Category Archives: Academia Nuts

The Reciprocal Space of Social Media

In a bit of end of semester navel gazing last week I was contemplating the usefulness or otherwise of blogging. The first website I ever ‘ran’ was back in 1997 and it’s creation coincided with having reliable access to a … Continue reading

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Maths for Chemistry

I attended the HEA Developments in Mathematics Support for the Physical Sciences one day meeting at Liverpool University back in April. Various speakers described how maths was tackled in their subject at their university (I was one of them, describing … Continue reading

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Sustainable Chemistry

One of our new 2nd year modules this year was Sustainable Chemistry and it was an opportunity to tackle elements of Education for Sustainable Development and bring in different assessments to develop broader skill. I thoroughly recommend combing the two … Continue reading

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Riper Flipping?

I’m still brooding over the issue of flipping lectures as discussed here.  Having discussed some related issues with a couple of handy colleagues, I’m struck (yet again) by the quantity of reinventing the wheel that goes on. Open education resources … Continue reading

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The Phase Diagram of Teaching

I am somewhat…fed up…of some of the arguments made by academics at all levels within the ‘system’ with regard to teaching. There is, rightly or wrongly, an attitude that because everyone is ‘doing’ teaching, everyone is good at it.  I … Continue reading

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Ripe for the Flipping

I realised yesterday, whilst battling through a big pile of work (bank holiday? What’s that?) that one of my 1st year lecture courses would be far more interesting flipped. I was preparing summary slides for a revision class and it … Continue reading

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Crash, Flash, Splat!

This week I did two outreach activities. One was making PVA slime and alginate worms with around 50 ten and eleven year olds from a local primary school, and the other was a demo lecture as part of the Salters’ … Continue reading

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Getting Started in Pedagogic Research #ChemPedR

Last Wednesday I headed to London to attend the Getting Started in Pedagogic Research event at Burlington House (home of the Royal Society of Chemistry). I previously attended this event in 2012, missed last year for some reason and also … Continue reading

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Getting Slimy

I think we’re going to hit the 1000 bags of slime target tomorrow. There is an event on campus for 10 year olds, and we’re expecting a fair number. I’ve not been keeping precise count of the numbers we’ve reached, … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading (Teaching) #FF

A bloggy follow Friday of sorts. Education in Chemistry have started a blog, with several posts by Michael Seery. Well worth a look for anyone interested in education as the content is translatable beyond Chemistry. And if that isn’t enough … Continue reading

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