Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend the MAWSIG conference in London. This is a gathering of talented materials writers, editors and publishers. The theme of the conference was “New ways of working for new ways of learning” so the focus was heavily on digital and writing for digital. As I said, there were lots of clever people there full of great ideas but having worked in digital for a few years with the responsibility for producing digital content, apps, platforms and so on, I...

You say tom/ɑː/to and I say tom/eɪ/to (or your content says SCORM 1.2 and my platform says SCORM 2004v2), let's call the whole thing off.   If the bit in brackets of the title of this post means anything to you, then I feel for you as you must be stuck in the same compatibility nightmare as I have been. As no one should know, SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model, and it is supposed to be a compatibility standard that allows digital content to communicate with online platforms...

For this blog post, I will be reporting live from an educational project I have set up. Outline: Objectives: To see how effectively Google Docs can be used for Online Projects by both Young Adults and Primary learners. To use collaborative learning to practise English and Spanish. To keep members of my household busy on a rainy British autumnal day.   Subjects: Dani - 25 yo. Native Spanish speaker. High Elementary level in English. Staying with us to learn English. O - 8 yo. Native English speaker. Beginner level in Spanish. Just...

I’m no futurologist but I have made two apocalyptic predictions in my time, both of which look like they might come true. The first was that I thought it was a very bad idea to try to convince the Chinese that they should adopt a Western lifestyle. Even before we knew what we know now about the effects on the climate made by mankind, it seemed that having one billion Chinese people driving cars and flying round the world was never going to be sustainable and that is...

I am the Digital Publisher for Richmond and it is part of my job to keep abreast of the hot topics and technology trends that are affecting our industry. Right now there is nothing hotter than adaptive learning. Adaptive learning is part of a wider trending topic: big data. The theory seems to be that as we are able to collect and analyse vast amounts of data taken from all the interactions that we have with technology, we will be able to transform the way we approach all sorts...

When you hear the word “wiki”, what do you think of? Wikipedia probably. Wikipedia is indeed the best known example of a wiki, it is so well known in fact that it has pretty much taken over the meaning of the word “wiki”. What makes Wikipedia a wiki is that it is editable. Anyone can register to be an editor and they can add, modify and delete content. Wikipedia is a crowd-sourced venture, which relies on the belief that with enough people collaborating on the project, you will get...

Everyone at Richmond was deliriously excited about getting an ELTon nomination for our Big Picture app. The ELTons are the very prestigious British Council awards that recognise innovation in ELT. Deborah Tricker, our Global Publishing Director, Laura Orchard who works in our Oxford marketing department and is the queen of all things social media and I were the lucky three to get the opportunity to go to the awards ceremony. We prepared our acceptance speech as we had been instructed by the organisers. Deborah and Laura fretted about what to...

The end of January always means one thing for me as Digital Publisher at Richmond: BETT! As three weeks have passed since New Year's Eve, I will probably have had a glass of wine, a cream cake and a sneaky cigarette but I do stick to my resolution of getting to this amazing conference and finding out about what's new in educational technology. I have been going to BETT for about five years now and the thing that never fails to impress me is its sheer size, it really...