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 […]

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 […]

2017: the year of cruelty?

July ’17: I started this in mid-February, but can’t quite recall what sparked me off on this particular tangent. But reading it this morning, with all the brouhaha about tuition fees and student debt, brexit-bobbins, and the escalating levels of may-hem, it still seems fairly relevant. Just because society is getting harsher (and at times […]

Chemistry within Education for Sustainable Development #LTHEchat #HEAchat

Tonight’s #LTHEChat and #HEAChat is on Education for Sustainable Development. I thought I’d drain the swamp of my head with some preliminary thoughts. We run a module called ‘Sustainable Chemistry’. It started several years ago as a 15-credit whole year 2nd year module and covered topics in sustainability, chemistry of technology, industrial chemistry, and various […]

Working from Home – some thought

I’ve worked from home for about 6 months and am now on sick leave. I was extremely grateful to be able to work in a flexible manner from home that means that time for attending appointments can be made up elsewhen. And you’d be amazed at how much you can get done in hospital waiting rooms […]

Spherical Students

This is a follow-up post to Helicopter Lecturers. When talking about how we as lecturers spend our students’ time, or how they spend their time, it would help to consider the case of the ideal student. The ideal student is, naturally, spherical. Ideal students are identical, obey Newton’s laws of motion, and undergo elastic collisions […]