is a dominance of machine-type metaphors. We have been seduced by machines, leading to an education system dominated by input/output [...] Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:01:21 +0000 [Comment]

Balancing technology and pedagogy in learning music online
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Jan 13, 2012
Last week I was contacted by a past student – David Rees. Any teacher will know what a thrill it is to be remembered by a past student. In the intervening years, since I taught him, David has graduated from Cambridge University and now works at the Royal College of Music. His interest is in [...] Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:29:25 +0000 [Comment]

4th Networked Learning Hot Seat is underway
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Jan 12, 2012
This year’s fourth Hot Seat discussion in the area of networked learning (in preparation for the 2012 conference) runs from January 9-13. Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Vivien Hodgson, and David McConnell are facilitating a week-long asynchronous discussion, Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning. The Hot Seat discussion has 3 parts: History of Networked Learning in the UK [...] Thu, 12 Jan 2012 07:28:58 +0000 [Comment]

Autonomy, assessment and guiding forces
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Dec 21, 2011
Lisa Lane has written a blog post  - The Guiding  Force -  that has captured my interest. In her post, she asks us to identify  our 'guiding forces' in planning our work as teachers – or as she calls them – instructors.  (As an aside, I find the use of language here an interesting cultural [...] Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:58:39 +0000 [Comment]

#Change11- Half way point reflections
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Dec 19, 2011
Well it's time to take stock a bit – not the ideal time – with Xmas looming and everything that entails and needs thinking about  – mostly food. Every year I cannot believe how much food is consumed But how much of Change MOOC have I consumed and what are my tentative and first reflections [...] Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:31:14 +0000 [Comment]

Pas de Deux online partnerships
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Dec 19, 2011
Today I was really warmed by an email I received from a colleague I am working with in which he wrote that the work we are doing together is ' a great pas de deux'. The description of Pas de Deux that I found in the first few lines of this website  -  I think [...] Mon, 19 Dec 2011 17:41:17 +0000 [Comment]

3rd Networked Learning Hotseat: Dec 12-16
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Dec 11, 2011
Prior to the Networked Learning 2012 conference on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Maastricht, The Netherlands we are offering an exciting series of online hot seats hosted here by some of the leading thinkers in the field. From October 2011 we will have a Hot Seat each month till the conference starts. This year’s [...] Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:46:50 +0000 [Comment]

Doubts about Slow learning
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Dec 10, 2011
I thought I would enjoy this Week 13 in ChangeMooc - presented by Clark Quinn on 'slow learning', but instead I find myself a bit at odds with some of the ideas that have been discussed. I think the main problem is the terminology, i.e. 'slow learning'. I just don't think it describes the ideas [...] Sat, 10 Dec 2011 17:20:26 +0000 [Comment]

Constraints and Change in ChangeMooc
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 26, 2011
Thanks to Jon Dron for a fascinating week in Changemooc, which started with discussions about the need to balance hard and soft technologies in learning environments and ended with discussion and reflection on whether MOOCs need to integrate more constraints to allow for greater emergent learning, engagement and creativity.  Here is a link to the [...] Sat, 26 Nov 2011 15:07:17 +0000 [Comment]

IRRODL Special Issue: Emergent Learning, Connections, Design for Learning
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 25, 2011
A special issue of IRRODL – The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning -has just been published. Vol 12, No 7 (2011): Special Issue – Emergent Learning, Connections, Design for Learning This is a refereed open e-journal which you can access here: It is great to see recognised names amongst the [...] Fri, 25 Nov 2011 19:24:09 +0000 [Comment]

Everyday Life and Learning, a lecture by Jean Lave
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 25, 2011
Jean Lave, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley, was speaking at Lancaster University this week. She gave a very densely packed intense lecture, which was filmed, but I'm not sure whether the recording will be made publicly available. It will be a shame if it is not, because it was the type of lecture [...] Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:56:18 +0000 [Comment]

The reality of working with soft and hard technologies
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 24, 2011
Jon Dron's presentation to ChangeMOOC this week is very timely. I am working on a University funded project to develop training materials which will be used around the country to deliver school training on a given topic. The materials will be in hard copy, on DVD and online. This is an ideal opportunity for me [...] Thu, 24 Nov 2011 19:13:24 +0000 [Comment]

Getting the balance right between soft and hard technologies..
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 24, 2011
... this was the subject of Jon Dron's fascinating talk to ChangeMOOC this week – Why was it fascinating? Well – not being a learning technologist, nor any other type of technologist and in many ways somewhat technophobic, it made me rethink how I work with technologies and in particular the relationship between different [...] Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:41:05 +0000 [Comment]

Constraints drive creativity?
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 23, 2011
Reading through the wealth of ideas that Jon Dron has presented us with this week, the idea that constraints drive creativity caught my attention. See this post of Jon's with reference to the quote by Stravinsky – “The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. ...." This raises the question of constraints [...] Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:53:15 +0000 [Comment]

The Tyranny of Sharing
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 18, 2011
I have really enjoyed listening to Erik Duval this week in his presentation to ChangeMOOC   on Learning in Times of Abundance I was particularly interested in Erik's second presentation where he described how his students are required to comment on each other's blogs – to be 'open', 'to share'.  His approach is – 'if you [...] Fri, 18 Nov 2011 20:53:27 +0000 [Comment]

2nd Networked Learning Hotseat – Nov 20-25
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 18, 2011
The Ist Hotseat was well worth attending – so I’m looking forward to this one. Value of Nets, Sets and Groups This year’s second Hot Seat discussion in the area of networked learning runs from November 20-25. Terry Anderson & Jon Dron will facilitate a discussion on Nets, sets and groups. They start the week on Sunday 20th [...] Fri, 18 Nov 2011 21:55:55 +0000 [Comment]

Information abundance and learning
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 15, 2011
Erik Duval's topic for Change MOOC this week was Learning in a Time of Abundance , which he equates to changes in connectedness (we can be more connected to people and information than ever before), openness and transparency (access and resources) and 'always on' (e.g. students access their online connections 24/7). See also – [...] Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:09:37 +0000 [Comment]

Rhizomatic learning, teaching, fact and truth...
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 13, 2011
... these are some of the ideas that Dave Cormier discussed with Jeff Lebow  -  as part of his week's presentation to ChangeMOOC. There is lots to think about in this video. These are some of the ideas I noted in watching it. Positivists can be problematic for an idea like rhizomatic learning, i.e. challenging [...] Sun, 13 Nov 2011 20:47:40 +0000 [Comment]

Critical Discussion in MOOCs
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 11, 2011
I have been thinking a lot about Terry Anderson's post and the reaction it provoked in the changemooc sychronous session and in responses to the post (I think this is the right recording of the sychronous session). In this post Terry  'laid bare' that he felt alienated in the session on Rhizomatic Learning led by Dave [...] Fri, 11 Nov 2011 22:18:52 +0000 [Comment]

Rhizomatic Learning – does the metaphor stand up?
jennymackness, Jenny Connected, Nov 10, 2011
This is rather a bold question to which I don't have any answers, but about which I do have some tentative thoughts. Metaphors are a powerful tool for helping people to visualize and think about whatever is being discussed differently, in new ways or with fresh understanding. But metaphors have to be used carefully, or [...] Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:22:09 +0000 [Comment]

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