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.Read more
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.Read more
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/Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more