Category Archives: the trouble with technology

Can face-to- face universities offer consistent high quality online and distance learning?

For some years those of us working in distance learning institutions have been encouraged to see ourselves as simply part of a continuum of ‘blended learning’. Our older siblings: traditional or face-to- face institutions, declared that they could use e-learning … Continue reading

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The boys’ night out

In all the media coverage about the visit of Prime Minister Cameron to President Obama, nobody seemed to think the 800 mile round trip on Airforce One to see a basketball game was anything worth mentioning. I am not a … Continue reading

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Don’t dig there, dig it elsewhere – preferably outside my house

 My neighbours are quiet guys, they work from offices at home. For years they have been complaining that their internet broadband access is not good enough for what they need to do, and that  letters and phone calls to the … Continue reading

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Spirit of Past- Ghost of the Future

On the 1st December Michael Gove (UK Secretary of State for Education) made a speech to the Schools Network.  A large section of that speech was techno-enthusiasm; a peon of praise for the use of digital technologies and in particular … Continue reading

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The digital scholar: who pays the wages, who buys the servers?

My colleague Martin Weller launched his new book : ‘The Digital scholar’ today.  You can buy the book through Amazon, or you can read it online – for free- in open access form on the Bloomsbury Publishers website.   I haven’t … Continue reading

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Viral shopping

I have been in bed for the last two days with some kind of bronchitis; feeling alternately exhausted and self-pitying during coughing  periods and bored and uncomfortable the rest of the time. My muscles ached so holding a Kindle was … Continue reading

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Changing trains

This weekend I spent many hours looking out of train windows as I shuttled between Kings Cross and Newcastle on Tyne. In between reading A S Byatt’s Ragnarok on my Kindle and doing email I watched thunder clouds chase us … Continue reading

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From the comfort of the Mother Ship

I have had my first experience of holiday cruising. From the comfort of the Mother Ship this cyborg gazed at glaciers and ice fields, disembarking at times to wander villages and bleak research stations; returning at the end of the … Continue reading

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Still training women for dead-end jobs

Sometimes I wonder how much of my working life trying to to make changes to the state of things has been spent doing the wrong things, or ineffectual things. Trying to have an impact on the gendered structure of education … Continue reading

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Turkle on loss of intimacy

Sherry Turtle was in London last week speaking at the LSE on one of the topics of her new book: Alone Together. Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. Turtle has moved from being the techno … Continue reading

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