Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris

Director of Digital Learning @UofEBusiness @UniofExeter. I champion Digital Literacies, Social Learning, Open Access & MOOCs. #PFHEA #JISCsocial50 #Innovator #Disruptor

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  • @HarryNg @judeongko so how does this MOOC experience compare with the Zoom sessions etc last year?

  • @CharlotteCarty thanks - great to have some support from a fellow "older" person to confirm there's plenty of life in us yet :-)

  • @HarryParkinson I'm glad you enjoyed the course. We do have a whole week on culture change later in the module, which you rightly identify as a major issue. (Though don't forget in this MOOC we established that resistence is not necessarily connected to age!)

  • I'm glad you've enjoyed it and found it useful @RoseHastie :-)

  • @AimeeJoubert @alicesmallman - good summaries. What was fascinating to me when I interviewed Andy, David and Kaitlin was how similar their answers to the questions were, even though they had no prior knowledge of what each other's contributions would be. Also they took place pre-pandemic, with evidences how much the world of work was already changing.

  • Good points @LouisS - as we progress through the module you will increasingly find opportunities to make valid connections between the topics covered as you've done here. It's a very useful way of preparing for the final reflection task.

  • @VirginiaCassani @SebastianJohnson @ollywiggin @Vinsensius Gregoraja Octaviano Purba in view of this discussion you may be interested in this new development in physical Amazon stores from the BBC news today:

  • @AndersNorheim that's probably two of the most unusual applications of AI I've ever heard of! Do you have any video or articles which would provide us with more information about these fascinating examples?

  • @AlfieWillis @ClaraTerpolilli I'm glad you found it useful :-)

  • @JudeLangley a great summary :-)

  • @KateAngus agreed - I see trends towards keeping "in person" events for "special occasions", while acknowledging that a greater number of "ordinary" events can be attended online to reduce time/cost of travelling, while enabling flexibility of access, multi-tasking opportunities etc.

  • @YasmineBowman @ChibuikemUgo-Ngadi this is an excellent discussion, if a rather depressing one :-( We are seeing this currently with vaccines, whereby some rich countries seem to be reluctant to share even their excess resources. One argument put forward for sharing is that vaccinating everyone protects everyone (and the same can be said for wealth more...

  • @ClaraTerpolilli quite possibly/probably. Hence the importance of acquiring skills with an eye to the future rather than to the past,and then being flexible and adaptable if things turn out differently!

  • @EvanFleet @BellaMoore great discussion, highlighting another key theme which gives lots of scope for enhancing your work on this module (and beyond). We've a whole week on ethics later in the term.

  • @AnnabelleKnivett @EvanFleet I'm glad you found the photo useful in visualising some of the key themes of this course. I was walking the dog up and came across the scene purely by chance - I happened to be writing this course at the time so my photo went straight in :-)

  • @EllaCantlay @EmilySpellman very good points. That might be something you could do some further research in (and all useful for the "reflection" section of your portfolio!) In fairness, schools are constrained by a set syllabus in a way that universities are not. There is often talk of changing the focus of what is taught in schools, but largely sidelined by...

  • Good question @BellaMoore. Young people are clearly going to be in the workforce (probably in a variety of roles and formats) for much longer and therefore have a bigger "stake" in the future. Some people with "established reputations in their disciplines" (as you say) often see change as a threat to their knowledge/positions and try to resist it. As senior...

  • @WilliamEvans that was a lot more negative than your previous comment :-) As (a long time ago) I once worked in banking, I find it very easy to believe that lessons have not been learned. It's still the case in many organisations that power resides with people who've built successful careers reinforcing "the old ways" of doing things. But for how much longer...?

  • @HirokiIkuta thanks for providing equivalent stats from Japan. That's quite a change around isn't it?! I expect the retirement age will need to be raised a lot further.

  • @GeorgiaHurley agreed - in the interview with Prof Mark Thompson he talks about the current massive duplication of effort (even within one country) with multiple hospitals/police forces etc operating in isolation of each other, with often incompatible systems that have evolved over time and poor cross-boundary communication. And of course (especially at the...

  • @WilliamEvans thanks - I'm sure that those of us outside the finance industry are pleased that it's becoming more efficient and safe, that thought is perhaps not so pleasant for the employees concerned though! As we've seen already in this course, applying principles of "intelligence augmented" in the finance context might be a way forward.

  • @WilliamEvans what do you believe are the implications of this for people like you wanting to work in finance? Bearing in mind your comment about our hopelessness with predictions (!) in what ways have you seen the opportunities and challenges for finance professionals already changing?

  • Welcome @BellaMoore - I'm glad you found Mark's advice helpful. He talks a lot of sense :-)

  • That's good to know @NicolaReid - I'm glad you enjoyed the course and you are planning to share it with others :-)

  • @AnnabelleKnivett that's a great example. I like the way the article clearly lists the advantages and disadvantages. As it's two years old, it would be interesting to do some more research. That's a long time in "digital" terms. Perhaps the price of the printers has since reduced? Maybe Mink is now a global player, or alternatively sunk without trace! It would...

  • @EvanFleet tricky isn't it?! We have a whole week on ethics later in the module. But in terms of "technology" being a force for good or evil, there are always going to be pressures in both directions. In my view, the role of education (in a very broad sense) is to help shift that balance in the right direction. By the way, please note that you need to join...

  • @JakeWoods interesting points - are you able to share a link to that study you mentioned please?

  • @AnnabelleKnivett that's a great example. Historical comparisons are really informative and thought-provoking, so always encouraged - sometimes "technology" is not as new and different as we might think, and may evolve in mysterious ways. What do others think? For example, do you consider the pen or the typewriter to be "technologies"? And why do some endure,...

