Monday, February 22, 2016

New Horizons

I was about to email this around some contacts, who are just catching up with my news ,  but it's not really the open way to do things so I am posting it here too - minus my home address.

Dear all,
I have moved on from the College Development Network and I am looking for full or part-time assignments that can use my skills, experience and networks across Scottish Education, UK and into international vocational education.

For those in the system.  If you have staff who need their eyes opened to the possibilities of new delivery models in a constructive way – I have the skills and contacts to build their confidence to inspire them to  take delivery and learner engagement to a new place.

For those in and around the system;  if you have a project that needs a business case, a product or solution that will support learning or educational institutions in an innovative way, you are searching for the right route to market or you are simply looking for the right partner in the Scottish Education sector then I hope to be able to help.

My personal interests will still focus on  innovation, entrepreneurship, digital literacy with a focus on educators, developing open practitioners , shared services, open education, digital communities of practice, collaborative education and the co-creation of curricula, new forms of assessment – particularly e-portfolios and their role in quality assurance, open badges and new ways of credentialing learning, all things 16+ learning formal and informal and much more.
I have a deep understanding of the policy landscape around Colleges and across the vocational learning landscape across the UK.

In the month ahead I am supporting a webinar from the Heart of Worcester College on a new model of collaborative content creation and supporting the organisation of #oer16 at Edinburgh University.

My updated linkedin profile is here

If you have a moment,  I would welcome a recommendation around the work we have done in the past on my LinkedIn Profile.

I look forward to working with you in the future and meeting you on the journey to make education a relevant and a better place for all.

Kind Regards


Monday, February 01, 2016

Who to Follow where to look for the new ?

I had one of these brain dump conversations this morning on Skype that spanned change initiatives , technology,  and the sharing and networking of learning materials among other topics.

I've been around a bit - here is a quick guide to folks that I think are worth keeping an eye on in Scotland and across UK currently.

I hope this is useful and I'm happy to add folks - probably lots of omissions. Surely there is  a useful google.doc or other crowd sourced directory out there by now ?

I've tried to make list one of people rather than organisational accounts.

This with a focus on 16+ learning formal or informal.

First of all who to follow on twitter or to grab an rss feed from their blog.

JISC Folks  are always a good place to start .

For a UK focus - follow

For JISC UK with Scottish angle

For Scottish College staff - harder but try as a starter

For right across life long learning schools/colleges/adult learning and HE

For College News

SQA Tweets

For leading change

I hope this is useful - especially if you are still trying to explain to staff 'what is the point ' of twitter or other social software tools in developing a personal learning network.