Monthly Archives: December 2015

3G artificial surfaces – useful, but no silver bullet

Technology and society marches on, often for the better, but certainly not always and progress is often subject to opinion and perception. An interesting news article has just appeared (21st December 2015) on Kent Online: ‘Maidstone United co-owner Oliver Ash reveals 3G pitch at Gallagher Stadium may need replacing in two years’. This article isn’t about the benefits or limitations of 3G surfaces in contrast to natural turf, but a specific view point on the need to be aware of

Abstract for OU H818 Online Conference February 2016

Here’s the final draft for my abstract for the up and coming OU Conference in February 2016 An online poster for my presentation is currently hosted on Padlet. “Open Turf: The effective use of Web 2.0 technologies in creating a collaborative platform for self-determined learning” Online innovations in the form of Web 2.0 tools are ubiquitous, whilst the pace of technological and social change in society appears relentless. How can educators and adult learners embrace these changes to meet the needs

H818 TMA02 short abstract

Here’s my first attempt at the short abstract that will be ultimately be uploaded to Cloudworks as the announcement for my presentation at the February conference. Note the words ‘first attempt’, so I’m sure there will be a lot of reworking, but I’m quite happy to share this as it might help, or not, others on the current Open University H818 course. The word limit is 500, so the abstract is a little over at the moment and will need

OpenTurf (H818) project update

TMA02 Part1 Good progress has been made on developing the ‘proof of concept’ online platform. Originally I was thinking along the lines of having just a comment feature for each individual criteria of the new Apprenticeship Standard (Sports Turf Operative) so that users could add suggestions and links for what they find useful for learning about the specific criterion. After further research I realised this wasn’t really challenging, or engaging enough, so have extended the idea much further. To help