I’m definitely overdue a number of blog posts about where the heck I am and what I’m doing these days. I’m in week 7 of a new role as Deputy Provost of Athabasca University and week 8 of living in a whole new country. My … Continue reading Re-reading Manifestos
My textile contribution to the FemEdTech Quilt project was a while in the imagining and came together in reality over the last 5 weeks. I think I knew pretty early on that I would want to do something with pieced fabric and embroidery. Thinking about … Continue reading Women’s Work #FemEdTechQuilt
Regular internet stalkers will have spotted that nearly 3 weeks ago I made a very big move across the Atlantic to start a new role as Deputy Provost with Athabasca University. I’ve based myself in Edmonton, on the basis that I at least know 1 … Continue reading Where am I?
As I am busy Marie Kondo-ing the heck out of packing for my imminent departure from these shores* I was reminded by a couple of blog posts about the TRU Digital Detox, which starts up this Monday. I signed up for this when the first … Continue reading 2020 Detox Regime
“Facts, it seems, are not things that are verifiably true or false, merely components in a story. And bullshit is a far more pliable material than facts for creating narratives” (Stephen Duncombe, 2019, from “Dream or Nightmare: Reimagining politics in an age of fantasy”) Although … Continue reading To cease to believe in others is an impermissible luxury
So, in this multi-part series cataloguing the crazy that has been the last year, I’ve gotten inked, and debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe. What’s next? How’s about leaving The University of Edinburgh after 18 years? In fact, how’s about leaving Scotland after 40-*cough*-something years? Dear … Continue reading Pushing myself out of my comfort zone – part 3
Through Girl Geek Scotland I was lucky enough to be given a free ticket for the Accessibility Scotland conference on 25 October (in exchange for compering a lunchtime lightning talk session, which was a sheer delight and I very much got the better end of … Continue reading A quick reflection on inclusive service design from #A11yScotland
I’ve got a whole host of stuff to blog from MozFest (and Accessibility Scotland), and I’m sure I won’t get to all of it, but here’s an attempt at least! One of the best sessions I went to at MozFest was the Black Mirror Writers … Continue reading Black Mirror Writers Room – #MozFest 2019 session
Yeah, it’s another post on that hottest of topic – maintenance! I’m still waiting for my conference keynote… Over the last few weeks I’ve watched a familiar story play out in one of my teams and it’s worth capturing at high level because I think … Continue reading A quick and vexed thought about support costs
So yesterday and today the Twitter has been on fire about some work that was done over the summer by Emma Carroll, a recent graduate of Edinburgh and working with us as an Equate Scotland Careerwise intern. It culminated today in a really nice news … Continue reading Some witchy history and a very smart woman in data science
So, I wrote a blog post last year about building out a new WordPress blogging service at Edinburgh over the summer of 2018. That was a cool piece of work and we still get a thrill out of running it on a daily basis. This … Continue reading Subtitling: Or what we did over summer 2019
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Whilst what I witter onto the internets here is personal, in so far as it’s the insides of my head, I tend to shy away from really personal stuff as a matter of course. I’ve hinted via a few blog posts that the last year … Continue reading Pushing myself out of my comfort zone – part 1
I’m playing catch up on the blog – my Drafts is a scary place to look and a lot isn’t going to see the light of day. I’m also not going to be shackled to trying to get stuff done in any sort of chronological … Continue reading Some thoughts on Doing Data Right
I’m taking part in 2 sessions at ALT-C this year and whilst they might at first glance look totally different, they are in fact underpinned by the same critical thinking and ethical approaches that guide a lot of my (and our) work at Edinburgh. We … Continue reading ALT-C 2019: Ethical EdTech
Next week the Association for Learning Technology Conference is taking place over 3 days in Edinburgh, and I’m spending my Sunday evening thinking about and prepping for my sessions. It’s a big conference and I’m delighted that it’s in Edinburgh because, by being local, it … Continue reading ALT-C 2019: More sessions that you can shake a stick (of Edinburgh rock) at
I’m making some sort of half-baked effort to clear some posts out of my drafts folder. I’m resigned to the understanding that many will never see the light of day – their time has now passed – but this one is still relevant, and something … Continue reading Some thoughts on extending the LTI Plugin for WordPress
This is the submission that Jenny Scoles, myself and Timothy Drysdale drafted for the APT 2019 conference and which will be presented there on 1 July 2019. Opening up the black-box of educational technologies: a Non-Traditional Practical Work pathfinder Abstract Students studying STEM subjects are … Continue reading APT 2019 Submission
I was recently asked to write a few words to define my own open practice. That seems like the sort of thing I should do openly, so here goes… “I’ll be making the point that open education practice is highly variable and contextual and I … Continue reading What does my open practice look like?
I’ve written this piece to revisit some older thinking, but also to state my position as part of my contribution to a presentation at the APT conference on 01 July at UCL. My colleagues Jenny Scoles and Timothy Drysdale will be there to present. Since … Continue reading Why we need learning technology developers