Category Archives: Blended Learning

Mobile Learning: the state of play

The ecosystem of mobile learning is in constant flux: advances in technology being rivalled by creative methods of applying it in the real world. Sometimes a technology creates possibilities, sometimes inventive minds find creative ways of applying old technologies, and … Continue reading

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A methodology for learning. Part 7 – Footsteps

As we explore the final stage of my learning methodology, we leave the formal learning and move back into the everyday world. Footsteps is about how we transition from the abstract to the concrete, about how we support performance and … Continue reading

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The co-creation of meaning in social learning: adapting our view of learning

One of the strongest ideas i’ve taken out of my research into music in learning is that of co-creation: the ways that we work together, taking specialist roles and consulting within our community (be it a learning group or band) … Continue reading

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A structure for scaffolded social learning: bubbles and gateways

I’m developing some practical models for implementing social learning in organisations, trying to give ann idea of structures and methodologies that can be used. I’ve written previously about approaches to moderation and the ways that we can co-create meaning in … Continue reading

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Social Learning: from theory to practice

Formal learning is abstract, defined by time and place, divorced from our everyday reality. It can be academically interesting, it can be fulfilling and all consuming, it can be delivered badly or delivered well, but unless it’s social, it’s incomplete. … Continue reading

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The convergence of mobile and social learning

I used to view mobile and social learning separately: social learning as ‘the semi formal layers of learning that surround the formal‘ and mobile learning as primarily technology, but my mindset has changed. Increasingly they form, for me, part of … Continue reading

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The changing nature of learning: remaining agile

Learning used to take place in abstract places at defined times: go to this place to be taught. We took time to learn before going back to our real jobs. Back to reality. The shift, across multiple channels, has been … Continue reading

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iPads in schools: production, consumption and collaboration

First day of the school year consisted of a trip to the Book room. Here, you were issued with a stack of textbooks, piled ever higher, that you would need over the coming year. Peeking over the top of the … Continue reading

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Creating effective blended learning solutions: a methodology

At the heart of great learning is a coherent narrative: a story that runs through all the different media, all the different experiences, all of the learning environments. The narrative is everything. We have many ways to deliver learning today: … Continue reading

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The redundant pyramid: how hierarchical learning structures are collapsing

The pyramidal view of learning is where you stand at the top and pour the knowledge down the sides, reaching ever increasing numbers of people as the truth flows out from it’s source. I think that today that model is … Continue reading

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