Beyond the higher education bubble – a new role

Last month I took up a new role as Online CPD Coordinator for STEM Learning Ltd. at the National STEM Learning Centre. For the first time in my career I will be working outside of higher education. There are obvious similarities, in particular the opportunity to work closely with subject experts to create valuable learning … Continue reading Beyond the higher education bubble – a new role

A bad worker blames their tools – does the same apply to learning technology?

The old proverb ‘a bad workman blames his tools’ refers to an individual who, in doing something poorly, decides to blame the tool they have used rather than accept their own failings (OED definition). How many times have we (learning technologists) heard grumblings from colleagues and students (and indeed grumbled ourselves) at the inadequacies of … Continue reading A bad worker blames their tools – does the same apply to learning technology?

Student activity for deep learning and engagement – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 6)

Continuing my series of blog posts exploring ‘Inspiring Students: Case Studies in Motivating the Learner’, this post looks at a case study from Mark W Teale which puts students’ independent study of case examples at the centre of the learning experience. Reconsidering the role of face-to-face teaching The aspect of this case study I wish … Continue reading Student activity for deep learning and engagement – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 6)

Motivation through collaboration with ownership, challenge and reflection – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 5b)

I’m continuing my reference to a case study by John R Savery (1999) in ‘Inspiring Students: Case Studies in Motivating the Learner’ (see previous blog post in this series), as there were three aspects to engaging and motivating learners that I wanted to explore further. As part of a suggested approach to lead students to … Continue reading Motivation through collaboration with ownership, challenge and reflection – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 5b)

Creative ways to present work digitally

A few weeks ago now I asked the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) community for their suggestions for how students (and lecturers too) could present work digitally in a creative medium. In essence, I wanted to know what approaches had been used to present work beyond simply endless paragraphs of text. I harvested these case … Continue reading Creative ways to present work digitally

Motivation through collaboration by reducing technical barriers – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 5a)

Continuing my look at some of the learning and teaching themes posed over a decade ago in ‘Inspiring Students: Case Studies in Motivating the Learner’, in this post I pick one aspect of a case study presented by John R Savery (1999). My overall point is that educators must be sensitive to the range of digital … Continue reading Motivation through collaboration by reducing technical barriers – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 5a)

Problem-based learning – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 4)

Problem-based learning (PBL) shifts the responsibility for learning firmly onto the student. Whilst the educator acts as a facilitator, providing an initial brief, stimulus materials and devising problems to solve, the students must decide what materials to use, what to learn, and how to approach the problem. As Peter Ommundsen describes in the fourth chapter … Continue reading Problem-based learning – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 4)

Learning through writing – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 3)

In this revisit of ‘Inspiring Students: Case Studies in Motivating the Learner’, I take the ideas presented by Calvin S. Kalman in a case study exploring collaborative group work and writing-to-learn approaches. As with the other posts in this series, I will try to avoid repeating the detail of the case study but instead look … Continue reading Learning through writing – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 3)

Curiosity of context – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 2)

Continuing my reading of ‘Inspiring Students: Case Studies in Motivating the Learner’, in this post I look at the case study presented by Stephen Fallows and Kemal Ahmet where architecture and design students undertook ‘experiential practicals’. Fallows and Ahmet argued that there can be a challenge to motivate students to engage with scientific concepts in … Continue reading Curiosity of context – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 2)

Factors of student motivation – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 1)

In this series of blog posts I take a look back at case studies presented in ‘Inspiring Students: Case Studies in Motivating the Learner’ edited by Stephen Fallows and Kemal Ahmet, published by Kogan Page in 1999 as part of the SEDA series of books. The reason for looking at these case studies is to … Continue reading Factors of student motivation – Revisiting Case Studies in Motivating the Learner (Part 1)