Author: Eli

Digital academia, Research, Student life

The identity and portrayal of the design studio teacher in the hybrid studio classroom.

Reading Time: 62 minutes Studio, the signature pedagogy of art and design teaching maintains its ancient identity as a discipline used to teach students the habits of thinking, doing and being in order to prepare them for life as a practitioner. However, regardless of the impact technology has made on society and culture, and the increasing demand for on-line education, the studio as a practice remains almost unchanged. This study set out to explore the experiences of five studio teachers, currently teaching in a hybrid (on-line/face-to-face) programme teaching design This explores teacher-practitioner identity, how teaching presence is created in the studio (on-line and face-to-face) and the impact that technology or other factors may have on this.

members of UCU (University and College Union) on strike outside of the University of Edinburgh
Digital academia

Down tools, everybody out!

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’m 45 and yesterday, for the first time in my life I stood on a picket line as part of the strike action by university staff happening at the moment. I have to be honest, it doesn’t sit easily with me, I feel very uncomfortable not being available to my […]

someone using laptop image by University of Edinburgh
Digital academia

Using my blog as a medium for some self development: a project on digital skills

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today I start something which will give my blog a bit of direction for a while, but which I am really hoping will help me push the boundaries of my digital skills. Digital skills is quite a focus at work just now, the Scottish Government published it’s learning and teaching strategy, which basically aims to make it possible to allow all of Scotland’s educators, learners and parents to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology in order to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all.

studies by Eli Appleby-Donald 2017
teaching with tech

Formative assessments are pointless

Reading Time: 3 minutes I work in a school (in a university) which uses formative assessment, a lot. Almost every course we run has an assessment part of the way through the year where students receive feedback but no grade, but I am fully aware that to others this seems crazy and I’ve even […]

keyboard and cup by Eli Appleby-Donald
Digital academia

Why do I blog? Time for some reflection.

Reading Time: 5 minutes I have been asked to take part in a podcast about blogging and normally I’d be very up for this and could, to be honest, chat the legs of a donkey. However, I’m being asked to chat about my professional blogging practice, namely this blog. This puts me in a […]