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Matt Jenner

Matt Jenner

Current: Founder of Coursensu - the learning design platform.

Previous: Director of Product (PebblePad). Director of Learning (FutureLearn). Distance Learning Facilitator & Learning Technologist (UCL)

Location Edinburgh, Scotland

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  • MINDSPACE framework:

    Messenger
    Incentives
    Norms
    Defaults
    Salience
    Priming
    Affect
    Commitments
    Ego

    (just because it wasn't written anywhere in the step :)

  • I looked into nudges in community and social settings. One paper stood out with an interesting outcome from 'social nudges' in social media:

    > "study a type of social nudge, whereby a user’s neighbors on a platform—platform users who are connected to this user—encourage her to supply more content on the platform. [...] This subtle expression of recognition...

  • Building on my previous comment, I'm never going to get rid of leaves, so I guess I'll have to just do better training. Goal: my dog prefers listening to me than she does chasing a leaf. (Reality: wish me luck.)

  • I can relate it to my dog. She lives in a system 1 world and we force her into system 2 through active training, play and affection. You can see her react in real time, and you can see her ignore us in real time. She's not an enigma, she's just a strong personality and has a big, active brain.

    Example: she's in System 2 while we say 'heal' and encourage...

  • I'm sure there's a lot to be said about people and masks. Little cotton protectors on our faces, some of us wearing them correctly, others not at all.

    An interesting outcome from the pandemic has also been misinformation, such as hand washing and how long COVID-19 survives on surfaces, especially outside. We're led to believe it's high and a long time, but...

  • I think the main driver is how much you can afford to lose (finances) or how much you care about the potential loss (personal injury) - as examples.

    It's not fair to compare people too like-for-like. Switching career, for example, is much easier if you're wealthy and have a supporting partner. Much harder if you're poor, less educated and unable to jump...

  • Having started this course, I hope I read enough of the information in order to make an enrolment decision. My intention is to complete it - my behaviour so far has been aligned to that. But what if I fall short? What this due to the information, an external factor or because I didn't achieve my current goal? At this stage, we actually do not know - because...

  • No, we should remain to be ourselves which comes with a degree of involuntary, or chosen, randomness. This is important, if the sun shines, we might still frown - much like we can also be very happy in the rain. This is despite the idea that bad weather can cause the general mood to shift downwards, or vice-verse in summery / dry months. We can model trends...

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    Looking forward to it!

  • haha different picture but I get the idea :-)

  • I see a blend of industries, hard and mechanical in the background mixed with soft and traditional in the foreground. Cutting through this is nature, the sun especially but also the wind, sky, fish, water all trying to show their dominance in the picture. I am thinking the artists was rough, even intentionally careless, to not capture the detail at the back -...

  • I wonder in this exercise how much we are constrained by the image we chose and the source, such as google, in our task and the image we share. What would it be if we'd gone to our own photos, with the same task? I am sure a different outcome.

  • As I mentioned in another comment, I wonder if ourselves + society is a reflection on the past year, or if perhaps the past year has amplified previous connections between ourselves and society more generally? (probably both!)

  • Having written my solo, I see it having a chance to become a living document, one I come back to and add into it, or revise it as I change as a person.

  • We can also accept there are no wrong answers when you look at it from a global perspective. Different cultures, problems, contexts, mindsets etc are all needed. What looks wrong now might be the best action in the future!

  • me too. Perhaps because we've all been in a very different form of society for the past year that we feel overly disconnected?

  • Me too - educating others and having a passion for it are an excellent combination.

  • Any exercise when you end up in a coded box is, in my view, unhelpful. Don't badge me & I won't badge you.

  • On writing my SOLO - this is quite a cathartic experience!

  • mine is a small fabric frog. It never had meant to be me, but the little thing has been with me since I got it as a teenager, it's been on most of my larger trips and it sits just below the screen I'm writing on. It has featured in animations I've made, been stolen (and recovered) and moved many houses. He matters because he's been a constant in a life full of...

  • I will share a light-hearted version, but I am sure it can connect to other parts of life. The last time was with my dog, she is young, always learning and keen to ignore me for something more interesting. She heard me, but might as well not have. Of course I was frustrated, "every time you ignore me" I say to her, with full knowledge she hears me but has no...

