Tuesday, 28 October 2008

C1520 STudent with a stutter

In this module all of the students are expected to give a 5 minute mini presentation of themselves to the class as part of the first assignment. I have a student who stutters and does not want to do it, however if he does not then he will not only no get a mark for the asignment, as it has 2 parts both of which must be completed he will not be able to interact with the rest of the class so he will not be fully integrated. I told him to produce a ppt presentation and if he can't speak to point to the slides. I have spoken to the module leader AB to see what to do in the future as there are other presentations and group work to do. It is an interesting problem as the module is about communication as is most of every body's life. He tells me that he has been to several psychologists but they have not been able give him a mechanism toget round presentations.

C2463 wiki set up

The various groups are finding it difficult to understand what they are required to do with wiki's, some of them are saying that they want to be taught not have to do it for themselves!

Friday, 24 October 2008

Hi everyone,

It's been a long time since the last blog. Not good enough on my part.

This is to make some comments the PGCertHE so far. we've had some stimulating sessions, not least about your very inditeaching and learning situations; about what works and some issues that continue to challenge. I hope to return to some aspects of the programme e.g looking at lectures, possibly in week 8 as I we had a shorter session on that in September.

In reading week, I hope you have had some time to re-cap and reflect; maybe read over some of the course materials and links to articles we have sent out so far; some of you may have ventured into reading Biggs or explored some of the Problem-Based Learning Texts in the library. I hope you have all been able to gain access.

I hope also that some of you will have begun to meet informally in learning sets; to have mulled over some topics arising from the sessions; had a cathartixc shriek about what there's left to cover!

I'd like very much to come and observe people teaching from now and to have names of mentors if I haven't already got those. Please send your timetables or some sessions that you would very much like me to observe. Remember that you can get started on Teaching in Practice: start to reflect on particular sessions, what's working; what you might improve; ask any knotty, nagging questions which might form become more critically approached in the journal session.

You might look back at some of the learning and teaching models we have discusssed; on aspects of theory.

Are they applicable to your work? Would they help in planning teaching? How could They be shared with, even modified by, students to help their learning?

Are there any questions you'd like to pose on here for us all to pitch in-if not with a solution, by offering creative suggestions in approaching them?

Monday, 30 June 2008

PGCertHE updates

Hello everyone,

It was good to meet some of you next week. I look forward to meeting the rest of you in September.

The continuation of sessions for the first module of the PGCertHE is the week beginning the 29th September up to the week beginning 8th December.

I should be able to be more specific soon about whether this will be running, as last year, on a Wed and Thurs afternoon or whether it will run on one afternoon only.

I'll be back on Ning later this week but am away at the HEA conference for most of it. I'll certainly be in touch, pulling together some of the work we have already done.

Saturday, 17 May 2008


Tuesday, 5 February 2008

E-Learning Conference at the University of Ulster

This is the preamble to the full report which is posted on Blackboard on the site for the PGCertHE

I attended The University of Ulster’s sixth annual all-Ireland e-learning conference which was held held at the Jordanstown campus on Thursday 17th January 2008. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of the benefits of using on-line technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.


The conference addressed themes associated with the creation, support and development of an e-learning community, with particular emphasis on the impact of e-learning.

This conference was a pleasure to intend. Most of the delegates were from Irish universities and the atmosphere was friendly and the sessions most accessible for the non technically-minded, like me! Speakers were most happy to share ideas and point us towards useful web-links, some of which I am sharing here. I realised that I actually understood virtually all the terminology, even ‘mash-up’, (thanks, Richard!). Also that DMU, unlike quite a few other places, is lucky that it does not bar its staff and students from social-networking sites. Some people reported an arduous process of having to beg access for individual sites; multiply that by goodness knows how many and you get a good idea of how time-consuming a process that must be.

I'll post details of conference slides if and when I have them as they contain some useful links.

Monday, 4 February 2008

E-Learning and assessment

Just a quick post to thank you for your participation and for sharing your Web 2.0 and blogs/wiki experiences in the elearning assessment and evaluation session.

There are some useful links and assessment links on the Wiki. We will add to these over the next couple of days – please add anything that you think might be of interest to others. (this is within the June wiki on the Blackboard site).

It would be great if you could post any comments or reflections here too.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Happy New Year!

And I haven't blogged here for ages! Very bad form. Let me make all the usual excuses about pressures of other work etc. Of course, those excuses won't be good enough, however. I reckon that blogging should become habitual. We all know with practice that habits become even more habit-forming-hence the difficulty of giving up so-called bad ones!

I have not made any New Year's resolutions that mean I have to beat myself up and be in denial. I've decided that it's more meaningful to embrace one or two really positive ones-and there'll be more chance of keeping sticking to them! So here's my main one ..to pursue pleasure even more avidly and frequently. There.

On a Web 2.0 note, I received several invitations to Christmas social events via Facebook. I still use it mostly for messaging. Not very adventurous there!

PGCertHE-wise, a new module, Assessing and Evaluating, is about to kick-off. Quite a few of you are getting your teeth into the Curriculum-based assignment and, from our discusssions in tutorials, I know that quite a few of you are thinking of creative ways to use Web 2.0 technologies in the curriculum.

Why not blog some of these? And/or pose some questions about your ideas; any sticky issues that your colleagues might be able to advise you on?