Impressively written and evocative book about WW1 and the two protagonists approaches to the horrors.
I needed a book for my long train journey back from the excellent as usual IWMW, so popped into the charity shop and came up with ‘The Psychopath Test’ by Jon Ronson. I really enjoyed the ensuing 5 hours on the train, with an entertaining and interesting tour of mental illness, psychiatry, psychology and the media. Much more fun than it sounds.
Some controversial opinons about the extent of treating our users as customers. I suspect that it might be the narcissism of small differences - can’t see anyone not agreeing that people deserve great services and experiences, maybe what we call the people shouldn’t be a banner to rally behind.
Talking out some new ways that JISC is aiming to support the sector, Michael was especially keen on things as services - not really my area, but it was nice to have some more technical meaty stuff along with the strategising.
A bit of an eye opener, this session from Linkedin. The scale of it and the services it’s offering mean that Universities need to have better plans for how to react and maybe even embrace it.
One great point that resonated from this talk was - ‘stop copying each other’. Guilty as charged, but will try to be better.
Digital isn’t an end in itself, but a way of reaching the main goal - which is great user experience.
Beautifully delivered explanation of Aberdeen’s efforts to be better by raconteur Mike McConnell. Really frank and engaging talk with tons to think about. I’ve a feeling I’ll banging on about this one for a while.
The clever people at University of Kent talked about how they very quickly built a tour app.
A ton of things to think about from this long session - hence the pages of notes.
Brian’s welcome to the iwmw15 event, covering some of the key themes and setting the context - especially for lots of new attendees - which is good.
Richard always has very tasteful slides, and this was no exception. Luckily, he also had plenty of really interesting substance about how Bath’s content teams work too.
Fascinating talk by Mandy Phillips from Liverpool John Moores, where if anything she undersold just how much the team had managed to achieve. There was a palpable sense of envy when she talked about spending money :-)
Really useful session in iBeacons, and similar proximity based sensors. Discovered practical advice on real world problems.
Recently picked up this Isaac Asimov collection of four short stories, with this interesting sixties cover. I’m trying my technique of some post reading doodles to help my memory, and enjoyment. It was new to do short stories, and good to pause at the end to do a little drawing. I think I need to watch that I don’t try to illustrate the story, but instead take bits that will act as signposts for me.
My post reading sketchnote from ‘The Blind Assassin’ by Margaret Atwood. It took a while for me to get into it, but then it was really enjoyable. Some evocative passages and convincing backdrop to a well told story. The multiple narratives and switches never felt contrived.
Really enjoyed this book, and my notes don’t do it justice. I’ve captured the main points but left out all the comprehensive references to studies. I need to revist the third part of the book, which was a practical toolkit.
Whilst posting my sketchnotes from the OER15 conf a good question was asked about how to share and attribute the pics I was posting on twitter. I realised that I didn’t have any licencing info on the notes so rectified that by putting a ‘CC-BY’ on the sketchnotes, and creating a definitive place for them to live.
Cable talked about how to move from policy to implementation for Open Education.
A panel discussion around policy for OER around the world.