Category Archives: Research

Creating and sharing: why we are all curators in the Social Age

I read a study this morning from the Pew Research Centre’s Internet Project. They interviewed a thousand American adults on their internet habits: 54% of them had posted original photos or videos to websites and 47% shared content they found … Continue reading

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‘Music in learning’. Sharing extracts from the new book

I’m spending this week finishing up my new book on ‘music in learning‘. It’s an exploration of music as a language of learning, looking at how learning music changes us and how we can communicate with greater richness and depth … Continue reading

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Choose your words carefully: semantic stretch and why not to be super cool

Big data is the big thing: finding meaning in the chaos, teasing out the truth, so i was particularly interested in a project that discussed an analysis of how our use of certain words has evolved over time and how … Continue reading

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Finding the meaning in words: science and religion

Words convey ideas, but the meaning is something we construct from it. We often turn to written sources as our first source of information on a subject, but those sources won’t necessarily give us the ‘truth’, but rather a narration … Continue reading

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Cultural differences in learning: as the world gets smaller, do our challenges get bigger?

I’m having a whole range of interesting conversations about the challenges of global learning delivery at the moment. I’m particularly interested in cultural differences in social learning spaces, understanding whose rules apply here. In essence, the challenge is simple: people … Continue reading

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Trust in learning: where do we turn to when we need reliable information?

The first place i turn to for information is usually my mobile phone: i’ve adopted the habits of an impulsive Googler with great enthusiasm. Once the results come up, i often go to Wikipedia for an overview, turning to professional … Continue reading

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