Fighting the algorithm

August has featured the word 'algorithm' far more than most months in living memory, especially for those of us working in the world of education. Working with and around technology for the last few years has opened my eyes to how easily humans can be dazzled by its 'magic' and the efficient solutions it appears... Continue Reading →

The making of a MOOC

The scenario of being asked to use a virtual learning environment, a set of laptops or devices, or indeed an interactive whiteboard is likely to be a familiar one to teachers. More familiar still might be the expectation that this technology is used in your teaching and the research evidence supporting its effective use is... Continue Reading →

Design for how people learn

In recent months, I’ve become more engaged with the field of cognitive science and what it has to teach us about effective learning. This began with facilitating a mini research project in my previous role alongside Tom Sherrington and Joss Kang (click here to read about the start of it - I really must get... Continue Reading →

Transforming Teacher Education – Technology

This was one of the online weeks for our 'Transforming Teacher Education' programme and one of the easier weeks for me to engage in. It has made me consider how well our Teacher Education programmes really prepare our future teachers to develop their digital skills though. Through recent engagement with the Jisc's guide to developing... Continue Reading →

My Journey Through Google- Helen Hayes

One of the key attractions to starting at The Sheffield College was that the staff development team had already begun the journey towards Google. Since August 2015, Chris and Helen have made a truly inspiring and incredibly rapid progression to transform processes from paper to the cloud. Here, Helen shares her journey through Google: Even... Continue Reading →

Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started

In a recent blog, written for @ThinkOutLoudClub on the subject of 'Learning to Teach Online', I stated that the next MOOC I'd be studying would be the 'Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started'. My motivations for doing this MOOC were the following: Interested in doing learning completely aligned to the vocational sector I felt the content... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Module 6- Online Resources

When you begin teaching online, you need to free yourself of the idea that you need to make everything yourself. This is module six of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Module 5- Online Assessment Strategies

Think of the learning outcomes first, then the activity, then the assessment, THEN the technology! This is module five of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and about module 2 here, and... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Assignment 2: Designing a Learning Component

By completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your achievement of the following learning outcomes: Design an online component of your class considering your local context, your curriculum, and the benefits and risks of online technologies. Develop evaluation and engagement strategies to ensure your students are engaged with your online course components and how you plan... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Module 4- Online Learning Activities

Lists of technologies are limitless so drawing on the experiences of other educators (locally or otherwise) can be helpful. This is module four of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and about... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Learning To Teach Online Q & A

I am currently completing a 'learning To Teach Online' MOOC with Coursera and it's fabulous! Each week, our two course lecturers (Negin and Simon) respond to the top-rated questions of the week in the forums and here are my notes on each of their videos each week. Week 1 Q & A Video Responses 1-... Continue Reading →

#LTTO- Assignment 1: Selecting Technology

Learning Outcomes By completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your achievement of the following learning outcomes: Describe and understand the importance and use of a range of online technologies in learning, teaching, and course design in contemporary education Develop an evidence-supported argument for selecting particular technologies to support an online component of your own course.... Continue Reading →

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