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Degree Apprenticeship Curriculum Design

We’ve been working with Salford University for the past few months on degree apprenticeships. The work came about out of recognition that online learning is a crucial part of the support for apprentices who are studying for degree level qualifications. It’s been rewarding work, pushing us to consider how to advise staff who are planning…

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Protected: SLDC Action planning

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Tips for online tutoring

Currently I’m being paid to write online resources aimed at supporting staff to design and tutor online courses. Offering developmental guidance for online tutors is only one aspect of our work at Flourish Learning but it struck me it’s worth sharing some of my experiences of online tutoring. The developmental resources I’ve been commissioned to…

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Do it digital but do it right

We stepped outside of our comfort zone last week and attended the Digital Leaders Conference ‘Building the Nation’s Digital DNA’ . We usually attend education technology or HE conferences. First – what a great day – seeing different sectors sharing best practice, acknowledging challenges and keen to look to the future was really refreshing. The…

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The web we want Part 1

Reading Neil Selwyn’s book ‘Distrusting Educational Technology’ straight after the Guardian’s focus on ‘the web we want’ last month has prompted this blog entry. One of the chapters in Selwyn’s book focuses on social media – a hint of the theme is in the chapter title ‘Distrusting ‘social’ technologies in education’. Selwyn also reminds us…

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Line!

So far #pedagogybingo has had some great contributions. A draft of the suggestions – so a line rather than a house 😉 is  in Storify A BIG thank you to all who have contributed so far from me and Angelika- and for the new connections I’ve made through Twitter. Please keep ideas coming and if…

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Eyes down #pedagogybingo

If you could design a ‘Learning and Teaching in HE’ course from scratch what key terms should be included as part of the course content or a glossary? Would there be a mix of old chestnuts such as ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ and newer terms such as ‘Flipped Classroom’ or would it include some really…

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Quick thinking

I want to highlight two examples of how the world wide web can be a powerful, educational tool for learning and for collaborating, in turn generating more knowledge and expertise. I also want to make a suggestion for enhancing and improving these two examples. First – Wikipedia, which is no doubt familiar to most. Wikipedia,…

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Facebook – addictive, pervasive, necessary?

The ease with which Facebook account holders can publish, share, comment, connect has led to the social networking site becoming embedded into our lives without so much as a raised eyebrow. We like Facebook as a nation with a third of the UK population logging onto the site everyday (Guardian 04/02/2014) Collectively we share our…

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The Digital Mindset

We attended a Digital Leaders network meeting at Lancaster University yesterday with lively and enthusiastic colleagues.  It was focussed on the Digital Employee but, of course, became a much wider discussion looking at the digital workplace and the supportive role Digital Leaders at all levels need to play. The challenges of digital inclusion and a…

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