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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
My interest in technology in education stems from my current position as Programme Leader in Education Studies at an HE in FE college in Lancashire, and also through my continuing development as a PhD Student in Technology Enhanced Learning at Lancaster University.
In some respects this highlights a Taoist concern with yin/yang - the competing tensions of technology as a means of institutional ownership and control running alongside the potential for learning outside traditional boundaries, whether geographical, institutional or cultural. Exploring the developments of learner and teacher identity has been a significant feature of my most recent experiences and I am currently developing a number of projects that attempt the development of new learning spaces. One of these involves the creation of a smaller brother to the MOOC, which I have labelled COOC and has massive replaced by community. To what extent does the sharing of learning spaces beyond the walls of the institution affect what is created, who participates and what is discussed? I am an enthusiastic searcher of new practices and consider my role to be largely forging links between formal and informal educators, allowing the development and growth of all.
Having recently started a project between a Cape Town township and a group of UK based Education Studies students, I hope to explore the potential for using technology to develop approaches to learning that reflect social justice not only in the UK but globally.
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