What learning looks like for me: my Personal Learning Environment (PLE) and my place of business in learning

“An uncanny digital pedagogy concerned with ghostliness of place would take a confident stance toward its own ‘otherness’, using the multiple, disaggregated and public nodes of the read–write web as places to conduct its business.” (Bayne, 8). 

What learning looks like for me: my Personal Learning Environment (PLE) and my place of business in learning

I aggressively and with some degree of (perhaps misplaced) confidence, I construct my learning spaces. Multiple tools, formats, disquiet, utility, all torn with rough strife towards learning of some sort. I assemble them, deconstruct them with ease and regularity and look to embrace the liminality of border crossings and boundary renegotiation. The only way out is through and that is essentially an embrace of the disquiet and disorientation of not knowing what one is doing. I am reminded of this embrace of disorientation when I think of the following Winston Churchill quote:

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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