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Looks like this book chapter with Kevin Burden on the conceptual modeling of emerging technologies is finally going to see the light of day. I note the publishers site now has chapter details, download prices and chapter ISBNs. So after a long wait it's going to happen:

D'Agustino Book
Adaptation, Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends In Education

Atkinson, S., & Burden, K. (2011). Using the 3V Model to Explore Virtuality, Veracity and Values in Liminal Spaces (Pages 199-215). In S. D'Agustino (Ed), Adaptation, Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends In Education. Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing.

It's been an interesting processes this one. We had a journal article rejected and I was beginning to wonder if this was just too 'left field' and whether anyone would engage with it as an idea. I'm still convinced that the 3V concept has an interpretive and evaluative value but it needs a professional conversation and that means at least getting it 'out there' in a form that can be referenced in the hope dialogue follows. Here's hoping.

I am currently in a symposium session at the Media and Learning conference in Brussels, sharing our ideas about how we might engage students and staff in Higher Education with media rich resources. We have explored the issue in some depth with a particular focus on identifying what students want from their University courses, and whether they really know what they want (want .v. needs). The panel have skirted around what we mean by the term 'engagement' but perhaps not as directly as we are trying to achieve with the DiAL-e framework. Its purpose is to focus on what students are engaged in doing during a learning session, rather than what the teacher/lecturer wants to deliver or even achieve.

There is a strong tendency, particularly amongst some of the non-UK speakers, to orientate themselves towards a predominantly transmission model of teaching in Higher Education whilst the DiAL-e framework is predicated far more around a learner perspective.

I attended a seminar run through the London Learning Lab yesterday focused on the future of education and the implications for ethical research. You can read more about it here. By chance I came across this presentation by Helen Beetham which she gave at Greenwich University recently. It covers a vast range of issues related to digital technologies in Higher Education but a lot of what she is saying is pertinent to what we are interested in achieving with the DiAL-e framework. Have a watch and listen if you get a chance!

The DiAL-e framework has already proven to be a flexible set of designs which can be used in a range of different contexts and one of these is the EduTubePlus European project which I am currently working on. Along with my colleague, Theo Kuechel, we are demonstrating how the DiAL-e framework can be used to engage students at the forthcoming media and learning conference in Brussels. Watch this space for an update on the outcomes of this presentation next week!

The wiki Kevin and I have been using to support the DiAL-e Project, both during its funded JISC phase and subsequently, has now been closed. We enjoyed working with the Wiki at Wetpaint but it has served its purpose and we feel WordPress is now the right place for us to be.

Kevin and I met in Leicester on Tuesday 9th November and discussed how to redevelop both our web presence and how best to support the very many staff who have attended workshops (over 120) and conference presentations (over 300?) since 2007. Colleagues have expressed interest, and indeed enthusiasm, for the approach to digital artefacts for learning being suggested and despite being outside the 'funding window', we think this is something worth committing our time to.

This then is our new space. We will add our existing, and future, resources to these pages and look forward to colleagues engagement. (Simon)

Kevin Burden and I met today in Leicester to review our progress on the DiAL-e Framework project. The project, funded by JISC in 2007-08 has generated significant interest, two book chapters, an article in review, several project reports, a JISC hosted website, over 120 workshop participants and more besides. We decided today to revitalise this work and move our online presence from an existing Wiki to WordPress to better share this ongoing work and make it sustainable. Over the coming days and weeks this site will grow, and we hope it will be of genuine use to those looking to make better use of digital artefacts from our amazingly rich public collections in their teaching.

And the wonders of WordPress, it has already suggested a link! An 'archive' post from Linda Tambuyser for the ICTO Hubrussel Weblog from almost exactly a year ago. Look forward to growing this community!

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