  • When you look back at the timeline it shows how incredibly unjust the world was before. It makes me think: what inequalities exist today, that (we hope) will improve and then, when we look back, will make us think 'how unfair that they existed for so long?' Not looking for a list, but more the mentality that retrospective vision makes things look so **wrong** !

  • One of the most interesting aspects of managing a team is to treat them how you want to be treated by your manager. Applies to everyone in any middle of an organisation. Unblock problems, listen, respect, support their development are all key - but so is letting them be responsible, own the work and to not be a blocker to their success!

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    I want to unblock my team’s problems but I think that can be achieved if I am there to ensure performance. For me one of the key indicators of a performing team is when they are happy and feel able to do their best job!

  • Can you do more offline? .Or give them more to download? Live sessions are tempting but best being a limited activity (well cover this more in week 2)

  • I bet your role has changed dramatically over the past few week??

    What’s been the most significant change? Any tips for others in a similar position?

  • @SusanaKent thanks for joining. Hope your lockdown has not been too demanding on you all. How is it going so far?

    It must be very though in you, your teachers and students!

  • Welcome, looking forward to sharing advice and approaches with one another! :-)

  • Make the most of the connections do you get with your students when you get them. It will be tough not seeing their faces or reactions but if you run limited live events you can use it to connect and keep it social. This will help keep up the personal connections you’re missing. We will cover it more in Weeks 2&3!

  • Thank you for all the amazing questions. We have answered many but are no longer able to respond to further questions.

    If you see questions you can answer, please do so - but please all be aware that the Educators and Mentors may not be able to review or contribute to the discussion.

    You can also take part in more recent Q&As by joining the latest run...

  • Thank you for all the amazing questions. We have answered many but are no longer able to respond to further questions.

    If you see questions you can answer, please do so - but please all be aware that the Educators and Mentors may not be able to review or contribute to the discussion.

    You can also take part in more recent Q&As by joining the latest run...

  • Thank you for all the amazing questions. We have answered many but are no longer able to respond to further questions.

    If you see questions you can answer, please do so - but please all be aware that the Educators and Mentors may not be able to review or contribute to the discussion.

    You can also take part in more recent Q&As by joining the latest run...

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    The Educators and Mentors were actively facilitating this course over the past three weeks (23 March - 12 April) and it's been a huge joy to interact with you all via the comments.

    We are now preparing for the second run of the course, which starts on 27 April (Sign up link - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teach-online/2).

    This means we will be...

  • @PatríciaCoelhoSilva your dedication is admirable. Please do remember to be compassionate to yourself too - there’s only so much one person can do and being kind to yourself is one thing we should always do, but especially now.

    Take care!

  • @IainGarioch we have scheduled a second run of this course. It starts on 27 April. You can sign up now at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teach-online/2

    It will attract a new cohort and we will make some small changes to the content based on all the rich feedback we have collected :-)

  • FutureLearn !

    But honestly - there's so much technology that I'll continue with the idea from this course. You need to think what is the purpose of your interaction first and then you can find technology that'll help you to support it.

    Rarely will technology be the solution before you've broken the problem / challenge down into what you're aiming to...

  • @RachelRutland sadly we do not have search for comments so you'll have to investigate learners from reading their comments and then 'Follow' them as we've recommend in the beginning of week 2 - creating a community.

    The more learners you can follow the more you'll be able to filter other steps and see their comments.

    You can use Ctrl+F on a page and...

  • @CaoimheMcGarry are you writing feedback? A faster way to create it is audio, which you can record on a computer or your phone. It may take a bit of getting used to but it means you can read/review their work, speak as you do it (imagine being a doctor?!) and then just send.

    You may need to check your students are happy with this but if they are, and you...

  • Glad to hear :-)

  • Reminder: the whole peer review process can take a day or two for your contribution to get feedback from others. Please do take part and then join in the discussion here to reflect and share back. It's also a great example of asynchronous learning with a brilliant cohort - trust us! ;-)

    (I will unpin this when we're a few days into this week)