Weeknote 33/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Away from home all week. From Monday to Wednesday I was in Birmingham, co-facilitating a train-the-trainer bootcamp for Freeformers. This was based on the ‘Intro to Code’ curriculum I put together for… er, let’s just say ‘a large company well known for its search engine’. On Thursday and Friday I was in Brighton working on community stuff with Totara Learning.
Finishing Derren Brown’s Happy: why more or less everything is absolutely fine. I’d love to know the process by which the book came together. It’s great, but starts with anecdotes and ends up as almost an…

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Weeknote 32/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #270 was entitled ‘Holiday’ and this week included only links without commentary given I had deadlines and had to pack to go…
On holiday in Devon. It was great, as we stayed in a wooden house built by friends of my wife’s parents, and went as screen-free as possible for a week. We saw the Red Arrows, and hung out with my brother and sister-in-law, and their children, a fair bit. The only thing that could have been improved was the weather at the…

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Weeknote 31/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #269 was entitled ‘Barn raising’. Don’t forget you can sign up to Thought Shrapnel Live! using Telegram to receive links as I come across them. You can also become a valued supporter.
Continuing development of a scheme of work, session plans, and resources on behalf of Freeformers for a large tech company.
Meeting with representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank around some work that We Are Open Co-op will be doing with them in…

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Weeknote 31/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #269 was entitled ‘Barn raising’. Don’t forget you can sign up to Thought Shrapnel Live! using Telegram to receive links as I come across them. You can also become a valued supporter.
Continuing development of a scheme of work, session plans, and resources on behalf of Freeformers for a large tech company.
Meeting with representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank around some work that We Are Open Co-op will be doing with them in…

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Weeknote 30/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #268 was entitled ‘B.right.on’. Don’t forget you can sign up to Thought Shrapnel Live! using Telegram to receive links as I come across them. You can also become a valued supporter.
Continuing development of a scheme of work, session plans, and resources on behalf of Freeformers for a large tech company.
Working with Sarah Horrocks from London CLC on a report on technology-enhanced teacher professional development we’re writing for the Education…

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My blog was without an ‘LMS isn’t dead’ post, so I thought I’d write one. | Doug Belshaw

Back in November 2007, Martin Weller, a Professor at the Open University wrote that, in his opinion, the VLE/LMS is dead – “but we’ll probably take five years to realise it”. It’s been almost a decade since his post, and there has been plenty more written about the LMS. In fact, Google returns almost 20,000 results for the search term “LMS is dead”, and just recently Jim Groom wrote a widely-shared and commented-upon post about it.

Yet, it seems, the truth is that the LMS is not going away anytime soon. Why is that? Why have the alternative solutions mentioned in Martin’s post withered and…

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Join us tomorrow for the first Badge Wiki barn raising session! | Doug Belshaw

The Open Badges community has been crying out for a while now for a knowledge repository. You know, somewhere where people can go and find out about how other similar organisations have implemented badge systems, read interesting academic articles and whitepapers, and just discover what’s possible with the Open Badges specification.

That’s why I’m delighted that We Are Open Co-op, with the support of Participate, are building out Badge Wiki.  This will be a community-powered project, meaning that it will only be as good as people make it. We’re providing the technical infrastructure and…

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