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Category Archives: research

Seven Myths about Education – Skills, Knowledge & Schooling

Daisy Christodoulou’s 2013 book ‘The Seven Myths about Education’ is a well-written critique of the current policies in UK education and their implementation through the curriculum and by school inspections from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED). The book is easy to read, while making some convincing, evidence-based arguments. HerContinue Reading

Benefits of Computers in Schools?

The recent Students, Computers and Learning: Making The Connection report from the OECD finds no improvement in PISA scores from countries which have invested heavily in ICTs for secondary education. PISA tests 15-year-old students from over 70 economies in reading mathematics and science. In the writer’s opinion, students will only benefit from the effective useContinue Reading

Photographing Graffiti in Kilmainham Gaol

Dr Laura McAtackney is an archaeologist, who is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the UCD School of Social Justice. She has been using archaeological methodologies to record and interpret historic graffiti in the West (Old) Wing of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin where political prisoners from the Easter Rising (1916), War of Independence (1919-1921) and the CivilContinue Reading

From Ignorance to Expertise

I have recently come across two models of adult learning. Both have been around for a while but are still helpful in understanding how one gets from total ignorance to professional expertise. One comes with four stages with other with five! I particularly like the Four Stages of Competence with its move from Unconscious IncompetenceContinue Reading

Bloom’s Taxonomy & Digital Literacy

Andrew Churches has built on Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to create  Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy to incorporate new ways of learning facilitated by web-based tools. He has added examples at all levels of the cognitive domain ranging from bookmarking in ‘Remembering’ to podcasting in ‘Creating’. He emphasises that the digital taxonomy is about using web tools andContinue Reading

Competencies of Online Teaching Success (COTS)

About two years ago Larry Ragan gave an interesting presentation in Dublin on the work of his team at Penn State University on their Competencies for Online Teaching Success (COTS) research project. Since 2010 Dublin presentation, Dr. Ragan and his colleagues have been involved in an additional research project titled, The Quality of Online InstructionContinue Reading

Musing about Digital Fluency

To live and work effectively, we need to be more than digitally literate, we need to become digitally fluent.  According to Briggs and Makice, digital literacy means you know what tools to use and how to use them, while fluency means you also know when and why to use them. To take a simple example,Continue Reading

Skills and competencies for teaching online

What skills and competencies should an academic develop to be an effective online educator? This question was addressed by Lawrence  Ragan at the ILTA/NDLR Autumn School in Dublin.  Larry has worked in educational design and delivery for over 15 years and is currently Director of Faculty Development at Penn State University World Campus. In hisContinue Reading

SMARTlab in UCD – Empowering Learning for All

Professor Lizbeth Goodman is setting up SMARTlab.ie in the UCD School of Education, where she will be Professor of Inclusive Design for Education as well as Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Executive of the Innovation Academy. SMARTlab brings teams of artists, scholars, technologists and policy makers together to invent new models and tools forContinue Reading

What research has to say for practice

ALT – the Association for Learning Technology – has published a wiki of nine guides on the application of research to practice in elearning. The authors are all well-known experts in their field. As it is a wiki, ALT encourages readers with appropriate expertise to update the guides. a) Tutoring on-line – Gilly Salmon andContinue Reading