We’ve been quiet, but we’ve been thinking. Our first post was in June 2011. Since then, Australia’s had four Prime Ministers and the world’s had four new X-men movies. In 2011, Justin Bieber was still wearing braces. The huge wave of MOOCs was yet to hit. They came in 2012 with EdX, FutureLearn, CourseEra and others. (Yes, I mean xMOOCs rather than cMOOCS.)
Over these five years, the context and space that the TomTom has filled has shifted. As an experiment, we ran the TomTom posts through a word cloud app.
No surprises in our headline words: teaching, learning, LMS, and assessment. Followed closely by course and student. It’s when the terms changed back to verbs that things got interesting. What were we and others doing, how and why? Along with student, the next terms were: work and know; then think, need, want, learn and will. This is space that we’ve been engaged with at the TomTom: how do we think and know? How do we support students in their learning? The TomTom has been an exploration of ways of working and learning and being — together with students and colleagues — in tertiary education. This touches on musings in one of our last posts “Curriculum-as-lived”.
Some TomTom posts have been instructive “how-to” or “don’t-try-this-at-home”. Some have been meditations on “what-was” or “what-could-be”. We’ve looked at teaching staff and the tin-tacks of their practice, and at students sharing their work.
Now, the creative energy at the TomTom is ebbing. We’ve decided to put the project to bed. We will stop posting new content.
As a team, we’d like to acknowledge the interest from our followers and thank you for your support and interest.
We also recognise the contributions that have been made by individuals to the TomTom to generate content and contention, and the useful resources that have evolved. We’ve benefited from dedicated members in our team and from guest contributors. We will keep those pages alive and accessible for the immediate time being.
For now, however, you can also find posts by our DSC Digital Learning colleagues on their blog at dldsc.team
As the landscape in higher education continues to move and shape ways of learning and teaching, we will continue to uphold principles and practices of good teaching that inspire students to learn to their best potential. We hope the same for you.
So, taking a cue from the 50s radio journalist Edward J Murrow, we wish you Good Night, and Good Luck.