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Workspace design: an open or shut (in) case?

Open offices – collaboration incubators or total nightmares of noise, eavesdropping and stress? These seem to be the two binaries that inevitably come up with discussing office design. Most offices I’ve worked in either tried to fit themselves in the space they had or were designed by people with offices and doors.  When it comes to planning “clusters” of workers – as a knowledge worker who is rarely on the phone I’ve had to deal…

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“Jailbreaking the degree”

If you’re interested in micro-credentialing, capturing tacit/explicit knowledge and interests of potential team members,  and the future of tertiary education and lifelong learning – read on: Whilst listening to a podcast called “Disrupt Yourself”, I heard of a micro-credentialing platform called “Degreed” (David Blake #77). According to the Degreed site, the system works by individuals submitting statements, evidence and endorsement of their skills. The system awards a Skill Level Certification based on the evidence you…

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PowerPoint as a basic image editor

Love it, hate it, want to ignore it – PowerPoint is part of many people’s working and academic lives. But it’s not all bullet points, crappy clip art and watermarked images of authors who forget good digital citizenship. PowerPoint can also be used as a simple image creator and editor. Here is a video I created to help some students on a learning task — hoping it will be useful for you: As well, here…

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Acknowledgements of Country

Conference season is in full swing. As we go out and learn, share and contribute to our shared knowledge of our chosen fields of endeavour – it is important to think of and include indigenous people of the lands upon which we meet. Why? Well, whether you believe the lands upon which you meet are stolen, occupied or rightfully taken — acknowledging an indigenous history at minimum shows respect and understanding that there is a…

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Students as Partners in Higher Education

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking around students having a say in the way they learn and the concept of students as consumers or customers. I read a scathing article about student experience surveys (SESs) on the Campus Review website  back in March and have started being far more aware of their impact. For instance, I’ve suggested that perhaps we don’t link every damned thing in an online course – that we teach students…

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