Year: 2016

Video for learning: Mediaspace enhancements

Welcome to the third blog post in my series on enhancements to the video and audio tools available to staff and students at City, University of London. In this post I will be discussing some of the general feature enhancements that have been brought to Mediaspace, and some suggestions for how they can be used….Continue Reading Video for learning: Mediaspace enhancements

Leading Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education: Report and Interactive Toolkit

Leading Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education, a summary report and interactive toolkit written by Professors Linda Evans and Neil Morris from the University of Leeds. It is a research-informed checklist for stakeholders including institutional leaders and managers, learning technologists, academic developers and e-learning champions, as they prepare for, develop, deliver and evaluate change in…Continue Reading Leading Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education: Report and Interactive Toolkit

Video for learning: interactivity

In this series of blog posts I am looking through the enhancements to Mediaspace, City’s online platform for creating, sharing and publishing educational video, which have been implemented this summer. One of the chief enhancements is the launch of the Video Quiz, a completely new tool in Mediaspace, which is accessble either through or…Continue Reading Video for learning: interactivity

Innovations in STEM teaching

Earlier this year, I attended the HEA STEM 2016 conference. This post details some of the highlights from the event. With a conference theme centred around inspiring, supporting and sharing excellent practice in STEM teaching and learning, I was particularly interested in sessions that focused on innovations in STEM teaching. I found inspiration at ones run…Continue Reading Innovations in STEM teaching

Academic study skills workshops

Woman reading in Library

Are you keen for your students to develop their writing skills or improve their referencing? Then tell them about the wide-ranging series of lunchtime study skills workshops that LEaD are offering this autumn. See the full timetable here. Next week’s sessions are –  Monday. 3rd Oct. – Referencing and avoiding plagiarism, 1:00 – 1:50 in C302 Tuesday…Continue Reading Academic study skills workshops

Video for learning: new tools for staff

The Educational Technology Team are passionate about helping staff and students at City get the most out of tools for teaching and learning. In particular, this summer we have been working hard to upgrade and improve the Mediaspace platform which allows staff and students to create, publish and share educational video and multimedia. In a…Continue Reading Video for learning: new tools for staff

A group for writing

First Weds and Thurs of every month, in B310

Following this year’s Learning at City conference, a few members of LEaD have set up a writing group. The idea is to provide a supportive community and environment for City academics and Professional Services staff to find some time to write, pick up new tips or techniques, or to gain support in writing for the…Continue Reading A group for writing

A Law student’s perspective of Learning and Teaching

I was recently given the opportunity to arrange a student panel for a Law learning and teaching day and thought it would be helpful to share  some of the recommendations made by these students as well as tips on how to make student panels work. Panels are a great opportunity to look at a subject from…Continue Reading A Law student’s perspective of Learning and Teaching

Social Media Training for Academics: What not to do

A guest post by Emma Kennedy of Queen Mary, University of London I’m sure many readers have seen the Guardian’s recent Academics Anonymous piece, entitled, “I’m a serious academic, not a professional Instagrammer”.  I was struck especially by the piece’s defensive tone. I suspect that behind much ridicule of social media lies a fear about…Continue Reading Social Media Training for Academics: What not to do

Finding time to write

This month’s LEaD Writing Group focused on one of the principal challenges when it comes to writing –  finding time to do it. As Eviatar Zerubavel (1999) observes, we can have a romantic vision of the bohemian writer scribbling away furiously when inspiration seizes them. However, reality often shows that this is a myth. Most writers…Continue Reading Finding time to write