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)

Does provision of lecture capture affect student satisfaction?

I was asked recently whether there was any evidence to show that provision of lecture captures affects student satisfaction. Whilst many journal articles on lecture capture will affirm that use of captures does positively affect satisfaction, I explore here why simply providing captures (i.e. providing the tool) does not automatically lead to student satisfaction. It’s … Continue reading Does provision of lecture capture affect student satisfaction?

Blended learning with webinars and web conferencing software

Web conferencing may be seen as just for distance learning or business, but there are many opportunities to exploit synchronous online communication for campus-based courses. With the overhead, and often cost, attached to enterprise-level systems, surely we should be exploring ways technologies such as Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate and others can be used, where appropriate, … Continue reading Blended learning with webinars and web conferencing software

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

Durbbu 2016 – Transition to HE and student partnerships

Using VLE sites to support student transition to higher education presented by Regent’s University London and Durham University at #durbbu 2016. Ideas around student partnership in site development and possible opportunities for adaptive inductions. At York we have a number of well-established pre-arrival sites across most departments on our institutional VLE. Recently, with the updating of … Continue reading Durbbu 2016 – Transition to HE and student partnerships

Justifying lecture capture (ALT-C Paper)

I presented ‘Justifying lecture capture: the importance of student experiences in understanding the value of learning technologies’ at ALT-C on 9 September. My main argument was that we need to challenge superficial arguments that support lecture capture, such as ‘it is nice to have’ or ‘aids revision’ by exploring how and why students are incorporating the … Continue reading Justifying lecture capture (ALT-C Paper)

Learning designs with synchronous web conferencing

In this post we explore three ways Collaborate could form part of the learning design for a module and the way different learning experiences are offered by using synchronous online activity. Collaborate is an online seminar tool, and as such allows participants to use video, voice or text chat to communicate without needing to be in … Continue reading Learning designs with synchronous web conferencing

Learning Technologist – Oldest job around?

I don’t write many ‘musing’ posts, but in this one I’ve flung together a few thoughts on the way we all learn to adapt to use technology in our own specific contexts. Defining the learning technologist role There are many definitions of the role, all painting slightly different pictures of what a learning technologist does … Continue reading Learning Technologist – Oldest job around?