PJ Evans

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 […]

Where’s the disruption in Blockcerts?

I’ve been engaged in some discussions around blockcerts as a implementation of blockchain (or distributed ledger) technologies in the field of education. Distributed ledger technologies (DLT) – as a term that’s removed from discussions of currencies and financial instruments associated with blockchain as bitcoin – are seen as a trust based technology that will drive various innovations. […]

Patterns, approaches and systems to support teachers in designing for technology-enhanced collaborative learning

These are a few notes and reflections on a research seminar hosted by the Research Centre in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh with Prof Yannis Dimitriadis from the University of Valladolid, Spain. This seminar discussed approaches to design for collaborative learning using digital technologies – either in a blended classroom or wholly online. His  research […]

Near Future Teaching Collider

I attended a Collider event as part of the Near Future Teaching project at the University of Edinburgh. The project is about addressing questions on what should the future of teaching look like in both universities in general, and University of Edinburgh specifically. What social, cultural and technological trends will come together to drive new […]

IT Futures at Edinburgh

I’m attending the IT Futures conference at Edinburgh today. These notes are not intended to be a comprehensive record of the conference but to highlight points of interest to me and so will be subjective and partial. A full recoding of the conference will be available at the IT Futures website The conference opens with […]

Distributed curriculum

This Tweet caught my eye today by triggering a train of thoughts on what a ‘distributed curriculum’ might involve. This idea appears to position the curriculum as an outcome of interacting within networks of people, resources and technologies. I wonder if this curriculum is a restating for a formal education context, of the sort of […]

eLearning@ Edinburgh

I’m attending the eLearning@Ed 2015 conference and will be attempting to live blog throughout the day. Melissa Highton, Director of Learning Teaching and Web Services here at Edinburgh is starting the conference and the theme of Designing for 21st Century Learning. Wanted to ask what 21st century learning might be and how it might be different from 20th century. […]

Working & teaching in Second Life

I am currently enjoying my first extended experience of teaching in (and on) Second Life. Here are a few images of the initial orientation sessions and later tutorials in action at two of our teaching spaces:

Theorising Technology in Digital Education

These are my notes taken during the presentation and then tidied up a bit in terms of spelling and sense – so they may well be limit, partial and mistaken! Welcome from Sian Bayne with the drama of the day “fire! Toilets!” and confirmed that the event is being livestreamed and the video is available here. […]

Making & Breaking Rules in IT Rich Environments

These are my notes taken during the presentation and then tidied up a bit in terms of spelling and sense – so they may well be limit, partial and mistaken! Prof Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University. The welcome came from Robin Williams noting that Kalle has a wide range of  appointments and  research interests and often acts as abridge builder […]

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