Monthly Archives: May 2014

Biographic narrative approaches to Health

The recent stage of my EU ‘sojourn’ has been fascinating and enjoyable. I used my biographic narrative expertise to interpret a number of  interviews from health professionals, working in GP Practices in the north of England, uncovering where informal learning takes place in their workplaces. The NHS changes, I discovered, are making big differences to working life – previous ‘spaces’ for sharing ideas and discussing practice are being slowly eroded, leaving a need for an alternative of some kind – perhaps our online EU ‘Help seeking’ tool! For those unfamiliar with biographic narrative, Tom Wengraf, author the best selling book Qualitative Research Interviewing (Sage 2001) has agreed to share a very short overview – available here: Quick Outline Sketch of BNIM-14. My work on the interviews gave me valuable insights now workshops are running with health professionals. The first one explored existing professional networks, the second one was about co-designing their own ‘ideal’ network, and the final one will run in the autumn, when a more developed tool will be available. Empirical work is really exciting!

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More about MOOCs

More about MOOC s @ALDinHE

I went to the talk by the innovative team at the University of Northampton who are working on a combination of a MOOC/SOOC (small online open access course!)! Launching for 13,500 potential students this summer so no pressure there then!…..and one iteration will link to a 10 credit module, be facilitated/ peer reviewed by student ambassadors- a study skills for academic success. Other talks re ‘things MOOC’ various snippets caught my attention –
the difference between “C” constructivist MOOCs and ‘X’ MOOCs which are more structured and directive. Suggested ways forward is a hybrid MOOC
Platforms – Coursera, Udacity, Futurelearn, EdX
Badges are of interest
Pilot MOOCs with sixth forms students

Ones people have tried and liked just started, on coursera and run by the ALT C crew

Sian Baynes digital cultures one starts again Nov 2014

And was fascinated by this Shakespeare one

already run but resources are there

some excellent links to MOOC papers here:

And the UK policy document on MOOCs here: ‘maturing the MOOC’


Educause special editions on MOOCs:

And an excellent blog posting:

I recently added an extended blog post looking at the issues of MOOC pedagogy and the difficulties in defining and evaluating it.  It is hopefully a thought provoking piece that challenges some of the orthodoxies and assumptions around the MOOC-steria that has enveloped the sector over the last few years.

As always, the opinions in my blog are my own J

Cheers Peter Peter Bryant

Head of Learning Technology and Innovation/Centre for Learning Technology

London School of Economics and Political Science



ALDinHE Conference 2014

ALDinHE Conference 2014

So busy Easter – went to the ever fantastic ALDinHE conference, warmly welcomed by University of Huddersfield – #aldcon for the conference tweets and all abstracts here:

My own talk (with the virtual Helen Webster (@schloristic_rat) was a workshop on how to put together a flipped classroom- the key principles, some theory, hands on ideas and what worked for me – the online resources and what we changed in the classroom. presentation here on slide-share:

Then it was over to Bradford to work with colleagues from Leeds University: Leeds Medical School on the EU Learning Layers project….