Monthly Archives: May 2012

What is reality? Understanding how history is constructed and the value of difference.

As i was driving this morning there was a fascinating programme on the radio about Troy. From the perspective of the mythology, the archaeology and documented history, they sought to build a consensus opinion of where the city actually was … Continue reading

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Achievement, reward and shared success in learning.

In a follow up to yesterday’s post, i can report that we were successful in our adventure. The rewards for success? To sit in the sun with a cider and share stories from the trip. No certificate, no qualification, no … Continue reading

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A day for adventures: what we learn from testing ourselves.

Today is a day for adventures. I’m setting out to sea with two of my friends in the kayaks to circumnavigate the harbour and up the Wareham river. Then back again. Ok, so it’s not the Amazon that we’re navigating, … Continue reading

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Exploring social learning environments: what can we take with us that is familiar?

A weekend of sunshine has reminded me of one of the crucial differences between the real world and the virtual: the weather. Whilst we build relationships and friendships in both real and social contexts, whilst we manage challenges and reflect … Continue reading

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Embedding learning: how we retain the things that we use.

Some time ago i learnt to play ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ on the acoustic guitar. Even without donning leather trousers, i think you’ll agree that this was a pretty rock achievement. True, i don’t think i could carry off the … Continue reading

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Clarity and brevity: why less is more, but more feels safer.

I’m working on a project at the moment around a pretty simple topic, it’s an interesting subject, but not complex. The challenge is to get people to do something differently. Not hugely differently, but a little differently. But, for some … Continue reading

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Relationships in learning: for support, for challenge, for friendship.

Whilst driving yesterday, i was thinking about the nature of relationships. Some of the people in the car i knew well, one i had never met before. With those people who i knew, there was a dialogue based on understanding … Continue reading

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If you learn one instrument, is it easier to learn another? Economies in learning.

Road trip! Yes, five friends and I are squeezing into Rufus and we’re heading to Brighton to see a Norwegian band called Katzenjammer. This is quite intrepid and earplugs may be required, not for the band, who are instrumental norwegian … Continue reading

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The ease of engagement: how we learn to participate in social learning spaces.

If i say that riding a bike is intuitive, i mean that no conscious thought is needed to do it, that anyone can just pick it up, that no instruction is required. My statement would, of course, be wrong: it … Continue reading

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When Uncle Julian Saved the Day: sailing stories on the iPad.

Today, i am Uncle Julian and it’s great. Admittedly, it’s just an honorific title, as Ed is the son of some very old friends, but it still counts. And yesterday i saved the day. Well, when i say the day, … Continue reading

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