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Student digital experience at Ulster

Posted on: 01 Oct 2017 | Views: 595

For the first time the voice of 22,000 UK post compulsory education learners has been captured to find out about their digital experience. This was made possible through the Jisc Student digital experience tracker 2017 project. Ulster University was one of 29 UK higher education institutions that took part in this. This blog post highlights some of the key findings from 337 Ulster students, benchmarked against UK higher education. It also considers some possible opportunities to enhance educational practice based on the results.

Category: Fiona McCloy

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Unbundling

Posted on: 01 Apr 2017 | Views: 998

In this blog, I want to explore the terms ‘unbundling’ and ‘marketisation’ as they relate to digital technology. Higher Education is in a time of rapid change globally, partly due to marketization and digital technology, but also due to a number of other factors.

Category: Professor Neil Morris

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Making flipped learning possible by reimagining traditional tiered lecture theatres

Posted on: 13 Feb 2017 | Views: 677

All universities have large tiered lecture theatres. They were designed in a time when didactic teaching was the preferred method of teaching and learning in higher education. They serve a purpose of mass education – a ‘one to many’ model where the teacher is the expert and the students are sat in rows absorbing information by writing down everything the teacher says.

Category: Professor Neil Morris

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Passport To Engineering

Posted on: 25 Aug 2016 | Views: 776

As creative media designers in the Office of Digital Learning we are currently looking forward to a fresh round of submissions for the special projects call 2016. This time provides an opportunity to reflect and share some of the work from the previous project call. This post will showcase the Passport To Engineering project and highlight some of the learning challenges and solutions.

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Blackboard Migration 22nd - 29th August 2016

Posted on: 30 Jun 2016 | Views: 788

In academic year 2015-16, the University completed an OJEU competitive procurement exercise to test the marketplace and secure a service provider for the next five years. Professor Brian Murphy explains more about the procurement process, the selected supplier and how the digital learning environment at Ulster University will bring benefits to teaching, learning and student engagement in the following Insight article available to Ulster staff at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/insight/news/feature-news/2016/06/blackboard/

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Supporting Ulster staff to plan flipped practice

Posted on: 20 May 2016 | Views: 1264

In the previous post, Professor Neil Morris explored how educational technology can be used to foster active and collaborative learning in- and out-of-class. My post outlines recent training offered to Ulster staff, to help them to effectively plan to flip, or further flip, their learning and teaching practice and take advantage of the potential educational benefits of the flipped learning pedagogy.

Category: Fiona McCloy

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Flipped Classroom

Posted on: 05 Apr 2016 | Views: 1515

In my last post, I reflected on the centrality of the lecture in Higher Education. In this post, I want to give some practical examples of how to use educational technology to foster more active, collaborative learning using less traditional teaching and learning practices.

Category: Professor Neil Morris

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Critical enablers for institutional excellence in a digital future

Posted on: 17 Feb 2016 | Views: 1020

Professor Neil Morris gave an excellent overview of the current landscape of blended, open and online learning in Higher Education. If this represents a perspective of what is, or will soon be, and what needs to be done to change our teaching and learning practices, I want to build on this as my contribution by thinking about what it is going to take to achieve this.

Category: Professor Simon Bates

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