TEL guide for course planning teams published

Members of the TEL team and Assessment Journey Programme have recently compiled a resource to assist course planning teams in ensuring effective use of technology for learning, teaching and assessment during revalidation. The ‘Design with Online in Mind‘ leaflet provides information about key considerations related to the use of technology and links to other resources…

SHU Provides Exemplars of Initiatives to Enhance the Student Digital Experience

Jisc have recently revised their website and materials related to “student expectations of the digital environment” and how institutions are addressing the needs of an increasingly digitally-savvy student population. There is a lot of interesting material on the website, but of particular interest might be the new ‘Exemplars‘ section that features, among others, two case…

2015 Horizon Report on TEL trends to 2020 published

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) gathers opinions on Technology Enhanced Learning from stakeholders around the world and publishes the findings as the Horizon Report. The reports cover a 5 year period and aim to highlight some big technological trends that are likely to have an impact on education, as well as some of…

Innovating Pedagogy 2014 report released

The 2014 edition of the Open University’s annual Innovating Pedagogy report was recently released. In a slight, but very welcome, departure from previous editions, the 2014 report focuses more on the underlying pedagogies rather than the technologies that could be used to achieve them. This makes a lot of sense (and echoes our own Teaching Approaches…

Free specialist software available for SHU staff and students

In addition to heavily discounted copies of the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office (including Mac Office) for staff, free copies of Microsoft’s software development tools are now available for both staff and students. The tools are provided as part of the DreamSpark programme and you can register for an account in the online store to…

Reflection: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

Reflection is an approach that encourages deep thinking by an individual about their existing knowledge and capabilities, how it has been supported or challenged by new learning and experience, and the identification of strengths to promote and weaknesses/limitations to address. While most people have an instinctive reflective process that we use to learn from our actions, a…