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Improving student learning: it’s not about technology

Last week I was part of a panel presentation session at the HE Expo with Fiona Strawbridge, UCL and Phil Tubman, University of Lancaster. Our brief was to talk about how technology could be used to improve student learning.  Even though we hadn’t talked about it before, we all presented complementary viewpoints. Fiona talked about the creation of their e-learning strategy through student engagement with scenarios, Phil discussed how important opensource tools are for engaging students and I focused on three areas where technology could help us.  I did my presentation on prezi which is embedded below: Read the rest of this entry »

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Sustaining change is as easy as A, B, C

This post is a summary of the presentation I gave at BETT in January 2013 but liked so much (even though I say it myself!) that I have recycled it, or perhaps I should say, incorporated it into a few other presentations I have given as I like it as an easy way to outline some useful activities to embed change. Read the rest of this entry »

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We’re all going on a summer holiday

Sadly I’m not going on a summer holiday although I feel like I really need one but with a new house and 3 children not much chance of that.

But, that doesn’t mean that the holiday memories can’t be kept alive by remembering lovely holidays gone by and by combining this with a workshop on change management, that thing called “work” can all become a bit more fun. It’s a winner all round. :) Read the rest of this entry »

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Back to life, back to …


Its been a rather long time since I’ve blogged and I’ve missed it.

I was asked to write an “inaugural” welcome back post so here it is (this post was previously published on the LDC Educational Vignettes blog). The title was going to say “back to life, back to reality” but then work can sometimes seem like an alternate “reality” ;) What with the rather bizarre weather sometimes I feel like I’m entering Narnia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Messy change

Published this on our Educational Vignettes blog so thought I would add it here….

Bit of self promotion, so excuse me for that, but I thought people might be interested in this piece by Patsy Cullen on HEA/LFHE Changing the Learning Landscape workshop that I contributed to a few weeks ago. The workshop is looking a digital literacy and change and features a series of keynotes and interactive presentations. It will be run again next week in London. My workshop is about theories of change, dealing with unexpected circumstances and avoiding change fatigue. All in just over an hour! So my approach is to use a lot of stickers and some coloured card. As well as describing the whole thing as akin to going on a holiday.  Was fun to do and maybe I should do something at City along the same lines. Must blog about it!

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Things people say to you when you have twins

When you have twins you get a lot of attention.  Which is lovely and I do feel proud but can be rather bizarre at times.  Sometimes I feel like a bit of freak show, particularly as we have a rather distinctive and large buggy (it is a Chariot Cougar) which attracts people’s eye. Going into M&S on a weekday for a quick visit turns into an hour’s trip. Here is my collection of my favourite things people have said so far (15 weeks in)…

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Nappies, nits, nursing and naps

I’ve not blogged for a while and despite my resolution to blog whilst on maternity leave my babies are now 14 weeks old and this is the first time I’ve managed to do it. This is because I’ve been pretty preoccupied with everything beginning with “n”! Ah the world of full-time motherhood.

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Letting go

Currently I am giving a keynote presentation at the 16th annual SEDA conference in Birmingham. In reality I am sitting at my desk, at home, in Islington, not even talking into a microphone because I recorded the whole thing about three weeks ago.  Being today 36 weeks pregnant with twins we decided it was too risky for me to make the event in person and even too risky to think I might be able to talk through the whole thing in person. Hence the pre-recorded version.

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Celebration and fellowship

On Wednesday night I had the honour, and pleasure, of attending the National Teaching Fellowship Awards Scheme dinner as I received a National Teaching Award this year from the Higher Education Academy and have now become a National Teaching Fellow.  The ceremony and dinner was held at Middle Temple Hall in London which was a very plush and ceremonial location.  Yes the dining hall might have looked a bit Hogwarts-esque but I think the idea was that that kind of grandeur befitted such a ceremony.

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Home alone ….

At the end of June, due to some complications with my twin pregnancy, I was suddenly signed off work, indefinitely.  Scary health issues and related stress aside, I have found this whole experience pretty weird and difficult.  I was 15 weeks pregnant at the time and the prospect of not going back to work for about 18months was a pretty daunting prospect. I was told I could work at home but had to take it easy – avoiding stairs (not that easy), lifting, running, no travel etc etc.  Being signed off so rapidly – one day I was in work and then next I wasn’t meant considerable readjustment both for my work and home life. Read the rest of this entry »

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