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Critical digital pedagogy after covid 19 – reflections on teaching through the screen

February 18th, 2021 by Graham Attwell

I stumbled on Sean’s blog from a tweet. And it was well worth it. Sean says: “We may want to respond to the pandemic, to the pivot online, by waiting it out, by filling in the gaps, by making do; but we must respond by taking a close look at what has happened, revising our approaches to education—even our epistemological beliefs—and letting a generosity of imagination be our modus operandi.”

CiCi – the Powerhouse to support your Career

February 2nd, 2021 by Graham Attwell

Welcome to CiCi. CiCi is a chatbot for careers information developed by a consortium between DH Hughes Associates and Pontydysgu. The chatbot, now being further developed by a new organisation CareerChat, was developed as part of the Nesta CareerTech Challenge competition. This video forms part of the final report for teh competition.

Audio biographies

September 14th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

Here is something a bit different. Welsh Political Icons is a series of audio biographies of Welsh political figures commissioned and edited by Daran Hill. Each audio file has been written and presented by the ascribed author. Subjects may be alive or dead: the only rule is they must have a strong Welsh connection.

This issue is about William Henry Mainwaring, an educator, intellectual, Royal Commissioner and powerful political organiser who served as MP for Rhondda East from 1933 to 1959. In a personal and compelling audio biography, Dr Daryl Leeworthy stresses his importance as a politician and a historian in the context of the making of the politics and identity of “American Wales”

Algorithmic bias explained

August 27th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

Yesterday, UK Prime Minister blamed last weeks fiasco with public examinations on a “mutant algorithm”. This video by the  Institute for Public Policy Research provides a more rational view on why algorithms can go wrong. Algorithms, they say, risk magnifying human bias and error on an unprecedented scale. Rachel Statham explains how they work and why we have to ensure they don’t perpetuate historic forms of discrimination.

Sustainable Development and an Action Oriented, Transformative Pedagogy

August 20th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

I missed this presentation at the time but today with the crisis in education due to Covid 19 it seems more relevant than ever. Dr Rajiv Jhangiani says “Education for Sustainable Development does not only integrate contents such as climate change, poverty and sustainable consumption into the curriculum. It asks for an action oriented, transformative pedagogy, which supports self-directed learning, participation, problem orientation, inter- and transdisciplinary an the linking of informal and formal learning.

Only such pedagogical approaches make possible the development of the key competences needed for promoting sustainable development.”

Black on Neuro

July 29th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

A team of neuroscientists, neuro-engineers, and science communicators has formed to create #BlackInNeuroWeek, a social media initiative aimed at celebrating, amplifying, and supporting Black voices in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

The seven-day event, which will run from 27 July – August 2, 2020, will be primarily promoted on Twitter and Instagram from the @BlackInNeuro accounts. Resources, recorded talks and a database of Black In Neuro scientists will be archived at BlackInNeuro.com.

What is Artificial Intelligence

July 27th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

What is artificial intelligence? from Nesta UK on Vimeo.

This video is from Nesta in the UK. Nesta say: ”

The choices we make now about how AI is steered and directed will shape the lives of future generations. Many institutions are focussed on developing the technology, but very few are attending to the human, social and public dimensions of AI in a serious way. This is where Nesta is focusing its work, bringing together research and practical programmes to explore the potential of AI as a force for social good – from research into global trends in AI, to experiments that combine human and machine intelligence.”

What and who is being pivoted

June 30th, 2020 by Graham Attwell

Most universities did a great job in pivoting to online teaching in Spring this year. But fairly obviously some students were left behind. And with the realisation there will be no return to the ‘old normal’ there is a need to think fast about not only about how universities will provide education but about the student experience in the future: as Sheila McNeil puts it “New ways of being and belonging”.

Digital generation

June 3rd, 2020 by Graham Attwell

The DigiGen project is developing significant knowledge about how children and young people, a group growing up today often referred to as the Digital Generation, use and are affected by the technological transformations in their everyday lives. The research is uncovering both harmful and beneficial effects of technology in the everyday lives of children and young people. This includes a focus on educational institutions, the home, leisure time and children and young people’s civic participation. The project is developing effective social, educational, health and online safety policies and practices in collaboration with national and international stakeholders.

No Justice, No peace

June 3rd, 2020 by Graham Attwell

This video was made almost two years ago. It seems prophetic today.

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    Racial bias in algorithms

    From the UK Open Data Institute’s Week in Data newsletter

    This week, Twitter apologised for racial bias within its image-cropping algorithm. The feature is designed to automatically crop images to highlight focal points – including faces. But, Twitter users discovered that, in practice, white faces were focused on, and black faces were cropped out. And, Twitter isn’t the only platform struggling with its algorithm – YouTube has also announced plans to bring back higher levels of human moderation for removing content, after its AI-centred approach resulted in over-censorship, with videos being removed at far higher rates than with human moderators.


    Gap between rich and poor university students widest for 12 years

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    The gap between poor students and their more affluent peers attending university has widened to its largest point for 12 years, according to data published by the Department for Education (DfE).

    Better-off pupils are significantly more likely to go to university than their more disadvantaged peers. And the gap between the two groups – 18.8 percentage points – is the widest it’s been since 2006/07.

    The latest statistics show that 26.3% of pupils eligible for FSMs went on to university in 2018/19, compared with 45.1% of those who did not receive free meals. Only 12.7% of white British males who were eligible for FSMs went to university by the age of 19. The progression rate has fallen slightly for the first time since 2011/12, according to the DfE analysis.


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    From Raconteur. A recent report by global learning consultancy Kineo examined the learning intentions of 8,000 employees across 13 different industries. It found a huge gap between the quality of training offered and the needs of employees. Of those surveyed, 85 per cent said they , with only 16 per cent of employees finding the learning programmes offered by their employers effective.


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