PJ Evans

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 […]

The good, the bad and the ugly of digital learning

Here are my slides from a session for the South of Scotland Learning & Development Group yesterday, 13 September. Elearning cipd workshop from Peter Evans I really enjoyed the session and the discussion was interesting with a focus on issues of engagement and cultures of learning rather than on shiny new technologies.

Cues for Creativity

I’m currently dipping in to the Creativity Toolkit MOOC from the University if Illinois. Two aspects of the course so far have been useful. One is the distinction between stories and perspectives. The professors argue that creativity occurs not in advancing a story on the same trajectory, but when your perspective (or framing) of that […]

Dealing with the email horror at the end of a holiday

Before going on holiday, I’ve conducted a few sessions coaching people on self-management/ productivity and so I thought I’d write a few posts on some key aspects of how I deal with some of the major pinch-points people seem to face. As I’m back from holiday today, I thought I’d start with dealing with the […]

Creating Living Knowledge: the Connected Communities programme and what it tells us about university-community partnership

These are my notes from a Digital Education Seminar at the University of Edinburgh by Professor Keri Facer on the Connected Communities research programme. As ever with these posts, my record is partial and bias and possibly includes some inaccuracies (but not on purpose).  The seminar was opened by Prof Sian Bayne to introduce Keri as Professor of Educational and Social […]

Digital Badges

I’m currently working on an open content course – the learner proposes the learning activities, the evidence they will gather and how they will demonstrate that they have met the agreed learning outcomes. It is pretty interesting stuff and opens up huge opportunities for experimenting on learning and education. To help in keeping students on track […]

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 […]

Getting stuff [and writing] done

I’ve recently started using Chris Winfield‘s technique of chunking tasks to 40 pomodoros per week which he describes here. I’m essentially using this technique for “maker” time – as described in this post from Paul Graham. I’ve found this technique works really well for writing (one I know what I’m going to write) as described […]

Weeknotes 21062015

It has been a more hectic couple of weeks in some ways with more exam boards as its that time of year continuing planning course staffing for next year so my head was buried in spread sheets for a while researching literature on communities on Twitter and how might the affective aspects of communities distinguish them […]

Weeknotes 05062015

It has been, in many ways, a fairly quiet week as I was working on: exam boards as its that time of year planning course staffing for next year so my head was buried in spread sheets for a while researching literature on communities on Twitter and considering the role of hashtags and trending topics […]

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