The Power of Feedback

Discussions around pedagogy tend to focus on assessments and less on feedback. Of course, assessment represents one form of feedback and feedback touches on so many aspects of teaching and learning, that any digital transformation project – like the one at my now-former employer, the accountancy training institute – must keep approaches to feedback centralContinue reading “The Power of Feedback”

Who is the Future Student?

This past week, the last of our class’ group-led seminars kicked off along with a topic I’ve been anticipating all trimester: what’s next for online education and who is the future student? The group leaders included an interesting paper from Selwyn et al (2020) where social science fiction highlighted the possible unforeseen consequences of adaptingContinue reading “Who is the Future Student?”

Why Blogging Matters

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip and prolific blogger, wrote: “blogging is like work, but without co-workers thwarting you at every turn.” Adams has identified the affordances of blogging, writing to reach readers but without the parameters of traditional published work. This blog was started as part of my SBOSE course and so,Continue reading “Why Blogging Matters”

The High Stakes of Group Work

Many years ago, when I undertook my teaching qualification, I incorporated group work into my lesson planning. Discussion and dialogue were central to teaching English but the students in my all boys’ secondary school were generally reluctant to air their views on Langston Hughes or Robert Frost in front of peers. Equally, they struggled toContinue reading “The High Stakes of Group Work”

Digital for Beginners…and We’re All Beginners

The idea of digital tribalism – the distinction between digital native and digital immigrant – is something I’ve blindly accepted but not actively considered. Given digital literacy is central to considerations of student support online, I thought I’d investigate the origins of the terminology that surrounds it. Marc Prensky, who coined the term digital nativeContinue reading “Digital for Beginners…and We’re All Beginners”

Arbiters of Information

This week, I discovered an essay by Eli M. Noam (1996) entitled Electronics and the Dim Future of the University. Although not the most heartening read for anyone in HE, Noam’s vision of technology’s impact on universities is nevertheless insightful . He presents the traditional university model – a model that remained undisrupted for centuriesContinue reading “Arbiters of Information”