Radio #Edutalk 27-09-17 Frances Bell – Informal Learning and Research in and out of the Academy

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Great place to start reading about Informal Learning is

“we specialize in the theory and practice of informal education, social pedagogy, lifelong learning, social action, and community learning and development”


I became Open by Accident via Lotus Notes

Example of community learning Ravelry: a knitting community as a site of joy and learning


With Jenny Mackness and Mariana Funes on Rhizo14,

With Catherine Cronin and Laura Gogia “Synergies, differences, and bridges between Networked Learning, Connected Learning, and Open Education”, a shared Symposium at Networked Learning 2016.



Recent Work and Ideas

  • Polarisation

  • Disconnective Practice, from work by my friend and ex-colleague Ben Light

  • Digital Trespass abstract and slides from OER17 presentation, including reflecting on our own experiences of platforms – on different apps and on different devices

Resistance as digital literacy – blog post with abstract and slides from ALT-C 2017 presentation

Frances Bell retired in 2013, having worked as programmer/analyst in IT in the 1970s and taught in Secondary School, FE and (mostly) HE 1978-2013, always aware of technology opportunities and, increasingly, threats . Since then she has done quite a lot of learning, online, in U3A groups and in face to face classes and workshops; She has also done independent research in cMOOCs and currently works as a volunteer IT Buddy at her local library, mainly with older people, with little or no experience of IT and the Internet.

@francesbell on Twitter

Frances Bell – home at last – for all the mes, website/blog.

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