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Starting new at university after 20 plus years is not easy especially when my days at university were incredibly different to today. On-line learning…what is that?

My days at uni were all still about learning obviously but “back then” I thought a professional looking assignment was the one that I submitted after typing it out on a typewriter with built in liquid paper!

So, as I ponder what units I will choose to study next semester I spent some time looking at some of the key elements of this unit. That is, my first university study after all these years…no wonder my head hurts!

I remember my lecturer saying to us at the beginning of the unit “I don’t want to inundate you with everything in one go”. How busy could it be, I thought? I am sure, with the “wisdom of age” behind me I would be ok…hmmm…

Well, I started to mind map my unit and look how much we have explored, and probably a lot more I have missed out on here…my head can’t think past these.

It was an interesting exercise because what I thought would be a unit of physical “Learning Spaces” turns out to be so much more…so much more!EDFD459mind map



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Taxonomy of Self Direction (Draft Edition)

Self DirectionTaxonomy is a term which originally was used to categorise plants and animals and comes from two greek words:

Taxis which means order and arrangement

nomos which means law and science

In education, it is used to “categorise” and “sort” the way people learn and teach. Each category would then have its own sub-category or description or key phrases that express / explain  the primary category of learning / teaching.

Following is my personal understanding of what it takes to categorise self direction. These attributes are not in any sequential order as they are dependent on each other for different experiences and scenarios. Continue reading


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