“We’ve always done it this way”

In the recently published Really Useful #EdTechBook, a range of people from the educational technology sector each get a chapter to write about a chosen issue. It was an interesting read, especially as I have the same job as many of the writers. In some cases, they write about the results of some research they have carried out, while others use… Continue reading “We’ve always done it this way”

Collect it all

In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, the Washington Post published an article about how the NSA had dealt with electronic data in Iraq. “Rather than look for a single needle in the haystack, [General Keith Alexander's] approach was, ‘Let’s collect the whole haystack,’ ” [...] “Collect it all, tag it, store it. . . . And whatever it is you want,… Continue reading Collect it all

Interacting with lectures and the best use of multiple choice

University lectures are often criticised for the passivity they encourage from students. One person talks for an hour; a couple ask questions; a hundred sit and listen. There are three contrasting responses to this: (a) It's the students' fault: if students take notes as they listen, the lecture hall goes from being a passive to an active environment. (b)… Continue reading Interacting with lectures and the best use of multiple choice

Is it a good idea to record lectures?

In his anti-lecture lecture, Donald Clark makes some well-known arguments about the weaknesses of the lecture format. They encourage passivity; they're too long; they're frequently delivered by introverts who have more expertise in research than spoken communication. It's an interesting talk, and I'd encourage you to have a listen. Here though, I'm going to focus on… Continue reading Is it a good idea to record lectures?