Showing posts from August, 2013

Associate Professor - Teaching and Learning

Starting 1st September 2013 the School of Science and Technology for three years will have an Associate Professor majoring in Teaching and Learning.

Fellowships, Ambassador Roles, Professional Bodies

University Teaching FellowFellow of the Higher Education AcademyPublic Engagement Ambassador ( ambassador ( of Society for Research into Higher EducationMember of British Computing Society (also member of the local committee)Member of Institute of Engineering and TechnologyMember of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Sample Publications (ORCID record)Hill G and Turner S (2013) Electronic Online Marking Of Software Assignments (EOMOSA) CEISIE 2013 13th -14th May 2013 Milan Turner S (2013) Junkbots HEA STEM: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2013: Where practice and pedagogy meet 17 Apr 2013 - 18 Apr 2013 Al-Khalil AB, Al-Sherbaz A, Turner S (2013) 

Sixth Form students working with professional scientists at the University of Northampton

Taken from: Sixth Form students spend their summer holidays working with professional scientists at the University of Northampton
Thursday 22nd August 2013 Sixth Form students have had the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists at the University of Northampton on a research project as part of the Nuffield Research Placements programme. 
The six students were from schools across the county and spent six weeks at the University’s School of Science and Technology, gaining hands-on experience and a valuable insight into a professional research environment. The University has been actively involved with this programme for several years and it is part of the School of Science and Technology’s larger commitment to outreach.
The participants included Sheldon Kawonga from Kettering Science Academy, Emmanuel Hlouverakis and Hafiz Ala…

Transforming Teaching by Redesigning CPD around use of Social Learning Technologies (SLT): A Review

Extract from: Transforming Teaching by Redesigning CPD around use of Social Learning Technologies (SLT): A Review:
by RACHELM on AUGUST 16, 2013 ·

Thomas Cochrane and Vickel Narayan from AUT University in Auckland New Zealand have piloted the use of an intentional community of practice model to transform lecturer CPD through the embedding of mobile web 2.0 technologies ( / DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v21i0.19226). Their research over two iterations of the course has significant implications for transforming how lecturing staff approach their role, moving from a heavily pedagogical approach through andragogy to heutagogy. Heutagogy (student-directed learning) requires lecturers to undergo a reconceptualization of their role and to take advantage of the mobility offered by the various Web 2.0 tools (including Twitter, blogs, wikis, Skype) with their own learning experiences being scaffolded through sustained engagement and support; these latter two elements proving essential to …

Leather Technology student Allison talks about her experience on the course

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Leather Technology student Allison talks about her experience on the course


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Mini Case Study – the Swivl iPod/iPhone mount in action

Extract from: Mini Case Study – the Swivl iPod/iPhone mount in action:    

LearnTech have been trialing the Swivl  for a while, but I had my first opportunity to try it out in anger at the CAMHS Children and Young People’s Mental Heath Conference at the Sunley Management Centre on 3rd July 2013.

The organiser’s were particularly interesting in capturing video (and particulalrly audio) of two keynote addresses but had limited facilities and budget. Panopto – which is installed on the Sunley lectern – was considered but the limited range and mobility of the web cam was deemed too limiting for a guest speaker and there was a risk that the presenter would move out of microphone range. It was subsequently discovered that the first presenter had a piece of video that was important that video viewers could not view in detail. This could have been subsequently edited from the Panopto capture, but would have added complexity.

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Case Study: Using rubrics to mark videos

Taken from: by Adel Gordon

Case Study: Using rubrics to mark videos: "Kate Williams (Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Broadcast Journalism) has used NILE (Blackboard) rubrics in conjunction with Kaltura videos to allow her students to submit videos through the Assignment tool on NILE, embed the video into their submission, and then marked the videos using a rubric. This allowed Kate to maximise the amount of time she spent feeding back on students’ work and less time worrying about technical issues. Kate also found that by using a set of definitive marking criteria she was more consistent, objective and transparent. Click the link below to view the case study.

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Embedding Audioboo content into NILE

Embedding Audioboo content into NILE:

Audio can be awkward to create and include on a NILE site, but has considerable impact. It has been used very effectively on the BA  Childhood and Youth welcome site in conjunction with student images to provide an alternative to the often used ‘talking head’.

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updated: video tools for module welcomes

I was challenged to find come up to produce a video welcome message for a module, the problem is I dislike appearing in a video - I tend to use an avatar in place of a picture of myself.

Here are two example video introductions using two different tools.

Example 1: Photostory 3
A free piece of software ( that takes photos and allows you to add narration, music and some effects. Moviemaker software will do in it's place.

The module was a MSc Computing dissertation module giving a short overview of the module.

Example 2 and 3: Machinima
A second approach was to use a package that allows you to guide/direct a character, scripting what they say, etc. The package used was an early version of Moviestorm (newer educational version can be found here) it allows you to 'direct' the character and save me having to appear in it! 

This module is an introduction to artificial intelligence module.

The second one is an introduction to …