Research Essentials

Perspectives on an academic environment: a collaborative blog by Gill Clough & Rebecca Ferguson

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Entries from September 2007

Geocaching and Learning

September 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Geocaching: What is it? Geocaching is a leisure activity in which participants use a global positioning system (GPS) mobile device to locate a hidden ‘cache’. The cache is usually a physical container concealed somewhere in the landscape. Participants are given a starting location (a car park or other easily identifiable spot) and then use the […]

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Tags: by Gill · Collaboration · Geocaching · Social Networking

Interactivity at ALT-C

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Here we are in a lecture theatre, hearing how the lecture has remained essentially unchanged over700 or so years. Up on the screen at the front are remote participants putting up their comments. The speaker’s words have sent them off to search for quotes and information which relate to what is going on. We have […]

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Tags: ALT-C

Peter Norvig – of Google

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Mike Sharples now stands up to introduce Peter Norvik of Google. This should be interesting! Peter starts with a historical overview which is very cleverly presented. Socrates has a tutor based approach, so we have actually gone backwards in our teaching styles since then. in the 1350 the teacher lectured students (nice slide) because books were handmade […]

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Tags: ALT-C · by Gill · Conferences · liveblogged

Keynote: Google’s director of research

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Live blogged. Peter Norvig: learning in an open world. Shows us a picture of a lecture from 1350AD – when the lecture was a fantastic innovation. Lots of people sitting in rows, having someone reading from the one book. Even in 1350, one of the students is asleep and about two thirds are chatting or […]

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Tags: ALT-C · Conferences · liveblogged

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

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Tags: ALT-C

Looking ahead

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

ALT-C next year will be chaired by Jill Jameson and John… Hmm, they’re going through their slides incredibly quickly. Missed the important bits. Next year it’s going to be about Digital Divides. OK, I’ve just googled Jill and she’s at the University of Greenwich. Hans Rosling, David Cavallo and Itiel Dror will be the three […]

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Tags: ALT-C · Uncategorized

Conference Wrap-up

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Announcing ALT-C 2008. Rebecca and I feel that there is definitely a space for a Second Life presence at ALT-C given the interest we’ve encountered. The general themes look interesting and varied, for example, control v freedom, narrowing v catching up, open v proprietary (OpenLearn link here?), digital divides. Pointed out that divides can be […]

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Tags: ALT-C · by Gill · Conferences

Attending the strand wrap-up versus reading the Conference RSS blog feed

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Liveblogged Marion now has the daunting task of drawing together the many diverse presentations from this strand of the conference. I’ve attended a number of these presentations and enjoyed them enormously, particularly the three this morning which I will blog about later. The audience is quite large – fortunately the auditorium is big, and she […]

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Tags: ALT-C · Blogging · by Gill · Conferences

Wednesday Morning – GPS Enabled PDAs

September 5th, 2007 · No Comments

9am was the start of my session. I’d worked hard to cut it down to 15 minutes – shedding all the literature and theory in favour of just covering the practical aspects of what I had done, my findings and the implcations for my main PhD study. The first presentation was very interesting – all […]

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Tags: ALT-C · by Gill · Conferences · Geocaching

Geocaching and mobile devices

September 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Unfortunately the Law and Social Sciences building won’t allow me on to its wireless network. This means live blogging has to be produced in a file and pasted into the blog later. So it’s a delayed live blog. As I know Gill’s talk very well (after all, I was one of her participants), this gives […]

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Tags: ALT-C · Collaboration · Geocaching · Social Networking