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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,…

There’s light at the end of the tunnel …

I’d started the notes for this towards the end of last week, and then forgot to do anything with those notes! Having finally got all the exam modules ready and prepared; found a few issues, fixed them, and then staffed our online support on the Saturday am – no students needed support submitting their 23…

I’ve got teams, they’re multiplying…

… and I’m losing control. Well, not quite, but it feels like that at times. Communication is so important. Methods of communication that suit everyone is so difficult. Teams have exploded recently, I’ve been added to quite a lot – I’ve actively joined some, mostly outwith the University, but I’ve not got the time to…