The…Facebook effect

Facebook is a social networking site launched in 2004. As of September 2012, Facebook has over one billion active users [1], more than half of them using Facebook on a mobile device [2]. As of February 2013, the number of users included 163 millions users from the United States, over 67 million users from Brazil and over 32 million users from the United Kingdom. The latest statistics are available from socialbakers.

The Facebook Effect is a book by David Kirkpatrick and published by Simon and Schuster.   Continue reading

Curtis J. Bonk: MOOC presentation at BETT 2013

The Bett 2013 show is an event which enables educators to discover new approaches, the latest products and practical guidance for improving and enhancing learning in schools, universities and businesses.

In his energetic presentation (“Taking leadership in mystery of MOOCs and the mass movement toward open education”) at the show, Curtis J. Bonk (Professor of Instructional Systems Technology in the School of Education at Indiana University) talked about the “mystery” of MOOCs. Professor Curt is a popular conference speaker with several books in the area of emerging technologies for learning.  Continue reading

Collaborative Translation Project: Pilot Session

Over the coming weeks, students from King’s College London will team up with French students from Université du Maine in an effort to collaboratively translate two French passages into English. Students will be utilizing Google’s video conferencing platform: Hangouts.

A few minutes ago we successfully completed the first (pilot) session. After a few initial technical hiccups, students started having enthusiastic and lively discussions. The pilot session allows the students to familiarize themselves with the technology and with their collaborating partner. Moreover, it enables the technical team to scope out the most common problems and find solutions before the real activity takes place.

Next week, the students will be starting their translation work on the passages.

‘History of Philosophy without any gaps’ podcast series

Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King’s College London, takes listeners through the history of Western philosophy, “without any gaps.” Beginning with the earliest ancient thinkers, the series will look at the ideas and lives of the major philosophers (eventually covering in detail such giants as Plato, Aristotle, Avicenna, Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant) as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition. Continue reading

Social media etiquette and “Kinship”

From June 2012, Bernadette John (@Bea_John) has been seconded to the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning from her post at the Medical School, where she has been focusing on issues around social media and Digital Professionalism.

In this article she takes us through the basics of Digital Professionalism and introduces us to the KCL social network: KinshipContinue reading

Dr Bridget Conor podcast on screenwriting, creativity and gender

Dr Bridget Conor was interviewed recently by Professor Toby Miller from City University London for Toby’s Cultural Studies podcast. The podcasts involve discussions with cultural studies researchers, artists and activists about culture and the media. As Toby puts it, Bridget “shows no mercy” in their discussion about screenwriting, creativity and gender.  Continue reading

The notion of learning models: past and current approaches

These are personal notes from a presentation given by Dr. Stylianos Hatzipanagos at the E-Developers Workshop on the 14th of December 2012. Dr Stylianos Hatzipanagos is the Head of e-Learning at the King’s Learning Institute (KLI). The presentation focused around the evolution of learning models.  Continue reading