Well HEWN

Keen observers will note a new link added to the list: Hack Education Weekly Newsletter (hence the HEWN). It’s the product of Audrey Watters, a ‘stirrer of the pot’ who appears to aim to keep the ed tech community on its toes (pardon the mixed metaphors).

HEWN pageHEWN is very good: a lively, light-hearted (with serious undertones) and well-written encapsulation of Audrey’s observations and issues that provide us with a choice of topics and links to pursue. And there’s plenty of them, as the sample page herein pictured attests. If you go to the particular post in the pic (No. 167, June 25, 2016), along with the links, you’ll find (spoiler alert) an amusing little video of a robot dog slipping on a banana skin.

I could add a discussion of the posts I’ve liked and the links that have informed me, but that serves no productive purpose. Enjoy it yourself … and subscribe or bookmark it.

“The future of the academic book is in your hands”

The title quote is the final sentence in the Introduction to The Academic Book of the Future, a compilation of contributions with messages for academics, publishers, librarians and booksellers. It’s an outcome of the machinations of a group devoted to a “two-year AHRC[Arts & Humanities Research Council]-funded research project exploring the future of the academic book.Continue reading

Instructional designers: here’s a topic I know something about

Yes, a bold claim, I’ll admit. But not only did I work as an instructional designer (or whatever alternative title you want to use) but I also did my PhD on instructional designers. In essence, what I was investigated was the question of what instructional designers do. Continue reading

Another word I didn’t know: ‘editathon’

Editathon  I’m not too fussed that I didn’t know this word. It’s a new(ish) one, dreamed up just a few years ago to identify “an event where people develop open knowledge around a specific topic”. I chanced upon it when browsing the site for OER16, the 7th Open Educational Resources Conference, Open Culture, held on the 19th-20th April 2016 at the University of Edinburgh. One of the presentations outlined the journey of a group of 50 people who jointly created pages in Wikipedia by means of said ‘editathon’. Continue reading

Digression: why are there no female F1 drivers?

The famous name of Bugatti has in recent years been revived by the re-emergence of the marque as a manufacturer of fast and innovative cars. But do current aficionados realise just how famous the name Bugatti was in its heyday, and just how prominent it was in Grand Prix racing? Continue reading

The battle takes a new twist: mutiny

The rise and rise of the ‘openness’ movement in education is well documented, having gained momentum in the last few decades through open learning, open educational resources and other associated areas of endeavour. A particular hotbed of continual debate and conflict is the area of open publishing, well documented in Martin Weller’s The Battle For Open (2014). Continue reading