Some LinkedIn advice in response to student questions

I spoke yesterday to one of my colleagues, Lucy Cadbury, who teaches a module on New Media Literacy (which I appear on as a tutor from time to time). Her students had some questions about LinkedIn, and if students, as they graduated, needed to use it, and how best to do so. So she broughtContinue reading “Some LinkedIn advice in response to student questions”

Chatting about cheap tech, breaking things and teaching

When I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the lovely people at Unit 1 films, on behalf of the University of Gloucestershire, came and bothered me in my office, and asked me, while I as chatting to colleague Dr Adrian Long, about my overall approach to teaching, and the use of technology.   It is only aContinue reading “Chatting about cheap tech, breaking things and teaching”

Field Trips: In defence of reality, why ‘being there’ matters, and a serious point

In an age of augmented, virtual and simulated realities, where we can video-conference into meetings, and on-line tutors can work for universities that they’ll never set foot in, I was wondering about the benefits of Field Trips. Can’t we make a VR trip, and allow students to engage from their learning location of choice? IContinue reading “Field Trips: In defence of reality, why ‘being there’ matters, and a serious point”

Why I Write Such Excellent Blogs.. Upper deck reflections on a ‘Will-to-System’

Talk is always easy Practice always hard It’s no wonder people try to make up for their lack of hard practice with easy talk But the harder they try, the worse things get The more they talk, the more wrong they go It’s like pouring on oil to put out a fire Just foolishness andContinue reading “Why I Write Such Excellent Blogs.. Upper deck reflections on a ‘Will-to-System’”

Personalised Learning in the University, and what it might be.

In a recent post, I looked at an ACE report that identified the key factors that helped determine student success in HE. The report also noted that these factors are rarely practised in HE. I looked, in passing really, at one of these (alignment) in another post, but here wanted to ponder just an aspectContinue reading “Personalised Learning in the University, and what it might be.”

Interview with teacher Lori Grata about her Selfie Project

Lori Grata is doctorate student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She currently resides in Seattle and teaches full-time at a one-to-one school. Lori has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Secondary English Education. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She was worked in both the public school system in South CarolinaContinue reading “Interview with teacher Lori Grata about her Selfie Project”

Narcissism, Selfies, and Student Engagement

If we engage with our more sceptical colleagues about technology, and its place (or not) in education, it won’t be long before a familiar trope elbows its way into the conversation. Narcissism. I use twitter. “Dave, no one cares about your updates on your stupid running obsession”. I have an Instagram presence. “Dave, why wouldContinue reading “Narcissism, Selfies, and Student Engagement”