My Amazon Author page

Thanks to David Hopkins I now have a Amazon Author page:


#EdTechRations available now!



Not sure if my contribution made the cut but here is the blurb from the latest book edited by David Hopkins:

“This book is a collection of 40 world leading teachers, academics, influencers, critics and practitioners who have answered the question ‘have you ever walked out the door to go to work, the shops, the gym, etc. and realised you’d forgotten to pick up your smartphone? And then turned around and gone right back for it?’

Have you ever got half-way to work and panicked about how you’d survive the day without the device (or devices) you rely on so heavily (your smartphone, tablet, USB stick, Moleskine notebook, PowerBar charger, etc.)? Do you have a device you don’t mind being without, for a short time, but others you just can’t bear to be apart from?

That is what I mean by ‘emergency rations’ – the stuff you have with you in your life (personal and/or professional) that you would make the effort to go back and get if you’d forgotten it.”

Order your book here

#12AoC 2016 a brief summary



Pre-course survey – results 2016.

1365 registered on the course – 674 completed the Pre-course survey.

Most participants heard about the course either from a friend/colleague (41%) or they received an email about it (35%). This probably indicates that 35% did the course in 2015 as I sent out an email using the 2015 course list. It’s also interesting that such a high proportion were recommended by a friend or colleague.

The gender split was (75%) Female and (23%) Male, (2%) Other. This is was surprising – the majority were teaching staff and women make up 45% of non-professorial academics (THES 13.6.13).

The majority were UK based (79%) but there were significant minorities in Europe (8%) and (9%) in Australasia.

In terms of employment (40%) were lecturers/Teachers, (27%) Librarians and (13%) Learning Technologists.

The biggest age groups were 46-55 yr olds (33%) and 36-45 yr olds (29%).

Most (79%) were expecting to do the course at work.

They were expecting to ‘find out more about apps’ (86%), ‘learn new things’ 84%, or ‘add a fresh perspective at my current work’ (68%).

(75%) had done an online course before.

End of course survey.

107 completed the end of course survey.

(28%) completed the whole course, (68%) took part in some of the course and (6%) didn’t take part in the course. The main reason for not completing the course was lack of time (64%).

In terms of social media (50%) used Twitter on the course – which I thought was a high figure. Also (4%) used Facebook and (5%) Google+.

They were very pleased with the course structure (62%) Very clear and 36%) thought it was Fairly clear. In terms of difficulty no one thought it was ‘Much too advanced’, (8%) ‘a bit too advanced’ and most found it ‘about right’ (82%).

In terms of time: (18%) spent less than 10 minutes a day, about 10 minutes (32%) and 10 to 30 mins (42%).

In terms of the overall experience 23%) thought it was Excellent, 56%) Good and 16%, OK 2% Poor.

(53%) found the examples very useful or somewhat useful (44%).

The top 3 apps that they were most likely to use again were: Kahoot (59%), Book Creator (29%) and Stop Motion Studio (28%)

Discussion Boards: (Total posts) (Total participants)

Give a brief introduction about yourself (709)(247)
Skitch/Sketch Discussion Board (188) (65)
Kahoot! Discussion Board (258) (120)
Stop Motion Studio Discussion Board (52) (25)
Snapchat Discussion Board (51) (29)
Habitica Discussion Board (78) (35)
Book Creator Discussion Board (78) (26)
Voki Discussion Board (41) (26)
The 12 Movies of Christmas (52) (25)
Lensoo Create Discussion Board (130) (49)
Google Cardboard discussion board (45) (17)
Sway discussion board (148) (54)
ThingLink Discussion board (43) (20)
Elfster/end of course (21) (8)

New free course on ‘Technology Outdoors’#DLABErasmus




Helen Caldwell at The University of Northampton is organising a great new course on using mobile learning technologies:

“Technology Outdoors is a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas, and encourage you to try them within your teaching. We would like you to leave each week with something new to try out in practice and we will encourage you to share your experiences and swap ideas on our weekly themes within our Google+ community.

There will be a new theme and suggested activities each week:

Technology Outdoors weekly overview:

Week 1 – 1stth May – Creating Trails
Week 2 – 8th May – Art in the Environment
Week 3 – 15th May – Wild Writing
Week 4 – 22nd May – Science Outdoors”

You can sign up for the course here.


‘With a little help from my followers’ Facilitating the #lthechat – #SocMedHE16


Do open online CPD courses have an impact on professional practice?



