Archive for November, 2009

What is an Organisational Architecture of Participation?

Charlie Leadbetter in his opening Keynote at the JISC 2009 online conference kindly referred to Architectures of Participations as being useful in addressing educational innovation. Nigel Paine in his closing keynote made a similar point and we, of course agree, so here is the cut and paste summary, with some links and ideas updated after the Conference on November 28th 2009.

Published last year in BJET this identifies mechanisms for creating “Organisational Architectures of Participation” which can create “Adaptive Institutions working across Collaborative Networks”. As spotted by Ros Smith the term is derived from O’Reilly’s What is Web 2.0 but extended and updated so we can apply it to institutions in line with Learner Generated Contexts group thinking about post Web 2.0 learning issues. Like O’Reilly we think an Educational Architecture of Participation needs a detailed meme map to help with implementation and reflection on learning from implementation. (more…)


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JISC Online Conference 2009

At ALT-C 2009 I took the opportunity to sit in on the presentations and workshops run by the various partnership clusters running JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery Projects (JISC DD).These were large scale, large enough to be transformational in fact, but they displayed a particular common feature that I want to discuss here; they were NOT transformational, for very obvious operational reasons.

As you might expect, as I am writing about it here, they all lacked an organisational Architecture of Participation. Futhermore they had problems engaging senior managers in taking forward the learning from the projects, which is, and will continue to be, considerable. Some projects, like Glasgow Caledonian, have brilliant Stakeholder engagement patterns, and still have problems. Why is this? (more…)

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It’s taken us some time to get round to posting something about this review, which was led by Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education and as been published by DIUS, now BIS(http://www.dius.gov.uk/news_and_speeches/press_releases/~/media/publications/I/ict_user_skills).  The report has generated a wide range of media coverage and opens up the debate about the role and purpose of ICT skills beyond those considered by the Leitch Report and gives particular attention to what are called “digital life skills” characterised by the report as being “a set of basic ICT skills an individual requires use a computer to safely enter, access and communicate information on-line.” p 8 Other areas of skill identified by Digital Britain are digital work skills and digital economy skills and all three categories are seen as overlapping and sharing core competences. (more…)

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