Face time with students in the digital age @Kevin_Fong

Contact time, contact time, contact time – v interesting from Kevin Fong. Now we all know that contact hours aren’t everything. Even the Quality Assurance Agency folk point out that they are but one element in the assessment of the quality of a course. And they are very clear that “contact” can take many forms. Lectures obviously qualify, but field trips, seminars and tutorials – even dance classes are offered up as acceptable alternative forms Continue Reading →

#JISCExperts14: Overview of #DigitalParenting

25 minutes session, at which group delegates choose 2/3 sessions to attend: #JISCExperts14 Raising Children in a Digital Age – April 2014 from Bex Lewis The day’s agenda. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

The Online Classroom?

This looks like a really interesting piece, which I’d like to read in full… but I suspect of interest to a lot of people working in e-learning particularly: The time comes for most teachers to face something they think they cannot do. Such a time came for me in 1993, when a guest speaker at the college where I had been teaching for 20 years invited the faculty to prepare courses for our then-developing online Continue Reading →

[TEACHING] Media: The Impact on Children and Young People

Today’s teaching session at Oasis College, London: Youth & Social Media, Oasis College 2013 from Bex Lewis Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

Lectures Still of Value?

Really interested in the debates about teaching styles, especially re: lectures: By the 1970s, educational scholar Donald Bligh had written one of the first comprehensive reviews of the research evidence about teaching in higher education, a book titled What’s the Use of Lectures? It was comprehensively damning. Although there are a number of pedagogic systems that almost every research study has found to be more effective than the conventional alternatives, for the lecture-based approach the reverse is Continue Reading →

[BOOK REVIEW] Digital Dieting

This looks like an interesting read: That’s the ideal, anyway. In her book Digital Dieting, Tara Brabazon highlights how precarious this model of learning has suddenly become in the aftermath of the post-1980s technological revolution. (Before that, all lecturers had to worry about was the introduction of the printing press, making dictation by candlelight unnecessary, and forcing them to raise their game a bit when actually interacting with students.) If you want to feel frustrated and anxious Continue Reading →

MOOCs: Adding Value?

There once was a conference … on MOOCs (#Klaxon): He told Times Higher Education that improving the quality of online tuition could be one way to make savings in countries such as Germany that have less private university funding. “We don’t have tuition fees or any large private institutions – but we still have the same drivers: the German government needs to save money, institutions need to save money.” He added that German universities should move towards Continue Reading →