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Introducing Doug Belshaw, blogging at Mobility Shifts [guest post]

Introducing Doug Belshaw, blogging at Mobility Shifts [guest post]

I’m writing this whilst waiting for my connecting flight in the fabulous Amsterdam Schipol airport. I’ve just arrived from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and am headed for New York where I’ll be attending the week-long Mobility Shifts conference. My presence there is a combination of determination, good fortune, and Scott McLeod’s generosity. Scott saw my request on Twitter...

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#MobilityShifts – Day 1: Wikipedia and formal education [guest post]

#MobilityShifts – Day 1: Wikipedia and formal education [guest post]

I’m writing this from my hotel room on 30th Street, Manhattan. Looking out of the window I’m confronted with huge buildings and more windows than I can count (if you’ve seen the film ‘Rear Window’ you’ll kind of understand what I’m getting at). If this blog post was a Wikipedia article, that first paragraph would...

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#MobilityShifts – Day 2: Privacy, Surveillence and the Academic Commons [guest post]

#MobilityShifts – Day 2: Privacy, Surveillence and the Academic Commons [guest post]

I’m writing this in the lounge area of the Manhattan hotel at which I’m staying. There’s some people warming up for an evening out with a few cocktails and others, like me, busy on their digital devices. The whole scene is bathed in relaxing yet upbeat music. Happily, this matches the mood I’m in after...

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#MobilityShifts – Day 3: Hacking, Playfulness, and Free Universities [guest post]

#MobilityShifts – Day 3: Hacking, Playfulness, and Free Universities [guest post]

I attended three sessions today, with roughly half of this written in an empty room full of chairs before the third session and the remainder written by lamplight in my hotel room. Some sessions run until 10pm at this conference – there would be uproar about such scheduling in England! 😉 The sessions I attended...

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#MobilityShifts – Day 4: Open Access, Mobile Devices, and Connected Learning [guest post]

#MobilityShifts – Day 4: Open Access, Mobile Devices, and Connected Learning [guest post]

This conference gets better and better. Given the quality and pace of thought coming from some of the speakers, I’ve been severely challenged (even at my reasonably rapid touch-typing speed) getting down some of the ideas to share here! I attended three sessions today: Does What We Know Belong to All? The Intellectual Property Principles...

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#MobilityShifts – Day 5: Emerging Learning Environments, Peer to Peer Grading and an Interview with Cathy Davidson [guest post]

#MobilityShifts – Day 5: Emerging Learning Environments, Peer to Peer Grading and an Interview with Cathy Davidson [guest post]

Starbucks on the corner of 29th and Park in NYC has to be the friendliest coffee shop I’ve ever been in. I’m writing this post in its cosy confines after telling my excited four year-old son via Skype that he’ll see Daddy again tomorrow morning. I’ve one more post in me after this one, but...