Monthly Archives: September 2008

What’s in a ‘hotseat’?

Hi, you will probably have seen that our first hotseat is to be run by Professor Oleg Liber who will be ‘future

gazing’.  So what other topics would be of interest?  We can’t promise anything, but IEC has a wide range of staff with different specialisms and is well connected both nationally and internationally so we can try!


New to online discussion? Does a code of practice help?

We wrote this code of practice (below) for the validation of this degree, based on previous experience of facilitating online community.

What do you think about the code? Continue reading

The Institute for Educational Cybernetics (IEC) community

You will be joining a community of 25 staff who work for the IEC, a research group at UoB.  Our mission  is to:

develop a better understanding of how information and communications technologies affect the organisation of education from individual learning to the global system

The background of IEC staff is diverse and includes researchers, programmers, and educationalists who work nationally and internationally on many projects and collaborations some of which can be read about here and the Jisc Cetis webiste in particular is a good place to get involved with dfferent interets groups and activities.  Some of you know us well already, and as you progress with your studies you will have the chance to discus your reserach and ideas with many of the department either through the formal ‘hotseat’ programme or through other chanels – an important aspect of the experience we have designed so be bold and make connections!

Inquiry-based, work-focussed learning – how it works!

For this Masters degree we are expecting you to become an inquiry-led, work-focussed learner – but what does this mean? Continue reading


Welcome to the new Masters in Learning with Technology run by the Institute for Educational Cybernetics at the University of Bolton (UoB). Richard Millwood, Mark Johnson, and Stephen Powell will be working as the facilitation team and you can read short pen portraits about them on the IDIBL project website from where this Masters in Learning with Technology was developed.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be adding more material to the blog to help orientate you with the pathway and we encourage you to make make as many comments as you want to.  The to-do page linked from the top navigation bar will help you to structure your activities.

We will also be interested in your reflections on the whole admissions process up to starting the first module which will be in Moodle.  Your reflections are important to us as we want to inform the development of this Masters, and the use of technology in support of learners across the university.

roof garden

roof garden

The banner for this blog shows our offices (arguably the best abnd certainly the most interesting in UoB!) which are on the top floor with a lawn roof garden to the right hand side (see insert). Anyone who is either studying with us or thinks they might wish to study is is always welcome to visit – please just email ahead to arrange a meeting.