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Higher Education, Interdisciplinarity, and some related things like Expertise and Future of Work

Welcome to my new blog. You can read more about me in the About tab, top left. I'm looking forward to getting back to 'writing and thinking out loud' about Higher Education, Interdisciplinarity and other things that interest me. You can talk to me either here or on my linked Twitter feed.


Reflections on making flipped lectures

I’ve been recording flipped lectures. In this vlog I reflect on points of interest that have come up. 1. How lecturing style can be affected by vlogging. 2. How my particular efforts to be engaging in a telegenic sense may lead to thinking in a different way to that which I am used to in  ‘real world’ lectures. 3. The possibility of using audio only + screenshots as another way of making lecturecasts. (A la Khan Academy, I suppose, though I don’t say that in the vid). 4. The

Update on vlogging for academic purposes

A few points that have arisen since my first vlogs – some sent in via twitter. Thanks to all who have engaged or sent comments. 1. Transcriptions of vlogs 2. Things I miss when vlogging: ability to move my body; ability to engage people physically 3. The importance of practice! 4. Tech in Education. Late adopters, first followers and lone nuts – see Sivers 5. Intros and outros Photo under CC license from woodleywonderworks’ photostream #lecturing #lonenuts #engagement #educat

Academic vlogging II

Can a vlog ever be truly academic? What about academic register? The right use of jargon? Are we ‘rushing to print (video)’ when we vlog, or is this a new and exciting version of an ‘intellectual commmons’? What about the economic and career consequences of such a move? Do you think about academic performance? Not in a managerial sense, but in a more theatrical sense? I discuss these things below. Afterward: perhaps the greatest thinker of all, the one without whom we may nev

Vlogging and academic work

What are the implications of the move towards video for academic work? For culture? For history? Economically for the protagonists? Some thoughts explored below. UPDATE: I thought seriously about taking this post down because I was being a bit daft at the beginning and my wife says I look like ‘a drowned otter’, but I’ve left it up in the end. Should we try to sterilize learning and teaching – edit out all the bits when we act silly or are less than perfect? I guess my feelin


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