[ABSTRACT] In the world but not of it: Keep Calm and Carry On

Topic: Uses of popular culture by religious groups The ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster, designed by the British Government in 1939 as a response to war, has become global cultural icon of the early twenty-first century, drawing a nostalgic response for a time ‘when we all pulled together’ in the current time of economic crisis. This paper considers what Christians have contributed to, and drawn from, fan culture around this poster, as part of Continue Reading →

Abstract: Programming Collaborative Learning

Name: Dr Bex Lewis Conference: Exploring collaborative learning in Higher Education media education programmes The HEA funded TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment) has worked across 22 programmes in 8 universities. TESTA has built a community of practice (CoP) interested in assessment and feedback processes at a sector level. FASTECH is a new JISC-funded project which builds upon this CoP, and starting with 15 core programmes, seeks to use standard technologies that have already been Continue Reading →

Abstract for #ALTC2012: Seeking to improve NSS Scores in Assessment and Feedback utilising Technological Solutions

This paper is in the submission process, so we don’t know if it’s been accepted yet.  Key Theme: Openness and Sharing Type of Paper: Short paper (12 mins + 8 for questions) Intended Audience: Conference delegates working, or intending to work, in cross-institutional projects, and also those with an interest in the contribution that technology can make to assessment and feedback are likely to be interested. Intended Outcomes: Conference delegates will gain an insight into Continue Reading →

Paper Abstract for @Pelecon12: Digitising Programme by Programme

In April, we have the annual Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference. The following abstract has been accepted: Abstract: FASTECH is a new JISC-funded project building on a new body of knowledge about staff and student experiences of assessment and feedback, collected from over 22 degree programmes in 8 universities through the HEA-funded TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment) project. From this baseline data we have identified many common and distinctive disciplinary challenges facing students Continue Reading →

Engaging in the Digital: Hell or Paradise? (Talk Submission #GB12 (2))

Talk submission to Greenbelt for 2012. Engaging in the Digital: Hell or Paradise? Harnessing the Digital to Create Bigger Bible Conversations The digital brings different possibilities for engaging with the Bible, via smartphones and social media. For some this digital world is hell, for others it is paradise, but it is the reality for most in our world, and therefore Christians need to engage with it. We’ll identify a number of positive examples as the basis Continue Reading →

Finding Your Own Digital Paradise (Talk Submission for #GB12)

Talk submission to Greenbelt for 2012. Finding Your Own Digital Paradise: Tribes, Digital Sabbaths & Crowd-Sourced Worship Panel Session: Is there such a thing as ‘digital paradise’? How does the digital allow us to do things differently? Who do we connect with and not get lost in a Christian bubble? How do we ensure that we gain from partaking, rather than getting exhausted? Confirmed contributors: Dr Bex Lewis, Rev Joanne Cox, Bryony Taylor & crowd-sourced content Continue Reading →

#CfP Abstract Submission: Encouraging Faith Voices in Digital Spaces

Media, Religion, Culture Conference 2012 http://mrc.anadolu.edu.tr/ Format: Presentation, leading to discussion. I was alerted to this conference at the weekend, and had about 24 hours to pull together a conference proposal. We’ll see if this ticks any of the right boxes…  We live in a ‘digital age’, in a world that is increasingly defined and shaped by the digital. When we talk about ‘unplugging’, we are giving the impression that the effects of digital culture Continue Reading →

Getting in on the Twitter Action? Using Social Media to Build Your Professional Network #altc2011

Themes: Broad Tents & Strange Bedfellows; Making Things Happen (ALTC11) This paper has been accepted. This paper reports on attempts by a digital steward (Wenger, White and Smith 2009) within a university to increase her expertise in the deployment of social media for education (Conole and Alevizo 2010), through collaboration by means of social media with digital stewards in other institutions. The development of collaborative communities can be described with the framework of ideas associated Continue Reading →