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.

Reflections on parallel sessions: Approaches to engaging staff through case studies (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post presents a short overview of a parallel session from the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference.This session was mainly about pedagogical templates used to both describe and design models of learning from face-to-face through to wholly distance. It also included descriptions on how case-studies and questionnaires have been implemented as a way to engage staff.

Reflections on parallel sessions: Student-centred induction (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post presents a short overview of a parallel session from the Durham Blackboard Users Conference. This session outlined an approach to student induction and preparation for online study on a distance learning course.

Session: ‘Three steps to success’ by Nichola Hayes, University of Leicester.

Reflections: Concepts of Location, Mobility and Mobile Learning – Second Keynote (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

In this second keynote lecture of the Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011, Professor John Traxler began by challenging the notion that elearning allows learning ‘anywhere, anytime’, and that it is infact not wholly true. There remains unresolved considerations, including sociological issues, to implementing mobile learning. I present here some of his key messages interwoven with my own interpretations.

Rewiring Inclusion: strategies, tools and techniques to promote barrier-free learning (JISC/ALT Conference on Accessibility) [Short report]

Report back on attendance of JISC TechDis / ALT conference ‘Rewiring Inclusion: Strategies, tools and techniques to promote barrier-free learning’, Nottingham, 9th Feb 2010. Matt Cornock, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York. Funded by University of York FELT RRF.