Author: Karen Howie

If you use Collaborate with your students or colleagues and you share your screen, sometimes they may be using a small screen and have problems seeing the details with what you are sharing.  It is possible for users to magnify what you are sharing – but it’s subtle and I …

Despite the fact that I’ve been using our learning and teaching services for years, I occasionally do discover something new about them that surprises me. I’ve had a couple of these moments recently, and I thought I’d share them because, well, it may be useful to someone who reads this.  …

We’ve been thinking about how to invigilate digital exams. I have found this hard, I’m not sure I agree with it. Somehow it feels far more intrusive digitally than in a room with an invigilator. However, I do understand that sometimes it may be necessary and not all assessment can …

We went into lockdown around a month or so before our exam period started so it was a bit of a race to work out exactly what we would do about most of our exams which were traditional exams, handwritten in exam halls around campus. Some exams were cancelled, some …

It’s been a while since I blogged – I’m sorry about that. I’ve had a load of possible blog post topics bubbling around in my head with very little time to reflect. However, I’m getting to the stage where I feel like a few blog posts might help clarify my …

I’ve been a technologist for more than 20 years now. Although my brain is definitely slower to pick up new technologies now the one thing I do bring to my role is experience.  Most often that not, I’ve seen a similar tool or a similar issue or a similar time.  …

I’ve started this blog post literally minutes after ALT-C has come to and end. I have written copious notes, and fully digesting them will probably take weeks (or months!) but I wanted to write about the highlights of the conference for me. First of all, although I’ve been (kind of) …

If you are a follower of my blog (well, the collection of random blog posts I’ve written), you’ll know that almost exactly a year ago, I moved from a position of IT Manager in a School to my post in Information Services as the Technology Enhanced Learning Team manager.  It’s …

I spent a good part of last week at Blackboard’s Teaching & Learning Conference in Newcastle this week with some of my excellent Edinburgh colleagues plus many excellent colleagues from around Europe – some of whom I knew virtually and met in real-life, for the first time, at the conference. …

You may know that we are moving Learn to the cloud in the summer. This is a good thing – it will mean we can do more frequent updates to the application with less downtime. At the moment, we are restricted to a single update of the application over the …

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