Dr Fox and effective feedback

Today’s Conversation with Cake involved a look at a recent paper reappraising the Dr Fox phenomenon. This led onto a discussion of meaningful student feedback – that is, feedback that informs and improves our teaching

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The Big Rocks Board

I’ve taken to using my whiteboard as an information radiator.

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Sustainable Innovation

On Monday 7 November, I went to the Sustainable Innovation conference at the Centre for Sustainable Design in Epsom. The theme of the conference was “Circular Economy” which ties in very nicely with my teaching and research on #itmbath.

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Disappearing WiFi

Does the wifi disappear on your laptop? It might be just me, but I’ve had this recurring, intermittent and extremely annoying problem for a while. By wifi disappearing I don’t mean the wifi network, I mean the wifi adaptor itself. The laptop just doesn’t seem to realise it is wifi enabled. I finally found a fix, or at least a workaround.

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ITM – The First Week

Well, the 2016-17 season has started well. Again, the Innovation and Technology Management MSc cohort is both international (15 nationalities) and diverse (automotive engineering, economics and marketing to name a few). The first intensive week of teaching is now complete; after a day of looking at innovation case studies, by day 2 students had researched and were presenting their own examples of Architectural Innovation.


Yesterday we visited the Innovation Centre in Bath to meet local entrepreneurs, all of them recent alumni of the University. I have a feeling that some of this year’s cohort will be following in their footsteps….

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The Global Classroom

Last week, I travelled to London with my colleagues @TraceyMadden and @FabioNemetz to attend the #ESLTIS16 conference. The conference was fascinating (some thoughts below).  Tracey and I presented some work that we have done with @DanishMishra on using Social Network Analysis to look at learning in MOOC. Looking at 2 different FutureLearn MOOCs, we show that the one designed to be more connectivist has a more participant-led pattern of interaction. Interestingly, over repeated presentations of the MOOCs, the interaction patterns converge to some extent, as tutors take more of a back seat role.

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Christmas Puzzle

This is a logic puzzle I picked up some time back. I think a version appears in a great book called Modern Heuristics.

Warning – it’s a bit of a time waster. But there is a solution, I promise.

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No email in the morning

For the time pressured, the title of this post is the conclusion. Read on to find out why.

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Agile in Government

Despite my last blog on some well publicised troubles, agile is still firmly central to the UK government’s digital strategy (incidentally this appears to be true over the pond in the USA). This topic was explored on Friday morning at agile on the beach.

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Does Agile work?

Ouch! The UK national audit office has just released a report criticising the DWP project on Universal Creditreleased on the last day of agile on the beach. It has been billed as a ‘rude awakening for the agile dream’, ‘agile chaos’ and even ‘failure of agile

Is this fair? The essential line from the agile community is that the project failed because it wasn’t agile enough. Although you might counter by saying that agile was simply the wrong tool for the job.

If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail

If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail (picture used with permission)

In this blog post I argue that although most of the failures were nothing to do with agile, the case nevertheless has some warnings and lessons about the application of agile that we would do well to heed.

  1. Watch the interfaces
  2. Manage the big picture
  3. Get the contract right
  4. Have clear objectives
  5. Embrace and learn from our mistakes

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