Sunday, March 18, 2018

Intro on #mtwr / Wild Show and MOOC trends

I have started another blog on the event for Management Theory at Work in Radio. This will be on June 9th at Phoenix in Exeter. I will try to keep that blog fairly calm, just maintain a structure for the discussion. So strong opinions will be in this blog, maybe with a link sometimes. Not sure how this will turn out.

Meanwhile Chris Norton on the Wild Show has given me enough time to play a lot of a talk on MOOC at South by SouthWest. You can hear the full talk here or a clip on show as broadcast, Go about 30 min in, look for lower sound level.

Listen to "The wild show - 2018-03-15-1000" on Spreaker.

It is a bit strange, usually I have 30 minutes talking to JD while Chris arrives. Then we found the link that worked was on his phone but not good sound held up to a microphone. We got the cable sorted during what is normally music. So the Phonic FM audience now has a better understanding of MOOC situation. Dhawal Shah writes for Class Central where there is much more info.

I think this is a significant talk as it suggests online education is at a point where it could be viable. Coursera was at Learning Technologies in London earlier this year. Futurelearn was at BETT but presumably are getting some contact with larger companies that need volume training. Much could be clear by next year. My guess is that this will turn out similar to music. Streaming can be free though subscriptions are now gaining scale. Still not obvious that much is viable but there are some strong trends.

The objections to Futurelearn reported by Peter Wilby are not just about the business model so still much to discuss. But there is clear energy around "business and tech". May reach the rest of education later.

We will try to mix the content for June 9th with the radio shows. Suggestions welcome on clips to include.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Update on June Management Theory at Work in Radio #mtwr

I am gradually getting a more stable view of this. Back in Exeter after a trip to Lancaster and Cumbria. Starting to settle back into radio and it turns out a lot of the discussion will be around technology. Still a business focus but the tech is a large part of it. Tuesday we spoke about Learning Technnology as well as BETT. There is still a delay on Padcaster being available for phones. Still iPad only. Relevant as probably university sites will become more like a studio so the radio starting point is not as off topic as first appeared Common issue, how to produce video?

Yesterday found a link to MOOC discussion at South by Southwest. See also text at Class Central. The campus is not going to be transformed any time soon but there is some movement for courses in tech and business. So comparison with music situation is possible. London University now working with Coursera on computer science degrees. Futurelearn looks quite sensible but still a controversy in UK.

I am not sure how to pitch the event. Depends who turns up. Could prepare content as if for an academic audience and then see how much of it is needed. Could then make a start on another Management Theory at Work. At Lancaster I found that the Circular Economy is included in 54 Degrees magazine. May relate to Exeter conference. NHS day in Cumbria was excellent at explaining ideas. Social media well advanced as a communication method. Video already from previous year and seems to be well set up for future.

More later. Wild Show tomorrow, becomes more like chat in real time. there will be edited clips later but a backlog already. Show is mostly music but content more current than this blog in some ways. Will sort out maybe in next week or so.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Notes after watching Sunday morning TV and reading newspapers

Will look for a topic heading later.

During the week interested in Leveson, lack of reporting, and BBC balance around May speech. They seem to think the news is all about the lack of combat in cabinet. Any comment outside this not of interest. I have found a clip online interview with Corbyn but can only remember a short clip from this on tv.

What keeps coming back to my mind is the coverage of Corbyn during the referendum. Maybe because a lot was on social media it seemed he was under reported on TV and in newspapers. I don't want to stir things up, there is some calm in the Labour Party, but the attempted coup had something to do with the way "blame Corbyn" came about. I think this was a myth. He did say he was "not a catastrophist" so did not go along with all of Cameron / Osborne claims. How was it decided when he got on TV? Were Brown and Lord Darling the best choice for the left behind regions? anyway see previous posts.

So this morning we had May followed by Duncan Smith and Lord Mandelson. Mandelson mostly concerned about the City. He is surely correct that Brexit is a disaster for the City but will that concern persuade many UK voters to change  their mind if the voted Leave? Was it sense for Labour to campaign as Cameron lite during the referendum? My guess is that Corbyn did not have much control at that time. The choices he made not to share a platform with Conservatives turned out to be sensible.

Caroline Flint on Preston actually talked about concerns in the left behind communities. One tweet on this from the show, no clip. Missing a chance I think. Lidington claimed that May was very concerned about the left behind communities but I cannot remember anything in the Marr interview.

