Students 'let down' by the academic Luddites

Survey finds that academy is failing to capitalise on new technology. Sarah Cunnane reports Research from the US Department of Education suggests that students studying online tend to outperform those receiving face-to-face tuition; The Open University in the UK has topped 20 million downloads on iTunes U; and, worldwide, social media has overtaken pornography as the number one activity on the web. However, recent statistics from the US show that the academy may be failing…

Chapter Abstract: Manipulating media: developing media studies student’s academic literacy using social media.

Just found out today that this chapter has been (almost certainly!) accepted, book due for publication October 2011 Chapter Title: Manipulating media: developing media studies student’s academic literacy using social media. Abstract: This chapter concerns the use of social media in the teaching of academic literacy to Media Studies undergraduates in a British university. Academic literacy courses cover topics such as referencing, rhetoric, and information literacy and are often unpopular for both students and staff.…

Online Tuition "not second-rate"

Dame Lynne Brindley aims to dispel myths and build on UK's position. Rebecca Attwood writes The idea that online learning is a "poor substitute" for campus provision is a myth, according to the head of the UK's Online Learning Task Force. In a time of hefty cuts to higher education, sceptics will argue that the government's heightened interest in online learning is driven - at least in part - by a desire to cut costs.…

Twitter Ye Not @outtherehq

This morning, looking forward to this session 'Twitter Ye Not' at Outthere, who tweets as @outtherehq! Have a small but perfectly formed audience - hope have pitched it right, and look forward to lots of Q&A, rather than me steaming through a presentation... you still have 15 minutes to make it to the Coffee Shop (opposite the Discovery Centre!) Twitter on Prezi