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One of the most enjoyable and inspiring books I have read this year has been Sir Ken Robinson's "Out of our Minds"  and my ref...

Monday, 22 August 2011

Languages@warwick featured on warwicknowledge

So exciting this morning to see twitter announcing the warwicknowledge feature on our language learning portal http://m2.warwicklanguage.org.uk/

It has taken many years to get to this stage and in many ways it is still just the beginning but it is such a boost to have a public acknowledgement of what we have achieved so far. I say "we" because, although the article focuses on my role, there are many others whose contribution should be acknowledged. There was support from Warwick's LDC and the more recent IATL; encouragement from Language Centre colleagues, both tutors and support staff; Warwick students too played a vital part in shaping the portal. In my wider Personal Learning Network those at Moodle, wimba and remote learner contributed their expertise en route. If the portal is my latest baby, it is one borne of collaboration and it will flourish if we continue to work together for the creation of great learning opportunities.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

#edchat challenge

Enjoyed a lively discussion on twitter #edchat tonight and @shellterrell which ended with a challenge to suggest a way forward for education reform. This is a subject close to my heart as I am passionate about ensuring high quality teaching and learning for all that is not just driven by metrics and league tables. There is so much excitement, commitment and innovation visible in webinars now, technology can be the channel to ensure that high quality information can be shared. Educators need to be lifelong learners, connected to a wide range of professionals - as Tom Whitby just said (on a radio broadcast I'm listening to online from the UK) educators have the right to live in caves if they wish, they do not have the right to drag their students into them. I'd love to get our bb collaborate room into gear to make this happen :)