Showing posts from December, 2012

The path to NILE quality

Repost of an extract from "The path to NILE quality" by Rob Howe which can be found at:  for the full post.

NILE is now integrated into the learning and teaching process at The University of Northampton and we need to ensure that it is being used effectively by staff in order to provide a quality student experience. In January 2012, a framework was produced which covers the minimum standards which are expected on a NILE site. This was taken to University SEC on 1st March, 2012 and subsequently used as the basis for the new NILE templates which were developed for the 2012/13 academic year. As indicated by the communication sent out on 11th September, 2012, NILE sites will be reviewed against the checklist in the first instance to identify the range of content available to students. The review, based on a series of standard questions, will feedback information to the module leaders regarding content whi…

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Girls into STEM | lab13network

A blog posted elsewhere about STEM and Widening Participation activities within the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton.

Reposted from Girls into STEM | lab13network: "Girls into STEM
Posted on December 19, 2012 by lab13network

The University of Northampton ran a very exciting day for Northamptonshire girls last week. The Inspire Girls into STEM day consisted of many workshops, talks and interactive elements.

Tricia, the UoN STEM Diversity organiser, needed demonstrators for the workshops to inspire the girls to consider a career in STEM. And who better to inspire the girls than our Year 6 Committee girls Fran, Jess and Chloe. The three Lab_13ers ran two workshops and wowed the girls, their teachers and other adult demonstrators with their confidence, inspiring enthusiasm and wonderful hands-on experience.

Jess says “It was great to inspire the younger girls and to show them that you don’t have to be a grownup to enjoy science!”

Fran says “I can’t believe my fir…

Case Study video - Leather Technology Student

Leela Prasad Pamidimukkala talks about his experience on the Leather Technology course

Other student views can be found about other courses at: 

Instructional Design

Several members of the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton attended a two day staff development activity (between teaching commitments) on instructional design by Neil Lasher - The Learning Coach 6 - 7th December 2012.

The first day was spent on some underpinning theory and planning for a learning package on 'making toast'. 

The second day was spent looking at a little more practical elements including:

planning what media to use for different learners at different times;some consideration of conversation as an important element in producing material for students when you, the teacher, are not there in person;consideration of typeface to help students actually read the text;how a page is read and the difficulty people reading in english have in going back up the page;consideration of some software options;anchors on the page.

Overall, most people left with something to consider in their own practice.

Recent SAGE blogs

A collection of recent blog posting concerned with Submitting and Grading Electronically (SAGE) all taken from

Spell Checking Your feedbackbyonDECEMBER 4, 2012 · LEAVE A COMMENT · inNILE PREPARATIONSTAFF GUIDANCE A few people have asked how they can use a spell checker within Turnitin GradeMark. Generally if you use Google Chrome as your Internet Browser spelling errors will be underlined with the red zigzagged line under the mispelled word. However, the dictionary on Chrome is US English. Also, there are some versions of Chrome that cause various elements of GradeMark to behave ‘weirdly’ (sorry, that’s the best word I could come up with for it!). There is a way you can use Firefox to check spelling with a UK English dictionary. This is the browser we recommend that you use for NILE anyway, so it’s probably for the best really. There a few steps involved, but as always the LearnTech team has developed some guidance on how you can get this set …

What's the problem with problem-solving?

What is the problem with problem solving? on Prezi

Recent presentation

Turner, S. and Al-Sherbaz, A. (2012) What's the problem with problem-solving? Seminar Presentation presented to: Insights into the future of learning and teaching at Northampton, University of Northampton, 3rd December 2012.