It’s been a year since I started blogging here at Nominet Trust, exploring the research around new technologies particularly in education. There probably hasn’t been a more exciting time in the Nominet Trust year for me as they’ve just announced a new fund with the Education Endowment Foundation – it’ll be great to see what’s funded and what outcomes they achieve. I’m going to use this final blog of the year I’ll sum up what I’ve covered so far and how it’s all related.
In my last post, I said I’d talk a bit more about knowledge mapping. I’m particularly interested in this area because while information retrieval through search engines is rather well supported for individuals engaging in fairly short factual retrieval, longer and collaborative tasks have relatively less tools for their facilitation. So this is an interesting area from an information management perspective in general.
In her recent Nominet Trust blog Annika talked about the ways Nominet Trust is trying to make sense of the information they have on how technology might be used to open up new opportunities. Creating stories, spotting themes, and mapping ideas have been key to this work.
Last blog I talked about Linked Data in relation to OER – linking the OER together. One aspect of this was personalisation – being able to see where gaps in a students learning were, and plugging them dynamically though linked OER.
I’ve mentioned Open Data and Linked Data in my last couple of posts. Brilliantly enough my department does a 'forum meeting' once a quater, and in last week's I heard about a project (which KMi is a partner on) on just this topic!
How do we track the impact of data and documents once we’ve “let it out” into the wild for anyone to use, reuse, reappropriate, and open up for re-downloading? That’s the question I’m looking at this week, and that I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of days.
Over the summer I’ve been working on a project the Open Resource Bank for Interactive Teaching (ORBIT) – an OER wiki hosting Teacher Education resources for Professional Development on interactive pedagogy, particularly using ICT. It’s still a work in progress prior to the project end in September, and to an extent it’ll still be in progress after that (although, to an extent we very much want it to be – it is a wiki after all!), but do give it a look. The site also hosts a few other teacher education Wikis (OER4School
The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology recently released a fantastic report – “Innovating Pedagogy 2012” (pdf) (Creative Commons licenced too). The report offers 10 innovations with the potential to change education in the short to medium term. It starts with a two page executive summary – so if you don’t read anything else, take a look at that!