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Maren Deepwell Posts

Poseidon, bin collector, judge. What I wanted to be when I was a kid.

When things are busy, it can be tough to make time and space for YOU. So in order to make some space for ME on MY blog, this is a blog post all about… me 🙂 Reflecting on ‘career’ progress for want of a better word is an important part of charting your own development, and this is something I have been doing as part of reviewing and updating my Senior CMALT Portfolio. The time…

Making time for CPD in a Learning Technology Leadership role

In the past year it’s been hard to make much time for professional development, or at least the kind of professional development you can plan. Like many in my position, I had a huge amount of professional development focused on keeping my organisation running in a crisis, emergency governance, financial crisis management and so forth. Things are STILL extremely busy, and look like they will continue to be for some time to come, but I…

We are looking for a COO… a look behind the recruitment doors

We are currently recruiting for a Chief Operations Officer for ALT, and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s always great when you get to grow your team, particularly when there are only seven of you and each individual makes a big impact. Why this role, why now? We are the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK – and we have been pretty busy in the past eighteen months! Learning Technology has never…

Virtual Teams Book: Trust & surveillance… extract from Chapter 3

In July, I drafted the first chapter of my book about leading virtual teams. Head over here to learn more about the project. Progress since the last post Since my last post, I have been working on Chapter 3. This includes some of the most interesting sections relating to Learning Technology and Open Education, in particular a section on open approaches to leadership. The chapter was harder to write because I had a lot of things I…

Joining Conversations for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

I recently joined the anti-racism & learning technology group. If you’d like to learn more about the work of the group, there is a series of blog posts on the #altc blog which provide a great starting point: The Anti-Racism & Learning Technology Community of Practice: An Introduction-Part 1 of 4 The Anti-Racism & Learning Technology Community of Practice: Guidance for Content Developers -Part 2 of 4 The Anti-Racism & Learning Technology Community of Practice:…

June & July ’21: A break, a book and back to running

I was on a long awaited break at the end of June and I missed out blogging about what I did in June… and so you get double the monthly blogging goodness in one post 🙂 First up… CEO updates Things were BUSY for me as a CEO in June, as I wrote in my report to Members of ALT. Not only did we hold our AGM, announced new Trustee appointments and a Board meeting…

A love letter to #DS106radio emergency broadcasting

Tomorrow’s the big #ds106 #ds106radio marathong and I can’t wait for 24 hours of broadcasting on my favourite radio station. I came late to this great endeavour and only really got into DS106 Radio in 2020, when my friends Tannis and Anne-Marie and I started broadcasting every Sunday throughout lockdown from Canada and the UK respectively. If you’d like to get a flavour for what we got up to, then head over to this post…

‘Not just another online conference’… my hopes as CEO for ALT’s first Annual Conference online

ALT was founded in 1993 and last year was the first (and hopefully only) year in our history that we didn’t run our Annual Conference. Instead we organised a Summer Summit that provided much needed crisis support to our community in the run up to a start of term like no other. This September, our Annual Conference is back, and the excitement is building under the leadership of our three wonderful Co-Chairs, Roger Emery, Farzana…

Virtual Teams Book – First Chapter Done

Just over a month ago, this project to write a book about leading virtual teams got underway. If you missed the first post that explains what the book is about and the open approach I am taking, then head here to catch up. Progress since the last post Since my last post, I have outlined what the book is going to be about and each chapter within it. I have set out word limits for…

Reclaiming… my morning run

In 2019 I ran three Half Marathons. Last year, I barely ran over 200 miles in total. Life happened In contrast to many people who started running during the pandemic or upped their miles, I had no energy to keep up with my usual training. A combination of various illnesses and injuries, two house moves and a lot of personal stuff to sort out on top of a very hectic work schedule conspired to keep…

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