That was the year that was

2013 has been quite a year for me professionally so I thought I’d better mark it with some kind of reflection here. As I’ve been thinking about what I should write, I did wonder if I could sum up my year in 140 characters and actually I think I kind of managed it.

My 2013 in less than 140 characters: MOOCs, analytics, redundancy, oerresearchhub, ALT learning technologist of the year, new job

— Sheila MacNeill (@sheilmcn) December 31, 2013

Of course the highlight of the year was being named ALTs Learning Technologist of the Year. I title I fully intend to exploit until September 2014;-)

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video of my invited speaker slot at ALT.


The low point this year was the decision by Strathclyde University not to renew the Cetis contract which led to redundancy for myself, Lorna Campbell and Martin Hawksey. However, as they say every cloud has a silver lining and I was fortunate to be able to be in a position to work with the OER Research Hub team over the summer, and then I got my new job at Glasgow Caledonian. Lorna and Martin are both now gainfully employed too.

Anyway if you are interested here is a quick summary of my year in blog posts.

  • January : lots of MOOCing, Larnaca LD declaration, learners rights
  • February : widget authoring, moocing (digital cultures and olds mooc) , bit of Tin Can API
  • March: More MOOCing, badges, analytics and #cetis13
  • April : digital literacies,  the MOOC agony aunt, disengagement with MOOCs, #lak14
  • May: More MOOCing, learning analytics
  • June: Open Scotland, open badges, MOOCing
  • July:  Redundancy
  • August: New blog,  OER research hub
  • September: ALT Learning Technologist  of the year, OER research hubbing,  new job
    Final Cetis post
  • October: student innovation, BB developments,open access week, Ada Lovelace day
    openness, MOOCing
  • November: learner expectations
  • December: ascilite2o13, tinfoil hats

Happy New Year to everyone, and looking forward to sharing more of my thoughts in 2014.

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