Interview for Innovate Learning Review

After the recent e-learn conference, I did a very brief interview for AACE’s Innovate Learning Review. I think I also did a video interview for them, but I was so congested, it would have been incomprehensible – so I am glad they seem to have used their better judgement on that one! You can readContinue reading “Interview for Innovate Learning Review”

A decade in a grain of sand: e-learn lessons, ageing, and reflections.

Reflecting on the ten years separating e-learn 06, from the 2016 event, and what has changed. Time has a habit of slipping by. This is worse as we age, as the decades that rush by us represent a smaller proportion of our life thus far. Having speculated a little about middle-age elsewhere, it’s probably wiseContinue reading “A decade in a grain of sand: e-learn lessons, ageing, and reflections.”

Reflections on the use of ‘Real World’ in Education.. from e-learn16.

Here at e-learn 2016, I was delighted to be able to listen to our first keynote session, from Digital-Natives-coining speaker Marc Prensky. He didn’t get into the whole debate about that term, but rather concentrated on his most recent publication and the ideas behind it. This was a powerful plea to redesign the educational process fromContinue reading “Reflections on the use of ‘Real World’ in Education.. from e-learn16.”

e-learn16 – arrival reflections..

My first real encounter with e-learning, technology-enhanced learning, and the way educators use the opportunities it reflects, in a coherent organised way (I had been prone to playing with VLEs, audio and web-sites before, but rather haphazardly) was at AACE’s e-learn in 2006. I came home and immediately started (what became) http://www.rpeglos.com – a courseContinue reading “e-learn16 – arrival reflections..”

Digital Trends in Higher Education, and actual students..

While it is clear that McGraw-Hill Education is not a neutral player (as a leading publisher and advocate of digital learning solutions), but nonetheless, the headline results from their survey of over 3000 US College students are eye-catching. Amongst their student respondents, it is clear that there is at least a perception that digital offersContinue reading “Digital Trends in Higher Education, and actual students..”

Using Technology in Your Humanities Classroom – a link.. 

Worth reading: https://www.edutopia.org/article/technology-in-humanities-class-david-cutler David Cutler writes: In Neil Postman’s The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School, published in 1995, the seemingly clairvoyant social critic explains how “the computer and its associated technologies are awesome additions to a culture.” But, he continues, “like all important technologies of the past, they are Faustian bargains, givingContinue reading “Using Technology in Your Humanities Classroom – a link.. “

Learning & Teaching Symposium Storify

I really enjoyed organising a Faculty of Arts Learning & Teaching Symposium last week, here at Gloucestershire. The twitter chatter, and links to all the presentations, etc, are captured in this Storify: https://storify.com/davidwebster/learning-and-teaching-symposium  Thanks to Eric Stoller for the Keynote, and I think that the rest of the day we ended up with some very robust,Continue reading “Learning & Teaching Symposium Storify”

Feedbacking.. Blending grids and audio responses to essays

Feedback is the source of substantial anxiety for many University students, and for staff and institutions trying to get it right.. In 2014/5 I tried a method that I had seen elsewhere – audio feedback – but adapted it to fit our context – and to allay some of my concerns about students feeling theyContinue reading “Feedbacking.. Blending grids and audio responses to essays”

Some problems in teaching Buddhism

This is a Prezi I presented a few years back at an HEA event, which picked out some particular issues in the teaching of Buddhism (so it’s a bit more discipline specific than most things on this blog). You can read more over at the The British Association for the Study of Religions’ archive ofContinue reading “Some problems in teaching Buddhism”