Global collaboration: the great motivator

Global collaboration: the great motivator

Conversation between me, Anne and Amy Musone, a third grade teacher at York Elementary School in Pennsylvania on the topic of a global collaboration between Amy’s students and a 6th grade class at my local school. Anne: I have initiated and collaborated on several very different global collaborations over the years, ever since pre-Internet days. [...]

Does Government funding sap motivation?

Does Government funding sap motivation?

I just completed the Coursera MOOC on the History and Future of HE with the wonderful Cathy Davidson. All MOOCs have to have an identifiable front persona even though it’s impossible that any of these courses could be the work of only one person and to be fair, in this course Davidson often showed us who [...]

Learning Designer

Learning Designer

Since I am a partner in two projects planning to design short online courses I was interested to try out a new tool last week, the Learning Designer.  This was introduced through a short sharp MOOC, the International Learning Design Challenge, which was over in a week! The Learning Design tool makes the planning of [...]

Digital tool choice

Digital tool choice

When I started tutoring the online version of the Certificate for Teaching Languages with Technology for The Consultants-E in 2010, it was fairly simple in terms of tool choice. For each digital task there were two or three mainstream tools to choose from and they were PC-based. Wiki/ Wikispaces, Pbwiki, WetPaint Blog/ Blogger, WordPress, Edublogs [...]

Global Collaborations

Global Collaborations

The title sounds grand but this is about how you can make global collaboration an everyday part of the life of a classroom as and when it is appropriate. I was asked to do a 5-minute talk (via Skype as it happens) to a group of about 200 trainee teachers in Israel. Since their first [...]

Course Building Tools

Course Building Tools

Click on images for larger versions. What choices are available for building a Knowledge Building course on entrepreneurial skills? For an online learning event or process focused on promoting entrepreneurial skills it seems logical to plan this using structured or staged self-directed learning (SSDL), including elements of Knowledge Building (KB). Are there any tools available [...]

The SSDL Paradox

The SSDL Paradox

(Click on images to enlarge) In the dCCDFLITE project, our aim is to develop a course that promotes entrepreneurial skills by bringing together IT students and technical employees to work together on identifying an innovative idea as a business plan. We will develop the course using dCCD. We will also introduce participants to CCD as [...]

CCD for start-ups

CCD for start-ups

Are you in the middle of an IT degree? Or working in a technical department with a feeling that something could be done more efficiently? Would you like to learn how to build a business plan around your idea? The new Erasmus project, code-named dCCD FLITE, will be offering a free 8-week online course in [...]

Podcasting for freelancers

Have you ever wondered whether podcasting might help your freelance business? Welcome to this special 30 minute edition of the Absolutely Intercultural podcast recorded in September 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia at the SIETAR Congress. SIETAR is the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research and this is an edited version of the workshop led by [...]

Becoming more intercultural

Becoming more intercultural

My main takeaway from the recent SIETAR Congress in the wonderful city of Tallinn in Estonia: Society is a human construct which needs active intervention and facilitation (orchestration) to survive. Multiculturalism goes against ancient instincts based on tribalism, suspicion of the other etc in order to survive. So far, governments and other agencies have facilitated multiculturalism [...]


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