ELearning and curriculum development

How can eLearning contribute when we consider curriculum design? The answer is obviously complex but for the purposes of this discussion I’ll attempt to break it down into three simplistic choices: the beginning, middle, and end. The Beginning A unified philosophy amongst all of those involved in developing a curriculum can be of enormous benefit…

Flexible Learning using Smart Devices

A cursory look around learning or social spaces at Harper Adams reveals that students like to be connected to the Internet at most times using a variety of kit thus allowing them to make use of Web-sites and Web-services during what appears to be their ‘casual’ time. Given this apparent pervasiveness of smart devices we…

Education: Will it blend?

Fear not, this post is not about throwing education into an industrial blender. Rather it considers the possibilities of blended learning. This involves the combining of educational technology with work done in a traditional classroom setting. Higher education is the setting with which this post is concerned. A great deal of existing literature suggests a…

Flipping the Classroom’ – teaching of a different kind: Part 2

So what will you need to do to get started? Before you commence consider the two pillars of ‘flipped learning’, (i) front-loading the learning content, and (ii) detailed planning and ‘storyboarding’ of the associated classroom event. Step 1: Front-loading lectures: This is achieved by creating learning objects for  pre-class study to be undertaken by your students…

‘Flipping the Classroom’ – teaching of a different kind: Part 1

The traditional (large) classroom-based teaching model tends to take place with the tutor firmly at the centre of the learning process. Students are largely acting as ‘recipients’ of knowledge transfer with limited opportunities for interaction. After the session classroom learning may be complemented by the provision of online learning resources in a process known as…

OMR: Breaking the barriers of time and space

One of the biggest difficulties that can be experienced when a university attempts to introduce summative computerised assessment is the problem of time and space. Computerised summative assessment turns the workload balance associated with exams on its head. Traditionally marking finished exam papers was where the time costs were heaviest in the process for lecturers.…

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Transcontinental Lectures

Here at Harper Adams University we are currently trialling a service called Gotomeeting. This will enable our lecturers to provide more flexible means of delivery. Due to our international connections we have found it necessary to find a platform to provide set teaching hours to non-UK based cohorts. For example; the cost of sending tutors…