So what we get is a debate inside the Conservative Party as if it was the entire range of allowed public discussion, a small amount of Labour, only some of it relevant for actual or potential Labour voters, and a starting point of what is worrying for the City. I realise the referendum was a long time ago so there may not be any info available on what happened or how it was decided who was on what spot. But today should be easy to remember.

Newspapers on Levesen. Sunday Times p 23, News Review on Max Mosley, A Faded Choirboy Filled With Hate, finds a conclusion about related topic, press regulation. Apparently it was Mosley who "encouraged the victims of telephone hacking to sue the newspaper proprietors". Bernie Ecclestone is quoted " The media will always have the last word." I cannot find mention of Leveson2 but it may be in there somewhere. I missed reporting on the apology to Corbyn last week.

The Observer headline (p 10) is more upfront in linking the 56-year old leaflet and the battle for the future of the press. It also mentions a possible civil case in the autumn. My guess is that this is much more likely to be reported online than in the newspapers or on radio / TV. So far as I know Channel 4 News has done most to promote the newspaper story on Max Mosley. Started in Mail, then Sun / Times and Telegraph. Timing seemed to coincide with cancel Leveson2. Channel 4 News claimed their story put Labour on back foot in opposing this.

This morning on TV nothing about Leveson I remember.

Sunday Times p 5 also has story about BBC Warning on Tech Giants Dividing UK, speech expected for Wednesday. Apparently there is a danger of "imagined communities where we only engage with those who share our views" as UK culture is absorbed into West Coast USA via Netflix etc.

( sorry just a bit off topic I am imagining a community like a BBC panel, someone from the Times, someone from the Sun, and the heroic Steve Richards for balance)

Surely the big UK divide is roughly speaking around age, somewhere between 40 and 50 depending on which poll. Younger more likely to vote Labour, more opposed to Brexit, unlikely to read newspapers, possibly getting TV / radio through digital devices. Older mostly the opposite.

Broadcast media could actually report on this as a situation. They do not have to accept a print news agenda.


some questions

Could Mary Beard off translations on BBC News when Rees-Mogg apologises in Latin for lies about Corbyn?

Just before the coup BBC reported two heckles on Corbyn. Through many tweets it is widely believed that one was linked to Portland, one to Lib Dems. Has the BBC ever checked this out?

Corbyn appeared on the Last Leg during referendum but Channel 4 blocked his upload of full clip to YouTube. Would they still do this? Anyone got a copy?

Smear effort on Corbyn as spy failed. Not much reported but is there an issue around competence for those doing the Conservative social media? Must be a story somewhere.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Notes around June event for Management Theory at Work in Radio

No name yet but there will be an event on June 9th at the Phoenix in Exeter to celebrate 10 years of Phonic FM. I have booked a room for a session on Management Theory at Work in Radio , between 12 and 6. Lots of music and other events, not sure what will happen in the evening.

So I hope to gradually build up some mp3 / video so that there is a couple of hours to choose from. Probably some sort of loop, most likely people will drop in and out. See previous posts, follows on from actual conference Management Theory at Work in  Lancaster. Social media versions as #mtw3 and #mtwr , search should find something.

I contribute to two shows on Phonic FM , Tuesday @wenotno 12 -2 and Wild show on Thur 10 - 12. Both mostly music but chat can introduce some ideas. So started last week, now on Spreaker. JD is working on what I am trying to say, also makes sure of the music.

Listen to "The wild show...... With will and jd... 22.02.¹18" on Spreaker.

Turned out to be a form of "hospital radio" as Chris away not feeling well but phoned in. Soon I will go to a Creativity day hosted by NHS in Cumbria. Last year at a creative writing workshop I worked out a script based on the Spine walk in centre for Lancaster campus. Digital transition around a learning organisation could be a linear progress from tech at InfoLab 21 through critique at Management School to central open space around library to comment by social science and humanities. this year I think there could be more reality, document what has happened. Not sure but some time to do some roughs before June. Work on some of the Spine supposed to finish this year.

The day will have a slightly different structure. Versions of John Burgoyne keynote already on YouTube. Mindfulness clips exist from Wild Show, other clips on ethics welcome. JD and myself are top search result for Design Science DJ on YouTube. Links even more welcome, we have not got very far. Case study on moving to Access All Aerials / Spreaker as online / social media development from FM. Also voice interface with Alexa etc. ( work in progress )

I also know about a quality group working on a form of online learning. Something may be ready by then.

Also look at print / social media forms of promotion. More when I know what the name is for the event.

