"Letters from the Edge: Keep Calm and Carry On" @jamesclay #jiscel10 #uksnow

Below is a blog entry written by James Clay for the currently ongoing #JISCEL10 conference, drawing upon a title I suggested for our talk at #PELC10 (Keep Calm and Carry On - my PhD research included this topic). As we are running into another freezing cold snap, the issues we raised at that conference are raised highly again. At the University of Winchester as we look to embed the use of Wimba amongst staff (and…

The iPad – A Game Changer for E-Learning? // Graham Brown-Martin // #jiscel10

The article by Graham Brown Martin prepared for the #jiscel10 conference is fascinating, particularly having reviewed one recently, and finding that others want to use it, but because of the way iTunes works, it has been personalised to me, and I don't particularly want people being able to use my email, etc. I have picked out some of the sections that particularly stood out for me: The fact is that the office metaphor doesn’t work…

Are Universities Ripe for Transition?

Is human-time running into its hourglass? Or worse, is the hourglass broken and the sand rapidly spilling out? Instead of finally facing up to what is fundamentally wrong with our global society, the picture since Copenhagen (or is it the collapse of Lehmann bros.?), seems to be one where our political and economic leaders, policy-makers and opinion-formers, are not simply bent on avoiding, side-stepping, or even denying outright the crisis of the biosphere but are…

FarmVille: they reap what you sow

There can be no more elegant example of the alienation of the modern workplace than the fact that hundreds of millions of employees across the globe spend their lunch hours pretending to be farmers on the internet. With all the breathtaking and transformative power of the web at their fingertips, armies of workers and young people still choose to spend their online hours growing virtual potatoes on badly animated digital fields. One of the biggest…

My Thinking & Preparation for #jiscel10 podcast

Hear the full podcast. What have you got from attending previous JISC Online Conferences? What has been the impact on your practice or institution. Last year I’d only been in role for a few weeks. Prior to gaining the role as Blended Learning Fellow at the University of Winchester I’d followed the ALT-C conference via Twitter, and followed a number of people who featured highly in online discussions. All seemed to be heading for the…