1. amiddlet50

    Digital Placemaking

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    I have been developing the concept of hybrid learning space through various activities, research, and writings over the last few years and I will be publishing further on this soon.

    From this work it is time to bring into focus the concept of placemaking – a concept with a diverse …

  2. amiddlet50

    Reflecting on Hybrid Learning Spaces Tweetchat #LTHEchat

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    This week I led the #LTHEchat and I have spent the best part of my Saturday reviewing what everyone said. It was that valuable. Thanks.

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    There are some key themes that came out of the chat.

    As usual, when …

  3. amiddlet50

    (Dis)embodiment in social media space

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    Yesterday I spent a fair amount of time reflecting on the role of embodiment in learning. It’s one of those neglected matters (there a lot of neglected matters when it comes to learning spaces – maybe I should rattle off a series of posts to include topics like friendship, presence, …

  4. amiddlet50

    On the value of placements – a tweetchat

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    Join us via tweetchat at #SHU_AL (Applied Learning Academic Interest Group) this Thursday morning at 9am – 10 am as we explore the topic of Successful Placements.

    “When students come back from placement it is like they have had their eyes opened.” This comment is something I hear frequently from …

  5. amiddlet50

    Active or dependent learning

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    I am doing a lot of thinking about the overuse of binaries in describing learning and learning spaces. One that comes up frequently is the active-passive binary, typically in discussions about the value of lectures in higher education.

    I was challenged by a PVC on this a few years ago …

  6. amiddlet50

    Why did we ever accept an outmoded VLE concept?

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    I never understood why higher education educators so readily accepted the VLE/LMS concept in the late 1990s. Certainly the idea of Virtual Learning Environment was misguided. The idea of Management System comes closer to explaining what we have lived with, but even then LMS suggests that ‘learning’ can be managed …

  7. amiddlet50

    Weaving across the digital physical space

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    Understanding the interconnectivity between the physical digital learning space has been central to my thinking since the participatory web emerged in about 2004. This is what drove my interest back then in podcasting and the ‘digital voice’ and it continues to intrigue me about technology and learning.

    On Friday I …

  8. amiddlet50

    What makes a good network? Join our Tweetchat

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    I am running a workshop with Sue Moron-Garcia this Friday morning (4th November from , 11:50-12:35, UK time) at the SEDA conference. It is titled From Conundrum to Collaboration, Conversation to Connection: Using Networks to Innovate. We will run a Tweetchat in parallel addressing questions about factors leading to effective …

  9. amiddlet50

    The more virtual we become, the more tactile our needs

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    Talve´ (2011) says, “the more virtual we become, the more we seek tactile, earthy, soft nesting spaces in which to rest our bodies and soothe our overactive minds.”

    I think this captures my outlook and interest in learning spaces well. The idea of hybrid space and hybrid learning are proving …

  10. amiddlet50

    Photo elicitation as open learning space

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    Before dispensing with the short paper myself and Kathrine Jensen presented at #OER16 I wanted to return to an image we used.
    The slides we used in our presentation were embedded in the previous post. The title image is reproduced here. Made available under a Creative Commons attribution licence …

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    Studio-based learning#1: Exhibition

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    I am reading Studio Thinking 2: the real benefits if visual art education by Lois Hetland et al. and I am surprising myself, as an art graduate, by how much of what I believe and  I know about learning spaces has been formed through a studio-based education. The book addresses …

  12. amiddlet50

    ‘In-between’thinking on Open Education and Presence

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    Reflecting on a stimulating conversation with Katherine Jensen, Catherine Cronin, Donna Larios and Mark Childs about our shared interest in liminality, I came away with many ideas (of course), a few of which I will develop here.
    First, my starting point is the dependence we have upon binaries in higher …

  13. amiddlet50

    What makes an academic innovator?

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    I am preparing a seminar on academic innovation for the New Year. It is targeted at academics in UK higher education. I would love to hear from academics who may have something to say about being innovative or at least being innovative thinkers.

    Have you any thoughts on the following?…

  14. amiddlet50

    The most important space of all

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    While much of my work at the moment focuses on the formal learning space (that which is timetabled for teacher-facilitated learning) my fascination is and always has been with adjacent space. I talk about adjacent space, adjacency, and proximate space in relation to liminal space.

    These notions of learning space …

  15. amiddlet50

    Managing my learning ecology

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    I developed the My Ecology tool for a discussion workshop I ran at ALT-C 2015 titled The ways we share our innovative thinking and practice. The tool was presented as a quadrant diagram incorporating two axis: the active-passive continuum and the directed-self-determined continuum.
    I realised later that it bears …

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