Supporting Mobile learning in HE

In July, I chaired an Inside Government event on ‘Maximising Mobile Technology”. The event brought together researchers, teachers and managers from across the UK. Overall, a good experience and a well-organised event, where the difficulties that occasionally mar effective chairing (i.e. speakers not sticking to their allocated time, orchestrating discussion during and beyond the sessions) were absent as speakers and audience were very keen to communicate and interact. Continue reading

KOOCs: Tools and platforms beyond KEATS

Following the blog posts written by Elena Hernandez-Martin, who led the team of developers for the KOOCs work (Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 1) and Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 2)), in this blog post, I want  to talk a bit more about the other tools and platforms that were used in the process of developing the KOOCs.

One of the first decisions that was made, was that it made sense that the KOOCs would be hosted on KEATS which is the University’s learning management service (based on Moodle) as both students and academics are familiar with this platform. On the other hand, KEATS is not designed to cater for some specific needs that were essential to the KOOCs’ design (e.g. hosting videos, sharing files, video streaming). Moreover, there were some additional requirements to the project (e.g. access to high quality images, custom webpage design) for which we had to look for some external tools and platforms to use.

KEATS and toolsSo here I will give you a few more details about all the tools and platforms that were used for the KOOC project, along with the reasons why they were selected and the purpose they served. Continue reading

E-QUAL Conference: A student’s perspective

In July I travelled to Hyderabad, India to take part in an undergraduate student-led conference, organised as part of the E-QUAL project, whose main aim was to deliberate and debate the relevance of various web based tools and platforms to support undergraduate student learning. Students were invited to present posters and presentations on Online Resources in Advancing Knowledge and Skills and their implementation. I presented a poster on ‘An introduction to accessible technology enhanced distance learning approaches to disability in higher education’.

Poster

‘ An introduction to accessible technology enhanced distance learning approaches to disability in higher education’ poster

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Lecture Capture at King’s: Quick Guides and Resources

King’s has recently significantly up-scaled its lecture capture provision. Indeed, to give a sense of the upscaling, during the first week of implementation the College recorded around 70% of the total recordings undertaken during the entire 2014/15 academic year.

Given the increase in the number of rooms equipped with the Echo360 lecture capture system it’s important to share an understanding of what lecture capture offers and the support for staff and students in understanding the capture options.
The provision of lecture capture recordings aims not to replace the lecture session, but be an additional tool that can add supplementary resources and activities to current teaching within the University. Continue reading

Experience of working full time and undertaking a part-time Msc

In 2014 I made the decision of undertaking a two year part-time MSc in Occupational Psychology as I also wanted to stay in full time work. My lectures would usually be between 6-9pm, two days a week. I opted for a classroom based programme rather than the distance learning programme because I personally did not feel that I had the self-discipline required to keep up with the online classroom community for the full-two years, however, the classroom based course did have elements of blended learning which I felt provided a perfect balance for my capabilities at the time. Continue reading