Masters in Learning with Technology Course Handbook

The course handbook is in three parts, saving as PDF creates a new document where the pages are landscape rather than portrait. In time, we wil also make this available through a hyperlinked website but for validation we were required to produce a word document.

Course handbook part 1

Course handbook part 2



IEC Statusometer

Hi, a bit of fun with a serious side when you have a few minutes. Sam has developed the IEC Statusometer which is variety of social software app. My take on it is that it allows groups to share our various ‘presences’ and support the development of a community field.

It is beta beta at the moment, but working well. You need to log in via this link and use something called OpenID. If you haven’t come across this before, it is touted as a ‘light weight’ approach to online identity management (again my interpretation) which many of you will have heard about for years, be struggling with your own, or even find it a work challenge.

In the ‘sign in field’, simply paste the URL of a web service with open ID that you have an account for. Yahoo is a good one so flickr and more are listed here as well as an explanation. You then need to follow the prompts and will in effect be using an account elsewhere to give you access to the tool. Then chose the Masters in Learning with Technology group…

Hotseat – learning with technology future-gazing…

The first hotseat with Professor Liber is scheduled to start this Monday, 13th October. However, there are three slight complications:
1. As a knock on effect of the slow admissions / registration process we can’t host the hotseat in Moodle as we had intended. It will instead be in a private WordPress blog for the first week accessible only to student researchers on the Masters in Learning with Technology programme.

Thereafter, it is proposed that Institute for Educational Cybernetics staff at the University of Bolton will also be able to join in. At this point, the hotseat will be viewable to the www, but any comments or questions asked in the previous week will be either anonymised or deleted as requested to enable you to freely participate. We haven’t tried this approach before but thought it might be a good marketing tool as well as provide a valuable and freely accessible resource to others – thoughts please;

2. You will need to sign up for an account if you haven’t already got one at – it takes only a few seconds. This doesn’t require you to have a WordPress blog, but it does allow us to invite you to the private Hotseat blog through the email address yo registered with – email Stephen using the account you registered with;

3. Oleg has been off work ill last week and we will not know if he will be well enough to participate until Monday – if there is a problem, we will advise you of the revised schedule.


Analysing the Professional Context (30 credits)

The Moodle site (image left) is the intended online place for much of the course. However, we don’t all yet have University accounts and so it isn’t possible to use it yet.

For now, the best option is to use the induction blog to start thinking about the first module and have a discussion about how it can be applied to your own work context.

Download the PDF learning guide for Analysing the Professional Context – this is taken from the Moodle site.  It outlines the purpose of the module including intended learning outcomes, assessment criteria, and suggested learning activities.

You also need to download the template personalised-learning-contract. You will use this to plan your inquiry and negotiate your learning activities and outputs with your learning facilitator.  I suggest this is best done using Google docs to enable you to share with other student researchers and learning facilitators for comments and suggestions.

Initial thoughts and questions?

Professor Oleg Liber – Hotseat Expert, October 13th

The link below takes you to a video of Oleg making a presentation on the theme of ‘Technology and the Transformation of Education’ at the University of Liverpool.  A bit of cybernetics, some Viable Systems Model, and some future-gazing…

Have a think about some questions in relation to the work that you do!

Video introduction to the Technologies of the course

This is a short video introduction to the technologies of the course: Skype, Twitter and Moodle

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!