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!

Category: ALTC

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

http://octel.alt.ac.uk/ 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

http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit-the-houses/whats-on.html/mooc.html

already run but resources are there

some excellent links to MOOC papers here:

http://www.icde.org/en/icde_news/news_archive/2013/Recent+reports+and+papers+on+MOOCs+and+Online+education.b7C_wRfSYa.ip

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/240193/13-1173-maturing-of-the-mooc.pdf

 

Educause special editions on MOOCs:

www.educause.edu/discuss/teaching-and-learning/blended-and-online-learning-constituent-group/vol-9-no-3-merlot-journal-online-learning-and-tea

 

http://www.educause.edu/discuss/teaching-and-learning/blended-and-online-learning-constituent-group/vol-9-no-2-special-issue-moocs-merlot-journal-onl

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.

http://bit.ly/1oIknNi

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:  http://www.aldinhe.ac.uk/huddersfield14

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:http://www.slideshare.net/debbieholley1/al-din-he-flipped-classroom

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