Category: #TOLC

  • A Constellation of Pathways

    A Constellation of Pathways

    “When you are deep into designing your badge system, pause. Look outward: consider the bigger picture that your earner will see. Imagine the thrill of being a learning explorer charting new territory with badges as your guideposts! Now with that new perspective, rough out some potential badge pathways that do not solely include your badges—that…

  • Open Badges – now with Endorsements

    Open Badges – now with Endorsements

    This thought was created for Doug Belshaw‘s DML blog entitled “Extending Badges“.

  • I am more than just my grades

    I am more than just my grades

    When you hire a person what do you look for? I look for what I would call character, and a spark… Yet grades are so big that that although voices say that other qualities matter, its hard to hear them. Could Open Badges be a game changer in terms of recognising value, in all its…

  • Education Technology

    Education Technology

    I love Lego, and I wonder how much it played a part in feeding my creative (and constructivist) side. Problem solving, learning to pivot and change direction, creating new worlds with others. Needless to say my kids are all over it…

  • Badge Taxonomy

    Badge Taxonomy

    As part of our work for City and Guilds, Doug Belshaw and I decided to formulate a Badge Taxonomy – not in order to classify badges per se, but to evolve our understanding of how badges (and their intended purposes) differed. After a whole bunch of stickies and some brain crunching, this was the (half-baked)…

  • Why I love my MOOC

    Why I love my MOOC

    The last MOOC I completed (the science of everyday thinking, University of Queensland) was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had. Arguably, its the first course I have done solely for the learning as opposed to the credential…

  • Why can’t we be tested on what we learn?

    Why can’t we be tested on what we learn?

    This comment by a student at a college was overheard by Martin King – and so well put that I had to turn it into a drawing. The whole “teaching the test” vibe I find an unpalatable one, even though it suits game-playing strategic thinkers like me. I believe it ruins learning.

  • What makes good evidence?

    What makes good evidence?

    I’ve learnt a lot about what makes good evidence from talking with people at City & Guilds (who are a knowledgeable lot). This drawing came out of a conversation with Patrick Craven, head of assessment.I’ve learnt a lot about what makes good evidence from talking with people at City & Guilds (who are a knowledgeable…

  • We amuse young people

    We amuse young people

    Yep – I think we probably do. This thought came from a Nesta Young Digital Maker session with Debbie Forster from Apps4Good.

  • The Skills Gap

    The Skills Gap

    The UK has a growing skills gap. There are predicted to be over 14 million skills shortages by 2020. Created for City & Guilds.

  • The Misleading Tower of PISA

    The Misleading Tower of PISA

    I created this image for Pasi Sahlberg relating to their article in the Washington Post debating the need for PISA – the academic global league table. Read More

  • Smart kids go to Uni

    Smart kids go to Uni

    Really? Maybe its just privilege, environment, and the ability to conform and perform within the system.

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