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Designing a flipped module in NILE

Designing a flipped module in NILE: by ROB FARMER 


Originally posted at http://blogs.northampton.ac.uk/learntech/2015/04/20/designing-a-flipped-module-in-nile/


‘What is the flipped classroom?’, it seemed that it would be useful to put the ideas discussed there into practice, and to design and build a flipped module in NILE. As you would expect, there is no one way of putting together a flipped module that will work well for everybody – how you choose to design and run your flipped course will depend on a number of things, such as the level of study, size of class, what you enjoy doing in your face-to-face sessions, and what it is that you’re teaching. How you design your course will also depend on what kind of blend you want between the online and the face-to-face teaching elements. For example, if you want to take a two hour a week face-to-face course, and put 50% of the teaching online, this could be blended as a one hour online and one hour face-to-face session every week. However, i…

DNA-fc: A flipped approach for enhancing Molecular Biology education

DNA-fc: A flipped approach for enhancing Molecular Biology education: "DNA-fc: A flipped approach for enhancing Molecular Biology education
This project develops, and evaluates an approach that uses multimedia content to enhance the student experience for practical skills e.g. in laboratory-based disciplines. Initially it will be piloted within the area of recombinant DNA and Molecular Biology, but will be documented and readily transferable. DNA-fc, will be implemented in NILE, (The University of Northampton’s Virtual Learning Environment). Here students can consolidate key concepts before applying them in the laboratory."



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Event: School of Science and Technology Showcase

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On 14th May 2015 the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton ran a school wide celebration of a small part of the Technology Enhanced Learning activities of staff within the school.

The structure of afternoon was a 'World Cafe' style session where colleagues move between tables facilitated by other colleagues discussing the work they have done. The informal style encouraged peer-peer discussion with colleagues.

Facilitators: Useful Digital AssessmentsCarole Morrell (Computing)Creative Problem-Solving at a DistanceJalil Bennecer (Engineering)Engaging student representatives off-campusRashmi Dravid (Computing) and Paul Cox (Environmental Science)Technology enhanced fieldwork Naomi Holmes (Environmental Science)Video capture of practical workAmir Minai (Computing)Helpful Application of RubricsMandy Morrell (Computing)
From a personal perspective the discussions were vibrant, highlighting similarities and differences within the subjects; many colle…

Two papers recently presented at the 11th China-Europe International Symposium of Software Engineering Education

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Two papers were recently presented at the 11th China-Europe International Symposium of Software Engineering Education, 29-30 April 2015, Zwickau, Germany http://whz-cms-10.zw.fh-zwickau.de/bo/index_CEISEE.html by two members of staff from the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton.









Paper 1
Review of a problems-first approach to first year undergraduate programming
Gary J. Hill (Head of Department, Computing and Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton, Northampton, NN2 6JB, UK) ABSTRACTThis paper, predominantly discusses the teaching of programming and problem solving to undergraduate first year computing students, using robots/robot simulators and visual programming to emulate the robot tasks. The needs to focus initial programming education on problem solving, prior to the teaching of programming syntax and software design methodology is also considered. The main vehicle for this approach is a robot/robot simulation programmed in Java, followed by the progra…

Transnational education: now the agreements have been signed, what next?

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Dr Terry Tudor, School of Science and Technology has recent authored a post on Transnational Education on the Higher Education Academy's Teaching and Learning Blog

There is rising interest in transnational education (TNE) globally, with a growing number of both students and providers. The UK is a leading provider of TNE. However, despite some success, there are a number of challenges to be overcome. In this post Terry Tudor (FHEA, Senior Lecturer, University of Northampton, terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk)  outlines various key factors that should be considered in developing and implementing TNE programmes including a focus on the student experience, being aware of the local cultural norms, ensuring good administrative processes are in place, and building the collaboration on existing friendships.

To read more on this go to www.heacademy.ac.uk/transnational-education-now-agreements-have-been-signed-what-next




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