open practice

Openness: a practical value #OER18

In a few weeks, many colleagues from across the world will convene in Bristol for the OER18 Conference and from an active conference committee, and a inspiring line up of keynote speakers to a full programme of sessions about the politics and practice of openness in education there is so much to look forward to. I have been following the blog posts published on the conference site, thinking along with the debate about how open…

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Talk

Joining the launch of ALT Northern Ireland

I was really pleased to be able to join the launch of this new Members Group in person and if you are interested in finding out more about the work of the group, have a look at the ALT NI Twitter account who covered the day excellently. One of the things I reflected on in my opening keynote was the changing landscape of Learning Technology and the significance of the day, during Open Education Week,…

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Policy

Openness in education: a call to action for policy makers (cross-posted from Wonke)

I gratefully acknowledge the work of Lorna Campbell together with whom I wrote this article, and to David Kernohan for his editorial input. Read the full article on Wonke.  This week is Open Education Week, a global initiative led by the Open Education Consortium to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities. This year it is particularly important for Higher Education as 2017 marked the anniversary of several groundbreaking initiatives that laid the foundations for…

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open practice

Open Education Week #femedtech

Next week is Open Education Week and in preparation to giving a keynote at the launch of a new ALT Members Group in Northern Ireland on International Women’s Day on 8 March, I have been revisiting my talk on equality and open practice that I gave last year.  The talk specifically discussed the potential of Member Groups in creating greater openness and promote equality. Over the past year, I have seen, supported and been inspired by…

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jointposts

An open perspective on organisational transformation?

This is a joint post with Martin Hawksey (cross-posted here). We work for ALT, the UK’s leading professional body in Learning Technology. We serve a community of over 3,000 Members who use technology for learning, teaching and assessment and by extension we use it to support, engage with and represent ALT’s Members. Last year, the Trustees of ALT took the decision to move ALT’s operations away from a long-standing hosting agreement with a university to…

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leadership

6 years a CEO… the soundtrack

This morning my least favourite social media platform reminded me of a post from 6 years ago, and it linked back to this announcement from 2012, written by Martin Oliver, then Chair of ALT, about my appointment as CEO of the Association. Since then, I have written many times to Members to report on progress and together with others shared the work we do, which I am very proud of. But this post is more…

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CPD leadership

How to share credit and praise yourself… reflecting on the value of (deserved) recognition

Recently I have been spending a lot of time writing references, quotes and feedback for colleagues. And I found it easy to talk about their achievements, to praise their outstanding qualities and to describe how they made a difference. It’s easy to do when it’s for someone amazing, it’s easy to do when it’s not yourself you’re writing or talking about, I find. But then I read something others or I write about ourselves, about…

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Learning Technology

Re-post #altc: What we have been up to… an update from the Chair and Chief Executive of ALT

Together with the Chair of ALT, Sheila MacNeill, I wrote this update on the work we have been doing and we published this on the #altc blog recently: Dear Members A year ago we launched ALT’s Strategy 2017-2020 and since then we have made great progress putting our shared values into practice and working together to meet our aims. We reported to Members and stakeholders from across sectors in ALT’s Annual Report [PDF] and at…

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Conferences

Technology Enhanced Learning #IGHETech18

I was invited to participate in an interesting event this week, “Embracing Technology Enhanced Learning”. Lots of very useful resources were shared on Twitter, so I’d encourage you to browse #IGHETech18 to pick up great resources. One of the highlights of the day for me was seeing and listen to colleagues whom I work with for ALT, but whom I don’t often get to see on a stage talking about what they do best! Very…

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