#RawThoughts, research, technology, work

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 encroachment of commercial companies and…

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research, teaching

My future research areas

In preparation for a meeting, I identified my future research areas in the field of digital education and learning linked with future teaching/ professional development offers. These two main areas are underpinned by the extension of the use of the interdisciplinary methods mix developed for my PhD: (i) in digital education strategy with a focus on dynamic capabilities. I would…

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learning, research, technology, work

Unbundling higher education

These are my notes from a seminar by Amy Collier, Stanford University  titled The Good, the Bad and the Unbundled on 27 August 2014. These notes were taken live and then cleaned up a bit, links added etc. but they remain a bit partial and sketchy in places.  For a more thoughtful and reflective take on the presentation, see Hazel Christie’s post here.…

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learning

Storytelling about the future

I came across this presentation on transmedia storytelling around scenario planning activities. The importance of storytelling is important here as this is how you should recognise, acknowledge and re-interpret the unfolding of a possible scenario in reality. The scenario is a hyper-real possible future and will be re-interpreted as reality (without the hyper): Story, Sci-Fi & Transmedia to develop Corporate…

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learning, teaching

SWOT workshop

I’ve recently facilitated a very brief SWOT workshop with a team of about 12 people or so. I generally am not a fan of SWOT – generates long lists of passive “mother hood and apple pie statements” rather than seeking out an activity based perspective on where real strategic advantage may lie. I have tho’ used SWOT analysis as a…

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