Stop attacking technology

There are a lot of articles, twitter threads and the like flying around a few weeks ago about the alleged impact of technology on shall we say the ‘quality’ of learning? There was #LTHEchat on lecture capture, and a lot of anecdotes about lecture capture encouraging superficial learning (box set mentality) circulate regularly. The lack […]

Keele Seminar

I gave a seminar at Keele University (my own uni) yesterday. I decided to present two works in progress (WIPs) rather than any complete thing. I read somewhere that presenting before you’re ready with the completely polished final thing was a useful way to get some feedback and drive your thinking about a project so […]

Spooky Slimey Vampire Science

Last Saturday we did the ‘Spooktacular’ science outreach event at Keele University Hub. If my recollections are correct, it’s the 6th Spooktacular I’ve taken part in and the 5th where I’ve designed and run activities with the help of student volunteers. The audience is families with wee kids, typically primary aged so there has to […]

Poster: Alternative Assessments #ViCEPHEC17

This is my poster for #ViCEPHEC17 on a range of assessments through 3 years of the chemistry curriculum. It was a surprisingly difficult poster to put together as there was so much I wanted to include. In the end I focussed on the general skills developed rather than the specifics of each assignment. One of […]

Poster: NMR Diagnostic Test #ViCEPHEC17

One purpose of this blog post is to provide additional materials for my poster at Variety in Chemistry Education 2017. This is the third of three posters presented this year on our NMR diagnostic test project. It’s a subset of a larger project but the NMR results have been quite interesting and I’ve also been […]

Better Ed Tech Solutions

It’s course prep season here. It’s fun. Sort of. I’m looking forward to term starting. Kind of. I’m doing everything the same as last year. Not really. I’m frustrated that there’s no ed tech tools that do what I need them to. Totally. Screencast Presentations: After last academic year’s wee ‘oh shit I broke the VLE […]

Colourful Chemistry Or Not

I have been reading about how colour vision deficiency (colour blindness) can cause issues for people. I was very interested in this article (http://colororacle.org/resources/2007_JennyKelso_ColorDesign_lores.pdf) and several others about the difficulties in reading certain graphics and maps when red-blue colour scales are used. For example, temperature anomaly charts are often red-white-blue with red being hotter than […]

Concepts, Calculations and Confusion

I’ve been trying to straighten out a few things in my head with regard to conceptual understanding of topics.  Prompted by numerous yet isolated things, I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of several frustrations I have when it comes to assessing learning. Some can’t work out how to answer the question when it […]