This is all my own work – Weeknote #34 – 1st November 2019


I did appreciate having an additional hour on Sunday, although you can tell winter is coming. I watched this video on Sunday morning about how university students in Europe and the US are paying Kenyans to do their work for them.
The international marketplace for academic writing is estimated to be worth $1bn (GBP770m) annually.
I remembered earlier this month looking at this Australian study on contract cheating or collusion. The findings make for interesting reading.

These factors could be mitigated, could we assess from the learner’s native language? Could satisfaction improves and learning atmosphere?
This contract collusion is a major aggravation for universities in the UK, but I wonder if the solution is not about producing systems or procedures that may differentiate if cheating or collusion is taking place but ensuring that evaluation is designed in a means that means there isn’t any incentive to talk, collude, or pay somebody else to undertake the evaluation.
As indicated from the study:
It could be a fantasy to be able to individualize evaluation tasks or possess an innovative approach where students can be evaluated in class doing individual presentations. We make do…
Image by Free-Photos out of PixabayI took a depart early in the week, so it was a shorter week compared to usual. So, it felt like a week that was quieter than previous weeks, but I believe it was about project work.
I completed an article on Education 4.0 that I began last week and shipped it off for editing (and approval).
Image by Pexels out of PixabayI wrote up our workshop that we did in the Jisc Board Off Day. For many people, the message of Education 4.0 is confusing. There’s a disconnect between the technologies of their fourth industrial revolution as well as the four topics of Education 4.0 from the messaging. We discuss the technologies as though they are Education 4.0, if they are in fact the technologies that can enable Education 4.0, but clarity needed on what Education 4.0 looks like. The more immersed you’re in the Education 4.0 area, the less confusing it looks, but for many others appearing in from the outside, you may not understand what’s being said.
I’ve been focussing my current presentations on Education 4.0’s four core topics
Transforming teaching
Personalized adaptive learning
Re-Imagining assessment
Digital and campuses that are fluid
Underpinning these are things like the total student experience and leadership.
Part of my current work is considering the foundations that institutions need to start building to prepare them for the future that is Education 4.0.
Image by dewikinanthi out of PixabayImage has interesting articles and a tone I like. I liked reading this article:
Here’s our summary of AI news beyond. It is about two issues in machine learning facial recognition and keepsakes.
Many organizations are currently looking not to use facial recognition. Unless you’re a man That is not surprising because it doesn’t really work.
Amazon recognition tool fails to athletes: Amazon software mistook 27 athletes’ faces competing soccer, baseball, basketball, and hockey, as suspected offenders in a database that is mugshot.
I was away to London, Wednesday. I had been invited to become a part of the Office for Welfare Expert Advisory Panel and Students Safeguarding, and we had our meeting in their offices. Part of this conversation was about agreeing a few terms of reference. Because of purdah, a few of the outputs from this group will not occur until after that election.

I was back into our Bristol office for a meeting, Thursday, but it was nice to touch base with a selection of individuals from various parts of the business enterprise. I sometimes like to maintain the office to have those and discussions that are hard to re-create virtually Although I may not get as much work done when functioning in isolation. Part of this reason to maintain the office was supposed to access our finance system to book myself on several occasions.
When I got home from work I carved a pumpkin for Halloween,

Seven years back this week I wasn’t pleased about the use of this phrase “appropriate”.
Missed Opportunities
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I spent a part of this week working on evaluation criteria and the career pathways, which will be challenging I think it should be. What does evidence that is appropriate to look like for a specific outcome?
Additionally, I reviewed some earlier work on portfolios. Staff that are a part of a career pathway have to show evidence of evaluation criteria and their outcomes.
Here are a few of the work I looked at.
Getting started with e-portfolios
The execution toolkit
A portfolio entails skills necessary for 21st century learning – organizing and planning material, receiving and giving feedback, reflecting, selecting, and arranging content to convey with a particular audience in the way that is best.
My top tweet this week was this one.

So in Swindon we made our initial visit to the @steam_museum on this day in 2005. We have been back many times, but this time was that the first. I remember being impressed with the screens, but also the friendliness of the staff and volunteers.
— James Clay (@jamesclay) October 25, 2019


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