Author: mblaney

Recently I find myself wondering with colleagues about when we will be back to the office. Reminiscing on the smell of shared toilets that have balsa wood walls and a unique fragrance that reminds me of a music festivals loo. Or when we will be able to visit hipster coffee shops and try not to […]

Day (I have lost count) in the big brother house and I am starting to struggle. It’s been a slightly odd 33 days! I started working from home on the 16th March and my daily routine is in the bin. Before I would be getting home at 1700 and running after children, getting ready to […]

These are unique days in which we are trying to evolve and adapt to a situation that is unpredictable and unrelenting to everyone. The current pandemic is generating stresses in both professessional and domestic lives with the only certainty being that in the short term are lives will be flipped and we all be affected […]

Usually when I blog I try to think of a funky title to depict me brian dump however today I am feeling less imaginative so the title reflects the blog. It’s about the OnTask pilot 2020 @ the University of Edinburgh. If you want to hear someone rant about big data and prediction please flick […]

Prediction is a word that I am starting to see and hear a lot more recently. It not new, my fitness tracker predicts my steps each day and my expected sleep patterns, my smart lights predict when I will be home and my smart thermostat also likes to know when I am home ensuring I […]

The second episode of the Michael and Myles (M&M) podcast explores the expansion of the teacher function via bots. The podcast speculates on the role of bots, current bot deployments, bot myths and the research currently being undertaken at the university to identify possible use cases for bots. Now thats the official bit of the […]

M&M Podcast Episode 1: Setting the Scene, Terms, Topics Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it – Ferris Bueller This time last year I wrote my first blog, today I publish my first podcast, what is happening to me! I work with some […]

Data is a funny thing, I feel like its a riddle that we all are acutely aware off existing however seem paralysed to do anything about nor own it. What do I produce but never see, never own but has direct impact on everything around us and not just me ? The data conversation is […]

For those unaware what a MicroMasters is let’s talk cake (I would like to state now if you don’t like cake then replace the word cake with pie or whatever makes you happy). The Cake shop Imagine if I went to a specialist cake shop which was world ranked in the top 50 cake shops […]

I attended the university if Edinburgh Teaching and learning conference this week. It’s the second year of the conference and browsing the session list it looked mega intimidating with references to papers and pedagogies plastered all over the place. Now I need to be honest (not Flea Bag honest but honest) before I blurb anymore. […]

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