Case study: Sussex Downs College ‘Employability Passport’ The Employability Passport comprises a set of sixteen badges acquired via completion of a variety of tasks which are intended to demonstrate possession of transferable skills in four areas deemed to be key to working life: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and work readiness. The Employability Passport was developed […]

For the Week 8 activity, I eventually decided to put not one but two MOOCs through their paces. Initially I signed up for ‘Digital Skills: User Experience’ on FutureLearn because I wanted to find out what lay beneath the UX buzzword and consider the extent of its relevance to my professional context, the MScDE programme […]

In this second HEA-related post, I would like to turn to the issue of learner diversity and discuss this with specific reference to the different ways in which online students perceive being ‘at’ university. This is an area worthy of consideration because the more awareness course designers and tutors have of these differing perceptions and […]

My intention in the next two posts is to address two of the HEA topics within the context of discussions and readings from Weeks 6 and 7 regarding the concept of ‘space’. Admittedly I have found the subject matter in this section of the course quite challengingly abstract and have observed myself retreating into “lurker” […]

This week I have experienced Minecraft for the first time, which has been quite a lot of fun at the same time as prompting reflections about digital game-based learning that I would like to give some attention to in this post. Until last week I had barely heard of Minecraft and possessed only a vague […]

In this post I’d like to talk about my experience over the past couple of weeks of interacting with my course colleagues and tutors via numerous channels of communication. The IDEL course so far is designed in such a way that participants gradually build up a ‘portfolio’ of experiences of synchronous and asynchronous interaction using […]

Reading Bayne’s article on the ‘teacherbot’ project (2015) brought to mind some conversations I had with my family during the Christmas holidays around the topic of Amazon Alexa. It had been a recent addition to one household and the way in which its owners interacted with it attracted the attention of their guests and provoked […]

The case studies we have been asked to consider and discuss in the forums this week have drawn out some interesting points surrounding the potential pitfalls and benefits of asynchronous communication through online discussion forums. I prefer to start with some of the possible downsides before turning to look at the matter in a rosier […]


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