Category Archives: #MoocMooc

Scaffolding

I know that some folk dislike the term scaffolding. For example, in a recent post Sean Michael Morris explains why he didn’t attempt to scaffold #MoocMooc, and that started a healthy debate about the metaphor. I didn’t catch it all, but … Continue reading

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When the student is ready …

There’s a saying that is (apparently) falsely attributed to Buddha, which says that: I was reminded of that during the latest #MoocMooc chat when Mark said that: @Jessifer@jasoncummings1@NomadWarMachine@yishaym@slamteacher Much f2f is about control / design online to lose control #moocmooc … Continue reading

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In defence of the VLE

It’s easy to bash the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). I’m not going to pretend that it is a universal panacea for online or blended learning, but it is not as bad as some folk make out.  I think it’s easy to forget just … Continue reading

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Six word manifesto for learning

Today Sean asked us to: Write a six word manifesto about learning, about your learning, about learning management, about building environments for learning.  See here Here’s mine (above). More mantra than manifesto, this is what I have become thanks to … Continue reading

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Words can hurt

There’s an old playground saying that we used to bandy around a lot as children: Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never harm me. I said it a lot to all the bullies who laughed at me for … Continue reading

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What’s the point of ethics?

It’s a frequent misconception that the Hippocratic Oath contains the phrase “do no harm”, and that means that doctors can’t do anything that might hurt their patients. But it doesn’t,  and sometimes they have to.  Primarily the thrust of the … Continue reading

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Scribbling all over the place.

I’ve never been one to toe the line: my automatic reaction to being told I must do something is to say no, and I spend way longer looking for ways to thwart bureaucracy than obeying its diktats.  And I loathe … Continue reading

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Institutionalisation of values

Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.  Rousseau, Social Contract, Book 1 I’m teaching my first years Rousseau and I’m (meant to be) reading Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society – everywhere I look there are critiques of the state … Continue reading

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Anarchy

As my old supervisor, Dudley Knowles, used to say, the anarchist is not typically found skulking outside the Houses of Parliament with a bomb beneath her long, black coat – the philosophical anarchist is a gentle soul with a belief … Continue reading

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Sapere Aude

In 1784 Kant asked a question: What is Enlightenment? His answer was that it was having the courage to use one’s own reason: Sapere Aude –  dare to be wise. In order for this to happen, he said, we must be free … Continue reading

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