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

The Cinderella Paradox

image from https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/cinderella-having-tried-on-the-glass-slipper-produces-its-news-photo/3322408 Research based on teaching and learning has been named the Cinderella of higher education. As a result, the scholarly endeavours of practitioners […]

A PhD is a thing of joy

image from https://pixabay.com/photos/backdrop-block-brick-building-21534/ Since seeing the quote ‘a PhD is a thing of joy‘ at last week’s Research Conference at the University of Northampton, I’ve […]

University of Northampton Research Conference June 2019

I love a good conference! Themes running through the Annual Research Conference were around research being creative, inclusive and applicable. It needs to make a […]

The Other Side of Lurking Part Three – rethinking digital practice

image from https://pixabay.com/photos/zen-stacked-stone-meditation-1412305/ As I prepare to leave my current role, my visible digital participation has reduced to an occasional retweet. I’m now watching from […]

Alexa

image from https://www.amazon.in/Amazon-Echo-Smart-speaker-Powered/dp/B0725W7Q38 The family refer to Alexa as ‘she’ but there’s no sentience. Alexa is a form of artificial intelligence, built to respond to […]

The week the internet was 30

image from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47524474 I’ve often wondered if what we call the internet keeps Sir Tim Berners Lee awake at night. Reading his open letter to […]

On the development of digital practice…

image from https://pixabay.com/photos/files-paper-office-paperwork-stack-1614223/ 241 pages (without the front bits and bibliography) 77298 words (and rising) My thesis is now in a single word file and […]

digital presence as an indicator of digital capital

image from https://pixabay.com/photos/sheep-bleat-communication-2372148/ The Community of Inquiry model suggests successful online education requires cognitive, teaching and social presences.  I’d agree that designing around this combination […]

The value of research into practice

image from https://pixabay.com/en/puzzle-missing-particles-654963/ The requirements of a PhD are straightforward. It should produce robust claims for an original contribution to knowledge. In other words, what […]

Digital practice

image from https://pixabay.com/en/web-network-programming-3706562/ Mistakes can be useful learning tools but we’re rarely rewarded for getting something wrong. Another way to learn is to have something […]

Janus head

image from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus#/media/File:Janus1.JPG Christmas is coming. Under review, my post excluded from the suggested new structure, I don’t know what lies ahead. The process has […]

Tips for part-time PhD research

A part-time doctorate is a challenge on many levels. In 2014 I posted my top tips for surviving a part time phd Looking back, I think […]

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