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As most bloggers do these days, I quite like to post an end of year reflection on all things and this shall be no different. It's actually been nice to go back to my reflective post from last year.
It's been a great year for me personally and professionally. I achieved some of the things I'd set out to do in last year's post but not everything happened, such as any involvement with the MOOCs at Liverpool, but that's ok.
In January we finally booking our wedding. In Vegas. In February Mrs R got pregnant (I hate it when people say 'we' got pregnant. My body and hormones didn't change at all FYI). In August we got married. In November, just 3 weeks ago today, Max was born and is an absolute gem. Immediately I can sense my perspectives and values are changing.
In the midst of my hectic and exciting personal life, I worked to get a couple of modules online, one of which is now complete and went great, as well as working on some staff development sessions (an area I think lacks a perfect solution). I presented at my old haunt #solstice2014 in the summer. I was invited to keynote the eAssessment Scotland conference in September (a couple of days after returning from Vegas) and also presented at #ALTC in the same week. Building relationships at these events were definitely the highlights. I've officially began my PhD (Social networking in Meded) and have plans for focus groups to continue my work on hygiene factors for VLE minimum standards. I also sit on lots of working groups as a Faculty TEL rep, as well as the University Senate (yes, check me out!). This all helped in my promotion at Liverpool which has just been confirmed. Woop.
I've been busy all year collaborating with @suebecks, @chrissinerantzi and @drdjwalker on initiatives like #byod4l and #lthechat as well as with @hopkinsdavid on the #edtechbook. I'm a new Deputy Editor for the ALT Newsletter and have/am publishing some research in RiLT, etc. These have all been great opportunities to build lasting relationships with colleague from across the globe. As I've blogged previously, there is real value in social networking and it has certainly helped me in my day-to-day roles and career progression to date. Along with the people I've mentioned above, there are also too many people to mention, like @hallymk1, @sheilamacneil, @dkernohan, @ambrouk, @s_j_lancaster, @bali_maha, @boyledsweetie, @mark_power to name but a few.
I am interested in how the MOOC landscape might evolve over the next year, and @dkernohan has made some interesting insights in his recent '9 things to watch out for in 2015' post. It would certainly be interesting if, as he predicts, a major MOOC platform will close or move away from their current model. I wonder how this might impact on the many Universities engaging in MOOCs currently? I also wonder to what extent VCs and senior management see MOOCs 'as TEL' and TEL 'as MOOCs'. If their understanding of TEL is limited to just MOOCs, and then MOOCs fail, what will that mean for local investment and support for real TEL initiatives? I think this hangs precariously through 2015. For students though, I continue to believe they are interested in tech implementations that are not really innovative. They want support and convenience consistently across their studies and they have an expectation that technology can/will play a part here. I think we are still some way off real innovation across the board (which feels strange as I'm supposed to be all positive about this type of stuff).
Anyway enough for now. Enjoy Christmas y'all.
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