Educational Design and Engagement

Educational Design and Engagement

Enriching the student learning experience & supporting development of on campus and online courses.

Last week I was at the OER22 Conference, and I was actually at the conference because for the first time in two years the OER Conference was in person and online.  OER22 was a hybrid conference in every sense of the word; the first day took place in London, the second day featured recorded online […]

The Activity Stream is a completely new feature in Blackboard Learn which is present in the Ultra Base Navigation (UBN) menu and accessible at any time. In essence, it brings together the most recent information across all your courses in a single location. One aspect of Blackboard Learn that has frustrated users in the past […]

Principles of Open Education and OER  This blog post was originally posted on the Curriculum Transformation Hub. The principles of […]

Learn Ultra Base Navigation (UBN) a system menu giving access to information across Blackboard Learn courses, is due to be rolled out by the end of June 2022. It is the first phase of our upgrade to Learn Ultra and provides improved navigation, as well as easier UX when accessing key information, without changing courses themselves. […]

Among all the crises currently impacting our University, from the climate crisis to the cost of living crisis to the casualisation crisis and pension crisis, there is another which is often left out of the conversation. I would term this a crisis of compassion, a natural offshoot of the systemic burnout (see link below) which […]

  I have recently been involved in the Learn Ultra Project that has been tasked to upgrade Learn Original, the University’s centrally supported virtual learning environment (VLE). Being part of a team that is focusing on the Ultra Base Navigation menu has given me some great insights into the student experience with Learn Ultra.   […]

The University of Edinburgh’s free Climate Solutions course is designed and delivered by award-winning climate change experts and educators. One of them is Kirsten Leggatt, a Climate Change Consultant for Arup and a tutor on the online Carbon Management Masters at the University of Edinburgh.   Having also graduated from the same programme she is now […]

This community of practice, begun in November 2020, emerged from individuals recognising a need for anti-racist practice in learning technology. It aims to raise awareness of this but also to reduce racial inequities by helping all colleagues to be part of creating a better future. Anyone was free to join and from those small beginning […]

Today is Word Penguin Day so I took the opportunity to share some of my all time favourite open licensed […]

I came across this image the other day through a tweet by Marina Amaral. Marina is a Brazilian artist who specialises in the accurate colourisation of historical photographs and her twitter posts are full of interesting, sometimes bizarre, sometimes hilarious images and the stories behind them. The image above is one of a series that […]

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