Photo finish

Learning with 'e's

We got on just fine because we discovered that we have a lot in common, not least of which was that we both did formal training as photographers, in the pre- digital age. The skills we had to acquire back in the day were different to the skills now required to manipulate and produce photographs in the digital age. It was a huge sense of achievement, and I had been involved at every step of the creative process, from start to finish.

Photo 46

Making a splash!

Learning with 'e's

by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 eden19 copyright free creative commons Digital free to use images learning Marci Powell photos teaching unsplash.comImage by Craig Whitehead on Unsplash While in conversation last week at the EDEN annual conference in Bruges, my good friend Marci Powell told me about a brilliant resource called Unsplash.


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Digital literacies online

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler I'm currently writing several short online courses for educators, and I've just published the second module in my online series about digital learning. It focuses on digital competencies and literacies and takes under an hour to complete.

Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

Tony Karrer

EveryStockPhoto is a search engine for creative commons photos, located in Vancouver, BC. This is a single integrated search, allowing users to bookmark their photos with private and public tags, and increasingly we will be offering advanced searching options , rating systems and other tools. The site also features some amazing digital images if you are looking for something different. offers stock photographs in high resolution digital.

Photo 103

Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Krzyboy2o on Wikimedia Commons This is a post for #OpenBlog19. Together for two days, we discussed how digital technologies and networks could support learning. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons , personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, sharing and repurposing content, knowledge and artefacts for education.

Inspire to learn

Learning with 'e's

The title of my keynote is ' Learning in the Digital Age: Theoretical Perspectives. ' Can the established theories still offer useful explanations of new practices and experiences, or can we gain some illumination for a better understanding of learning in the digital age from the newer theories? All of my content is licensed under Creative Commons, so that others who wish to, can freely use it, repurpose it, and redistribute it without cost.

10 Sure-Fire Tips for Creating Your Own Stock Photos

Rapid eLearning

If rapid elearning software makes everyone an instructional designer, then surely a digital camera makes us all photographers. Obviously, this approach doesn’t work for everyone and taking good photos is an art in itself. The problem with a lot of digital cameras is that after you take the shot, it looks great on that tiny LCD screen. However, when you get into the office to edit the photo you see that the image is a little out of focus. Share your photos.

Photo 72

Digitally connecting the future

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler I joined the press pack in Paris last week to attend two events sponsored by electronics giant Huawei. The first was European Innovation Day, an event held at the elegant Hotel Salomon de Rothschild building that showcased innovative uses of digital technology in education, health, industry and culture. It featured four CEOs who explored the cultural and human aspects of digital transformation.

Digital reflections

Learning with 'e's

This could be a conversation, an image or video, or some other digital artefact. At a little higher up in the manipulation spectrum are archive technologies , which can be used to store, organise and document the digital artefacts that have been previously captured. This can be hosted photo and video sharing sites such as Flickr and YouTube, or social networking sites such as Facebook, but are equally likely to be curation and aggregation tools such as

Hacking Digital Learning Strategies #Bookreview

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler When Shelly Terrell speaks or writes, people take notice. Hacking Digital Learning Strategies sounds quite a daunting title for a book of practical ideas, but with the cartoon spaceman on the cover, readers will know they are in for a fun ride with plenty of happiness along the way. Hacking Digital Learning Strategies #Bookreview by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Digital habitus

Learning with 'e's

So what of our habitual use of digital media? Do these constitute a digital habitus? When we observe our digital representations, our lives portrayed on screen, and our ideas played out in a virtual simulacrum of reality, what do we see? Does the digital trail we leave online represent any part of our real lives? Does our digital presence accurately represent any aspect of the self?

Digital is default

Learning with 'e's

Image by Martin42 on Wikimedia Commons When I read Being Digital for the first time, way back in 1997, it slowly dawned on me that everything was about to change. The following year I joined a ground breaking project in which my team set up digital learning spaces for businesses and individuals in hard-to-reach rural areas that until then had no infrastructure. Being digital in the 21st Century is less innocent than it was at the end of the 20th Century.

Making sense of digital

Learning with 'e's

Our most recent #EDENchat focused on digital competencies and digital literacies, and the conversation was dynamic and fast moving. I have already written extensively about digital literacies and have presented several keynotes at international conferences where it features heavily. Everyone in education it seems, is interested in what teachers and students need to acquire, to make sense of our digital world and to use digital tools effectively.

