Teacher – Author, Curator, Guide?

When I first started teaching for ITLP the landscape for resources was quite different for students. Yes, most things could be found on the web and how-to sites existed but a lot more research – and luck – was involved … Continue reading

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Mentoring, Instructing, Perspective and Knowledge

Reading the below article recently, I was struck by how much of my teaching approach depends firstly on the type of session I am facilitating (workshop, exercise-led course, show and tell + discussion etc.). Then beyond this broad frame-work the … Continue reading

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But… Is it art?

I have always had an interest in comics, but possibly not given the art form its due regard as a serious storytelling medium. A friend suggested I read one of the most highly regarded analyses of the genre: Understanding Comics: … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule

Browsing a book on pop-philosophy (at least that’s what my fully trained Philosophy friend called it!), I came across the Golden Rule. No matter what your cultural background, you might be familiar with: “Do unto others what you would have … Continue reading

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Nuclear Fusion research, Lego and some lessons for the IT Learning Programme

I was recently lucky enough to have dinner with a leading physicist whose speciality is smashing atoms together at very high speed and looking at what happens – in one of the great memes of the internet this process has … Continue reading

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“But how do I know what I don’t know?”

That’s a question we often hear from new research students around this time of year. Life as a postgrad is so much less structured than when you were an undergrad with lectures to attend, text books to study, essays to … Continue reading

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The Open Source challenge

When I started teaching a few years ago it was inconceivable that digital media output could be done solely using open source software. What was available had limited feature sets, poor workflows, a reputation for crashing, and a distinct lack … Continue reading

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Academic blogging

There is an interesting article in the Guardian about academic blogging that covers all the things you might think about before deciding to setup a blog. It’s really a check list – written by an academic who takes blogging seriously … Continue reading

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IT teaching without a computer

It’s all rather unfair really. When you’re building a database, the very first thing you have to do … is by far the most difficult. Other software (word-processor, images, spreadsheets, whatever) let you throw something together to get started, and … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to the teachers blog. This a place where teachers in the IT Learning Programme can record thoughts and ideas centered around our practice as University-based advocates of technology and computing skills. I would like to start by quickly surveying … Continue reading

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