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ALT Summer Summit – Day 1: Online

I’ve not been to ALT for a few years now, and had hoped to go (hopefully en-route to Australia) this year in London. 2020 has been the weirdest year ever, so I’m neither in London, nor heading to Australia. It’s an online conference. Unlike some other online conferences that I’ve tried to join, this is…

A busy few weeks

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog recently – obviously, not as quiet as I was pre-lockdown when I was averaging 1 post a year for the past 4 years or so, but quiet compared to previous weeks.  In part, that was due to a huge push to get staff support material out, in…

CTIL on a Desert Island

In our team, CTIL, we’ve been doing a “Daily Challenge” – they’ve varied, but the one we’ve just done has engaged the whole team for nearly a fortnight; we did our own desert island discs, (a track each a day). For me, and for others, it’s been a chance to revisit old favourites – and…

A new look!

I’ve had the same theme on my blog for quite some time now. I mentioned last week that, having tested CampusPress’s Accessibility plugin, I realised I needed to change some of the font colouring, so it seemed a good time, rather than updating just the colour to start over.  I’ve gone for CampusPress’s Flex –…

Carts and horses

In light of all the discussions we’ve had in the team recently about the dangers of technology starting to drive learning, rather than the other way round, Natalie shared a paper with us examing issues of carts and horses (Sankey 2020). It’s a very readable paper, and has lots of things that are very relevant…

It’s the end of Semester – but not as we know it!

Exams are over, students would have been leaving Dundee, had the year not changed so dramatically in March. I didn’t post last week – I think that ABC’s (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) article  “the dreaded third quarter of lockdown” rang very true for me, in particular You’ve hidden the notifications from a recently downloaded exercise app…

A lockdown Birthday.

I guess it was going to be inevitable, a May birthday was unlikely to be outside lockdown. As it was, I got to experiment with yet another video conferencing tool to meet up with friends & family in the evening. After many Collaborate, Teams and a few Zoom meetings, I decided to try Google Meet,…

Live hand drawn content – Collaborate

Having demonstrated using a 2nd login with teams to share hand drawn content, I started to investigate how to do it in Collaborate. From a teaching point of view, Collaborate has a lot of useful classroom type features (it was, after all, designed for them!) You’ve got a whiteboard, breakout rooms, hands up, students can set a status,…