Alexander Darracott MSc
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I am currently planning a PhD in educational technologies, so I am always interested in finding out how students and tutors across all levels of education and disciplines, particularly in higher education, use online learning tools for teaching and learning.

I am also planning a business in freelance writing, focussing on specific aspects of education including adult learning and educational technologies.
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Learners presenting themselves to an online audience

A globally connected, networked and distributed learning environment gives the learner the opportunity to personalise their own learning through selecting technologies and approaches that match their learning styles and preferences.  The learner should therefore carefully consider these options, as well as being aware of presenting themselves appropriately to an online audience.  This is so that they can connect with an online audience, either through online classrooms or through other means…


Posted on November 17, 2011 at 2:08pm

A brief discussion of formative assessments and Ink Survey

In earlier posts, I have talked about the idea of a distributed, networked learning environment.  Learning materials are accessible to thousands of students instead of a small cohort.  Learners connect and learn from each other through technologies that allow learners to share and collaborate: wikis, blogs, discussion forums, instant messaging, video sharing, among others.  Learning, therefore, becomes a globally connected endeavour.                   

If learning continues to…


Posted on November 17, 2011 at 1:58pm

General thoughts on who owns the learning in an online learning context

The traditional view of teaching and learning places the tutor at the centre of all knowledge distribution, with the students accepting all that is said and done passively, as is found in the traditional lecture.  The tutor owns the learning; the students do not.  If the students go and investigate the information further that is up to them but they view the tutor as the first point of all information…


Posted on November 15, 2011 at 3:30pm

Technology enabled learning: who owns the learning?

The opening keynote presentation was very useful in provoking thoughts and debate regarding who owns learning.  This question is important particularly in higher education, where students are encouraged to manage their own learning.  Online technologies have enabled learner participation to progress from passive to immersive.  Technologies have allowed students to collaborate, interact and communicate with other students that is not determined through location or the time that they…


Posted on November 14, 2011 at 3:47pm


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