Year: 2013

Please move the furniture

Moving the furniture has traditionally been a source of frustration for users of our learning spaces in terms of needing more flexible spaces, having time in sessions to move furniture and leaving rooms in a state fit for the next occupants.  A number of rooms have been equipped with node chairs. However, in response to very positive…Continue Reading Please move the furniture

Swivel Seating in New Lecture Theatre

  BLG07 is the first lecture theatre at City that contains swivel seating.  This space enables students to participate in interactive lectures including bringing their own devices to work on, moving between activities and working in groups within the space.  Seating in this lecture theatre is alternately fixed and swivelling with two rows of seats…Continue Reading Swivel Seating in New Lecture Theatre

New Learning Spaces

City’s first lecture theatre decked out with vibrant orange swivel seating enabling students to work interactively and in groups during lectures is now available to use.  This room comprises a suite of colourful flexible learning spaces and break out areas all containing furniture that can be moved around and walls that can be written on…Continue Reading New Learning Spaces

Coffee Morning

The LDC is joining forces with Learning Success and Student Counselling.  To begin working together, the team got to know each other through a coffee morning in late September.  This gave individuals a chance to meet, drink coffee and also discuss what our new area should be called.  As the date coincided with the Macmillan…Continue Reading Coffee Morning

ISSOTL13 Conference 2nd – 5th October Raleigh USA

The ISSOTL conference provides a forum for scholarly conversations about teaching and learning in higher education. The conference this year had some 600 participants from fifteen countries to focus on the theme of Critical Transitions in Teaching and Learning. Papers covered a range of areas including the issues of undertaking inquiry in the class, involving…Continue Reading ISSOTL13 Conference 2nd – 5th October Raleigh USA

Moodle 2: Marking Strategies

There are several ways to mark on moodle. In this blog I will list three ways in which this is possible. Mark Moodle Assignments Using a Marking Record A marking record is very similar to a rubric, but it’s even more simpler. For each marking criterion, a comment explains what is being sought, and provides…Continue Reading Moodle 2: Marking Strategies

Moodle 2: Ideas for Innovative Assignments

Our educational technology team have identified a number of tools that can be used to help build innovative assessments in your modules. These can be seen in the diagram below. For more ideas, visit our website link here. Tool Available from Types of assessment City Blogs is a service for staff and students to bloAg…Continue Reading Moodle 2: Ideas for Innovative Assignments

Understanding formative and summative assessments

What are formative and summative assessments? As per wikipedia – Formative assessment or diagnostic testing is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures employed by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment.[1] It typically involves qualitative feedback (rather than scores) for both student and…Continue Reading Understanding formative and summative assessments

Moodle 2: Embedding twitter(social media) into your module

What are the benefits of using social media for students? Embedding social media into modules can make your students want to: engage with your module much more be able to easily network with their peers and personal tutor be more receptive to receiving new types of information Why is it important to have social media…Continue Reading Moodle 2: Embedding twitter(social media) into your module

Moodle 2: How to make personal tutorial appointments with your students

Moodle 2 has an integrated system called the Scheduler which can help you set up one-to-one appointments with your students, but I am told you can also set up group appointments if you have created groups on your course. Could this be the end of notices placed on your doors which students fail to see? If…Continue Reading Moodle 2: How to make personal tutorial appointments with your students