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Horizon spotting


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I have been invited to serve on the the Horizon Project Europe Expert Advisory Board for 2014. The Horizon Project Europe is a partnership between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the European Commission’s Directorates-General on Education and Culture (EAC), along with the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS); Inholland University; QIN AS; and CellCove, Ltd. The goal of the project is to create an ongoing process for understanding the trends and challenges impacting strategic technology planning and policy-making in education across Europe. The inaugural report, to be published in early 2014, will focus on schools.

The Horizon Project Europe’s Expert Advisory Board will provide vision and stimulus to the effort, and will be of critical importance as we identify and describe the key emerging technologies that will be influential for teaching, learning, and creative expression in European schools over the next five years.

I am very excited to be involved with such an influential and high-profile project and will of course share the project findings on this blog in due course.


Innovating Pedagogy 2013 – new report out now!

innovating_pedagogy2Out now! This is the second in a series of reports from The Open University that explore new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers.

This second report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education. To produce it, a group of us at The Open University (from the Institute of Educational Technology and the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology) compiled a long list of new educational terms, theories, and practices. We then pared these down to ten that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice, particularly in post-school education. Lastly, we drew on published and unpublished writings to compile ten sketches of new pedagogies that might transform education.

The 2013 report updates four previous areas of innovation (MOOCs, badges to accredit learning, learning analytics and seamless learning) and introduces six new ones (crowd learning, learning from gaming, maker culture, geo-learning, digital scholarship and citizen inquiry).

The report can be downloaded from

Special Issue of Int J. of Mobile HCI – on mobile learning and educational mobile HCI

My colleague Ann Jones and I are guest-editing a special issue of the IJMHCIInternational Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, on mobile learning and educational mobile HCI.

The full call can be viewed on the publisher’s website or downloaded as a PDF.

The deadline is 31 August 2013 so if you’re interested in submitting you’d best get those fingers flying across the keyboard – we’re looking forward to reading some really exciting, high-quality papers!

New book chapter: Weaving location and narrative for mobile guides

My colleague Mike Sharples and I have had a new book book_smchapter published, entitled “Weaving location and narrative for mobile guides”, published in “Museum Communication and Social Media: The Connected Museum” edited by Kirsten Drotner and Kim Christian Schrøder.

The chapter is co-authored with Paul Mulholland and Rob Jones and a pre-print can be found here, or alternatively click here to request a review copy of the book from the publishers.

‘You Heard It Here First’ talk: catwalk technologies

As part of my department’s internal seminar RDR-modelseries, I was invited, with Anne Adams, to give a talk about our forthcoming paper in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI). The paper is entitled ‘Of catwalk technologies and boundary creatures’ and examines the role of both researchers in working with communities ‘in the wild’, how they act as facilitators/providers of innovative, ‘hi tech’ solutions, which we have termed ‘catwalk technologies’, and how they juggle the expectations of different stakeholders in ‘in the wild’ research, including end users, funders and academic colleagues.

In the paper, we refer to a ‘researcher design roles’ model, where we look at both interaction practices and the design of innovative/bespoke/hi tech solutions vs scalable/sustainable solutions.

Slides from the talk can be found here and the pre-print of the paper is here (or view it on the ACM Digital Library.)