Wednesday, 8 January 2014

References for Durham Blackboard Users conference talk Jan 10th 2014

Helen Barret’s Digital Storytelling portfolio site:


Martin Weller’s social learn discussion:

Future Learn:

Katy Jordan’s MOOC stats project

Martin Weller’s MOOC stats blog:

Goodfellow, Robin and Lea, Mary R. eds. (2013). Literacy in the Digital University: Critical Perspectives on learning, scholarship, and technology. Research into Higher Education. Abingdon: Routledge.

Goodfellow, Robin and Lea, Mary (2007). Challenging E-Learning in the University: a Literacies Perspective. Maidenhead & New York: McGraw Hill, Society for Research into Higher Education, Open University Press.

Goodfellow, Robin (2005). Virtuality and the shaping of educational communities. Education, Communication and Information, 5(2) pp. 113–129.

Goodfellow, Robin (2004). Online literacies and learning: Operational, cultural and critical dimensions. Language and Education, 18(5) pp. 379–399.

Laurillard, D. (1993) Rethinking University Teaching. London & New York: Routledge.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

References for SRHE talk December 2013

The references for my talk at the Society for Research in Higher Education conference in Newport - December 11th 2013...

(link to slides and text to follow - after I see how the talk went!)

Daniel, J. (2012) ‘Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility’. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 18 (Accessed 25 June 2013).
Goodfellow, R. (2013) ‘Evaluating the SCORE Microsites’. (Accessed 25 June 2013).
Higher Education Academy (2012) ‘Promoting UK OER Internationally’. (Accessed 25 June 2013).
McKenna, C. and Hughes, J. (2013) ‘Values, digital texts, and open practices – a changing scholarly  landscape in higher education’. In R. Goodfellow and M.R. Lea (eds) Literacy in the Digital University – critical perspectives on learning, scholarship, and technology, London: Routledge:15-26
Michael Peters. (2010) ‘The Idea of Openness: Open Education and Education for Openness’. In Encyclopaedia of Philosophy of Education, M. Peters, P. Ghiraldelli, B. Žarnić, A. Gibbons (eds.) (Accessed 25 June 2013).
OER Research ‘hubs’:
Trend Report: open educational resources 2013 Open Educational Resources Special Interest Group
Vitae (2003) UK Grad Programme 2003. (Accessed 25 June 2013).

Wiley, D. and Green, C. (2012) ‘Why Open-ness in Education?’ In D. Oblinger (Ed) Game Changers. Education and Information Technologies. Educause. (Accessed 25 June 2013).

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Literacy in the Digital University won't lie down!

I thought I'd finished blogging about this topic but I just listened in to a webinar about 'messing with digital literacies' and took this screenshot during it, of Mary Hamilton in a room full of books, in a window full of icons, with a screenfull of bullet points. You can't see the chatbox full of text or hear the stream full of audio... Literacies in the digital age just won't lie down.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Literacy in the Digital University book hits the world's bookshelves!

Revisiting my much-neglected blog to proudly announce the publication of THE BOOK which is the final output from the Literacy in the Digital University seminar series and subsequent work. Information is available on the Routledge website.

Introduction: Literacy, the Digital, and the University
Robin Goodfellow and Mary Lea

Chapter 1. Values, digital texts and open practices - a changing scholarly landscape in higher education
Colleen McKenna and Jane Hughes

Chapter 2. Researching academic literacy practices around Twitter: Performative methods and their onto-ethical implications
Jude Fransman

Chapter 3. Crossing boundaries: digital and non-digital literacy practices in formal and informal contexts in further and higher education
Candice Satchwell, David Barton and Mary Hamilton

Chapter 4. Emergent practices for literacy, e-learners, and the digital university
Caroline Haythornthwaite

Chapter 5. The Literacies of ‘Digital Scholarship’ – Truth and Use values
Robin Goodfellow

Chapter 6. Beyond ‘the social’: digital literacies as sociomaterial practice
Lesley Gourlay and Martin Oliver

Chapter 7. Posthuman literacy in heterotopic space: a pedagogical proposal
Siân Bayne and Jen Ross

Chapter 8. Open Content Literacy: a new approach to content creation and collaboration?
Lindsey Martin and Alison Mackenzie

Chapter 9. Digital literacies as situated knowledge practices: academics’ influence on learners behaviours
Allison Littlejohn, Helen Beetham and Lou McGill

Chapter 10. Academic literacies in the digital university: integrating individual accounts with network practice
Mary R. Lea

Chapter 11. Text-making Practices in Online Writing Spaces: from Research to Practice
Carmen Lee

Chapter 12. The digital university: A concept in need of definition
Chris Jones

Chapter 13. Control and the Classroom in the Digital University: the Effect of Course Management Systems on Pedagogy
Bronwyn T. Williams

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Revisiting an earlier interest in openness

Working at the open University for 17 years inevitably colours one's perceptions of what openness is about. Here it has always had a significant political dimension.

