Other stuff I wrote

Transforming workplace learning culture with digital badges, 2016

Chapter in ‘Foundation of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials’

Today’s businesses are moving faster than ever in response to constant changes in the world around them. There is increasing acceptance that in order for employees to keep up with constant change and for businesses to stay relevant, learning and development has to move to the heart of the business. Organizations must go through a learning transformation to realize this vision. We need to build a learning culture in the workplace, and this chapter explores how badging programs can help organizations achieve this learning culture.

Existing workplace learning programs combine elements of informal learning, formal training, knowledge sharing and collaboration, social learning, coaching and mentoring, serious games and more. Effective next-generation workplace learning must combine these elements in engaging learning architectures. However, this means breaking out of the traditional learning management system which is still in widespread use. Badging systems can provide the glue that holds these new learning architectures together and can help make the learning process efficient, engaging and effective.

The author draws on 20 years experience working on over 100 learning technology projects for large organizations. As well as putting the case for why badging systems are the ideal vehicle for moving learning to the heart of the business, the chapter looks at how to implement a badging system in the workplace and how to make a success of your badging system through effective rollout strategy and change management, using case studies of digital badges in the workplace.

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Moodle for Mobile Learning, 2013

Moodle for Mobile Learning

A practical, hands-on guide that provides you with ideas and step-by-step exercises that will help you leverage the features of mobile devices in your Moodle course designs. It also aims at providing you with hands-on knowledge in creating mlearning courses so that you can create your own effective mobile learning interactions.

You will learn how to develop your mobile learning strategy and whether to use a mobile friendly Moodle theme or a Moodle mobile app to deliver your strategy. There are certain types of learning activities that are perfectly suited to mobile delivery. We look at delivering podcasts, engaging with social media, setting up photo, video and audio assignments, setting up eBook and App libraries, uploading audio assignment feedback, submitting reflective logs, using chat and messaging tools, using web conferencing and much more.

Mobile devices already form the backbone of your learners’ daily lives. If you want to use Moodle to bring those devices into the learning process, then this is the book for you.

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Achieving Quality in Open-Source Software, 2007

Academic paper published in ‘IEEE Software’ Volume 24, Issue 1

The open source software community has published a substantial body of research on OSS quality. Focusing on this peer-reviewed body of work lets us draw conclusions from empirical data rather than rely on the large volume of evangelical opinion that has historically dominated this field. This body of published research has become much more critical and objective in its efforts to understand OSS development, and a consensus has emerged on the key components of high-quality OSS delivery. This article reviews this body of research and draws out lessons learned, investigating how the approaches used to deliver high-quality OSS differ from, and can be incorporated into, closed-source software development.

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