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I am a little surprised that it’s 2020, since it appears to be so futuristic, but we seem to be living that I envisioned in my youth.
Monday I spent the afternoon catching up with email, although many people had been off over the festive period, a lot seemed to have started back on the 2nd (when I was still off). I took the time to get into the equipment and work-ready.
I wrote a first draft of a post for the Data Matters May 2020 2020 conference, that is taking place. The basis of the post is the significance of thinking about data at the context of demands of data. This is about the technical elements of data, but notably the people facets.
I was reminded this past week ten years back we had a few of the worst snow for twenty-five years…

I had been traveling to Leeds where I’m attending the ALT Learning Spaces SIG on Wednesday, Tuesday. Leeds seems much further away than I think that it is.
As well as hearing about the challenges facing universities such as Leeds and Loughborough, there was also a superb workshop in the afternoon looking at the challenges in converting an existing formal learning space (which was not working) in an informal space for learning. I began to write a post on this workshop.
LSSIG Meeting a mailing list, the next question was asked:
I’m doing a project about bitesize CPD/microlearning at a professional development setting for my own module that is MAODE and wondered whether anyone knows of any other projects that I might have the ability to draw inspiration from?
Back in 2013 I developed a series of CPD sessions entitled Sweet and Short

Short and Sweet
The idea was (slightly techno centric) to attend a team meeting (or daytime) and deliver a brief 15-minute training session. The idea was to tease to offer a taster and to inspire. Where possible there could be a follow up session available so that if so motivated they could then go to some more practical session. There is nobody model that fits all needs, although these “Short and Sweet” sessions lasting fifteen minutes, this isn’t the only version of development we all delivered, there were also sessions lasting an hour, half a day as well as the odd whole day improvement.
An illustration Sweet and Short presentation on Adobe Join

I presented about the impact to the Jisc Pros Group.

It worked extremely well and a number of other teams began to use the term, saying things like “if we “short and sweet” this practice?”
I’m aware of a couple of universities, “Borrowed” the idea for their own instruction.

On Friday I had been reminded about the technology that was dull.
The importance of technology that is dull

My thoughts were that
For all those of us involved in technology enhanced learning or intense e-learning, we focus on the innovative, the exciting, the new, the stuff. Well, it’s where we would like to be is not it, cutting edge, and all that?
Those involved in simplifying technology into learning and instruction can sometimes get quite snobbish about “dull” and “dull” technology.
We can even be dismissive of these dull technologies, pointing out how old they are, how unworthy they are “today” and they are dead!
There are something important about the technology that is dull and the way people use them.
The reason dull technologies are important is that the majority of practitioners in an institution will not be in the outer edge, will not be using all technologies. This implies when planning instruction and personnel development it’s crucial that technologies that are dull allowed and have been included for. Just because we are bored with something does not mean that somebody in your organization will find it fascinating and just the thing to address the problem they’re facing.
Re-reading this post I’m reminded that the technology isn’t an entity, there are new and technologies emerging into education and technology begin to lose their glow and be dull.
We might prefer the shiny, but the dull might be the technology that makes a huge difference.

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