Artificial intelligence in education

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I was struck by the following quote from the annual Draper Lecture at Queen Mary’s by Nick Hillman on the future of higher education on artificial intelligence in education. The quote highlights key questions on the purpose of the educational endeavour in relation to the individual. Education is not only concerned with learning what or … Read more

Resilience & pedagogy

Resilience sketchnote

This sketch note maps some initial ideas linking earlier reading on resilience in higher education with Ian Kinchin’s ideas of pedagogical health and frailty. I am also working through his book that covers the same topic although I *think* we’re taking diverging views of resilience. [I’ll be updating this post later with some initial thoughts … Read more

Weekly round-up

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Just a couple of items from he last week or so that I thought were of interest: Digital transformation in higher education. An interesting and easy to digest summary of some issues in the digital trends for higher education. Perhaps as you’d expect, this is very techno-centric rather than concerned with, for example, teaching and … Read more

Researching Digital Education: the socio-material and interdisciplinary ‘grids of analysis’

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This is my presentation on innovative approaches to researching informal digital learning for the Scottish Education Research Association conference in Edinburgh in November 2019. This paper presents an innovative research approach to examining learning in professional learning communities on Twitter. The research approach draws on a socio-material ontology and assemblage theory (Law 2004) to engage … Read more

Resilience and higher education

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Weller’s notion of resilience is proposed as an alternative perspective on change in education systems and institutions that provides a generative alternative to the ‘education is broken’ narrative. For this, he draws on resilience in terms of the stability of ecological systems and the ability of systems to absorb change.  Resilience is, therefore, not simply … Read more

Unbundling Higher Education

Returning to the topic of unbundling universities, this sketchnote is based on some of my notes from the Unbundling Higher Education Coursera course that I discussed here. The analytic approaches undertaken by the research project that underpins this MOOC gives a really useful starting point for studying the unbundling of universities. The study focused on … Read more

The gatherings of a ‘smart’ university

Ben Williamson has written a great post here on the concept and realities of a smart, quantified and data driven university. The post outlines the increasingly overt positioning of universities as conduits for data collection, analysis and exploitation. The datafication of universities as the ‘smart university’ or ‘intelligent campus’ provides a clear pathway for the … Read more