Main meeting for people from other radio stations is from 10- 4 so last part ( 4.30 - 6) will be mostly for them. Between 2 and 4 the Standup Philosopher. at the first conference Chris Grey spoke about university "relevance" arguing that universities had a role as critique rather than offering knowledge for practice. This was towards the end but maybe should be at the beginning. Somewhere in the middle, not sure as other storytelling still to be scheduled.

Two clips from previously

Monday, February 19, 2018

Extending Guardian print to the online world

So far fewer posts this year, have concentrated on visits to BETT and Learning technology. So more about this over time.

But today seems to be a clearcut Guardian in print, time to revive what I have been repeating and maybe find a way forward.

Page 36 Emily Bell on Social Media, danger that we "cosign ourselves further to a world where we abandon standards of a civilised society to a savage and sometimes dangerous market".
Editorial. p2 of the middle bit you are supposed to extract , on the "duopoly of Google and Facebook" expanding on Russian propaganda. "keyboard warriors" used as a term seems to include Russian bot coders  and also sometimes used about Corbyn supporters, whether or not they have ever also bought copy of newspaper. p4 same section reader editor on Design Museum till 6th May has examples of print design around Guardian. No mention of website design or how print supposed to work with this.

So my guess is that the G has no idea what to do online other than knocking copy for Facebook and Google. Still no copy that includes any fact about Guardian Unlimited Talk. Do they think the readers will eventually forget their own experience? My guess print is no longer that strong.

Maybe this post should have been in Read G but somehow the blogs are coming together, even though it may seem from a series of outbursts.

My constructive proposal is for more investigation or speculation around Russian bots and Brexit. The Guardian editorial is too concerned about Facebook and Google to mention any UK aspect of FBI investigation. ( Maybe they have stats on the website views, but don't forget UK please at least in print version) . Matthew d'Ancona p 5 argues that the case against Corbyn should be considered  (Fleet Street still pretty solid, if one thinks there is a story then not likely another says this is junk) but maybe there should be some reporting resource for security threats more recently?

My guess there could well be Russian money associated with Breitbart and Brexit support. Mostly associated with newspapers though. There could have been a shift between the referendum and election on where buzz comes from. As a blogger I can only guess and compare bits of txt.

Analysis and developments more likely online than in newspapers, some might say.

comment welcome

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hello Chris Grey, any update on Management Theory at Work ?

Have found Chris Grey on Twitter but this post because needs more space.

There is a possible repeat of a conference on Management Theory at Work, as at Lancaster a while ago. Also there may be an update of a version for radio in Exeter in June. Previous posts for how I have done a sort of social media version to continue something.

As memory serves the first one started ok as a mix of academics and managers. I had though the closing sessions would reach some conclusions but as memory serves Chris Grey spoke about a role for universities as outside commerce, valued for a critique role and not in hazard to results.

This discussion can be part of such an event but maybe nearer the beginning, should we start at all? ( The radio one is based on an FM licence so something happens whatever the discussion)

Currently find Chris Grey writing much sense about Brexit, seems very practical content.

So what to think recently? Links please to public posts, ( journals possible to find but much delay)

Not sure this will find Chris Grey so any comments or clues welcome from anyone with a view


If still reading, my concern started with the opening keynote from John Burgoyne about how the idea of a learning organisation changed with computers and the web. Still an issue as OU critiqued for putting so much funding into Futurelearn. My guess is that as they offer degrees online the business model will work out but there are still issues around values.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Is Mode 1 an Imaginary? ( checkout Wikipedia )

Learning Technologies starts tomorrow, so I am in panic mode to get ready for Thursday. This is a short post, maybe more on @wenotno show at 12 on @phonicfm.

Still thinking about knowledge as Mode 1 and 2. Still cannot find much recent. In Wikipedia there is a longish page on Mode 2 but very short mention for Mode 1.

Also there is some critique of what Mode 1 claims

Steve Fuller, in his book The Governance of Science (Chapter 5) has criticised the 'Modists' view of the history of science because they wrongly give the impression that mode 1 dates back to seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution whereas mode 2 is traced to the end of either World War II or the cold war, whereas in fact the two modes were institutionalized only within a generation of each other (the third and the fourth quarters of the nineteenth century, respectively). Fuller claims that the Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes in Germany, jointly funded by the state, the industry and the universities, predated today's "triple helix" institutions by an entire century.

So something to come back to. My guess is that at Olympia most of the knowledge will be in the context of practice. Also there seems to be fewer stands from HE and more from MOOCs or similar. More next week, am staying in London for weekend.

Wikipedia has a page for "Imaginary" but will have to come back to why Mode 1 works for academics.