Learning & Teaching Symposium Summary – via Storify

On the 15th September (2016) we held a Faculty of Arts Learning & Teaching Symposium , here at Gloucestershire.

The twitter chatter, comments, and links to all the presentations, are captured in this Storify: https://storify.com/davidwebster/learning-and-teaching-symposium 

Thanks to Eric Stoller for the Keynote, and to the Dean of Faculty, Professor Tom Barker, for the opening discussion. I think that for the rest of the day we ended up with some very robust, lively and challenging discussion. Many thanks to those who took part.

Video-interviews with all the speakers will follow, once edited, and be posted on this site.



Language, Words and stuff… Thinking about student note-taking and phone use..

Thoughts around collective note-taking and Storify..

Fruits of the pedagogic life

I was privileged last week to teach a class on my colleague’s HM5204 New Media Literacy Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 16.22.28module here at Gloucestershire, which is part of the English Language/Linguistics area.

They are looking at the ways language responds to new, often social, media – and the way language is used in shaping those discourses we find on-line. Normally they are interested in things such as Critical Discourse Analysis, and the deployment of argumentation in on-line forums. However, last week they had to put up with my take on Social Media.

I had a lot of fun. I talked about twitter, periscope, grindr, yik yak, and things with even sillier names… We reminisced over old forms of internet use, back when we were all young.. Bebo anyone? Old enough to have asked a/s/l on IRC?

I’m not going to try and capture the detail here – but what…

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What on earth is Google Jockeying?

You might well ask!

Actually – the idea is that you have a person in the room (in my experiments this coming Semester, it’ll be a student nominated for that week) – who as the lecture progresses Googles key ideas and notions (and maybe pulls up pertinent pictures too) – and these are displayed alongside the powerpoint (or whatever) that the tutor is using.

What makes it more interactive is that students can send the Jockey (via some kind of Instant Messaging software) requests during the class. The tutor doesn’t know who requested – and no-one else need do: so if there are ideas that you don’t recall – IM the Jockey – and all the class will benefit.

I am going to have to work out how the messaging is best done, and the display stuff means I’ll be having a conversation with some technicians/Learning Technologists – but they love a challenge…

There are some good guidelines/reflections here:  https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2006/5/eli7014-pdf.pdf

And this 2012 post from Powerful Learning Practice is worth taking a look at: http://plpnetwork.com/2012/02/08/google-jockeys-in-the-classroom/



Tips for Managing your Emails

We all get bombarded with so many emails but a few tips can help prevent your Inbox becoming a nightmare:

  • Use Flags to remind you to return to an email on a specific day/time – this prevents you forgetting about some emails when they drop off the screen
  • Delete emails once you’ve responded to them. A copy will be in your Sent Items if you need to access it – *remember to save any attachments first though
  • For emails you’re keeping, use Mail Folders to organise them into subjects/categories
  • Archive older emails (contact the IT department if you need help with this)
  • Only use Delivery/Read receipts when necessary


New! Co-authoring in Word 2016.

A great new feature in the new Office 2016 which is coming to UOG PCs soon (Library PCs are being upgraded over the Summer).

When you store a Word file on your OneDrive (Microsoft cloud storage), the file can now be edited simultaneously by colleagues on different devices, in different locations. Flags indicate where colleagues are editing & you can see their edits as they make them. Co-authority in other Office applications will follow soon. For more information on what’s new in Office 2016… follow this link