Behaviourism is Back, but Rebranded

Been reading BF Skinner. I’ve been interested in this guy’s methods ever since my teens, when I bought a book called “The Japanese Kana Workbook”, which teaches the user both systems of Japanese kana in a few days. The book was recommended to me by my first Japanese teacher, who had used it in his […]

Multilingual E-Learning: Proposal For an Application

This must have been the mid to late 2000s. I had begun my second Masters. It wasn’t described as an “online” learning format. If I remember correctly, I negotiated with the university in the UK to allow me to do the three-year course remotely (I was living in Japan at the time and the options […]

Blockchain in Higher Education: The Research Summarized

The research I undertook for the thesis of my fourth MA revealed that blockchain is already disrupting many industries and financial processes. Its impact on/disruption of HE is assured. In 2018, it was only the nature, speed, and degree of that impact/disruption that was unclear. This research stratified the discourse into six highly related subtopics […]

Teaching About Blockchain

The discourse reports little on what HE should teach about blockchain. Considering the volume of the new media discussion on blockchain, this is surprising (and another reason this project was undertaken). The SQCA returned only one journal article that addresses the teaching of blockchain and the IoT: Gromovs and Lammi (2017).

Blockchain in Higher Education: A Tool of General Improvement

In 2018, blockchain was already intensively active in securing data and facilitating transactions in logistics and transport, energy production, manufacturing, and trading. When combined with the Internet of Things (“IoT”), blockchain applications multiply further. The adoption by established HE institutions of smart technologies has been slower.

Blockchain in Higher Education: Payment Control

Smart contracts enable/enforce bilateral accountability. Payments could be withheld conditionally, released pending satisfaction, and matched in high resolution to service usage. Smart contracts ensure punctuality of payments but also force service providers to accept payment-according-to usage. For HE, such flexibility represents pedagogic challenges. Learner commitment cannot be assumed. Wherever possible, teaching would have to be […]

Blockchain in Higher Education: The Evolving University Value Proposition

It is unlikely that HE can continue without adopting technologies that are normal in every other sphere of information usage. Only a few aspects of the traditional HE offering are inimitable by online education. These few represent a potentially valuable differentiation and could be collectively described as the university experience.

Blockchain in Higher Education: Transparency

In proposed blockchain-based systems, students have a single point of access for all their certificates and learning histories; HE institutions can rely on the blockchain for up-to-date access to all the information they require about a learner. This means HE institutions would be able to configure learning around a detailed learner profile, boosting the relevance […]

Blockchain in Higher Education: Visibility and Market Forces

New dynamics characterise the age. Due to marketplace competition for and the technological empowerment of the learner-customer, HE management and policy have to reassess the paradigms of pedagogy and power. Agile inchoates and even the “university of one” (expert individuals) threaten HE’s dominance.