As one who's 'office' is located in the Jennie Lee building (Labour Minister for Education 1967-69), and who occasionally has a drink in the cellar bar in the company of photos of Harold Wilson (Labour Prime Minister 1966-70) and Nye Bevan (Labour architect of the national health service 1948) I can't help being reminded of the roots of the concept in the ideals of social egalitarianism and the socialist politics of the post-war period.

I reflected on some of this in a chapter I wrote in 2007 about equal access and widening participation, for a book edited by Joe Lockard and Mark Pegram called 'Brave New Classrooms - Democratic Education and the Internet' (Peter Lang).

I concluded in that chapter that the OU's original commitment to equal access to higher education for all had transmuted over the years into a mission to provide access to higher education for all who were equipped and prepared to participate in the larger national economic interest.

I wonder where our current concept of (technologically defined) openness fits into this ideological spectrum? The sight of Martin Bean and David Cameron both extolling open education in India the other week, the one because it will benefit the have-nots, the other because it will be good business for the haves, made me wonder if it can really be such a win-win proposition?

(Robin Goodfellow)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Open Ed MOOC

Back to blogging again after a bit of a lay-off, for the Open Education massive open online course that Martin Weller has set up in the Open University OpenLearn environment.

Not sure I care much for the 'massive' bit, but as I'm doing some writing about educational open-ness in general at the moment I thought it would be useful to get some inside experience of this version of it.

The course starts on March 16th and goes on for 7 weeks, which overlaps with my study leave in New Zealand, so I'll be interested to know if anyone else is doing it from there too!

(Robin Goodfellow)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Oxford Dept of Education – Learning and New Technologies Research Group December 5th 2012

This talk considers the processes and outcomes of an ESRC-funded seminar series, held between October 2009 and April 2011.

The series brought together researchers and practitioners involved in four research projects that were focused, in different ways, on literacy, tertiary education, and digital communication (LIDU 2010).

The seminars set out to develop an agenda for new research, drawing on the range of conceptual, methodological, pedagogical, and political approaches brought to the discussions by participants from the different projects. But bringing these disparate people and approaches together was one thing -- ensuring coherent outcomes was quite another! In this talk I will review some of the problems we ran into, and the lessons we learned, trying to find common ground amongst linguists, social theorists, and learning technologists, talking about texts, practices and technologies.

I will describe how we eventually overcame most of these problems, and identified three major themes around which to propose future literacy-oriented research: ‘digital scholarship’, ‘post-human pedagogies’, and ‘the borderless university’. These themes are further explicated in an edited book called ‘Literacy in the Digital University’ to be published by Routledge in 2013, which I will plug shamelessly during the talk.


Barton, D., Hamilton, M. & Ivanic, R. (Eds) (2000) Situated literacies: reading and writing in context. London: Routledge.

Goodfellow, R. [2011] Literacy, literacies and the digital in higher education, Teaching in Higher Education, Volume 16 Issue 1, 131

Goodfellow, R. (2009-11)

Blog posts  in Literacy in the Digital University

'Literacies and Technologies' or 'Why I think we need to keep talking' Friday, 6 November 2009

Goodfellow, R. & Lea, M.R. (2007) Challenging E-learning in the University. Open University Press McGraw Hill.

Goodfellow, R. & Lea, M. (eds) (2013) Literacy in the Digital University: critical perspectives on learning, scholarship and technology. Routledge

Gourlay, L. (2012) Media systems, multimodality and posthumanism: implications for the dissertation? In Andrews, R., Borg, E., Boyd-Davis, S. & England, J. SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. London: SAGE, 85-100.

Hemmi, A, Bayne, S and Land R (2009) The appropriation and repurposing of social technologies in higher education. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 25(1). pp. 19-30.

Ivanič, R., Satchwell, C., Edwards, R., and Smith, J. (2007) ‘Possibilities for pedagogy in Further Education: Harnessing the abundance of literacy.’ British Educational Research Journal,. 33, 5, pp.703-721.

Lea, M R. and Jones, S (2011) 'Digital literacies in higher education: exploring textual and technological practice', Studies in Higher Education 36 (4) 377-395

Lea, M., & Street, B. (1998). Student writing in higher education, an academic literacies approach. Studies in Higher Education, 23(2), 157–172.

Literacy in the Digital University (2009-2011) Series Home Page.

Littlejohn, A., Beetham, H., McGill, L. (2012) Learning at the digital frontier: a review of digital literacies in theory and practice. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Volume 28, Issue 6: 547–556