Showing posts from October, 2009

Workshop: Using Technology in Teaching History

From the History Subject Centre - click on the image for more detail or go here for the pdf.

Academics resistant to e-learning?

An interesting article in today's THE online (thanks Oliver) teases out some of the main reasons why academics might be resistant to 'e-learning': 
when academics saw that their students' technological expertise exceeded their own, their identities as "expert knowledge providers" was underminedthose interviewed believed that face-to-face contact between academic and student was more important than technology, and that e-learning should supplement rather than replace thisI actually think this is based on a misunderstanding of the term 'e-learning', which is quite widely understood as 'doing everything online' - it isn't. Using technology to enhance teaching practice is the same as using a chalkboard - you simply have to learn to use it well and I think that's where the problem really lies: Universities need to provide the structure (especially time) for academic colleagues to be able to engage with the technology creatively in their prof…

Course: e-Submission and plagiarism detection (using Turnitin)

The Central Team have a few places left on the following course:

e-Submission and plagiarism detection (using Turnitin)

Date: 27th Oct 2009
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Learning Centre

If you are interested in attending and want to reserve a please email Pete Rainger:

If you can make this date but want to attend another date please add you name to the register of interest for that course:

Facebook is Good Shock Horror

A recent article ( suggests that Facebook is a valid tool for use at 'College' and that institutions are beginning to accept  the way social networking technology can help bring people together and create a sense of community.

e-Learning Articles (Alt-J)

Latest issue of Alt-J - some interesting articles relating to mobile learning:
Mobile and contextual learning, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme; Mike Sharples Towards an understanding of the virtual context in mobile learning, Sarah Cornelius; Phil MarstonA case of a laptop learning campus: how do technology choices affect perceptions? Jennifer Percival; Nathan Percival Situated learning in the mobile age: mobile devices on a field trip to the sea, Vanessa D. I. Pfeiffer;  Sven Gemballa;  Halszka Jarodzka;  Katharina Scheiter; Peter GerjetsHow can mobile SMS communication support and enhance a first year undergraduate learning environment? Geraldine Jones;  Gabriele Edwards; Alan Reid The value of using short-format podcasts to enhance learning and teaching Catherine Sutton-Brady;  Karen M. Scott;  Lucy Taylor;  Giuseppe Carabetta; Steve Clark Mobile learning for teacher professional learning: benefits, obstacles and issues Peter Aubusson;  Sandy Schuck; Kevin Burden

The Staffordshire Hoard: what is there still to find out?

Spent part of the morning at Birmingham Museum trying to push people out of the way (gently!) in order to see the various hilt fittings, helmet fragments and crosses. Fortunately, this was part of a trip organised by Dr Philippa Semper, Lecturer in Medieval English from our very own English Department  - Philippa was in great demand, and not only from our own party!
Mysteries remain about the hoard - who did it belong to? why and when was it buried - and Philippa speculates on some of these questions in this podcast.

There is one more mystery, though, what is the significance of the snake..?