New ‘Information for Academic and Personal Tutors’ web resource

The Teaching Centre has been actively seeking to create and provide resources to support staff involved in the academic and/or personal tutoring process. A set of frequently asked questions has now been posted at and includes answers to common queries such as “What is the University’s advice on Personal Tutoring?”, “What support is there for youRead more

Interview with SYMBoL interns

In this interview, 2 student interns on the SYMBoL project talk about their experience of working collaboratively with staff to develop additional resources for second year mathematics modules. In particular, they talk about how they went about identifying where additional resources would be useful, and how they used Camtasia to create narrated screen recordings.Read more

SYMBoL: making 2nd year maths more engaging

As part of the SYMBoL project (Second Year Mathematics Beyond Lectures), four mathematics undergraduate students have been working this summer as interns on a six-week placement. Naomi, Robert, John and Matthew conducted several focus groups with second year undergraduates to find ways of making student learning more effective and their modules more engaging. The long-termRead more

TurnItIn UK User group

TurnItIn UK User Group, 3/2/11, Aston University Bryan Dawson  This is a six-monthly event for TurnItIn (TII) Administrators and power users.  The system continues to grow, with over ½ million submissions per month to the system in the last quarter of 2010.  The UK branch of iParadigms (the U.S. company that built TurnItIn) now hasRead more

JISC Digital Media Online Surgeries 2011

Those colleagues who are thinking about using Elluminate in their teaching may be interested in a series of JISC Digital media events over the next month: ‘Screencasting allows you to capture what you are doing on your computer and package this screen capture as an effective and accessible learning resource. Especially in online and distanceRead more

Setting submission dates for TurnItIn assignments

On the Summary screen (the first of 4 tabs the tutor sees when they click the link to the assignment) there is a pencil icon.  Clicking this allows editing of the dates and times.  You then need to click the tick icon (which replaces the pencil) to confirm the changes. The graphic above shows theRead more

Developing online distance learning

As regular readers of this blog will know, over the last 6 months the University has funded a set of online distance learning development projects through the Distance Learning Fund. This covered 7 academic departments, with another project focused on the supporting IT infrastructure (including expansion of the ReVIEW lecture capture system and the ElluminateRead more

E-Learning reflections on where we are and where were going…

I recently arrived from the US where I spent 10+ yrs teaching and conducting research in math e-learning. A couple of my first conversations in the UK have afforded me a chance to reflect more on e-learning. One conversation was about the influence of instructional tech-enthusiasts on educational practice. In another later conversation, I wasRead more

Lecture capture update

I attended a very timely lecture capture event yesterday organised by my ex-colleague Juliet Hinrichsen at Coventry in support of their JISC ELTAC project. The focus of the event, attended by representatives of some of the institutions that have really scaled up their use of automated lecture capture (LSE, Newcastle, Birmingham), was on staff developmentRead more

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