Why educators should learn on-the-job

In 2015-16 I led research exploring how educators learn open educational practices. The research was conducted in collaboration with Dr Nina Hood and Dr Heli Kaatrakoski. This was the foundational work for the #ExplOERer (pronounced ‘explorer’) –  a European Commission co-funded project, under the Erasmus+ programme.  The work aimed to promote Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption…

The secret work of Wikipedia editors

Today marks a worldwide campaign to expand the number of women represented in Wikipedia and to increase the number of women who are Wikipedia editors. Last year we* worked with Melissa Highton to research how people learn to become Wikipedia editors. With the emergence of social media sites like Wikipedia there has been a range of new roles and responsibilities associated with knowledge creation.…

#MOOC certification, completion, and measures of success

In April 2015 am participating in a panel session at #OER15 led by @YishayMor and Laia Canals.  MOOCs enable new forms of organisation mediated by digital technology. However, governments, universities, educators and even learners still apply conventional metrics around learning, assessment, completion which limits the potential of #MOOCs. MOOC providers seem to be concerned with completion rates –…

Interdisciplinary volume on Technology-enhanced professional learning

We are about to  interdisciplinary volume “Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning: Processes, practices, and tools“. The book is by Routledge in November 2013.   Co-edited by Professor Allison Littlejohn and Dr Anoush Margaryan of the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, the book integrates contributions from a range of leading scholars from ten different countries (UK, US, Australia, Estonia,…

Work and Learning at the Boundaries of Knowledge: A funded PhD Fellowship

Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship within the Caledonian Academy (www.academy.gcal.ac.uk) in Glasgow, UK.  The Caledonian Academy is seeking a talented,  PhD Fellow for a project studying learning practices within groups of knowledge workers at Google and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to…

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COLLECTIVE LEARNING: Learning in the workplace There are various forms of learning that professionals may engage in throughout their work – formal and informal, structured and non-structured, on-the-job or off-the-job. In our group, one of the strands of research is focused specifically on informal, on-the-job learning that takes place through participation in daily work and…