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Curriculum Ideas

Introducing PebblePad3… (updated 2013)

PebblePad3 contains both personal and assessment spaces, and is the University’s e-Portfolio tool. Continue reading “Introducing PebblePad3… (updated 2013)”


Flipping the Classroom!

What is meant by ‘flipping the classroom’? Lecturers at UCL share their experiences of lecture capture… Info graphic created by Knewton and Column Five Media Continue reading “Flipping the Classroom!”

27 Ways to be a Better 21st Century Educator

‘Morphing into a 21st Century Teacher: 27 Ways to be a Better 21st Century Educator’ – inspiring info graphic by Mia MacMeekin, University Teacher/ Researcher in Massachusetts  Continue reading “27 Ways to be a Better 21st Century Educator”

23 things for Digital Literacy …and more

Thoughts on a couple of inspirational workshops I attended at the Association for Learning Developers in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Conference today. Continue reading “23 things for Digital Literacy …and more”

Me and my MOOC (the one that failed)

My experience of being a student on the ‘Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application’ MOOC that was suspended after just one week due to the technology not being able to cope with the numbers. Image courtesy of AJ Cann (CC BY-SA 2.0) Continue reading “Me and my MOOC (the one that failed)”

Embedding Digital Literacy & Employability Skills into the Curriculum

Embedding Digital Literacy & Employability Continue reading “Embedding Digital Literacy & Employability Skills into the Curriculum”

Flea…Bytes: New & Improved!

flea...bytes website with 'new post' featureA combination of inspiration from ‘Are You Looking For The Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes?‘(which also highlights cons to having a magazine theme), posted by, a recent project involving setting up a (free) WordPress blog …and a nasty spam attack on my previous blog has prompted me to create a new one.

As a Learning Technologist my aim is to inspire others to use technology to enhance teaching & learning and promote good practice. I’m really pleased with this theme as I think it will be well suited for this. It looks engaging, is easy to manage and has a ‘Quick Post’ function which is more like a status bar – ideal for quickly sharing useful stuff!

Setting up a new site has made me consider why I blog, who my audience is and how best to present information for them. The process has also got me thinking about the best way to write posts – should we use a more journalistic style? By this I mean should we structure content to ensure a summary in the first paragraph, accommodating ‘surfing the web’?

Adding a slideshow of blogs created by students I teach has made me realise I didn’t really cover how to write for the web with them. Establishing the right tone and choosing a punchy title is difficult to do, and something I struggle with. Does anyone know of any good resources?

Another reason I decided to start a new blog was to show others how impressive a free WordPress site can look. …But, I’ve discovered my reliance on plug-ins so will be paying – please bear with me as a few things aren’t working at the mo. From now I shall mention when a particular tool requires one…

Hope you like the blog BTW!

Tandem Exchange for Learning Languages

Tandem LanguaTandem Exchangege Learning involves two native speakers of different languages getting together to improve their language skills and learn more about each other’s culture, eg.  a native French speaking student  wanting to improve their English can “pair up” with an English student who is learning French.

Once students have registered onto Tandem Exchange, they get an email request from a practise partner. The site also has an administration area so that partnerships can be managed. This project is still in early stages of development as we would like to facilitate students being able to end partnerships if there are any problems. However, students and staff seem really pleased with Tandem Exchange, which replaces a paper-based system, and it is now being used by over 100 students.

The system was programmed in asp. Photoshop and Dreamweaver were used to create the graphics and layout the pages.

Developers: Flea Palmer (design) and Jackie Palmer (coding)

Client: Christine Hathaway, Business and Language Information Service (BLIS), Plymouth Business School

‘In at the Deep End: Starting to Teach in Higher Education’

In at the Deep End: Starting to teach in Higher Education‘In at the Deep End’, written by Professor Phil Race, is a guide for new teachers, which is given to all students doing the PostGraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PGCAP) and General Teachers Associates (GTA) courses. Plymouth University purchased the right to use the content in 2007.

I was tasked with creating a ‘Plymouth’ version of the book. I created it using Adobe InDesign and produced the illustrations using Photoshop, following an excellent tutorial by Melissa Evans.

Unfortunately I can’t embed the book due to our copyright agreement. It is available online on our University intranet.

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