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Blackboard & VLE Awards 2017

Now into its fifth year, the 2017 Blackboard & VLE Awards competition has seen an increasing number of courses supported by exemplary use and design of their virtual learning environment.  This year’s awards event featured a mix of familiar and new faces: some staff recognised for the consistently high quality of support they provide for students online each year, and others representing modules where new developments in the VLE have helped transform their course delivery. Continue reading →

Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference 2016

ILIaD were pleased to have two papers accepted for the Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference 2016, one by Adam Warren and the other by Stephan Caspar, Sarah Fielding and myself. Not only was it a chance for us to share ideas with like-minded colleagues, but there was a wide range of speakers from a number of local universities... and it was also a chance for us to see Solent's new facilities! http://www.solent.ac. Continue reading →

ELESIG South event: Students as Producers

On Wednesday 29th June, Adam Warren and Tamsyn Smith attended the second symposium organised by the Southern branch of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners' experiences of E-learning Special Interest Group). The event was considering the role of Students as Producers. It included presentations from practitioners across a range of disciplines, looking at different ways that students can be actively involved in developing and evaluating their own learning. Continue reading →

Why Flipped Classrooms Fail Part 2

In Part 1 of this three part series, I propose one reason why I suspect some flipped classrooms fail while others succeed. [Go to Part 1: Why Flipped Classrooms Fail] Failure is a broad term and there are many ways a flipped classroom can fail.  The type of failure that causes the most tension for me is related to student performance measures, specifically when students do not fare any better on high stakes assessments than they do in traditional classrooms. Continue reading →

Why Flipped Classrooms Fail

“I tried Peer Instruction and it didn’t work.”   As a champion of the popular flipped learning method developed by Eric Mazur , this phrase always hits me hard when I hear it from fellow educators. And I do hear it. Over the years, I’ve run into many different accounts of experiments in innovative teaching, not just Peer Instruction, gone awry.  I have heard many refrains about clickers, “I tried clickers and it was a disaster. Continue reading →