Where is podcasting in higher education?

Podcast: An audio file made available for automatic download via web syndication. Typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. During the years following the coining of the term in 2004, the world started exploring the potential of podcasts. YouTube was an independent curiosity, MySpace was the social media … [Read more…]

Perfect partners: how we work with others to support learning design

Over the last year I’ve been reflecting on how much the success of our work depends on effective partnerships with a range of people – within and external to the Open University. As Learning Designers, it’s inherent in our role that we work collaboratively with curriculum teams to elicit and capture ideas for module creation. … [Read more…]

eLearning Digest No 169 – September 2018

The summer’s over, it’s back to school and conkers are falling from the trees outside my office window, so it must be time for the September edition of the eLearning Digest. Other recent editions are listed here. This digest contains: UK conferences & workshops Online learning and adult education MOOCs UK HE news MOOC news Commercial news … [Read more…]

eLearning Digest No 168 – August 2018

With summer finally here, yes it’s pouring down outside, it’s time for the August edition of the eLearning Digest.  Recent editions are listed here, and an archive of editions up to June 2018 can be found on Cloudworks. This digest contains: UK conferences & workshops Online learning and adult education MOOCs UK HE news MOOC news Commercial news … [Read more…]

Learning analytics: the patchwork quilt visualisation

In the Open University, we have developed a suite of LA (Learning Analytics) visualisations called ‘Action for Analytics’ (A4A: slides from a presentation giving more detail) designed to help those responsible for producing modules to see the effects of their designs.  For example, it’s possible to track just how much use videos we produce for … [Read more…]

Analytics4Action: emphasis on the ACTION

It is no secret that we live in a world driven by data. The insight gained from analytics underpins success in almost every industry, from strategic consumer research in commercial sales to the in-play behavioural patterns of leading men and women in sports; a great deal of importance is afforded to the reporting of “The … [Read more…]

Conference report – Making a Difference: Impact on the Social Sciences

Always keen to get on with the job at hand, I’ve never really thought about impact as a ‘thing’.  Yet if I stop and think about it, everything I do impacts someone or something.  As a Learning Designer working on Social Science modules, I attended the Making a Difference: Impact in the Social Sciences conference … [Read more…]