Peter Scott and MOOC missing from life long learning

Peter Scott and MOOC missing from life long learning

This is a short post as I'm getting ready for the Wild Show tomorrow. There may be a Pulse post later as I have done more about the MOOC there.

Yesterday Peter Scott wrote in the Guardian about UK universities and life long learning. Financial pressures have reduced the offer. There is not as much support from the public for universities as such. This may be reflected in funding as there is support for lower fees.

A while ago Peter Scott wrote that he would not write about the MOOC. To this he has stuck.

So nothing about life long learning as in people signing up to online courses and then just having a browse. Drop out rates do not bother the punters.

Thing is, UK citizens can find online stuff from outside the UK. 

Apparently post-1992 unis have suffered in esteem. Although the OU and Birkbeck "have nothing to apologise for". It is striking that in the UK the Futurelearn project has not got the backing of the top research ancients whatever you want to call them. In the USA Stanford MIT/Harvard are ok.

What happened to modes one and two / design science as a route for management theory? I can't find much recent.

blog notes for China Manufacturing

Through Twitter I have been invited to exchange blog posts with China Manufacturing - @chinasourc - so here is a start.

Came about from a video clip. I am promoting #mtw3 as an online version of a conference starting with YouTube. Look for "Burgoyne  mtw3" , should find them.

Earlier versions cover climate change and projections of consumption in Chins. Latest one i ask him about how the UK and western countries will need to change as well as different forms of development. No clear answers so far.

But it would be interesting to hear from people in China about environmental and management standards. I know that ISO 9000 has the highest number of certificates in China. (Used to be UK in times of BS5700) I guess similar with environmental standards. Why is it that Quality Circles work in Asia but not in USA or Europe?

I am going into my own interests a bit. there is a blog for #mtw3 by Linda Shelton who covers the entire scope.

More later. Have to stop now as @wenotno is on Phonic FM at 12 and we have to plan it. 

Draft notes for Networked Learning 2016

This is a try at thinking about the Networked Learning conference next year. I am mostly trying to work out how to describe the #mtw3 posts over the next few weeks. Maybe a bit of background-

The Management Theory at Work conferences included a bit about technology but not much detail as I saw it. Networked Learning seemed to be starting again or not too concerned with organisation.

My interests was as a practitioner , working on an ISO 9000 situation, so #mtw1 was encouraging until the keynote from Chris Grey that as memory serves proposed that going back to critique was a more stable role for universities that attempting to offer any form of management advice. 

The practitioner attendance numbers seemed to drop off for #mtw2 but this is not very surprising.

Networked Learning has included critique, much of it seems to be comments on what is happening anyway rather than making practice proposals.

When I am thinking about #mtw3 I want to keep the original scope as well as making my own case. I am helped by Linda Shelton who sticks to the scope as if it was driven by code.

Recently I wrote about BETT and critique on Pulse / LinkedIn

Briefly BETT was quite a shock in the extent of company influence on government. People from universities were there but they seemed to be lurking - not much contribution on the show floor.

What I guess is that quite soon the cost aspects of technology in education will be part of the discussion. Based on reading Peter Scott in the Guardian there is a widely held view of this as coming from companies or private universities and confirmation of other views on managerialism etc.  Will there be some sort of alternative proposal? Maybe not if critique is an aim in itself.

Meanwhile in Exeter I currently work on a radio show, mostly music but with space for discussion. Please get in touch if you are nearby sometime. We will look at Phonic FM as an example of an organisation gradually moving into social media, though FM continues.

Comment welcome if I am raving wildly off topic or have lost awareness of relevant information.

Later there could be some sort of workshop proposal for the next Networked Learning conference. Maybe a fringe event about social media, with implications.


Twitter Video tests from RAMM and Phonic FM in Exeter ( hello Kendal )

Some Kendal explanation later on, please keep reading.

Recently I have been trying out my Sony Experia phone and the camera. As explained previously I still mostly use my Kodak Zi8 and move the SD card to my desktop later. I am convinced about the future of phones and wifi for video but have not found it easy so far ( also the sort of conversations I have are not that urgent ) My friends on the Wild Show and @wenotno have been showing me the wonders of the iPhone so I have gradually explored what the smart phone can do. I heard about the Twitter option and then found it for Android so have done some tests.

Not sure how these links will work, maybe the content remains with Twitter but it would be nice to be able to edit and combine later. 

First one from Wild Show yesterday.

Second one from RAMM earlier today (Royal Albert Memorial Museum)

You will just have to click, I may try to embed later

I thought it worked ok from the Phonic studio but now have studied the timing and it actually went from Cafe 55 about an hour later. I still don't really follow how the phone works and need to get back to my desktop before it makes a lot of sense. Today I lost one try at RAMM then the second one is only 5 seconds but did not seem to upload. I went to Cafe 55 again where it loaded quite quickly. Cafe 55 is in the Sense building so maybe their wifi is especially looked after. Not sure, I can only report what I find. By the way they are experimenting with the breakfast menu on a Friday, not sure if the offers will continue but well worth checking out.

Kendal is one reason why I have been thinking about wifi again. Sometime soon there will be free wifi in central Kendal. I think it was supposed to be in January. I will be spending more time there so really like the idea of wifi as part of a place. Also the scale of Kendal is such that this could work out. I think Exeter may be now too large for a signal not to vary such that it lacks clear definition.

So I am expecting things to change quite rapidly. Twitter support 30 seconds of video published anywhere quite quickly. When this is ok from most cafes it could be very interesting. Also for FM radio even if we have to regard the cafe as part of the studio.


Interview as Playlist - Taylor and Marie

I have set up a YouTube playlist that matches the broadcast yesterday on Phonic FM. Taylor and Marie visited Exeter the week before but not in time for our show - We Don't Know - @wenotno - on Phonic FM. I recorded an interview with Jodie Marie and edited it into four chunks. The YouTube version includes some extra comments by me and Jon Mahy when we broadcast it on FM. We palyed the music from YouTube so have included these tracks in the playlist.

Link to playlist

The interview is Creative Commons so you can remix. Also broadcast somewhere else if you like. The original sound is also on Soundcloud

Hello, World!

Sorry for the hello world, having trouble with links

I will be interested how this works out. Could be a different form of radio.