September 29, 2012
Is there a good term for my specialist area of work for CETIS? I've been trying out "technology for learner support", but that doesn't fully seem to fit the bill. If I try to explain, reflecting on 10 years (as of this month) involvement with CETIS, might readers be able to help me?
August 11, 2012
The idea that I am calling "follower guidance" is about how to relate with chosen others to promote good work, well being, personal growth and development, in an essentially peer-to-peer manner — it's an alternative to "mentoring".
February 21, 2012
Another conversation with Mark Johnson yesterday got me thinking seriously about what the role of humility and of confidence is in the academic community. If there is a literature on this, I don't know it, so my remarks here are appropriately tentative. But the issue is of surprising importance to personal development, so perhaps worth the risk of some speculation.
July 15, 2011
The one annual e-portfolio (and identity) conference that I attend reliably was this year co-sponsored by CRA, on top of the principal EIfEL — London, 11th to 13th July. Though it wasn't a big gathering, I felt it was somehow a notch up from last time.
June 14, 2010
Timely article from the BBC, "Universities need radical overhaul, says David Willetts" (2010-06-10) might provoke a positive response from people like us in CETIS, Bolton's IEC, and the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA). The BBC indicates that Willetts thinks universities faced "tough times" and needed to find cheaper and more flexible ways to teach. [...]
June 2, 2009
My book, "Electronic Portfolios: Personal information, personal development and personal values" has recently been published, and is eventually available on Amazon UK etc. (or .fr or .de or .com)
The publishers have it in their catalogue.
I was very surprised by the high list price, which I have had no influence over. I would publish it for [...]
October 27, 2008
Since going to the annual European Eifel "ePortfolio" conferences is a firm habit of mine (in fact, I have been to every single annual one so far) it seems like a good time to take stock of the e-portfolio world. All credit to Serge and Maureen and their team, they have kept the event as [...]
March 14, 2008
When we saw the initial announcement, it looked like a good thing to go to, as it overlaps areas of keen interest. So Helen, Scott and I had written the paper - Social portfolios supporting professional identity - and Helen and I went along to the one-day conference in Newcastle organised by Medev. It was [...]
October 30, 2007
Back on 26th July I wrote about this issue. I was at the time sticking out for using the term "identity" to refer to that complex of personal qualities and attributes associated with particular contexts, groups of people, roles, etc., and having strong implications for personal values.
I've recently changed my mind, and [...]
July 4, 2007
Dave Snowden has this appealing habit of making provocative points in his blog - I'm sure he appreciates that! Anyway, in his latest he writes (emphasis original) "Good leadership does not attempt to control values, it lives them."
I'll willingly pick up a role I have already tried out, that of Dave's extender (though not too [...]