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 […]

We need to discuss Failure Bragging

It’s nearly resit season, and even when it’s not, how many times do we hear a student leave an assessment bragging about how much they’ve failed it. Of course, we don’t actually consider it bragging, I’m not sure what we do consider it. Is it a veiled form of apology for considering one’s efforts to […]

Doing your own assessments

I have been producing sample work this past year for the distance learning courses at the request of the Shadow Teacher. For the first item, an essay plan, providing sample work has resulted in a significant improvement in the work submitted over last year. It is probably more essential in Transnational education to be extremely […]

Uncomfortable Formats

First written in October 2015 and dredged out the drafts folder as I am yet again prepping for a distance learning module. I’m in the middle of prepping the first week of course materials for a distance learning module.  In theory I am converting a 1st/2nd year module delivered through 12 2-hour workshops in to […]

Alternative Assessment

As per always,  LTHE chat gets me thinking and as per always, 140 characters is insufficient to explore those thoughts fully on twitter. The conversation thread was about inclusivity and the barriers to offering students alternative assessment formats as would be appropriate to specific needs. We’re used to handling obvious stuff such as extensions to […]

Not the What but the Why

I have genuinely been puzzled, not by what someone was doing (because let’s face it, I deal with students, what is irrelevant), but by the why. Smart phones are great in an education setting, looking up information, lecture notes, keeping track of timetables, your diary and your email. And playing games when there’s a class […]