The Digital Academic

This is my online place for sharing thoughts and ideas around learning, teaching and research in UK higher education. I’m a digital education developer and my role is supporting staff to use technology within their own teaching alongside the development of digital capabilities for everyone who teaches and supports learning. The blog is primarily work- related but other topics can slip in, like travel, fossils, my allotment and poetry. I also have pages for promoting digital inclusion and for reflections on the progress of my PhD which is about technology enhanced learning and creating support for academics to shift from face-to-face to online practice through immersive and experiential online engagement.

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Posts by The Digital Academic

#digifest17 asks if digital technology is changing learning and teaching

We all know determinists. Excited about the new. Putting tech in place. Waiting for transformation. Any failure is blamed on it being the wrong time, […]

words, words, words…

Two supervisions in 72 hours. How did I manage that? Not enough to be finishing a degree and a Phd at the same time, I booked […]

does learning design + TEL = the future?

Language matters. Whether its training or lecture capture instead of teaching or recording resources, the words we use and the ways we interpret them are full of […]

TEL-ling tales – where is the evidence of impact?

Research is complex. It can be a messy business, but it matters. Higher education revolves around research and student degrees yet when it comes to the […]

The problem is not ignorance, it’s preconceived ideas

https://pixabay.com/en/binary-code-man-display-dummy-face-1327512/ Data is never neutral.  This is my social science background talking. It’s made me suspicious! Or should that be critical?  Not everyone agrees but I’ve […]

2017 looks like an interesting year

2017 will be an interesting year. The Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight. Penguin order a 75,000 reprint of Orwell’s 1984. Council for the US […]

Reinventing lurking as working #socmedHE16

Last week I attended The Empowered Learner; the 2016 Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference (#socmedHE16) at Sheffield Hallam University. The Keynote for […]

The Empowered Learner #SocMedHE16

Friday morning. 6.41 train from Hull. Heading to Sheffield Hallam University. It’ll be dark and cold but well worth it to attend the second Social Media […]

It isn’t technology it’s learning design

This began as a PhD reflection but turned into a blog post because the issues matter. We need to talk. What has gone wrong? Quite […]

the truth is out there somewhere

Critical digital literacy should be embedded throughout the higher education experience. We all need effective ways to tell the difference between truth and lies, not just […]

Being on the edge of things

In an archive edition of Monitor (1964) Philip Larkin talks about Hull being ‘a little on the edge of things’ and how he ‘quite liked […]

Where there’s emotion there’s poetry

The media has been promoting poetry. On both sides of the water. In the US a piece called Still, Poetry Will Rise in The Atlantic claims Americans are seeking solace and […]

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