Present at a distance and distant when present…

The past two and a half years have been punctuated with moments in which I have become acutely aware of being both the object of my research – the learner; and the subject of the enterprise of – learning. So it comes as no surprise that the 2014 Networked Learning Conference provided me with pause for thought. In this post I will reflect on the … Continue reading Present at a distance and distant when present…

Lense two: Observing the latent power of place

The large welcoming entry acted to draw the students in. Situated at the top of a rise, adjacent to two outdoor seating areas, there is generous space on both sides of the doors and the transition from one area to the next is gradual. Once inside, Marcus had sight of five different zones: to his left a gallery displaying student work; alongside that, an audio … Continue reading Lense two: Observing the latent power of place

Lense one: Observing the materiality of things

The doors through which Marcus entered the learning environment were generous, allowing him to pause as he entered. He moved through the entrance, visually scanning the space. He located his teacher within a semi-circular seating arrangement, made his way towards him, and took a seat. Was any of that material? Did the presence of large doors, leading Marcus to a central point from where he … Continue reading Lense one: Observing the materiality of things

Shapes in the landscape

I do wish this picture captured the movement in and out and around this installation. ‘In person’, these figures were not at all scary and it was the smallest observers who most often joined in the business of this circle. Facing the centre and copying the half-sitting, half-standing stance of the group assembled, they talked across the interior to others, both known and unknown; pausing … Continue reading Shapes in the landscape

Inspiration from the in-between; on the ownership of space

In much the same way that architects and planners have begun to value in-between spaces as opportunities to insert private, reflective eddies into physical spaces. The creators of applications for mobile technologies have begun to actively exploit the ways in which ambient technologies function to interpenetrate time, space and practice. The in-between spaces of the built environment tend to be private enclaves carved out of … Continue reading Inspiration from the in-between; on the ownership of space