MED5008: a manifesto.

For five weeks my second year students are banned from using the Internet in their new media class. Above is our production manifesto for the first half of the term. What follows is an explanation. Histories of alternative media* often link the arrival of new technologies with surges of alternative media production. The thinking goes… Continue reading MED5008: a manifesto.

Cameras are obvious, the web is still scary

It’s Freshers’ Week again. Today we had to ‘pitch’ our first year production modules to the new intake so they can make an informed choice about what they are studying this year. This afternoon I’ve been meeting students in a drop-in session at my office to answer queries about the classes I run. I’ve only… Continue reading Cameras are obvious, the web is still scary

Sometimes leaving the room is the best way to teach

Not going to your own classroom when you have a class is wrong, right? Students kind of expect us to be there, it’s part of the deal. Our bosses probably expect us to be there too. It’s what you do when your timetable says you should.   I’m not going to my classroom today, despite… Continue reading Sometimes leaving the room is the best way to teach

Why graduate web designers should have an opinion on FTP software

Specialists in all fields have a tendency to fetishise their kit because mastery and selection of tools is a way of demonstrating expertise.  James Bond choose an off beam choice in his Beretta 418. That tells us something about him – he’s a maverick, a specialist, an expert. I can only find this scene in German,… Continue reading Why graduate web designers should have an opinion on FTP software

FAQ: a simple accountancy system using office software

“Where can I get some basic cheap accountancy software?” A common question I see on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. My standard response is “if you need something basic, just use your office software”. I’ve found that most basic bookkeeping tasks can be done using Word & Excel (or your own preferred word processor and spreadsheet).… Continue reading FAQ: a simple accountancy system using office software

Thoughts on ‘The UX Design Education Scam’ by @andyrutledge: my first rebuttal

In my capacity as a course leader in a higher education programme that features the words “web and new media” in the title, here are the first of two rebuttals of Andy Rutledge’s article “The UX Design Education Scam“. Former BCU colleague Matt Machell asked for my thoughts on this. It actually relates to a post I wrote… Continue reading Thoughts on ‘The UX Design Education Scam’ by @andyrutledge: my first rebuttal

Conquering the fear of failure: innovating my teaching to improve students’ learning

This week my third year students have been confronting their fear of failure. I’m not a big fan of the phrase “fail fast, fail often” because it hides a bigger set of issues rather too neatly. Failure, as part of a process of experimentation, is a by-product, not a target. Frequent failure may well be… Continue reading Conquering the fear of failure: innovating my teaching to improve students’ learning

Some limitations in the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy model

I keep seeing this retweeted and it’s doing my head in a bit. It’s a derivation from Bloom’s Taxonomy, which I guess every teacher (certainly every HE teacher) has come across if they’ve done a teaching qualification. The diagram maps Web 2.0 tools onto types of learning outcomes, to show which tools you can link to what… Continue reading Some limitations in the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy model

My new favourite web app: Tom’s Planner – Gantt Charts

This is one for my students mainly, but also anyone who needs to visualise a project quickly. I haven’t needed to make a Gantt chart for a long time, but I’ve been on a bloody training course on Microsoft Project, and even bought an epic book on that package. Today for the first time in years, I… Continue reading My new favourite web app: Tom’s Planner – Gantt Charts

Enabling digital participation in Higher Education

OK so being as Ana and Jen (part 1 & part 2) blogged about posters, I guess that means it’s what we do now. So here’s my regulation blog post about a poster. A few summer’s ago Dave Kane, Anita Reardon and I were given a small grant for a pilot project in the uses… Continue reading Enabling digital participation in Higher Education