Videos to support learning in MOOCs

In this article I consider why videos and other multimedia that enable narrative and storytelling are prevalent in the learning design of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). During the last #LTHEchat on hybrid learning spaces, there was a side-discussion on the significance of the internet and how it allows for new types of learning to occur within it … Continue reading Videos to support learning in MOOCs

Durbbu 2016 – Solution to Perennial Presentation Problems

This is a  quick summary of a case study at Durham University presented by Elaine Tan at #durbbu 2016, utilising the institutional video platform to support formative feedback on student presentations. There is a common problem on degree programmes: the student presentation. It’s a problem because too often students are expected to undertake presentations without … Continue reading Durbbu 2016 – Solution to Perennial Presentation Problems

November 2015 – Work review

This month it’s flipping classrooms with a webinar on flipped learning pedagogy. I promoted the use of in-class technology to capture handwritten learning materials and create video learning resources. I also wrote up my top tips for creating videos for the flipped classroom teaching model. Flipping webinars I delivered the first of a two-part webinar … Continue reading November 2015 – Work review

Recording videos for incoming students and the transition to higher education

As part of an institutional-wide project on the Transition to Higher Education, I presented a few months back on an approach to create videos to help students understand what a subject entails at university-level. One of the biggest challenges that some subjects have is that they are not taught at A Level, which means for the vast majority of their students they are starting from scratch. Simply getting a basic understanding of what the subject is, and more importantly why it is relevant for today’s society (and careers), is a key part of both the recruitment and transition experience.

Guide: Facebook profile privacy – controlling your online presence

One of our lecturers is trialling the use of Facebook with our undergraduates this year. The rationale is to provide a space where student from other institutions can interact, something that cannot be achieved with our VLE due to the locked-down nature of it. In preparation for this, we wanted to ensure that students were prepared and aware of how to restrict information that is on their Facebook profile. Hence, a 10 minute video guide pointing out the locations of Facebook privacy settings.

Reflections on parallel sessions: Video feedback to students (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post is a summary of one of the parallel sessions at the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference. It focuses on providing assignment feedback via short videos recorded by academic tutors.

Social media outsourcing can be embedded (Reflections on Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)

The archaic need to keep users on your site and your site only, really isn’t relevant for modern web usage. The latest contribution from Jakob Nielsen ‘Social Media Outsourcing Can Be Risky‘, should certainly not put you off using social media and networks within your business. My argument here goes against his snapshot that social media causes lower usability and less user loyalty. If anything, it increases usability and develops new user loyalties.