Pastures new


It was about eighteen months ago now when I was delighted to be invited to be part of a project Nick was setting up. Seeking to connect individuals in schools charged with the rather new role of leading the developments of learning technologies – the #eNoobs as they became known, sprang into life. People have been subject teachers, had responsibility for curriculum areas or pastoral issues and held leadership (or management) positions for years, but only recently have schools begun to recognise the importance of this new area. As a consequence, those lucky(?) enough to be charged with this role have little prior experience to base their approach on. Learn Enabling, then, was a place through which to share and discuss our experiences, successes and challenges.

Sadly it’s time for me to bow out from the community. As I move into a new and exciting phase of my life (I’m going to be undertaking a PhD, full time), I’ll be leaving the role of #eNoob behind. I’m sure I’ll still be interested in how learning is being influenced and supported through technology, so will doubtless feel compelled to chuck my two penn’orth into the comments. However I recognise I’ll also soon lose touch with the issues that the school context obliges us to grasp in our day to day work, so writing posts will no longer seem appropriate. #eNoobs do seem to be people who embrace the challenge of change; seek it out even? It’s no surprise therefore that many move on, and move on in a wide range of new directions.

My time writing for and learning from Learn Enabling has proved incredibly rewarding and enriching. The posts my fellow #eNoobs have made encouraged me to reflect on the way we approached eLearning in our school and the part I played in those developments. They offered different perspectives and alternative ways to approach the role and responsibilities. The audience for Learn Enabling beyond the #eNoobs is what it is, but knowing that I was writing within a perceptive, astute and considered group of people certainly encouraged me to bring my ‘A’ game (such as it is) to writing. As with many of the connections we make across the Web, it’s so enlightening to learn about the educational issues colleagues face in other countries and though we may teach in different cultures and different systems, we nevertheless share the common bond of a desire to improve the learning of our students.

In a couple of weeks then I’ll be a fresher once more (can postgraduates be freshers?) as I start my studies undertaking research into the informal, self-directed professional learning teachers undertake using social media. Perhaps Learn Enabling might be considered an example of that? If you’re interested in what I’m up to and how I’m getting along, you might want to pop over to ‘Marginal Notes.’ Like my studies, it’s still in its infancy, but inspired by time on Learn Enabling, my blogging continues anew.

Many thanks to my #eNoob friends; I’ll definitely remain in touch.


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2 thoughts on “Pastures new

  1. Ian, I am sure I speak for everyone here at and the all those who read the posts, when I wish you all the very best for your future academic endeavours. Your insight and perspective is always so measured and informed. Just remember that: “Van Gogh sold just one painting, The Red Vineyard, during his lifetime. He became famous only after his death.” (Google) so, while I am not suggesting for a moment you have exhausted your time on this planet, I do believe you have so much to offer us even though you have ‘moved on’.

  2. Dear Ian,
    I am so sorry that we’re losing you on this group but I do wish you all the best in your new adventure! I hope you do come back to comment and discuss EdTech with us as you have provided us with a great deal of food for thought and ideas.

    Thank you for sharing your insight and knowledge with us!

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