learning, work

Learning entrepreneurship through coworking

I have been reading Tom Butcher’s paper on Learning everyday entrepreneurial practices through coworking. I was interested in this partly as coworking is a specific manifestation of wider changes in the economy associated with the knowledge and/ or ‘weightless’ economy and with increasingly atomised and precarious workforce. As this paper notes, coworking can be a site of experimentation of new practices, new ideas and new…

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Learning for the future of work

I’ve been looking at the SITRA studies on Perspectives on new work: exploring emerging conceptualisations edited by Esko Kilpi which includes lots of different perspectives on learning and the future of work and is a really interesting read The study explores learning and work in the knowledge-based or weightless economy and knowledge work where such work is understood as ‘interaction between interdependent people’. As…

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Beyond Computing and 21st Century Skills. What’s missing?

This is a video of a Research Centre for Digital Education seminar from 2nd March that went ahead virtually due to #snowmageddon. The seminar was from Peter Rich from Brigham Young University on computational thinking as a new literacy that enhances the application of the skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and communication that are demanded by employers. The seminar…

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Promoting the Effective Digital Education Organisation

The Promoting Effective Digital-Age Learning report from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission gives a competence framework for digitally competent educations organisations. The report positions digital education as an important component of European economic competitiveness by boosting digital skills and promoting online and distance education and training to improve regional human capital and innovation capacities. Education and training organisations…

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Enactivist workplace learning

I’ve just read Lundgren et al (2018) Conceptualizing reflection in experience-based workplace learning . The authors refer to an enactivist perspective on workplace learning whereby learning is generated in “mutual interaction of the learner and environment or context with each changing, possibly in divergent ways, through their interconnections” (p.314). So learning is an effect of interactions in a complex system. While…

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A toolkit for learning

I’m in the process of reviewing the various digital tools I use for learning at work. Jane Harts’ Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit framework as used by Harold Jarche, Brian Quinn and Mike Taylor looks like a useful starting point. Browsers & search engines: I mainly use Firefox Quantum and Google although I’m getting used to DuckDuckGo but I’m not familiar enough with it yet. I also use Google Scholar…

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Micro-Learning and Learning Analytics to Improve Student Self-Reflection

With Dr Christopher Cheong from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Chritopher’s work is concerned with how we enhance students’ experiences of learning and how they can become better engaged and motivated as they self-regulate their learning. He is based in the School of Business IT and Logistics.   These rough notes were taken during the presentation to summarise the main points of…

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Working, learning and employability

Just came across this great quote from Esko Kilpi (via Peter Goodyear): Post-industrial work is learning. Work is figuring out how to define and solve a particular problem and then scaling up the solution in a reflective and iterative way – with technology and alongside other people. The world is complex and standardised and procedural thinking is not applicable: employability…

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Blockchain and Higher Education

This is a short post following up on my previous post on Blockcerts. Last week I attended a Block Exchange workshop as part of the Near Future Teaching initiative. These are just some of my thoughts and take aways from the event. The workshop aimed to explore ideas on using Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) in credentialing education. The workshop started…

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