Finding and Evaluating Open Educational Resources (OERs)

The Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) at King’s are running a CPD workshop entitled Finding and Evaluating Open Educational Resources (OERs) on Tuesday 5 November at 1500 – 1700.


The workshop aims to provide an overview of and issues of developing OERs from scratch, as well as converting/repurposing existing learning materials.

A large part of the workshop will be hands-on activities with laptops/tablets to explore Jorum (an online repository) and other similar repositories to find OERs in your own subject area and to evaluate these with a set of criteria.

If you are a King’s teaching practitioners, librarian or learning technologist and have an interest in these area and want to find out more please register your place at the workshop via Skills Forge

Information on all of the workshops being run by CTEL this academic year can be found on their web page.

Whats new in KEATS?


Starting on Monday the 8th July KEATS will be upgraded to the latest version. The upgrade will help improve the stability of the system and fix known issues within the software.

As well as improved system performance, there are a number of new features available, such as an improved user interface for tutors and students, and an improved drag and drop file upload functionality.

Improved user interface

The most noticeable change is that the KEATS icons have been improved, not only for the resources and activities, but also for the editing options.

New icon sets

A new icon has been included to help speed editing up for tutors is the Edit title icon. This icon allows tutors to edit the name of any resource or activity directly on the course page.

New edit titles feature

The activity chooser pleases the two separate menus for resources and activities; you can now simply click on the link + Add an activity or resource in the appropriate topic area.New add activity block

Drag and Drop File Upload

Another welcomed change is the ability to drag files from your desktop straight over to KEATS. This functionality works for both teachers adding resources to a KEATS course and students submitting course work.

Drag and drop file picker



“The potential of learning analytics and big data.”

The event provided a forum to discuss the current challenges and tools available to help in making sense of big data and how we might use big data as part of making decisions about teaching and learning, drawing from the potential of learning analytics.

The presentations covered how big data can be used to help in both schools and higher education providing an overview of how the type of data used, the process of bringing in the data into schools and Universities and some of the challenges encountered.

You can access presentations and demos here.

Higher education and technology-driven transformation: videos from Bett 2013

For almost 30 years, the annual Bett show has offered a useful meeting point for everyone interested in how technology is transforming teaching and learning. For most of this time, however, a visit to Bett has been of far more relevance to people from the worlds of compulsory education and the FE sector than for representatives of higher education institutions.  Continue reading

Interview: Dr Rosie Wyles on Recording Student Presentations

This interview refers to student activities set up by Dr. Rosie Wyles for module 5AACGT03 Lucian, for Semester 1 of academic year 12-13.

Q: What TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) tools and activities did your students engage with this semester?
A: In the final week of the course, I recorded student presentations of about 10 minutes on a flip camera.  Continue reading

Collection of eLearning Tools

Learning is becoming: dynamic, real-time, social, mobile, local, fluid, peer to peer, gamified. The future will require more resilience. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler.
Teachers are filters for the current information tsunami. “The problem is not really information overload, but filter failure.” – Clay Shirky. Abundance is inevitable, therefore curation, context and interface becomes crucial.
Tools like the ones below are redefining the relationships between us and data/information, teachers and learners, work and play and enabling the re-imagination of education as interactive / online / accessible / ubiquitous.

Manuscripts Online: access written material from 1000 to 1500

Launched today, Manuscripts Online, funded by JISC, brings to life early printed primary sources of medieval Britain, giving online access to written materials from 1000 to 1500. Manuscripts Online is also a crowd sourcing tool, encouraging users to attach comments about the manuscripts they view to an online map.

This freely available literary resource is the first of this kind. Michael Pidd, project lead and digital manager at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield says: “The crowd sourcing aspect of Manuscripts Online gives people an opportunity to share their understanding of the manuscripts so that they can learn from one another. It allows collaboration in a way that hasn’t been possible in the past and we hope it will build up a central geographical view of people’s interpretation of the information which can be used by others in the future.”  Continue reading

Arts and Humanities Life blog

The School of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London is a global centre of excellence in research, teaching and study. Central to our success and vibrant culture are the many inspirational students we have here from around the world.

The Arts and Humanities Life blog showcases a selection of students from across our many departments and programmes, from undergraduates studying abroad to Masters and PhD students. Each of them is telling their own story about life at King’s, studying arts and humanities subjects and their experience of coming here.

Rooted in the Humanities, Languages and Literatures and the Creative Arts, the School places strong emphasis on interdisciplinary connections between subjects, constantly developing national and international research networks and fruitful areas of cooperation with other world-class universities internationally. The School has strong links with the arts sector in London, working with, amongst others, the Royal Academy of Music, the British Museum, the British Library, British Film Institute, the National Portrait Gallery, and Tate Modern, and other public institutions.

Visit our website for more information about the School of Arts & Humanities.

If you are a King’s student in the Arts & Humanities and would like to talk about your own experience, please contact us via the contact form.

Module taster Videos for English Dpt.

We put together a series of videos, for the English department, of academics discussing their modules. These are a few minutes long, where staff give a brief overview of a module’s content and aims. Students can watch these videos as a preview, to get an idea of what the module is about, before selecting to enrol. We would like to thank the staff for participating in this new initiative. The videos are available on KEATS but you can also click on the links below.