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  • Activity, Thinking and Extra:Activity: given a text of 1000 words, precis it to 150 words, and then again to 140 characters (to tweet it)Thinking: Having done the tasks reflect on these two questions: 1 what are the problems you encountered trying to summarise to approximately one tenth of the original?2 what do you think of the validity of being asked to summarise the original text adequately in just 140 characters?

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  • Learning to Learn Online
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    Steve Chilton
    e-Learning Academic Development Manager
    Middlesex University Learning and Teaching Conference
    June 29 2010
    #altcmu
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  • © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA
  • Adage, cliché, epithet, maxim, platitude or saw?
    You learn something new every day
    It’s never too late to learn
    You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

  • Learn is a verb – you have to do it, it is not done to you or for you
    Jackson, 2010


  • learning to learn posits the notion that intelligence is not fixed; that we may develop capabilities for better learning; that it is more than a ‘skills set’
    Rawson, 2000

  • having all those other skills that they need to have as well to be successful in the 21st century, which include things like digital literacy …. and the ability to handle …. the plethora of information that is available through the internet …. being able to …. work in an environment where the nature of friendship has changed from the 19th century model where we had strong ties and weak links, so you had …. a few strong friendships, whereas today people through the likes of Facebook have lots and lots of weak friends but because of the connectivity they have connections which can stand them in excellent stead in terms of developing and pursuing careers, if they know how to, how to flex that capacity.
    Anon, pers comms



  • In spite of decades of research we know very little about how we learn.
    Flood, 2002

  • http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/tasters/h804/
  • Learning Styles
    http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/5314/should-sarcasm-be-acceptable/39146#39146
    http://pkab.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/learningstylemodel.gif
  • http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Everyone%20Else/images-4/clock.jpg
  • http://zenhabits.net/fotos/20071230reflection.jpg
  • cc Brian Hillegas http://www.flickr.com/photos/seatbelt67/502255276/
  • http://sloblogs.thetribunenews.com/slovault/files/2008/08/telephone-operators.jpg
  • Image copyright Middlesex University
  • Future is not Orange, but it IS mobile
    http://www.blackboard.com
    We are working with Boopsie on the development of an iPhone app (with Learning Resources) for a potential launch at the start of the next academic year.
  • Learning to Learn Online
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    Steve Chilton
    e-Learning Academic Development Manager
    Email: steve8@mdx.ac.uk
    Twitter: steev8
    Conference blog: http://www.altcmu.blogspot.com/