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Online and Digital Learning

Enabling learners to continue learning beyond programmes of study

Following on from a Twitter chat on the role of learning design that took place in 2020, I was invited back to follow up on one of the questions which focused on how educators can support learners to learn, both during and beyond programmes of study. Co-leading again with Sandra Huskinson, the six questions we […]

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Educational Technology

Early-career learning technologists professional development: What is the role of a learning technologist?

This month, for the Early-Career Learning Technologist professional development group on LinkedIn, which I coordinate with Daniel Scott and Sandra Huskinson, our starter posts are on the theme of ‘the role of the learning technologist’. What is already apparent is that the role definition of a learning technologist can be very broad, and has been […]

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Online and Digital Learning

Between the trend lines: the digital university in 2021

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) conducts an annual survey of professionals and researchers working in learning technology, supporting and delivering services in educational institutions and other organisations. The most recent data was collected between December 2020 – January 2021, and the report published in February 2021. This post captures my thoughts as I looked […]

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Online and Digital Learning

Accessibility, balance and confidence: three areas of development for higher education

I’ve been looking at various surveys, analyses and reports recently to understand trends and the ongoing development in the higher education sector as online learning becomes established as embedded, rather than emergency provision, for campus-based programmes. In this post I explore Jisc’s Student digital experience insights survey (Jisc, 2021), which provides a useful snapshot of […]

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Digital Literacy Online and Digital Learning

Reading: Becoming digitally literate (Eynon 2021)

Reading notes. How we support learners from all backgrounds to be able to engage with online learning is of particular interest to me. Online learning can be transformative, it offers the possibility of open access, wide reach, international learning communities and learning for all levels of prior knowledge. In order for online learning to be […]

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Online and Digital Learning

Reflections on SRHE seminar on mature students and adult learning in higher education

I have previously written in an opinion piece about my view of the role of education, and specifically online learning, to enable and empower all people as lifelong learners. This is a fundamental need in an age where careers change, technology advances and unpredictability reigns. To realise the advantage of online learning, learners need the […]

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Online and Digital Learning

Learning technologists as learning designers: towards sustainable online education

This post explores some of the themes from a short workshop Sandra Huskinson and I ran for the ALT Winter Conference on 15 December 2020 (Huskinson and Cornock, 2020a). At the end of the session we invited participants to reflect and set a professional development goal. After you’ve read this post, I’d encourage you to […]

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Online and Digital Learning

Does learning need to be designed and what roles are involved in learning design? Initial reflections of #LTHEchat

I was delighted to be asked to work with Sandra Huskinson to pose the questions for a #LTHEchat on Twitter on 8 October 2020 exploring learning design. Particularly when many educators are shifting to online learning, by choice or necessity, the role of critical discussions about what works, and what doesn’t, in different modes of […]

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Online and Digital Learning

Blended hybrid online digital dual delivery learning and teaching – will students get lost in the design?

The approaches taken by higher education institutions to continue teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic have shown the imagination and creativity of the sector. New ways of thinking about the purpose of higher education, how learners can achieve the same objectives through different learning media and be more responsive to external factors is certainly […]

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Online and Digital Learning

Enabling professional development by letting go of the pedagogical paradigms: considering the role of learning design, data and research in my practice (part 4 – learning rhythms)

This is the final post of four capturing my paper presented at the ALT Conference, 3-5 September 2019, Edinburgh (abstract, annotated slides, video recording). This section looks at the contradictions prevalent in designing MOOCs (massive open online courses) and expands upon the presentation with exploration of personalised learning. Previous posts explored: professional learning perspectives, contradictions in open […]