Monthly Archives: April 2013

#ocTEL week 2: learners’ needs and digital literacy

So how do you find out if you’re ready to take an online course? Well in my case you dive into one unthinkingly (ocTEL), complain about how difficult and confusing you’re finding it and then gradually try to find out … Continue reading


#ocTEL week 1: are connections all students want?

Week 1 of #ocTEL flew past in a whirl of competing deadlines and sleep deprivation, so I’m not getting any further than the ‘If you only do one thing this week…’ task, I’m afraid. I looked at Sugata Mitra’s ‘Hole … Continue reading


#ocTEL week 0: volume anxiety

Filled with new enthusiasm after the Learning Through Technology conference (#LTT2013), I signed up for the Association for Learning Technology’s open course in technology-enhanced learning (#ocTEL), which began last week. I’m taking this course to try and engage with a … Continue reading


#LTT2013: “Did you not feel like David Milliband?”

Last week’s Learning Through Technology conference in Glasgow offered many unusual experiences, not least of which was watching my brother Alasdair addressing the various teachers, learning technologists and civil servants from the podium. As a child Alasdair used to wind … Continue reading