all posts


What can user researchers learn from reality TV?
Using storytelling in Philosophy teaching videos
How should MOOC designers respond to student silence?
Standards: sometimes good, sometimes bad


Philosophy videos
Dimmed screenshots
Your Daddy’s Car
The Day Before You Came
Blogging about blogging (again)


On listening
The central problem of educational technology
The unbearable permanence of forums
A few priorities for instructional videos
Issuing an Open Badge is easy, but making it valuable is hard
Don’t hug me I’m alienated
How to make self checkouts better, in 4 easy steps
De facto standards for search engines, and why it doesn’t hurt to follow them
How do you put a PowerPoint presentation on a VLE?
Flipped teaching: narrow and wide definitions
“We’ve always done it this way”
Using Twitter as way of challenging ideas
A review of Evgeny Morozov’s To Save Everything, Click Here
Lesson planning, efficiency, and the value of duplicated work
Learning from the Eames about information design
Charity and advertising in 2014


The unpopularity of online fiction
Where tech support meets teaching
We’re all librarians now
Collect it all
Writing for the web
Usability testing: Search for an MA course from the OU homepage
On lecturers questioning their audience
Interacting with lectures and the best use of multiple choice
Turning Philosophy into images
What this country needs is a good strong picture language
Upvotes and online communities
What Neil Postman taught me about teaching and television
Getting to know people at the start of an online course
What are Open Badges worth?


Is it a good idea to record lectures?
Trivia in the age of Google
Distributing messages: what works and what doesn’t
Lawyers and the pursuit of truth
A message from the tech elite: you should all be like us
Knowing less
The giant book of rules
Discovery teaching: my doubts
What this [country / website / classroom] needs is a good strong leader
Visualising Bloom
Holding back the enthusiasm
Tesco, Taylor, and the rise of sinister games
Orwell, metaphors and teaching
In which I assume the role of a design critic
First week of a MOOC
Google has the answers
Video instructions: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
“Why” seems to be the hardest word


How I stopped worrying and learned to love data analysis
Comparing an Open University module with a MOOC
Skills and Knowledge
PLEs, as though seen through the eyes of a snooty, cynical, world-weary first-year undergraduate
Education and business
Potential VLE research
If you want to motivate a student, don’t call them “Advanced”
Is it worth getting your class to keep a blog? Also: Google Docs
Blogging about blogging
MA in Online and Distance Education


Whose classroom is it anyway?


Boredom and teaching heart to heart
Kids say the funniest things
What teachers make
R4: “A Good School”
What can an RE teacher learn from a PE teacher?
Carl Sagan, Bob Dylan and the varieties of religious experience
Half finished essay
Pile of books
How people use words to get you to do things
The Theatre of Learning (and the theatre of being a role model)
A fence is an uncomfortable place to sit
Lending pens
5 reasons to start another blog