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Competent vs. qualified

Competent vs. qualified

It is said that “things are the way they are because they got that way”. So please, step back with me, into the mists of time …. time … time …
Once upon a time, not so many years ago … the UK was swamped by …

Taste and fear of structured learning

Taste and fear of structured learning

Most of my learning over the past quite a few years has been through on-line interaction with fellow travellers on this road through life, well, that or frantically scanning “help” files to find the magic bullet that will solve my problem.
I guess the big difference …

A hammer for an uncertain world

A hammer for an uncertain world

I’m just starting on a consultancy contract to completely update the national occupational standards for the UK travel and tourism industries. Those standards will become the new basis for the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in the industry so it is important to get them right …

The froth on the burger

The froth on the burger

There has been much UK press excitement this week about McDonald’s (yes, that McDonald’s) being approved as an “awarding body” so that they can offer, assess and moderate their own in-house management and supervisory qualifications.
The extent of coverage came as something of a surprise. No …

Learning outside school, education in school?

Futurelab sent out a flier last week entitled Image a way to … support learning outside school. It points out that only 15% of children’s time is spent in school and appeals for ideas about how what it refers to as “informal learning” in the …

Virtual classroom for free

I’ve been making some good use of the Elluminate V-room facility, a secure virtual room with voice and video communication, chat room, interactive whiteboard and application sharing. It is free but the limit of three participants (including the moderator) limits the functionality for anything but …

Creativity – nurture the nature

Tony Buzan’s presentation on the creativity crisis. This emphasises what I have been arguing for years, through such things as Whole Brain Learning, that unless we help people learn to learn first we are on a hiding to nothing in teaching curriculum. Learning cannot be …

Learning styles may be the emporer’s new clothes

Susan Greenfield, director of the Royal Institute, has thrown her weight behind the debunking the myth of learning styles. In an appallingly ill-informed introduction to an article in the Daily Telegraph, Julie Henry characterises learning styles based education as:
… children are considered to have different …

Social networking mashup

Social networking mashup

I had my first experience of a flash-mob last night. My daughter had received a forwarded text message (SMS) advising that a bunch of people might well be meeting up on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London for a short dance party at …

Visualisation as a means of coping with, and making sense of, data overload

In “Patterns and sense-making: information visualisation”, George Siemens proposes a variety of strategies to create visual representations of data to help us, essentially, get our heads around the big picture by spotting relationships, trends and connections before getting into the finer and statistical details.
It isn’t …

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