#TLCwebinar Reworking The Big Agency as an interactive employability unit #bigag16

Wednesday 10th of May April 2017 12:30-13:30 (UK Time) *Moved from 26th April, as browser issues in universities Find The Big Agency: Blog : Twitter : Facebook The Big Agency is a second year university unit at Manchester Metropolitan University that I’ve been reworking to meet the following description: Creative agencies today are not just looking for creativity; they’re looking for employability. In the agency world, skills such as communication, team working, client relationship building, strategic Continue Reading →

[EVENT] Professor Julie Scott Jones: Tears, Tantrums and Quantitative Methods’: a holistic approach to growing students with @mmu_hssr

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Video in the Classroom

One of the activities that I was involved in at the University of Winchester was looking at the possibility of lecture capture in the classroom, accompanied by many questions of cost, intellectual property, and student attendance. A couple of interesting stories in this week’s Times Higher Education deal with this issue: drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster http://drbexl.co.uk Like it? Share Continue Reading →

[BOOK REVIEW] Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness

Now, here’s an interesting looking book, and this first couple of paragraphs sums up a lot: The relationship between academics and Wikipedia is a complex one. At one level we love it: however much some of us may deny it, we all use it, at the very least as a route to other information, and often as a way to start to get an idea about something new. At another level we hate it, knowing Continue Reading →

GoogleGlass in the Classroom

We’ve had a GoogleGlass in CODEC since the summer, but it’s not been used to much acclaim by the team, but this is an interesting experiment where it seems to be contributing to university teaching: Academics exploring uses of the device’s in-built camera unexpectedly found that wearing the head-mounted display broke down barriers between staff and students. “There was a coolness factor that I really appreciated and, in a way, I felt it brought me Continue Reading →

Can students learn study skills?

Interesting. I got to meet Graham a couple of times before I left Winchester, and he’s producing some really interesting content (as is the FASTECH project): So what does “improving ­students” actually consist of? “How to” guides on study skills – how to take notes, how to structure an essay and so on – contain what appears to be sound enough advice (although the similarity between them is both striking and s­uspicious). However, attempts to Continue Reading →

Sage on the Stage.. no more…

A conference I wish I’d been able to attend, although Martin Bean has got the phrase slightly wrong: In the conference’s opening speech, Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of The Open University, also urged institutions and academics to “deconstruct and reconstruct” their approach to teaching. Scholars should move away from the traditional “sage on the stage” approach to lectures and instead become “the coach on the side”, using interactive technology to engage with students, he said. Platforms Continue Reading →