Here are some of my recent thoughts on learning spaces at universities, and the impact of student owned personal technologies:

As the shift from location specific learning to untethered learning gathers pace, so the personal device gains increasing importance. Distributed forms of learning are burgeoning, and geographical distance between learners and their parent institutions is less of a problem.
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There is much talk about openness in education. Most of us by now are familiar with open learning, and many could describe their use of open source software such as Moodle, Mahara, Linux or Open Office. Many can also articulate what open educational resources look like, and have knowledge of Massive Open Online Courses - otherwise known as MOOCs. How many though, are familiar with the concept of open scholarship?

There is a complex interplay between openness, scholarship and digital technology.

Being invited to present the closing keynote speech at CSEDU in Barcelona was a great honour. CSEDU is the annual Computer Supported Education Conference which is now in its sixth year. My presentation was entitled 'the changing face of digital learning' and I'm told it will be published shortly as a video by the CSEDU folks.
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Thank you to all those who read and commented on my blog post on April 1st.  I'm not really going to stop blogging. Some may have found it funny, others less amused. It wasn't merely a 'joke'.

There was a serious side to this. I used April Fool's day to explore many of the issues that confront educational bloggers. Hopefully I succeeded - albeit in a tongue in cheek way - to illustrate that blogging is never easy, but it can have great rewards.
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As this will be my last ever blog post, I thought I would explain why I have decided to quit blogging. In the 5 years since I first took up blogging, I have written just over 1160 posts, and have received over 4600 comments. Readership is averaging at around 80-100 thousand views each month, and I have just passed the 4 million views mark. Now I have decided to stop. 

Perhaps some of you may be thinking - he's a real fool to stop now.
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Ever since I read George Dvorsky's 20 crucial terms every 21st Century Futurist should know I have been thinking about one particular term he featured. His mention of the Substrate-Autonomous Person got me thinking about what possible applications should could have for education in the future. Here's a quote from the article:

In the future, people won't be confined to their meatspace bodies. This is what futurist and transhumanist Natasha Vita-More describes as the "Substrate-Autonomous Person.
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If I'd suggested flipping the teacher while I was still at school, I would have been in serious trouble. Given my reputation though, it wouldn't have been out of the ordinary.

I once spread a rumour at primary school that my tyrant of a head teacher had died (wishful thinking), and when he came back from sick leave, I wasn't the most popular child in the school. Having said that, many of the kids began to believe in the resurrection of the dead.
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Most teachers by now will be aware of the concept of the flipped classroom. Instruction takes place outside the classroom and discussion follows in the classroom. Assimilation of knowledge is supposedly a more viable proposition, because it is done in the presence of an expert, and the general delivery of content occurs outside the formal learning environment.
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Professor Terry Anderson, who is based at Athabasca University in Canada, is one of the famous figures of contemporary education, and his list of achievements is lengthy.

He is one of the pioneers of online and distance learning, and currently serves as the editor of the influential online open access journal International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL).
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