Tag Archives: learning futures

What is the future for HE?

A little while ago I went to a presentation by Martin Williams, Director of HE Strategy at the DIUS. He spoke about the future of Universities at a time when the Government wants to continue to grow numbers in HE – to enable more potential students to benefit from HE.

The fate of a web prophet

Prophets are not always welcome. It can be difficult to make a great idea stick. In the 1990s I spent years trying to point out to writers and other individuals that the Internet and particularly the Web, was a great place to interact and could revolutionise the way they worked

Integrating Web 2.0 – some doubts

Here are some issues that have been mentioned to me (by academic staff) about integrating Web 2.0 technologies into institutional VLEs, and how they might be overcome. Institutional IT policy can be a barrier – you don’t know what’s available.Fear of “what people will say” How to cope with the

The wiki way

Here’s an interesting article on “the wiki way” from the Guardian. “Don Tapscott, the author of an eye-opening new book called Wikinomics, says that we have barely begun to imagine how the internet will change the way we live and work. He tells Oliver Burkeman how everything from gold mining

Shift Happens

Did You Know 2.0 is a thought-provoking “Shift Happens” video from Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod. This June 2007 update of an original includes new and updated statistics, thought-provoking questions and a fresh design. It even has its own website. Content by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, design and development


At a conference I attended recently, there was much discussion about what “embedding” means in the context of e-learning in Higher Education. I was thinking maybe we should be talking about “Mbedding” because possibly the whole point is to lose the “e”… Technology should be just one of the tools

Google pitching to Higher Education

According to this story on the BBC today, Google is expanding its empire into universities – with entire campus e-mail networks switching over to using Google’s e-mail service. Apparently Trinity College Dublin has switched over entirely to Google’s e-mail. The new Google-based e-mail addresses (which can still be applied to