Showing posts from March, 2008

Open Courseware in UK: U-Now (University of Nottingham)

U-Now sees the University of Nottingham become (as far as I am aware) the first University in the UK to make collections of educational materials freely available via the Web (and for downloading and for use - and sometimes modification - in, for example, our own VLE). The resources are drawn from widely across the University, but relevant to the Arts are the following (click 'view resource' in the 'file details' box on the right of the screen):

Linguistics: Descriptive Linguistic Analysis, Literary Linguistics, Language and Gender (under the heading 'distance learning material')
Languages: what looks like a really excellent French language 'one stop shop', German grammatical problem areas, Mandarin, Historical Skills: dating documents, using archives, weights and measurementsInformation Skills: citing references

Comics for Learning and Teaching

No, Bill Hicks and Tommy Cooper haven't risen and donned mortar boards - what I'm talking about here is the graphic medium in which words and images are utilised in order to convey a narrative (thanks Wikipedia). This started when I came across these REALLY easy to use online comic-strip creators (go on, try one!):
But, for Learning and Teaching? Well, a brief search found Comics: A Multi-dimensional Teaching Aid..., which convincingly outlines a number of reasons and pedagogical uses of comics (and offers some nice references to follow up). Also, my esteemed colleague and Learning Advisor, Marios, has created such a resource which focuses on introductory critical thinking skills, which you can have a look at here.

Online flashcards for those necessary rote learning tasks

Knowtes calls itself a flashcard-based learning community - with an 'adaptive learning engine', which means that it adjusts how often you repeat study cards based on how well you've done on previous attempts. This looks fantastic for such as languages - although at the moment there's not so much here (a fair bit of Spanish language and an esteemed colleague who's learning Spanish has been engrossed since finding the site!). Still, I suppose this is a typical Web 2.0 idea, whereby we the community will populate the cards - where the framework for development is there and if you wish to learn something yourself, why not help others to learn it, too, by using the site as your own learning space...