I was intrigued by Oliver Burkeman’s column in the Guardian from last month about insomnia: Shuffle your thoughts and sleep in which he reports on the Canadian cognitive scientist Luc Beaudoin’s newly invented cure for insomnia, which he calls the “cognitive shuffle”. Counting sheep and similar ways to cope with
As we wait for the Rio Olympics to start, I’m reminded that we may not be Olympic standard in Olympic sports, but we can each aim for our own best, all the time. More of my difficult-to-maintain high standards.
I suppose a retro party should really have a specific date in mind, but this one was for a bunch of ladies aged over 50 and intended to remind them of their childhood and young adulthood – so I guess 70s and 80s. It also has a sprinkling of the
I blog about learning technology at the University of Nottingham Learning Technology Blog. This month one of my posts covers how to get a screenshot from anything you see on your screen. I cover why you might want to create a screenshot, e.g., to demonstrate something to someone or to
I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I like to see things done properly and finished. Sometimes these two are in conflict – as they say, you can do things well, quickly or cheaply – maybe two of those, but never three. I am proud of my high standards, but I
Today is the 20th anniversary of my first steps on the Internet. On 27th November 1995 I joined the Internet, by subscribing to Pipex Dial. My username was ga42 and it cost £15 plus VAT for a month’s dial-up internet. I know this because I found the bill earlier this
The recent change from stars to hearts on Twitter aroused a great deal of furore. Many users hated the change for a variety of reasons – some users thought hearts “cissy”, others think ‘Likes’ are a Facebook thing. Some users, like me, felt that Favorite and Like are different things.
As part of DigiWriMo I’ve already created an AltCV and coordinated a hypertext haiku on Twitter with contributions by @angela_brown @Maha4Learning and @dogtrax. In both cases I used the Twine program to create the hypertext. I’m intrigued by the tool, which allows the structure of the hypertext to be developed, along
Here are five of the benefits of blended learning with an example of how they might be applied in a course to train staff with advanced Moodle roles: flexibility: access at desk or on mobile devices, at any time that suits the learner. Staff working with Moodle may be academics
This November starts several new initiatives for me. Sustainability, Society and You The Sustainability, Society and You MOOC #freeonlinecourse on FutureLearn started yesterday. Six weeks of learning and sharing about sustainable lifestyles, individual, group, neighbourhood, national and global level. I’ve supported this MOOC, for lead educator Prof Sarah Speight, since