Just got an email that my proposal for a short presentation at OER17 has been accepted:

This session will describe the process of evaluating an open online CPD course and to what extent the course had an impact on professional practice of the participants. The course was called the ‘12 Apps of Christmas’ and was run on Blackboard’s Open Education platform. The course fully embraced the concept of ‘openness’ and made all the content sharable using a Creative Commons licence. Each day over 12 days the course released a different app that could be used for teaching, learning or research. The app was accompanied with a ten minute activity and participants were encouraged to discuss how they used the apps within the course discussion boards and on social media.

The overall aim of this presentation will be two fold; to describe the mixed method research methodology and to discuss the findings of the research. The evaluation process used an adapted ‘open’ version of the Learning Environment, Learning Processes and Learning Outcomes (LEPO) framework (Phillips 2012). Three months after the course was completed an online survey was sent to participants asking them what impact the course had had on their professional practice as Lecturers, Librarians and Learning technologists working in Higher Education institutions. In addition to the survey 13 semi-structured interviews were conducted over a two months period. The transcripts of the interviews were coded and their findings along with the survey results will be presented in this talk.

The presentations will also address the limitations of the research and discuss the implications and recommendations for running similar open online CPD courses in the future.

Horton, A. and Rowell, C., (2015). The Twelve Apps of Christmas case study [accessed 21/11/2016]. Available from: portfolio/casestudy-12aoc/

Leahy, J. (2014). RUL12AOC Promo [accessed 21/11/2016]. Available from

LILAC, (2015). Credo Digital Award [accessed 21/11/2016]. Available from:

Phillips, R., McNaught, C. & Kennedy, G. 2012. Evaluating E-Learning: Guiding Research and Practice, Taylor & Francis.

Rowell, C. et al, (2016). The Twelve Apps of Christmas 2016 [accessed 21/11/2016].Available from:

Getting published on the ALT Blog


Here are the slides from the ALT Winter Conference presentation ‘Getting published on the ALT Blog’:

A recording of the session can be viewed here:


Some brief stats about #12AoC 2016



Here are some brief stats about this years 12AoC course:

Total Enrolments: 1182

Female 74% Male 24% Other 2%


UK 80% Europe 8% Australasia 8% North America 2% Other 2%


Lecturer/Teacher 42% Learning Technologists 14% Librarian 26%

HE Professional Services 8%

Age group:

  • Under 18 1%
  • 18-25 2%
  • 26-35 18%
  • 36-45 30%
  • 46-55 33%
  • 56-65 14%
  • Over 65 1%

% taken a course delivered mostly or fully online before:

Yes 75%

No 25%


Reflections on the 12 Apps of Christmas – podcast



Thanks to James Leahy,  Anna Williams, Steve Dawes, Eric Stoller, Anthony Karauria, David Bevington, Fiona MacNeill, Jackie Oliver, Jean Edwards, Lesley Diack and Sue Tucker.

Enroll on this year’s (2016) 12AoC here.


ALT Online Winter Conference 2016



Just heard that our proposal for the ALT Winter conference “Getting published on the ALT blog” has been accepted. It will be a 45 minute webinar on Weds 7th Dec. at 4.15. Full details will be on the conference website. and draft programme site.

“The conference will take place online between the 6 and 8 December, giving ALT Members an opportunity to highlight some of the work they and their community have been involved with and to gain feedback from peers. The format of the event is designed to be multimodal, combining both asynchronous and synchronous communication, and to cross boundaries, sharing the work and expertise across ALT SIGs and Members Groups and the community”

Here is the proposal:

Getting published on the ALT Blog.

In this webinar five of the ALT blog editors (Chris Rowell, Anne Hole, Santanu Vasant, Stella Ekebuisi and Howard Scott) will give a short presentation on how to get published on the ALT blog.

Firstly, we will give an overview of the types of posts published on the ALT blog.  These mainly consist of case studies, conference/event reports, SIG reports, book reviews, opinion pieces and articles about the ALT community.

Secondly, we will give some ‘top tips’ for writing a blog post. This will include advice about writing for the ALT audience. We will also address the style of the blog post and some general tips about what works when writing online. Also some tips on how to include images and videos into your writing.

Thirdly we will look at the ALT blog analytics. We will give you information about who looks at the blog and how the articles are disseminated across the online learning communities.

Fourthly, we will describe the role of the assistant editor who will be assigned to you. They will read your post for ‘blog-fit’, make suggestions on the style, help you add images using copyright, give it a final proofread and load your submission onto the blog.

To conclude, the final part of our presentation will discuss the benefits of getting published on the blog. So it might be to get exposure, especially if you are starting out, it’s a great way to get your name out into the ALT community. Or to share your knowledge with the community, an idea, a project, an app review (our community love a good app review!) Or it might be simply to build your confidence in blog writing.

The final 10 minutes of the webinar will be for discussion and Q & A with the participants.