Category: Learning Technologies

Using the TREC model to add active learning to your online sessions

A woman trekker stands at the top of a hill

  Across the week of 19th to 23rd April, I attended a number of sessions as part of the Active Learning Network’s Global Festival of Active Learning. These ranged from drawing circles, faces and rainbows as part of an open creative studio to taking part in an online escape room. However the session I found…Continue Reading Using the TREC model to add active learning to your online sessions

LEaD Digital Education at City

Digital Education, the new name for the Educational Technology Team within LEaD Introducing LEaD Digital Education The LEaD Educational Technology Team have a new name! In light of the changes that have occurred over the past year and the increase in prominence of digital education both at City and across the education sector, we thought…Continue Reading LEaD Digital Education at City

Learning and teaching, reimagined

Jisc DigiFest 2021 logo

Digifest, now online With Jisc being an aggregator of much that happens in the digital education space across the UK higher education (HE) sector – from the Janet network and learning analytics to exploring the intelligent campus and the digital capabilities framework – their annual Digifest is typically the live event where a lot of…Continue Reading Learning and teaching, reimagined

LEaD Light Lunch – Talking about online learning and teaching

Coloured in Mandala

  The idea behind the LEaD Light lunch sessions was to ask academic and professional colleagues to give short informal talks on topics relating to digital technology and online teaching.  Another reason was to build up an online community that could support reflective practice as well as help with working in isolation  (something I wrote…Continue Reading LEaD Light Lunch – Talking about online learning and teaching

Virtual Moots – Challenges and Opportunities

Students meeting to Moot

I was fortunate enough to partake in the Moots again this year. This is my third year running and I am pleased to be able to help my colleagues at CLS to help students in the mooting process. This year will always be a memorable year in that most courses have had to move to…Continue Reading Virtual Moots – Challenges and Opportunities

Is chat where it’s at? 

With the rapid shift to online teaching, it is easy to forget that we’re now communicating with our students via software that was, in many cases, designed for business meetings rather than for education.  A key feature of some of these platforms (a Microsoft Teams Meeting, for example) is dual-stream communication: speech and text in parallel, in the form of a spoken presentation and a chat thread.  But…Continue Reading Is chat where it’s at? 

Preparing nursing students for placement in mental health hospitals

There are a limited number of resources available to students to prepare them for working in mental health units and understanding the experience of patients [service users]. This Moodle module for Mental Health Nursing at City follows a student’s digital experience into a hospital placement, with an interactive guide that allows students to open doors that takes…Continue Reading Preparing nursing students for placement in mental health hospitals

New Learning Analytics Pilot System to help identify students needing support

Pic of learning analytics

LEaD and IT have launched a new Learning Analytics Pilot System, to help staff identify students who may not be engaging with their studies, in order to provide them with tailored support.  The dashboard provides staff with Moodle engagement data and formal assessment results. Work is also underway to incorporate other data sources, such as attendance.   The…Continue Reading New Learning Analytics Pilot System to help identify students needing support

How can we teach our Labs online?

Screenshot of remote practicals presentation

Moving to remote practicals for Engineers “We knew drawing on expertise from elsewhere in the sector would be necessary to help us to address this significant challenge at City, but Sheffield colleagues surpassed all our expectations by working with us to deliver a tailored workshop for our Engineering Department. We were very fortunate to be…Continue Reading How can we teach our Labs online?

On AI Labs, mobiles for barristers, and co-created infographics

Early design ideas for AI lab

The post below is a transcript of a closing keynote I gave at a UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) workshop in November 2019. It contains three case studies of how LEaD have worked with City academics on educational development or enhancement activities. I’ve published it here to add to LEaD’s new Case Studies archive,…Continue Reading On AI Labs, mobiles for barristers, and co-created infographics