Author Archives: NomadWarMachine

Fibonacci socks

I made socks. In response to my suggestion Wendy sent me a pattern for a Fibonacci spiral. I worked out the rest of the pattern using Fibonacci numbers for the stripes: I’m really pleased with the result. So if you’d … Continue reading

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Pollok Park

A trip out today to Pollok Park. Virginia creeper around the Edwardian House: Standing on a bridge over the river Cart Zooming in: Looking for horses that bite and kick: Autumn is here, but this Indian Balsam is still flowering … Continue reading

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Miscommunication

Random moments of misconnection: George, a Chinese UG, tells me how hard it is to study independently when there is so much he does not understand in lectures. He struggles to understand aurally and finds it hard to use lecture … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Lurking

Lurking is a potential problem for theories of social constructivism and principles of active learning. It’s also a problem for data analytics – if the student is not VISIBLE, how do we KNOW that they are learning? The invisible are … Continue reading

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A haiku for the weekend

Writing a chunk of my lit review this weekend. I am not sure if these are my favourite books, but they are definitely some of the ones that have had the most influence on my thinking. Some are old friends, … Continue reading

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Authentic writing and academic voice

A meeting with my supervisors this week to discuss some of my work. A good meeting – they like my writing, they’re confident in my ability to finish writing up this PhD. Then Vic speaks. He tells me that he … Continue reading

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How to philosophise with a hammer

A concept is a brick. It can be used to build the courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window. Deleuze and Guattari¬†ATP p x11 At other times another means of recovery which is even more to … Continue reading

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Twitter chat personas

I’ve been thinking a lot about the different ways of interacting, or not, on Twitter this week, and I’ve come up with a rough list of types of engagement in Twitter conversations: Academic:¬† adds relevant academic references Networker: links to … Continue reading

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It depends how you look at it

There’s a story that’s often told about a bunch of blind men and an elephant. Each man only encounters a part of the elephant and, based on their partial understanding, disagree with the others about the *real* nature of the … Continue reading

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Stealing learning

He came like a thief in the night. Stealthily, furtively, he crept in. With nobody watching he grabbed it, clutched at it with all his might, cradled it close to his chest and shuffled away. This picture of learners who … Continue reading

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