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How to Silence a Politician

November 28, 2008 1 comment

Tell them you’re a Learning Technologist.

A couple of weeks ago I was in the audience of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? Afterwards, once I’d finished admiring Theresa May’s boots,  I was chatting, as you do,  to a real-life Secretary of State.  We started off on safe ground talking about his dad.  Once that was covered, I was asked, ‘what do you do?’; Learning Technologist I say, after which an explanation was not unsurprisingly required.  Now, it may well be the way I tell ’em but the Secretary of State was struck dumb and an awkward silence ensued.  I kid you not.

M25 Motorway

M25 Motorway

Of course, I should have directed him to the What Do I Do? blog post I wrote a few months ago, following a meeting of the M25 Learning Technology Group.

Yesterday I attended another M25 meeting where we discussed the varying structures and strategies that our institutions have adopted for developing the use of learning technologies.  Speakers from Imperial (or Imperial), City, UEL, LondonMet & LSE showed just how varied the structures, strategies, approaches and levels of funding are. Read more…

What do I do?

May 16, 2008 5 comments

Matt LingardAt last week’s M25 Learning Technologists‘ meeting we discussed exactly what we do and what we might be doing in the future. We know how to have fun. Seriously, many thanks to Peter Wren & Julie Voce at Imperial for facilitating this session; it’ll be very interesting to see what comes out of the data collected. Inspired by the session I have produced this pretty picture which you can click on to see it proper. I’m new to FreeMind and haven’t quite figured out how to use it so here is my key:

  • Green means I do it – and the dark green is stuff I particularly enjoy
  • Grey means I don’t do it and in all cases have no strong desire to either
  • Internal-External refers to my institution rather than my immediate team

One thing that my mind map doesn’t do is make a reference to technology vs pedagogy which came into last week’s exercise. I recently blogged on the Pedagogy before Technology mantra and when I tried to incorporate them into my mindmap I realised it was unnecessary as nearly all the stuff I do involves both to some extent.

Build your own?

If you’d like to build on what I’ve done or produce your own personal version, you can get FreeMind here and here is my FreeMind file as a starting point.

Following the meeting Martin Oliver flagged up the Learning Technologists’ page on the HEA’s new Research Observatory wiki, which is under development here.