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Academic and Applied Identities: Exclusion and Overlap

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Higher Education, PhD, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Academic vs. Applied: The Twain Met I recently (as in about 7 months ago) started a small consulting organization with like-minded colleagues focusing on mobile and ICT for development (#M4D & #ICT4D), course design, women empowerment and employability issues, developing nations issues, monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and the like. The name of the organization is Panoply Digital, I now link to it from my homepage, and we even sent out a newsletter. We are incorporated in London, have an address and business cards, and a growing list of clients. I also maintain/grow my academic identity in mobile learning, digital education, open learning, and so forth. I near completion of the...

Reflection and sanctuary post-writing: idiosyncratic practices to get my head on straight

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in eLearnings, Mobile Learning, Music | 1 comment

Elation, euphoria, and exhaustion: music for (post) e-learning by Elektronicheslernenmuzik on Mixcloud This post is merely an excuse to demonstrate that writing, the actual action of putting text to document (digital or otherwise) is but one stage on a larger continuum of activity. Those pre-writing gestation periods of daydreaming and internal dialogues leading to research and outlining, tinkering and maneuvering into a structure, followed by procrastination and delay (further gestation, if I want to sound optimistic about it), followed by the writing and then the post-writing activity. This is the activity I am addressing here. The post-writing psychology is a mysterious beast. There is elation and trepidation, melancholy and...

Repositioning mlearning and open learning

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in eLearnings, Higher Education, Mobile Learning, PhD | 0 comments

I am beginning to realize that I am bit enamored with redefining or repositioning strands of learning that I hold dear. I am also realizing that I am beginning to gravitate towards conceptual or theoretical positions to explain these alterations, perhaps a natural byproduct of my thesis inexorably and glacially drawing to a close. So in my last few publications as well as my thesis (which should explain the radio silence here on this blog), I have been drawing out what I see are natural extensions or redefinitions of mobile learning and open learning. I suspect if someone asked me to position myself and my research, this is where...

MERS mobile surveillance in Korea as extension of social practice: some takeaways for the development community

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in ICT4D, Korea, Mobile Learning | 2 comments

Apologies for the absence in writing but most of my efforts have been directed towards creating a small consulting company (LLC to be exact), Panoply Digital, and so I wanted to bring some of that over here to share. It isn’t as pedagogical or academic as what is usually here, but it is where much of my effort is now being focused on so here you are. I still think it begins to explore many of my existing research themes, particularly how technologies are essentially the aggregation and material manifestation of social and cultural practices pervasive in society. Quite a few specific to the Korean context are mentioned in...

Aesthetic Literacy: EURODL Paper and Helsinki Workshop

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in eLearnings, Mobile Learning, PhD, Technology | 3 comments

I have just arrived back to Seoul from Helsinki and wanted to share a new article from Pekka Ihanainen and I on aesthetic literacy and its pedagogical application for mobile lifelong learning (mLLL). As serendipity would allow, the paper was published on the same day we were conducting an aesthetic literacy workshop in Helsinki graciously hosted by Otavan Opisto. The workshop slides can be found below and some compositions emerging from the workshop will be discussed in later posts. Aesthetic Literacy Workshop: Helsinki, February 2015 from Michael Sean Gallagher The article was published in the European Journal of Open, Distance, and E-Learning and is cleverly titled Aesthetic Literacy: Observable Phenomena...

Posts lost and found: what history means to me

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in History, Korea | 0 comments

[Between the moves, over the last ten years or so, from Blogger to WordPress to Posterous and back to WordPress, some posts have been lost in the move, like an old photography or a favorite coffee mug. I managed to track this one down from my time at Posterous in an xml export file that I had stored away deep in Dropbox. I posted it originally on June 25, 2010. It meant, and still means, quite a bit to me. It outlines why history is so important to me and I just wanted to get it back in circulation. ] Today is the 60th anniversary of the beginning of...

Three impressions of Seoul with three different tools: technology as co-creator

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in eLearnings, Higher Education, Mobile Learning, Teaching | 1 comment

I was putting some materials together for a workshop I am doing next week in Helsinki on mobile learning and open space (my normal playlist) and I came across different applications I had used in the past to create compositions on Seoul. I am using composition in the broad sense here: a representation or aggregation of materials designed to present meaning. My colleague Pekka and I will be making the case that these rough representations, or first sketches, of meaning are critical to learning in open space (as in learning in the everyday of Lankshear & Knobel, 2011). How we perceive our environments, align ourselves to those environments, compose,...

Urban flanerie in London as historical and socio-economic construct: Deptford and Cross Bones

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in History, Mobile Learning, PhD | 4 comments

I just returned from London last week where my colleagues Jeremy Knox and James Lamb, both of the University of Edinburgh, and I presented at the MODE: Methodological Explorations conference. James wrote a good blog post on our actual method (namely exploring EC1 on foot and documenting it along the way). The exercise in Ec1 on that day, parallel activity I have performed with my Finnish colleague Pekka, and some genealogical research I was doing the other day all dovetailed into this post, which hopefully makes sense towards the end. Urban Flanerie and Multimodal Method I suppose I am arguing that flanerie itself, that idea of the strolling/meandering urban...