Teaching

If I teach any sessions/courses I’ll add them here/as sub pages.  I’ll also be adding teaching materials here as I produce them.

  • Arguments, Evidence, and Intuition – Undergraduate level subjects 36201 and 36200
    • Autumn, Spring and Summers 2016/17- subject tutor and guest lecturer
    • Summer 2016 & Autumn 2018 – subject coordinator
  • Data Science for Innovation – Masters level subject 36100
    • Autumn 2016 & Spring 2018 – lecturer
    • Autumn & Spring 2017, Autumn 2018 – subject coordinator
  • I have delivered a number of sessions on ‘Writing Tools for Research Writing’ introducing writing analytics and technologies to support higher-degrees research students in their writing, e.g. based on these slides
  • I ran a library data carpentry session on data literacy and getting started with teaching open data
  • 2013 Epistemology and Learning Analytics – week on the Learning Analytics Online course, week outline, youtube replay of live session, and introduction to epistemology post – written for the week
  • Connecting your student data (3/16/2018) - As educators, we want to use the various tools available to us – from Blackboard, to Google Forms, or maybe even Twitter – to support student learning. By using these tools, we can get data on what our students are...
  • Edusearch: Setting information seeking tasks (12/22/2016) - A significant area of research for me over the last 5 years has been in the exploration of ‘searching to learn’ – how students use of search engines can be educational in nature. The ability to find and evaluate information...
  • Flipped Learning Action Group (FLAG) meeting (10/12/2015) - Today I attended my first UTS Flipped Learning Action Group (FLAG) meeting. These monthly meetings bring any interested UTS academic staff together to “develop innovative teaching, learning and assessment practices that use the strengths of flipped learning.” It’s an exciting...
  • Flipping Textbook – Specifying a WordPress Toolkit (3/18/2016) - One of the new projects I’ve joined (as a late addition) is the ‘flipping textbook‘ project – a collaboration between CIC/MDSI, the library, and IML at UTS. The idea is to work on a ‘flipped textbook’ – getting students to...
  • Giving pupils the lead in dialogic talk around presentations (5/8/2013) - Over summer I did a bit of work on the Interactive White Boards (IWB) project at Cambridge, and wrote a chapter for the reader on creating an environment for effective dialogue in the classroom.  The focus of that work, and...
  • Learning Analytics Carpentry (LAC) proposal (2/2/2016) - Over the last few years there have been a number of Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining online courses, notably (thanks to Bodong): Data, Analytics, and Learning, offered by George Siemens, et al. on edX Big Data in Education, offered...
  • REVIEW logo REVIEW Software – A tool and pedagogic strategy to improve assessment (12/12/2016) - REVIEWTM Software – A tool and a strategy to improve assessment I wrote this with Darrall Thompson recently for a Pearson ACODE award (for which REVIEW was ‘Highly Commended for Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning’, although other very worthy projects...
  • Search based games and puzzles (7/9/2016) - As I’m interested in search engines, and how people’s information seeking casts a lens on their understanding and evaluation of the problem, I’ve been interested in games based around search engines. These games sometimes (more or less deliberately) help people...
  • R-logo Shared data for individual assessments (12/17/2016) - How do you distribute a shared dataset, in such a way that quiz-answers based on the data can’t just be copied? One of the subjects I’m involved in: Has a reasonably large, and growing enrolment (>50, which will grow to...
  • Wikipedia globe in keychain Students creating their own OER through Wikipedia (12/30/2016) - This is a post almost entirely using material from Wikimedia advocates :-), the first is an abreviated version of an email circulated (which I now can’t find, or a web-version – so apologies, happy to attribute), and the 2nd an...
  • Thinking about genre with students (6/13/2016) - I’m planning to do some work with students to encourage them to think about genre in their profession. (NB: See comment on this post for outcome of an activity based on this post). This fits into my wider project to...
  • From pixabay Two new posts on making learning visible (10/31/2018) - I’ve got a couple of new posts up on the UTS Futures blog on making learning visible. The core idea is that we need ways to make visible to both students and teachers whether students understand/have grasped what they’re learning....
  • Using Google drive and doctopus for whole-class group and individual tasks (6/14/2016) - I recently ran a class (in our excellent Arguments, Evidence, and Intuition undergrad subject) on finding and manipulating data. As part of that I wanted to: Demo some sheets functions to import data (importhtml, etc.) and show some shared data...
  • ifttt logo Using ifttt and diigo bookmarks to feed facebook (1/31/2017) - In the undergraduate subject I’m coordinating this semester (Arguments, Evidence, and Intuition – a quantitative literacy undergrad module) we’re really interested in getting students dealing with numbers in real world contexts. How do you critique a newspaper article, see behind...
  • Using Wikipedia paragraph improvements to teach literacy (4/19/2014) - I just submitted an idea to the Wikimedia Idea Lab on Using Wikipedia paragraph improvements to teach literacy.  The basic idea is to take a paragraph in a Wikipedia article, and use the revision history to extract earlier versions of...
  • UTS model of learning (writing): Writing for data scientists (3/21/2016) - At UTS we have a model of learning, that is built on in the ‘learning.futures‘ programme, both of which target course-based graduate attributes: An integrated exposure to professional practice through dynamic and multifaceted modes of practice-oriented education Professional practice situated...
  • Verifying your facts (10/19/2014) - I recently found myself on a journal website – looked all good, but it was published by a nutrition organisation. In the UK ‘nutritionist’ isn’t a terribly well regarded title (certainly no protection) so I wondered how I could check...
  • WordPress course writing and eportfolio space (6/14/2016) - We’ve been doing work to develop a space (‘CIC-around’) to allow students to: Collate posts, so a portfolio can showcase existing work Provide access control, to ensure the work can be viewed by the right people Structure posts, such that...
  • Writing a white paper or discussion paper (3/14/2016) - What types of writing do professionals engage in? What professional practices of writing should students entering those professions encounter? How can we support development of appropriate professional writing skills?  These are issues I’ve been thinking about a bit lately, and...

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