EDULEARN16 (IATED Conference)- Barcelona 4-6th July

I will soon have the pleasure (and nerves!) of presenting our work with the ‘Living and Working on the Web’ module (University of Southampton) at the IATED EDULEARN16 Conference, the 8th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies.

My presentation slot is on Tuesday 5th at 10.30am in the Collaborative Virtual Learning Environments strand in room H2.

The accompanying paper will be available through Google Scholar and the Conference Proceedings.

An earlier draft can be viewed here:


Single vs Multiple Digital Identities

Having been inspired and educated by Holly and Melina this week, I have produced an infographic using to summarise the advantages and disadvantages of a single or multiple online identities:


The presentation in which it was used can be found here. In the same presentation I shamelessly ‘borrowed’ the videos which featured in Shriya‘s blog! Thank you to all #uosm2008 for the inspiration.

Living and Working on the Web Module, University of Southampton

Here is a simple graphic to explain the Learning Process students undertake on this module and the poster to accompany it. This module incorporates many features of PLN and Digital Literacies development in a highly innovative way (see graphic).

The Collaborative Social Learning Cycle InnovationInHE-SocCollLearnPoster-v7

It has been well received by the students, according to their blog posts and official module feedback. They report it as being highly engaging, very real-world relevant and that the learning approach (collaborative co-construction of knowledge) is different, interesting and enjoyable.

WWW Conference 2016 Montreal

Have just finished the paper for the Digital Workshop that I will be involved with at the WWW Conference 2016. Hope to see it appear in the conference proceedings later this year! The workshop will present an innovative module entitled ‘Living and Working on the Web’ under the session title ‘Collaborative social learning: rewards and challenges in mainstream Higher Education’. I am very excited by this as it will be my first major conference as a presenter (albeit a workshop).


A research blog for developing a framework for understanding Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

Today’s networked, self-regulating learner has an autonomously and organically created network of connections which they grow, manage and activate for specific purposes in specific ways. Learners have established preferences over the devices, software and activation patterns that best suit their learning contexts. This network includes:

  • human contacts,
  • technological devices,
  • social networks,
  • professional and academic networks,
  • gaming networks,
  • personal blogs,
  • email networks……… and more.

The emerging research field of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) considers all these networks and preferences as component networks within a single personal learning resource which needs to be fully described and explained before PLNs can become a powerful addition to teaching and learning.

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