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I’m excited to share that this blog is moving! New posts should be happening soon in my new space. I hope to see you there!

UPDATE: I’m still adjusting and finding my way around my new site, so forgive me if I have a few  hiccups along the way. To subscribe to my new blog by RSS or email, visit the right-hand side of my initial post.


Thinking About Heutagogy

Happy to see this collection and a group forming around the topic. This is definitely an area I’d like to examine more closely as time permits…

Heutagogy Community of Practice

A few people have been thinking about heutagogy or heutagogical practices recently here in WordPress land, so let’s repost a few of these ideas here for everyone to read:

What do you think about when you think about heutagogy? Please share!

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This is just too good not to share. Loved this.

User Generated Education



Early in my training as an educator, I was exposed to William Glasser’s conceptualization of basic human needs and their importance in creating a healthy educational setting.  They are:

  • Belonging – Fulfilled by loving, sharing, and cooperating with others
  • Power – Fulfilled by achieving, accomplishing, and being recognized and respected
  • Freedom – Fulfilled by making choices
  • Fun – Fulfilled by laughing and playing

They resonated deeply and made sense to me.  Instructional strategies and learning activities should build in ways for learners to get these needs met.

The needs of freedom and power are of special note to this essay/topic:

  • Freedom – This is the need to choose how we live our lives, to express ourselves freely, and to be free from the control of others. Helping students, especially younger ones, satisfy this need does not mean giving them the freedom to do whatever they want to do…

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This is important work. I’m certainly going to be watching for the full analysis!

Learning in the workplace


As you will remember the Caledonian Academy conducted some research during the recent Change11 MOOC run by George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier.  The study generated a lot of data, which has been sitting on my desk for some months now. The hypothesis for the study was that we would observe different learning behaviours and different approaches to learning in MOOCs among those with different SRL profiles.

What did we do?

SRL Profiles: The first component of the study was to ask participants to complete an SRL profile instrument* we had developed for the study. The instrument was adapted from a number of pre-existing SRL self-report  instruments (full details, and a copy of the instrument are here), most notably the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (Pintrich et al 1991) and a more recent Self directed Learning Orientation scale developed by Raemdonck (Gijbels et al …

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There is a lot of great information here about building a PLN. While the article specifically references workplace learning, the steps involved with building social capital are the same for everyone. (Social Capital is a key component of Personal Learning Networks.)

John Stepper

Working out loudRecently, I’ve been talking to dozens of people about career insurance – how working out loud can help them shape their reputation and control their career. In almost every conversation, people were unsure of how to build a purposeful network.

Where do you start? How do you find the right people? What’s the best way to get to know them?

In each case, though, it turned out they already had access to several existing networks. They just weren’t leveraging them.

Here are the 5 examples we discussed that can help you amplify your contribution, build relationships, and discover more possibilities.

Leading with generosity

As Keith Ferrazzi says, “the currency of networking isn’t greed, it’s generosity.” And so the best way to build relationships is to lead with generosity – to think of how you can contribute to the network and thus gain access and gradually build trust.

That starts…

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Some really interesting thoughts and comments about narration of work as it applies to the introvert in the workplace. Worth the read!

John Stepper

The idea of working out loud – using social platforms to make your work observable and to narrate your work in progress – is becoming more popular. Yet even some who see the value of working out loud will say it’s not right for them.

“I don’t like to toot my own horn.”

“I’m more comfortable quietly doing a good job.”

“It’s fine for extraverts, but what about everybody else?”

Well, working out loud is good for introverts, too – maybe especially so. Here’s why.

The power of introverts

Over 3 million people have viewed Susan Cain’s TED Talk on “The power of introverts.”

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But…introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

And in her book, “Quiet”, she makes a…

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Donald H Taylor

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are all over the news at the moment, with mainstream media such as the New York Times, Forbes and the TES featuring it widely. The L&D and Higher Ed communities, too, have pitched in with their views. Debate has ranged widely on the pedagogical quality and style of MOOCs, on the technologies, on who actually started them and on some of the mind-blowingly huge numbers of students involved. There are also some in L&D who say that MOOCs have little to do with workplace learning (and they are very wrong).

But one topic has received less notice – how will MOOCs be made to pay?

A twitter conversation last night brought this to my attention. My sub-140-character response to the question last night was ‘Freemium model surely?’

I went to sleep wondering how I would make MOOCs pay if I ran a university and…

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A follow-up to a post I wrote last year. Jeff says it better than I do and relates it to digital literacy. Great stuff!

Brian M. Lucey

Last week, in The Irish Times, an opinion piece was printed on third level education. Penned by Paul Mooney, sometime President of the National College of Ireland, and now back as a fulltime management consultant. To put it mildly it was…astonishing. Fuller than straw men than a wizard of oz convention, it has been mercilessly critiqued. Even the comments below the fold in the Irish times run 10-1 ‘against’ his broad thrust.  I have yet to see a comprehensive piece defending it. Richard Tol, no friend of lazy academics, opened a debate on Irisheconomy, where the public sector is not exactly flavour of the month, and yet the overwhelming perspective of the commentators was that while for sure there were and are issues of concern in irish higher education Mooney’s article was so over the top as to be risible.  The estimable Rob Kitchen, socioeconomic geographer and writer of excellent crime novels on his

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Press pause.

I can’t believe I keep a blog now! I will take this responsibility seriously. Promise.

For the moment, though, I’m going to take a moment or two to experience the holidays. I’ll be back at it in early January with an updated blog and Twitter name (I’m currently taking suggestions for the Twitter name). At that time this space will primarily be used to discuss points of interest from my upcoming course (EAHR 822) Administration of Adult Education but it will be peppered with bits ‘n pieces about social media and networked learning too. Adam‘s design work may even make a guest appearance—the possibilities are endless!

Until then, we’ll always have Twitter

Happy Holidays!