Teaching Complexity – Free webinar series about creative teaching approaches

Teaching Complexity is a free webinar series about open and creative teaching approaches, organised by Bonnie Stewart and David White of University of the Arts London. We’ve already missed the first session but you can get a taste of what the series is about by taking a look at the Connected Teaching session page (includes webinar recording). The schedule of up Continue Reading…

Digital Etiquette (netiquette) – Discussion Boards

As a follow up to my previous post Making discussion boards work, I have put together some guidance aimed at students that covers netiquette in relation to using discussion boards in a educational setting. These guidelines will be re-purposed into a student guide about Digital Citizenship with further topics such as email and use of virtual Continue Reading…

Make it Accessible – Captions, Subtitles and Transcripts.

Adding captions and providing transcripts for video and audio content is important for a number of reasons: A moral imperative to not exclude users from content. Aston’s charter to provide an education for all and not to disadvantage any student or member of staff. Accessibility for users that are deaf or hard of hearing. Accessibility Continue Reading…

Making discussion boards work

Use of discussion boards can bring a whole host of benefits to the learning experience. It can help students develop a number of skills including digital citizenship, writing in the language of a discipline, debating, asynchronous dialogue and critical thinking to name but a few. It is also an opportunity for tutors to give feedback Continue Reading…

Using OneNote with Collaborate Ultra – My presentation at BbMoCo October 2018

I presented a lightning strike presentation on the use of OneNote in conjunction with Blackboard Collaborate. I concentrated on two use cases, both of which have been needs driven by what the community will generally refer to as the severely lacking whiteboard capabilities of Blackboard Ultra. After outlining some context in terms of Aston’s experience Continue Reading…

Reflections from The MoCo User Group October 2018

On Friday 26th October 2018 I attended the MoCo User Group meeting at Birkbeck University London. I did a the Lightning strike presentation about using OneNote with Collaborate Ultra, which I have written up in a separate post (link to come). The day was split into two parts, Blackboard Collaborate in the morning and Blackboard Continue Reading…

Make it Accessible – Alternative Text

What is Alternative text? Alternative text, sometimes known as Alt Tags or Alt Attributes, is used to provide a description of certain elements of web pages or documents, normally non-text based content, that a blind or visually impaired person might otherwise not be able to experience. Alternative text is typically used on images and tables but can Continue Reading…