Digital age assessment

Learning with 'e's

If students are relying increasingly on digital technology to connect them with content, peers and tutors, and to facilitate new, distributed forms of learning, then we should endeavour to assess the learning they achieve in a relevant manner. In a recent post on assessing students entitled '' Digital Assignments: How shall we grade them? '' I focused on some of the issues we can encounter when we shift modes and allow formats other than the traditional paper based essay.

Digital transformation of our world

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Markus Spiske on unsplash Below are some thoughts ahead of my invited presentation at Learning Live 2019 : I have been invited to speak about digital transformation of organisations for an invited audience of industry leaders, who will predominantly be drawn from Learning and Development and Human Resources departments. In Digital Transformation (Siebel, 2019) Siebel uses the theory of evolution as an analogy for the current disruptions we see across the business world.

Digital beings

Learning with 'e's

Today''s book recommendation is: Nicholas Negroponte (1995) Being Digital. Nic Negroponte''s Being Digital was groundbreaking. It was the first substantial mainstream book to explore the impact of digital technology on society, and demonstrated just how prescient and insightful Negroponte could be. He begins with a sort of apology, pointing out the irony (before his critics can) of publishing a book about digital technology as an analogue artifact.

Distributed digital identity

Learning with 'e's

So, for a biospheric environment, the person would use a biological body, for the Metaverse, a person would use an avatar, and for virtual reality, the person would use a digital form. Selfies and simple avatars are merely the beginning of this digital identity transformation. Along with the idea of the quantified self , the concept of distributed digital identity has the potential to be transformational and liberating.

Digital capabilities and curiosity

Learning with 'e's

Our opening keynote Helen Beetham talked about digital capabilities, which is becoming a well trodden phrase in higher education. Helen said that digital capability is the capacity to thrive in digital environments. Now this might seem simplistic, but actually, it's a profound idea, because there are many different digital environments, and many different ways of using them.

Our digital future 9: Omni-choice learning

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Loewe Technologies on unsplash There's plenty of hype about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential, future impact on society. Next time on Our Digital Future - 10: Cognitive courseware. 6: Home learning 7: Work 8: Artificial Intelligence Our digital future: Omni-choice learning by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Digital tribes and the network nation

Learning with 'e's

Photo from Wikimedia Commons I will argue here that within the present information age, where digital communication technologies have fractured the tyranny of distance beyond repair, and where computers have become pervasive and ubiquitous, identification through digital mediation has become the new cultural capital (Bordieu and Passeron, 1990). Even stranger in the digital age, such exchanges are conducted regularly through one or more mediating technologies.

Constructing learning in the digital age

Learning with 'e's

In a sense, an algorithm has much in common with a schema, particularly because both have rules and sequences of instruction that can be followed to achieve a specific goal. Learners with digital technology can discover for themselves, and drive their own learning, but it will be less structured than formal educational processes. From a cognitive constructivist perspective, learning is achieved through the twin processes of assimilation and accommodation.

Digitally safe?

Learning with 'e's

It is claimed that the 'digital birth' of a child is around 6 months. This baby (6 weeks old at the time the picture was taken) seems to be accessing digital content using an iPad. And how do we check the claim that the digital birth of children is 6 months? And yet these claims are swallowed whole by a lot of people, because they sound convenient , and they neatly fit into our assumptions about how children use the web, technology and other digital tools.

Global digital tribe

Learning with 'e's

To me it resembles a global digital tribe. Whether or not we realise it, if we regularly use social media, we are members of the world wide digital tribe. The global digital tribe has many smaller sub-sets we can call clans. We now regularly find ourselves gathered around digital totems, where we tell our stories, give our warnings, share our ideas. Facebook is currently the largest of the digital totems in the social media universe.

Education, schooling and the digital age

Learning with 'e's

Students no longer passively absorb content, because they own personal digital devices, and they can use these to produce, organise, repurpose and share their own content. Co-production of knowledge is emerging as a new model for learning in the digital age. This kind of power sharing will need to become increasingly common if schools are going to remain relevant. assessment curriculum digital age education learning NorthTec schools Technology the future of education

Can we teach digital literacies?

Learning with 'e's

In a blog post entitled '' Digital literacies and the bottom line '' Steve Philp questions whether digital literacies should be taught as a part of the school curriculum. The term ''digital literacies'' is a relatively recent addition to our vocabulary. It is essentially the skill set that enables us to become digital citizens. For a deeper explanation of the concept, please read What Digital Literacies? ) There is a disconnect between teaching and learning.

Teach 45

What is digital learning?

