I’ve been interested recently in investigating new conference formats, and have found this years Edge conference to be particularly inspiring. Those of us working in Educational Technologies have spent many years standing up in rooms, talking at people for an hour, about how we shouldn’t stand up in rooms and talk at people for an…Continue Reading Conferences: are we getting it wrong?
Learning Spaces, the new frontier…
I was rather pleased to be the keynote speaker at Newcastle University’s Learning Technology event last week. I was asked to present City’s Learning Spaces project, and it was a great opportunity to promote the work we are doing, and share our experiences with the wider academic community. The event was attended by academics, Learning…Continue Reading Learning Spaces, the new frontier…
Giving iPads to students: crazy, genius or both? A three year retrospective
Three years ago in July 2010 shortly after the worldwide launch of the iPad1 the University of Minnesota hit the press for announcing that they would be providing all 450 first year students in their school of education with iPads. This quickly made national and then international news. Three years on they are still providing…Continue Reading Giving iPads to students: crazy, genius or both? A three year retrospective
Digital Badges: Why ?
I attended an interesting session at the ELI conference last week, by Penn State University in the US about the ways in which they had been using digital badges with students and staff. Digital badges are a way of awarding a digital certificate in the form of a badge to a student or member of…Continue Reading Digital Badges: Why ?
Robots Invaded my Conference!
I spent last week at ELI in New Orleans, the US eLearning Conference run by Educause. My main purpose for attending was to find out more about what US institutions are doing with Learning Spaces, but as always with ELI I learned so much more, everything was interesting from Robot participants to Neurology lectures. While…Continue Reading Robots Invaded my Conference!
I spent yesterday at BETT (the British Educational Training and Technology Show). BETT is a giant exhibition for vendors of Educational Technologies. I went along with colleagues from IS and PAF to investigate classroom technologies. This year I found some really innovative solutions to provide power in flexible spaces, and for capturing whiteboards, however the most…Continue Reading BETT 2014
Sofas in Lecture Theatres, a good idea???
In my new role of Learning Spaces lead for the LDC, my first task was to join members of the properties and facilities department on a visit last week to Loughborough University to take a look first hand at their innovative lecture spaces. The estates department is currently redeveloping the City University campus, and a…Continue Reading Sofas in Lecture Theatres, a good idea???
SLE: Inspiring Practice Case-study @ City
This blog post is designed to compliment the session – “Inspiring Practice at your Institution”, at the Changing the Learning Landscape event in London on 26th November 2013 in London. On the day a range of City staff will deliver short presentations about their participation and role in a particularly busy year at City, where…Continue Reading SLE: Inspiring Practice Case-study @ City
Moodle video: Analytics steal the show
Using online videos for education is fast becoming one of the ways in which lecturers can really share the outside world with students or demonstrate challenging concepts. Video management and publishing are therefore, becoming a core part of the modern day university – from teaching and learning, video assignments, and management of lecture capture content…Continue Reading Moodle video: Analytics steal the show
Join the academe versus research debate
The Learning and Development Centre, as always, is holding an autumn research methods and skills development day on the 4th of December. These events provide excellent opportunities for staff members to share their experiences and network with colleagues. Primarily this is aimed at providing City University London’s doctoral students the opportunity to learn from accomplished researchers…Continue Reading Join the academe versus research debate