  • Welcome @ChuyiXing it's great to see that so many different countries are represented in this module, providing lots of scope to share and compare examples.

  • Welcome @HirokiIkuta it's great to see that so many different countries are represented in this module, providing lots of scope to share and compare examples.

  • @JontyMartin spot on - it is deliberately written to provoke such debate :-) Achieving culture change at the level of the individual, the organisation and of societies as a whole are key themes we will be exploring throughout the module.

  • @JontyMartin that's a great example. What factors do you think would a) encourage construction firms to explore these possibilities? and b) discourage them from doing so?

  • @BeltranPernas thanks, you are a star! I have great admiration for anyone studying in a second language and I hope the :-) in my message came across positively :-) (again)

  • @JamesFountain there's still the need to get the products to the customer though. Recently by means of a growth in local delivery hubs which might reduce the volume of delivery vans :-) But there's also drones to factor in:

  • @BeltranPernas have you googled "defibrillator"? It might change your view...I'm very sorry to pick on you after all your interesting and helpful comments but they save lives :-)

  • @JamesFountain interesting - check out this short video where the robots support the farmer (and the cows!)

  • @AbigailRender that's interesting. Was your school in the UK? I believe there have been very different responses from individual schools, (and universities) with some developing very creative and helpful solutions, but others less so. The "digital divide" clearly showed in the variable age/quality of online learning systems in different schools, and the very...

  • Hi @JoeBarber - very good points. There's definitely been some progress, but certainly we still have a long way to go. One problem is that changing structures and processes is rarely a "neutral" decision, even when the need for it is obvious. There will usually be "vested interests" in keeping things as they are...

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    Welcome (especially!) to the University of Exeter students who are joining the course this week. Please note that the Educators will be taking part in the discussions for the next few weeks and responding to some individual comments (perhaps not to every single one though, as there are several hundred of you!) We very much encourage a strong learning...

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    Please note that the Educators are not currently taking part in the discussions themselves or responding to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion - supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you...

  • @ConstantinosChiotis good question. Caitlin Gould gave a great repsonse to this in her video - basically she's saying that just because something entirely new is possible, it doesn't mean it has instant acceptance / practical application. "Reality lags behind and doesn't look so cool". See

  • Hi @PrashantNair - we "spoke" by email earlier. Good to see you in here :-)

  • Welcome @JeffLester I hope you enjoy the course! Given all that experience, it will be great to hear your reflections on the changing workplace.

  • @RobertBarnsley I'm glad you found the course useful. Best wishes for a happy and successful future :-)

  • @RobertBarnsley - a great post, thank you. I have no idea either :-( But it's certainly one of the "big questions" of our time that we collectively need to address. In many countries, (not all of them, I know) because there has been an increase in the standard of living over the past 100 years, people expect their children to have a higher standard of living...

  • @NwakaegoOgueri-Onyeukwu that’s interesting what you’ve described about the mediator role - do you have any more detail on how this might help address the possible issues of exploitation mentioned in this discussion?

  • @ImogenBaker @NwakaegoOgueri-Onyeukwu Great discussion - so what do you think can actually be done to help address the divide?

  • @RobertBarnsley I totally agree - in terms of content, structure and assessment. Hopefully we have finally seen the last of memory tests via hand written exams in large halls...

  • @ImogenBaker flexible working has been advocated for many years - it's a shame it took a pandemic for the attitudes that you describe to change! It is going to be a lasting impact of the pandemic though I believe, with huge knock on effects for city centres in particular (and indeed the basic structures of society). Yet we hear people talk about "getting back...

  • @ConstantinosChiotis that is a great example of the importance of digging beneath the headlines. Having a digital system for vaccinations is great, but as you say, disadvantaged people are still having to rely on the kindness of others :-( I applaud your entrepreneurial ambitions to effect change.

  • @XunqianBian yes indeed - that is the danger that we need to be aware of and take appropriate action. My challenge to all young people starting out in their careers is to help shape digital developments in a positive direction and always hold those in power to account.

  • Welcome @Karen - I hope you enjoy the course! It will be great to hear more about your reflections on how teaching is changing, and how we can best encourage young people to make the most of the opportunities presented in the digital world.

  • Welcome @YULIAN I hope you enjoy the course! The digital environment has certainly transformed the advertising industry and created many new employment opportunities in that area.

  • Welcome @Qihao - I hope you enjoy the course! You will certainly find the course materials and activities helpful for your marketing studies and career planning.

  • Many thanks for posting these motivating words @MariaEduardaPinto and congratulations once again on your upcoming new role at Disney in London :-)

  • @HaoHe that's a great example - flexibility in recognition that "one size fits all" solutions are rarely adequate. "Age" may be one of many reasons to provide alternatives when organisations are considering new processes.

  • Welcome @PraveenGunasekaran - I hope you enjoy the course and find it relevant to your future career. Certainly marketing has been transformed by digital developments in the past 10-15 years.

  • You are most welcome on the course @RobertBarnsley and I hope you find it useful. You've said that your studies were "many moons ago" but that suggests to me you have valuable experiences to share!

  • Thanks @ThomasHeywood - that's another good example of the importance of "digging beneath the surface". Overall the UK may have a good infrastructure, but connectivity can be very variable even within a single town.

  • @NwakaegoOgueri-Onyeukwu I hope that you are wrong, but yes that is certainly a possibility :-( For example, we are seeing arguments at the moment about the extent to which covid vaccines should be shared between rich and poor countries. However, more positively, the speed of vaccine development and public health communications have been greatly facilitated by...