Reflections on parallel sessions: Ensuring learning design (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post is a reaction to one of the parallel sessions at the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference. As Learning Technologists (LT), we often run the risk of being stuck between ensuring sound pedagogical practice and accommodating the wants of senior managers. None more so when distance learning is presented as a solution to addressing problems of over-crowding, over-working, and over-expenditure.

Web redesign: Why bother?

Starting a website redesign project before establishing clear goals and objectives, is a bit like driving a 1987 Ford Fiesta through a mountain range with iffy brakes and no steering wheel. The road will be bumpy and before long you’ll have a sore head and be rusting in the forecourt of a Little Chef. If you can’t confidently answer ‘Why bother?’ then a web redesign is probably only the tip of your problems my friend.