Showing posts from March, 2009

Free Event: Mobile Learning in Higher Education

Mobile Learning in Higher Education - the 1st LearnHigher M-Posium

This one-day event aims to gather researchers, and other creative practitioners whose work focuses on mobile learning. The aim of the m-posium is for practitioners and guests to share good practice and to learn from the key themes that emerge from individual experiences.

The symposium will be structured around all contributors leading a discussion outlining their experiences and sharing their successes. We will also be exploring the difficulties encountered along with issues around the further embedding of good m-learning practice. The event is being supported by the Information and Computer Sciences Subject Centre who will be talking to us on the day about the national picture.

Contributions from the day will be documented and collated into a printed brochure to be distributed across the sector informing others about developments in m-learning and issues for consideration in the embedding of m-learning pr…

Presentation on Echo360 25th March 2009, 12.30pm-1.15pm

As part of an ongoing series of Medical Education Research Seminars, Dr John Couperthwaite, Manager of the Education Technology Team in the Medical Education Unit, will be giving a presentation on: "Effective use of Echo360 and other capture techniques in large- and small-scale teaching settings: perceptions of students, academic staff and developers"

The Echo360 website claims that this is the "industry-leading platform that automatically, affordably, and reliably captures class lectures and converts them into podcasts, video, rich media, and more for anytime, anywhere playback." Make your own minds up on:

Wednesday 25th March 2009, 12.30pm-1.15pm @ PDC Lecture Room 1, The Medical School

Please confirm your attendance to either Justine Carolan ( or Wendy Trevis-Smith ( so that catering can be ordered.

A one day national conference at Staffordshire University; 1st June 2009

Technology Supported Learning in the 21st Century: Issues and Paradigms in Transformative Tertiary Education 2009

Conference Themes:
Creative cultures: Sustaining transformative organisational ecosystems in which creativity and flexibility flourishLearner-led models: Issues and new paradigms in course design and assessmentAcademic2.0?: Evolving academic identity and practiceMore details at the conference web site.

Classic joke of the day

A doctor was talking to a patient. "Doctor," the patient says, "Whenever I get up after a sleep, I feel dizzy then I'm all right." "Then wait before getting up," said the doctor.

Classic joke of the day

An intellectual bought a pair of pants. But he could hardly put them on because they were too tight. So he got rid of the hair around his legs.

Classic joke of the day

An absent-minded professor is asked by a friend to bring back two 15-year-old slave boys from his trip abroad, and replies "fine, and if I can't find two 15-year-olds I will bring you one 30-year-old."

Classic joke of the day

A barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor take a journey together. They have to camp overnight, so decide to take turns watching the luggage.

When it's the barber's turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor.

When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says "You idiot, you've woken the bald man instead of me!"

Don't blame me - Professor Mary Beard has been examining the manuscript of "Philogelos", the oldest collection of jokes. And I'm on holiday from friday, so expect a joke a day this week...

How important is an 'online profile' for academics?

This is a question raised by this blog post. Although the writer uses the terms 'branding' and 'portfolio control' which try to force the debate into some professionalised business/corporate context, the idea of scholars consciously beginning to develop an online profile in order to anticipate the inevitable academic landscape of the future is, for me, convincing. What this might mean is "presenting a simple CV and list of courses taught, to linking to research, hosting a discussion for a recently released book, to an ongoing conversation about current events . . .The point is you want a space you control." 
I'm not sure about the solutions offered in the blog post (start with a blog!), but I think it is a reasoned contribution to the argument for academics to increase engagement with the online landscape. 
Thanks Oliver for the heads up on this one.

Edupunk? Fearless!

Here's a beautiful example of what can be done with easily available and user-friendly equipment, a dash of motivation and a heaped spoonful of creativity.  I like to think of this approach as Edupunk - and I just thought it was really about time the wider world got to see: 

Thanks Katherine :-) 

6th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: Communities of Practice to promote creative online learning

As you can see from the photograph, participants in this session were very lively and, in the open spirit of Web 2.0, they readily agreed to have their comments included here... 
Anyway, the presentation was part of the strand "Learning Environments and Learning Communities from the future" and was entitled: "Fostering communities of practice to enable creative, technology-enhanced learning in a UK research-led Higher Education institution." After the main presentation, participants formed small groups and addressed four questions about engagement and sustainability for online learning and teaching within the University. Here are the four questions, the feedback and a link to the more detailed feedback in a podcast. 
1. What are the main issues around motivation for staff in HE to enhance their digital literacy skills? 
Students pushing for change is one driverTime is a constant issueFear of change2. What are the barriers to increased use of technologies for learning …

"If it's ever spring again"

Main Campus this morning

If it's ever spring again,
Spring again, I shall go where went I when Down the moor-cock splashed, and hen, Seeing me not, amid their flounder, Standing with my arm around her; If it's ever spring again, Spring again, I shall go where went I then.
(Thomas Hardy)