I had the privilege of presenting to the Caledonian Academy yesterday at Glasgow Caledonian University on Connections, Clouds, Things & Analytics. Slides are below, the recording is available here. It was wonderful to connect (again) with Allison Littlejohn, Anoush Margaryan, Colin Milligan, and others. Their institute has the buzz, energy, and feel that are often not evident in university research learning/technology institutes.
On a side note, many universities have an educational technology department that is focused on PD. Research institutes devoted to understanding the intersection of education, technology, systemic reform, and pedagogy are less rare. Several years ago, Phil Long (CEIT) and I discussed the need for a collaborative network of research labs/academies/institutes that were focused on researching learning technologies, not solely on driving institutional adoption. Perhaps it’s time to revisit that idea.