About Me

Mariana Funes is an experienced cognitive coach and chartered research psychologist with a background in artificial intelligence research and business psychology…



These are the kind of places I like to devote my creative energy to:

  • The Daily Stillness http://stillweb.marianafun.es
    A website I manage as a digital contemplation studio since 2013
  • The DS106 Shrink http://marianafun.es/ds106/
    My original digital storytelling work participating on DS106
  • I am no artist but… https://marianafun.es/art/
    My collection of original, digital, fun art…Well, digital artefacts at the very least!
  • Loose Learners on EduTalk http://www.edutalk.info/tag/loose-learners/
    One of my radio shows as offshoot from DS106. The idea of the show was to explore interesting issues that affected those of us who used the web for educational purposes in some way. We ran for 15 episodes once per month.

One Blog to Write Them All

"One Ring to rule them all" flickr photo by bonheureux https://flickr.com/photos/purple-lover/13583362554 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

“I used to dream of having a loose leaf life as opposed to a spiral bound kind of life”
— Naomi Shihab Nye

I have many distributed places on the web where I publish thoughts and ideas, here I want to coalesce to one single, simple space. One blog to write them all…


The Blog

Learn Tech Toolkit

A set of tool to enable students to become their own tech support.

Toolkits have different uses but they all are similar in one way; they help make our lives easier and do things more easily than if we did not have one.

Learning technology users, both students and educators, are often called upon to use advanced digital capabilities without a basic toolset or toolkit to do the job well. In this context the toolkit gives users the tools to select, navigate, and utilise technology to enhance learning in a self-directed manner.

The Learn Tech Toolkit is a growing repository which contains basic tools to enable students in particular, to grow in their ability use computers for learning. This is not about buzz words or normative rule making about how students must use computers to find work. There are many ethical issues around the digital transformation of education narrative. Here we offer tools for everyday use, but also for critically evaluating the demands made on students in the name of the digital society.  We focus on 6 areas to support capability development: digital use, digital productivity, information literacy, data literacy, media literacy, and digital wellbeing. These areas are a well researched ‘kind of industry standard’ developed by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the UK. So, what is in your toolbox?

Source for photo: A rare 1000 year old viking toolbox.

The Toolkit



All of the following books are available from Amazon.

Lived Time Lived Time is a holistic guide to time management, providing a series of techniques to improve our understanding and control of time throughout our daily lives. The book is designed to re-educate the reader’s sense of time to enable them to achieve the work-life balance they strive for.
Find at Amazon.

Laughing Matters Everyone knows intuitively that laughter is good for us. Laughing Matters is for anyone who wants to have more laughter in his or her life. It makes us rethink our attitude to laughter as a fundamental human response, and it provides practical experiments and strategies to help us laugh more.
Find at Amazon.

Honing Your Knowledge Skills Technology and organizational structures are transforming the workplace, but management skills have not yet caught up. Honing Your Knowledge Skills looks at how to define knowledge working and identifies the practical skills of knowledge management needed by line managers.
Find at Amazon.

Published Papers

  • Mackness, Jenny, Frances Bell, and Mariana Funes. “The rhizome: a problematic metaphor for teaching and learning in a MOOC.” Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 32.1 (2015): 78-91.
  • Bell, Frances, Jenny Mackness, and Mariana Funes. “Participant association and emergent curriculum in a MOOC: can the community be the curriculum?.” Research in Learning Technology 24 (2016).
  • Lockridge, R., Levine A. and Funes, M. ‘A DS106 Thing Happened on the Way to the 3M Tech Forum’ To be presented at OER14: building communities of open practice, April 2014.
  • Dowlen, A., Funes M., and Smith A. ‘Are we getting it right? Critically reflecting on our set adviser practice.’ Action Learning: Research and practice, 2008.
  • Funes, M. and Darling P. ‘No Brag, Just Facts’ Creating the business case for People and Organisational development at Morgan Stanley, Organisations and People, 2008.
  • Funes, M. Bridging: ‘The Essence of Creativity’. In Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Creativity and Innovation. Eds: Jon Buijs, Remko van der Lugt, Han van der Meer, 2003.

Contact Me

Do get in touch for a non committal chat to explore how I might be able to help at my practice or online.

    hello AT marianafun DOT es



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