Category Archives: teaching

Giving feedback on writing: some questions to ask

Today I’ve been giving feedback on various forms of writing: extracts from a teaching portfolio, a journal article, and the first 2 chapters of a Masters thesis. While there are criteria that I check each of these pieces of writing … Continue reading

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We want more, We want more!

We want more, we want more! That was the overarching theme from results of  evaluations from recent participants on the Assessment and Feedback module I’ve been teaching on. I have been teaching on short modules* that offer opportunities to staff … Continue reading

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Can we really consider Twitter a learning tool?

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For the past 18 months I’ve been engrossed in the research topic of how Twitter is used by professionals for learning. Finally I’m nearly there, tomorrow I will present at a doctoral conference at UCL Institute of Education in London. Creation … Continue reading

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How EdTech2014  got it right!

The annual Irish EdTech conference was held in UCD last week drawing 230 participants. This was one of the highest attendances ever despite it simultaneously clashing with #Excited  in Dublin castle. Interest in educational technology and research into how it can … Continue reading

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ELearning for Health education professionals

Yesterday I facilitated a workshop on technology enhanced learning for health and education professionals. This group of professionals were very interested in the potentials of using technology both from a bigger picture perspective (the trends, challenges and opportunities) and also … Continue reading

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Edtech13 Keynote Catherine Cronin

I have been listening in on streamed presentations at #Edtech13, and Catherine Cronin’s keynote on open education was inspiring. Technology influences so much of what we do in the world and as a result initiatives are fast moving. Catherine describes that … Continue reading

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How I establish the use of the ePortfolio system hasn’t worked as well as it could!

So based on student feedback I need to change how the Mahara ePortfolio is introduced to the MSc Applied Elearning students. It has only dawned on me that my method of teaching this was putting emphasis on the technology before … Continue reading

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Understanding Learning and Teaching

Professor Michael Prosser’s (University of Hong Kong) seminar on ‘research on student learning in higher education’ described key variations in the way students approach their studies in higher education, how those approaches relate to teaching and learning contexts and perception … Continue reading

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NAIRTL / LIN Annual Conference

Last week I attended NAIRTL / LIN Annual Conference held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Over 300 people attended and I early benefited from this conference as many of the presentations were fresh topics to me. … Continue reading

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Improving supervisory skills

This week Dr John Dallat, the Head of Learning and Teaching at DKIT facilitated a workshop on “Supervising Students at Master’s Level”. The workshop explored common issues that arise when supervising students. We discussed ‘what good research is’, ‘what makes … Continue reading

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