As you might expect, I encourage my students to blog regularly to support their learning. I have written extensively on the benefits of academic blogging, but perhaps the two most important positive outcomes are personal reflection and public dialogue. The former is self explanatory, allowing students to crystallise their thinking and articulate themselves in a concrete form. The latter is more complex and less predictable, but essentially enables them - through the sharing of their work on a publicly open platform - to engage with others who are beyond the walls of the classroom.

Publishing a blog is often an invaluable experience for students, because it exposes them to ideas they may previously have left unconsidered, and prompts them to defend their work in public dialogue.

In a recent blog post, Antonio Teixera, President of EDEN wrote: "By just adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices we’ll only be diluting the effectiveness of teaching." 

He's right. We can't simply introduce new technologies into conservative environments such as schools and universities and then expect them to have positive impact. We will fail if we attempt to use new tools while we teach in the same the old ways.

Today at 8pm GMT, the second #EDENchat of 2016 will be live on Twitter. Follow the hashtag and join in the chat as we discuss issues around open learning and open scholarship. Questions will include:

1) Your own experiences of being an open scholar.

In school I remember being reprimanded by a teacher for writing on a classroom desk. I always thought it was a rule that was meant to be broken because most of the desks throughout the school were already covered in graffiti, and on some the wood had even been carved into with knives (or more likely, metal compass points).

In fact you could find graffiti just about anywhere in my school. We would write on the toilet cubicle walls, and we would sketch and doodle in our text books.

This is one of the many evocative images from BETT 2016. It's a great example taken from a large array of thought provoking graffiti art that appeared on the walls of the BETT Arena during the show. The image was posted on Twitter by Lars Henriksen (aka @lektoren) based on a tweet from @serhatgurgun and I think it captures one of the most important messages to emerge from the event.