My blog mentor

I now have a Blog mentor (Martin Weller) – he’s a great chap and I actually know him in real life (yes I do exist outside the blogosphere!), he has offered to give me some help with getting my blog in shape. He has a very interesting blog himself (The Ed Techie) at http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/

On a quasi related theme I’ve been reading Mark Van Harmelen’s (JISC funded) report on Web 2.0 for content for learning and teaching in higher education http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/programme_digital_repositories/project_web2_and_policy.aspx.

The main thing that I liked about it was the recommendation not to be so perscriptive or stifle experimentation. This is something I’ve been trying to sell to others here for a while. I’m not the most creative person in the world (check my blogs!) but I can see that Web 2.0 increases possibilities for less formal learning and enhances formal learning mechanisms but only if educators embrace the idea of giving away some control to the learners and learn that not everything needs to be polished and clean in order for it to be useful.

As an example most YouTube videos are far from clean but I’ve used these to teach people about Second Life http://secondlife.com as there are some excellent tutorials in there e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWrJeICmErQ

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About willwoods
I'm Head of Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University.

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