Social Media in HE – book update | rowellc

I was really pleased to get an email from Open Book Publishers (OBP) yesterday which started with this opening sentence:

“Dear Chris,

I’m delighted to let you know that I received a positive report (with suggestions for revision) from our first referee and that we decided to accept your manuscript for publication pending some changes.”

So after a year’s work on the book the publishers have given me confirmation that it will be published. It wasn’t my original intention to go with an official publisher when I first embarked on this project. When I first started I intended to self publish…

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JSIC (V)LE Challenge | rowellc

Fed up with Moodle, Blackboard or Canvas and think you could do better? If so, JISC have set up a challenge for you to design a future VLE. Things have changed since the early days of the first VLE’s, such as AI, VR, more inclusive and accessible  learning or even wearable technologies. What would the learning technology environment of the future look like without the constraints of a computer, phone ot tablet screen? This is such a good idea!

Here’s a video explaining the brief:


And there are prizes!!!!

£1000 for the best idea from the shortlist

Two runners-up prizes of £250

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#FutureWars: The Impact of New Technologies conference | rowellc

On Saturday I went to CND’s conference on ‘Future Wars: The Impact of New Technologies’. Its aim was to discuss the impact of new technologies on future wars, and the new challenges we’ll face as a result. I didn’t take any detailed notes but if you’re interested check out the links below.


10.00 Welcome: Dave Webb, Chair CND

10.10 OPENING PLENARY: The shape of things to come

Chair: Carol Turner, Ted Seay, Stuart Parkinson, Steven Rose

Q&A part I, Arielle Denis, Jean Lambert MEP, Q&A part II

Here’s a link to a really useful article on defence funding in…

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