Tablets in teaching

Are you using a tablet in your teaching – either iPad or Android? If so, we’d like to hear from you. How are you using it? Have you found any particularly useful apps? What response have you had from students? We’re planning a ‘tablets in teaching’ project for next academic year and any feedback would beRead more

Ultra High Definition video for healthcare education

Today researchers at UK universities will carry out 3D demonstrations on a ‘virtual patient’, showing how groundbreaking ultra high definition (UHD) technology is making a real difference to medical training and diagnosis. Already used by trainee radiographers at Cardiff University, UHD technology, using the UK’s research and education high-speed data network Janet, has the potentialRead more


MOOCs are in the news again today – click over to the Teaching and Learning Blog for more. What’s a MOOC?  Read more

2012 Technology Enhanced Learning Survey

Every few years, UCISA (Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) conducts a survey of the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in UK universities and colleges. The report based on this year’s survey has just been published and is available here.  Here is a condensed version of the key findings from the executive summary: EnhancingRead more


In my last post on the demise of Twitterfountain, I mentioned Twitterfontana as an alternative well worth taking a look at, but sounding a note of caution about over-reliance on any free Web 2.0 services as they can (and do) disappear overnight. The next day I received an email from Jaap Roes, one of the developersRead more

Twitterfountain: a cautionary tale

The expert Twitterati amongst you may have come across the Twitterfountain service, which enabled you to create an animated stream of tweets featuring a specific hashtag, against a backdrop of images found with a particular tag on Flickr, with the tweets updated in realtime. This was great for conference sessions, or even for teaching, asRead more

Raspberry Pi – the new BBC Micro?

If, like me, you were a teenager in the 1980s, chances are you’ll remember the BBC Micro and the Sinclair Spectrum. These were ‘home computers’ that encouraged a generation of pallid adolescents to try their hand at programming, leading pretty much directly to the British games industry becoming one of the country’s biggest export earnersRead more

JISC build Stairway to Heaven

Well, not quite… But the new JISC Elevator is a really interesting angle on funding within the HE context, inspired by the emerging trend in the wider tech world for crowdsourcing / crowdfunding. Here’s the press release: Bright ideas wanted for new JISC funding platform  Do you have a smart idea for using technology inRead more

There's more to social networking than Facebook and Twitter

Did you know… ∙ Twitter and Facebook are blocked in most parts of China by the Great Firewall of China? ∙ China has 485 million Internet users, more than any other country in the world? ∙, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, already has 195 million users (almost as many as Twitter)? ∙ Manchester BusinessRead more

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