Curiosity and Connecting (The Purpose of Education)

Yesterday I sat by the water, thinking about this post. Where to begin? We all seem to think along the same lines (yay, homophily) and I do feel that much of what I want to say will have already been said.

My eyes were drawn to a sculpture on the waterside. I read the words that covered the piece, and was struck by a quote which encapsulates curiosity, motivation, identity and community – and also triggered deep memories of a similar experience in my own childhood. Continue reading

The Joy of Teaching: Learning Journeys and Transformations

One of my undergraduate students posted his weekly course reflections earlier this evening, and I was really moved by this post – extract:

“I cannot shake the growing feeling of “loss” which comes from moving to another semester and the introduction of new lecturers and their module content whilst in the same breath saying goodbye to the friends I have made.”

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The Great Twitter Icon Experiment

So this is it, I’m having a ‘blog-off’ with @clintlalonde! Not as strange as it may sound – we basically started tweeting the other night about something which we both felt warranted more than 140 character exchanges, so we arranged to post our thoughts at the same time (PST/GMT). Here goes…

A few days ago Clint changed his Twitter icon. No big deal – except that it actually was. All of a sudden this guy whose tweets I follow, whose blog I’ve read… he seemed so ‘real’, it was as though this person was jumping out of the screen. So why the impact…? Continue reading

Tidying up my digital identity

Earlier this week I was asked to present on a Digital Identity panel hosted by Oxford Brookes University, alongside Josie Fraser, George Roberts and Patsy Clarke. The panel session focused on ‘Protecting and reflecting yourself online, issues of responsibility, trust and control’ and the presentations were as follows:

  • Josie Fraser – The contemporary privacy debate; “friending” your students
  • Helen Keegan – The evolution of a personal professional identity
  • George Roberts – Conflated meanings at the institutional (and demonic) level
  • Patsy Clarke – publicly private and privately public

I was asked to discuss multiple identities and representations, exploring identity play and the interactive tensions between individual and community. Continue reading