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5 Questions for Sheila MacNeill, speaking at Talis Insight 2015

Arunn Ramadoss

I shared 5 questions with Sheila, to help provide a little more info about her and her session at Talis Insight 2015. I also requested that she nominate one other speaker and 5 questions she would like them to answer!

So here are the questions, and their responses from Sheila:

1. What excited you the most about Talis Insight 2015? And why did you agree to get involved?

Well I was very flattered to be asked to speak at the event.  But more seriously it is a great platform for me to share some of the work I’m involved in, some of the real challenges we face with technology in learning and a chance to learn from others. I think it is a great opportunity to find more about out what colleagues are doing across the sector.

 2. What can people expect to hear from you in April at Talis Insight?

I’m going to be talking about learning analytics and more specifically some of the challenges we have faced in trying to get an analytics project off the ground. So I’ll not be talking about cutting edge innovations and implementations but more about the practical, day to day issues faced when trying to develop work around analytics.  In some ways my experience of moving from talking the talk to walking the walk.

 3. If you could start a rumour about you, what would that be?

That I only own one pair of shoes.

 4. What is the one piece of technology you cannot live without?

My phone.  Sadly I am lost without it.

 5. Your must read article/book/blog for #edtech in 2015?

Well it’s not even half way through the year and there has already be a raft of really “good stuff” But I’m going to cheat slightly and go for 2 books, The Really Useful #EdTechBook (edited by David Hopkins). This is great example of community sharing, open-ness and self-publishing which provides a really insightful view on learning technology today within the UK. Also Martin Weller’s “The Battle for Open” book is an excellent piece on the history, realities, opportunities, victories and future battlegrounds for open education.

I would like to thank Sheila for being a sport and kicking this off. She has nominated Dave White to answer the following questions next:

  • What excited you the most about Talis Insight 2015? And why did you agree to get involved?
  • What can people expect to hear from you in April at Talis Insight?
  • If you could start a rumour about you, what would that be?
  • What is the one piece of technology your institution couldn’t function without?
  • Your must read article/book/blog for #edtech in 2015?

We will post David’s responses soon. So watch this space!

What question would you like to ask Sheila?

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