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DLD 09 were not convinced. The problem about playing fast and loose with location is that when you really are stuck in an airport  transit lounge and you want to do some shared activity on line, they are hard to convince that this time you are not messing about!  It was fun but you still can’t do everything you want to on-line.  

The upshot was that we had to run another ‘realworld’ session yesterday to close out the current course. And it was actually very impressive to see how far they had come in a few months.  A couple did absolutely fantastic pecha-kucha  on their projects; others went for more traditional presentation and one even laid-on a bespoke YouTube slot.

Funny how quickly these endings come around.  Another course hears off into the wild blue yonder and I go back to the deskwork…

There are compensations. A British Council Conference invite has come around for mid-June. Talks in Potsdam and Vienna are both lined up for the autumn and now a very interesting opening slot for a Dublin workshop on digital literacy and 21 century higher education has come along.

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…has made much of the riveside seating along Kankerjevo nabrezje a bit too damp for comfort. But I’ve found a dry seat under a huge umbrella at Corso and am sitting here, contentedly, sipping a very decent cafe latte and watching the Sunday afternoon crowd pass by. Ljubljana has its rewards for the weary academic traveller.

Later I might take the path up to the castle. It’s steep and winds upwards through a stunning forest setting. But right now here is good enough. Which in itself says a lot about the last and next few weeks.

Looking across the Three Bridges towardsthe castle

Looking across the Three Bridges towardsthe castle

Funny thing technology…. recently we decided to try something a bit different within  the work being done by the current Digital Learning Design group. It wasn’t anything other than a spin on the theme of framed /assisted DL but it produced interesting discussions and a lot of learning. 

We had fun with the ideas of ‘Monday’ and ‘5pm’. This resulted in exploring how notions like these don’t have all that much currency up here on t’internet. Our ‘Monday’ ran from 06:15 Auckland time to  23:35 Dublin local time in Dublin when we decided it was  probably time to shut the shop .  The 36 hour day has arrived!

And despite the cynical nature of some of the tasks involved, levels of participation in the activities were high.  I think we all learnt a few things – about technology, the politics of place, learning design and indeed the learning process when it’s at a remove. Of course there was room also for more reflection. But it came at a price. We totally thrashed the two-hour nature of our weekly session, for instance: despite some half-hearted initial efforts aiming to keep the work within the usual time frame.  Then there were mad dashes up the M50 when offices were closed for the evening, there were teams that needed to be pep talked, cats that needed feeding, and schools systems that belong in the third world.  All stuff it’s hard to factor into the mix when you ask some simple question around how a (normal) weekly, m-level teaching and learning slot be dragged into the contemporary moment.

Perhaps the key part of the system-side learning in all of this was that time frames don’t frame – they just broadly shape. And GoogleGroups seems to have stood up reasonably well to our sea trial… However, DLD Note4 is still out there: and, I  advised, better sooner rather than later.

Memory and meaning don’t always match well when you’re on global time.