There are many influences on our work. Below is a selection of them that we use in presentations. If you are interested in widening access to education, with and without technology, you might find the short commentary and links useful.

Some of the many influences on our work

A short commentary followed by some useful links:

  • it gives an idea of our varied influences
  • Paulo Friere – The Legend!
  • Enid Mumford – for socio-technical design
  • Diana Laurillard for her conversational model of learning design
  • Louise Michel – revolutionary and educator – opened a school in London for refugees
  • Sir John Daniels – the continuing relevance and importance of the open and distance learning traditions and their accumulated knowledge
  • Éttiene Wenger – Boundary objects
  • Norm Friesen – History and philosophy of EdTech and Literacy
  • John Comenius – Czech EdTech Innovator and Philosopher – Father of Modern education, EdTech Innovator and proponent of universal access to learning
  • The Frugal Innovation Movement – Indian example of the Clay water powered fridge – has much to teach us
  • Don Norman, Ezio Manzini and Ken Friedman – Design Methods
  • Michael Hardt, Tony Negri and Paul Mason – technology, economics, politics and social change
  • Don Clark for ISD (Instructional Systems Design) – a comprehensive and very humane source of guidance – Highly recommended
  • Bloom’s 2 sigma research problem – Another Legend!
  • Peter Senge – applying systems theory
  • Government research – that is reliable!

Uk Gov Literacy statistics:
EU Literacy
Teaching as a Design Science Diane Laurillard
Sir John Daniels
Making Sense of Blended Learning: Treasuring an Older Tradition or Finding a Better Future?
Lessons from the History of Online and Distance Learning:
Simple Concepts to Guide us into the Future

Don Clark ISD (Instructional Systems Design)
Éttienne Wenger boundary objects and Communities of Practice
Norm Friesen – The Lecture and the Textbook
Paulo Freire
Design X
Freidman, K. et al (2014) DesignX: A Future Path for Design. Available at
Michael Hardt & Tony Negri
Hardt, M., Negri, A. (2017) Assembly. Oxford University Press.
John Amos Comenius
Enid Mumford
Bloom’s 2 sigma problem
Ezio Manzini
Peter Senge
Paul Mason
Frugal innovation
Systems theory
Haptic activity and learning
Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (in press). The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note-taking. Psychological Science.
Louise Michel