Learning with 'e's

How would you define digital learning? We hear about digital learning, e-learning, blended learning , mobile learning, and even micro-learning. Photo by Derek Bruff What is digital learning? by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Over the next two weeks I''m in New Zealand, doing a series of keynote presentations to teachers on the future of education and technology supported learning.

Our digital future 4: Pervasive computing

Learning with 'e's

Digital Learning Futures: 3 things about future learning from Steve Wheeler In the 1980s, we saw the rise in popularity of multi-media, which revolutionised content both inside the classroom and beyond it. Because of the growing power of networks and telecommunication systems, and the ever decreasing size of digital technology, we can now embed small (micro) computers into just about any object in common use, and they will communicate with each other, and with your personal technology.

Digital school strategies

Learning with 'e's

One of the most important digital divides to overcome is the technophobia divide - the wills and the will nots. What do you think are the key elements schools need to address in a digital strategy? Photo by Bartmoni on Wikimedia Commons Digital school strategies by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Schools need to plan their technology strategies very carefully.

Our Digital Future 2: Smart clothing

Learning with 'e's

Wearable connected technologies are now common place. The Internet of Things , when it arrives (and some would claim it is already here) will introduce a new global digital infrastructure that features, among other things, ubiquitous sensors. conductive thread connected clothing Digital education Internet IoT learning smart clothing Technology wearables

Digital assignments: How shall we grade them?

Learning with 'e's

Over the next few academic years I predict that submitting assignments in alternative digital formats will become the norm. Photo from Wikimedia Commons Digital assignments: How shall we grade them? by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Digital Technology teachers education assessment learning blogging

Theories for the digital age: Postmodern perspectives

Learning with 'e's

Postmodernist views of society can be appropriated as lenses to analyse the personalised use of digital technology. Again, this is reminiscent of the random searching, scanning and jumping around content through hyperlinking that learners participate in when they traverse the digital landscape. In effect, students participate as flâneurs , acting as individual agents, investigators and explorers of their own personal digital terrains.

Learning theories for the digital age

Learning with 'e's

I pointed out recently that many of the older theories of pedagogy were formulated in a pre-digital age. I blogged about some of the new theories that seem appropriate as explanatory frameworks for learning in a digital age. Learning Theories for the Digital Age from Steve Wheeler Photo by Steve Wheeler Learning theories for the digital age by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Corporate learning in the digital age

Learning with 'e's

Some are ditching their training rooms in favour of digital delivery of content, and bosses that are forward thinking are investing in social learning, social media and mobile devices to support the learning of their employees. Many of these 450 people were already doing something new with technology and wanted to hear all about the latest digital media and technologies. Are the new learning technologies just a new way to learn for digital natives or also for older people?

Our digital future 11: AI enhanced course design

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Andras Vas on unsplash Previous posts in this series have highlighted the importance of human intelligence and emotion in education. In many parts of the world this won't happen at all, usually because of what has been called the digital divide. AI enhanced course design is supposedly the next big development in digital education.

3 things you should know about digital literacies

Learning with 'e's

Photo from unsplash This is a continuation in my '3 things' short video series. If you follow this blog you will know that I wrote a series of posts last year on digital literacies. We have a bewildering array of digital media at our fingertips, but to use these tools effectively takes a lot of practice, critical thinking and immersion in the culture before we can claim to be literate in them.

Personal learning environments

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler It wasn't that long ago that I was approached by a new U.S. Personal learning environments by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Taking up residence

Learning with 'e's

David White , who is at Oxford University, is probably best known for his theory of Digital Residents and Visitors. Along with Alison Le Cornu, White published an article in 2011 that countered the Digital Natives and Immigrants ideas of Marc Prensky. His argument is that the use of digital technologies is not about when you were born, but about what tools you decide to use most often.

What do online educators need?

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steinar Engeland on unsplash In yesterday's post I wrote about how teachers are beginning to use online forms of education to enhance and extend the reach of schools. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Digital distance education knowledge online pedagogy radio schools skill teachers Technology television web

Communities and connections

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Airina Volungevi?ien? My opening keynote speech at the 29th annual EDEN conference at VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Bruges, Belgium earlier this week was given the title Connected pedagogies - Learning and teaching in the digital age. via ytCropper Communities and connections by Steve Wheeler was written in Bruges, Belgium and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

The EDEN Interviews: Yves Punie

Learning with 'e's

Yves is Senior Scientist at the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, and is an expert in digital competencies. I have worked with Yves before and greatly respect his thinking and views on education in general, and on digital competencies in particular. Here we took some time to discuss the terminology behind this concept, and also explored how people live and learn in the digital age.