Category Archives: Teaching

Academibot

Today’s Daily Create was inspired by a TED talk I watched the other day. Here’s my take on a useful robot 🙂 *Disclaimer – my job is really not this bad

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Be More Kind

A timely earworm for me this week as I am marking philosophy exam scripts. The lyrics are actually about our broken society, but the title of the song speaks to me as I try to decipher scrawly handwriting and make … Continue reading

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Don’t kill the messenger

It’s no surprise to find that Jeremy Hunt is talking rubbish again this week. In a Guardian article we hear that he is proposing a universal social media limit for every child. Sound good? Maybe – except that there’s no … Continue reading

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Cargo Cults

Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law states that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. I think that’s probably true of many things and not just limited to technology – that many things that others do look like magic from the outside. … Continue reading

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Creative Playfulness and Convivial Interactions

I’m giving a paper at the SocMedHE conference at Sheffield Hallam this Tuesday called Creative Playfulness and Convivial Interactions in a Participatory Culture: recent findings and implications for Higher Education. It’s based on some of the findings from my PhD research … Continue reading

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Ticky-tacky feedback

I’ve had two things on my mind this week – the first is the amazing cover of Little Boxes by Walk off the Earth: (this is a serious earworm – catchy tune and lyrics which are political satire as relevant … Continue reading

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Learning and Meaning

I rewatched a superb TedX talk yesterday by Tesia Marshik called Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection. She talks about the myth of learning styles and the danger of believing in them, and it’s a powerful and persuasive critique. What … Continue reading

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Interaction

With the new year comes a new challenge for me: as of 4th January I take up my new post as a Good Practice Adviser at the U of Glasgow. This is a brand new role in what will soon … Continue reading

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ALT-C 2016

On Monday I travelled to Warwick Uni for the ALT-C 16 conference, which was taking place in the Warwick Arts Centre: The main purpose of the visit was to present some thoughts that Maha, Kevin and I had put together: Developing … Continue reading

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What kind of bird are you?

I’ve been writing an application for an award on behalf of my work team this week, and as I was writing one section I found myself jokingly describing us as “wise owls, not magpies after the shiny shiny”. I was … Continue reading

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