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Michael Sean Gallagher
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My university (Institute of Education, University of London) is merging with another (UCL) at the end of the year and we get updates about this merger from time to time. Then we get other messages like this, which sends a bit of a mixed message and makes me think there is no marketing quality control. Why is a university being shortlisted for university of the year when it will cease to exist at the end of the year?  Great accomplishment, for sure, but as a student it is a bit confusing. 

"I am delighted to inform you that the Institute has been shortlisted in the prestigious ‘University of the Year’ category of the 2014 Times Higher Education Awards. The Times Higher is announcing the shortlist today. This achievement follows our other recent successes – such as the number one position for education in the QS World University rankings and our ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED ratings for teacher training provision - and our entry focused on the Institute’s exceptional research-led teaching, leading-edge research and global leadership role shaping lives worldwide."
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If you can, join the new session at Risk and Opportunity
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Hello all. Anca mentioned they were experiencing some technical difficulties and will send another link for the session as soon as possible.
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Hi Michael, kindly post the new link in this forum when its available.  Thanks
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Teaching vs. research and MOOC brouhahas. http://buff.ly/1tlN60k
I wasn't going to get involved in this brouhaha involvi…
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Hello there, Inge et al. I would agree with all the comments here as they have articulated the faults in the big data approach better than I might ever. I might also reiterate or state here that the problematic aspect of this as I see it is building on the quote that Vahid shared about the assessment mechanism we are working under. Under is the operative term here as big data will, by its very nature, fail to meet the needs of the ground floor practitioners (teachers, students, etc.) and their 'messy' socially-based learning methods of discussion, analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, etc. (all very elusive in the measurable sense) but rather reinforce existing assessment mechanisms. Data wants equivalency and assessment provides that. So I see this as possibly being informative in our educational practices, but more than likely being reinforcing of the older system of measurable output=learning assessment mechanism.

More importantly, though, is its further alignment with technological solutions (which are economically driven-these have to be purchased) rather than any sort of investment in human capacity-teachers, methods, social learning, responsible use of existing tech rather than tech purchases. We are seeking novelty in tools when solutions exists in people. Like I said, big data could possibly inform this process. It could conceivably identify trends in certain areas, perhaps more equitably diversity spending, etc. But it does feel like a bit of misdirection, another in a long line of tools that were supposed to herald a disruptive change, when it more likely produces, at best, a slight detour. Again, I am all for the tools and I am hopeful for Siemens' work to produce positive results (at the very least he works in the field of education, which is more than many edtech startups) so I encourage this exploration, just so long as we acknowledge that investment in human capacity-teachers and students and their capacity for problem solving-is ultimately what will produce the change we are looking for. I say this as a mobile tech person (like Inge); these are tools that exist to serve people; I see Big Data as inherently serving other entities, not always the student or teacher.
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Hello all, here is the link: Risk and Opportunity. In progress now!
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Glad to see everyone here so far. Please feel free to post any questions you might have and I will pass those along to the course facilitators who will do their best to answer them if time allows. Looking forward to the session!
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Just a reminder for #wdrrisk MOOC ( (Managing Risk for Development course from World Bank) participants and anyone else interested  that that live session starts at 10:00 am EST today (in about 45 minutes). youtube.com/watch?v=aEyfQf…
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Research ethics in education: My take. http://buff.ly/1myUt0Q #elearning #mlearning
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Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for #Development course from World Bank  has started. Join us. http://buff.ly/1z1BkZt #WDrrisk #ICT4D
Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development is a free online class taught by Anca Maria Podpiera, Federica Ranghieri , Kyla Wethli and Norman Loayza of The World Bank
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Hi +Michael Sean Gallagher. Yes, I have joined the discussion in the Forum and also posted some comment on it :)
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Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
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  • Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
    Assistant Professor, 2013 - present
  • ITHAKA
    Outreach & Education Manager, Research & Teaching Environments, 2008 - 2012
  • Aluka
  • YBM ELS
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London, UK
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Princeton, New Jersey - Youngstown, Ohio - Seoul, Korea - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Learning (all of it), Research Environments, elearning, mlearning, InfoSci, ICT4D.
Introduction

I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Education, University of London. My research involves developing mobile environments for Humanities practice in higher education that emphasize 

  • multimodal knowledge representation
  • augmenting support roles in higher education (mentor/apprentice or peer support relationships)
  • community development (online)

I was the Outreach & Education Manager, Research & Teaching Environments at a very large academic database. Formerly, I held roughly the equivalent position at Aluka, a not-for-profit digital library of scholarly materials by and about Africa. 

My research interests are mobile learning, elearning, social media, augmented reality, etc. I blog, I write, I am active as possible on various communication channels. I work quite a bit in developing nations so interested in learning communities in these areas, specifically to augment the impact of higher education.

I have a background in education, having worked as a teacher for many years both in the United States and Korea. I have a Masters in Library and Information Science degree (MLIS), with a concentration in the management of digital information. I also have a MSc (elearning) from the University of Edinburgh.

I am based in London, but have lived in Princeton, New Jersey, Seoul, Ilsan, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Youngstown. I am passionate about elearning, educational technology, simple solutions to big problems. Education. My wife. And travel. All make me giddy.

Education
  • Institute of Education
    PhD in Mobile Learning, 2012 - present
  • University of Edinburgh
    MSc in Elearning, 2011
  • Drexel University
    MLIS; Digital Libraries, 2006
  • Wright State University
    BSc in Education, 1997
  • Cardinal Mooney High School
    1993
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