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I have spent the last six years thinking about and creating open educational resources. I have had two very important guides over this time: Stephen Downes and Leigh Blackall. Guides are very important if we are to venture […]

Five Easy to Implement Strategies to Make Your Students ENJOY Learning

How can we apply principles of intrinsic motivation into online learning? How can you create the environment which will strongly support your students’ inner will to learn?

How to Design Learning Experiences to Get Your Students’ Attention Hooked

Here are two quick tips you can implement in your activity design, to begin engaging your students today.

Taking Learning to the Next Level Through Project-Based Learning

Deciding on which teaching method works best for your students can be an overwhelming challenge.

Journeys in Educational Innovation and Summative Peer Review, Iteration 2: Getting Back on the Podium

Earlier in the year, I shared my bruising experiences of introducing ‘flipped assessment’ into my 2nd year Economics class. The experience caused a lot of soul searching and reflection on the unique nature of educational innovation.

Five Things Instead of Video to Make Your MOOC Extra Awesome

As the Head of Instructional Design at OpenLearning, it may surprise you that I think videos are the least important aspect of your MOOC.

The Highs and Lows of the Educational Innovator: of cobbles, haircuts, and flipped assessment (Pt. Three)

Here, I provide some reflections on what an innovative context needs. These thoughts are not exhaustive, but are given as a starting point for discussion.

The Highs and Lows of the Educational Innovator: of cobbles, haircuts, and flipped assessment (Pt. Two)

Despite the hard work in setting the system up, about a third of the students objected to the system, ultimately flicking mud at the unit altogether. The crown had slipped.