Blogposts

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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 […]

Photo by: Paul Dodds 2016 https://www.pauldodds.com/
teaching with tech

Standardisation, safe and comforting or driving out creativity in teaching?

Reading Time: 8 minutes The higher education sector is vast and in many instances the institutions themselves are trying to find the best ways to cope with extraordinarily large class sizes and student volumes, but obviously without wishing to recruit vast numbers of staff or create an endless loop of administrative burden onto those […]

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Digital academia

Accessible documentation: why and how

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s that time of year where those of us working in education are preparing for the coming academic year and one of these jobs is creating the new administration and learning material needed. This is a good time to have a review of the materials you have and update or […]

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teaching with tech

Wikipedia – for teaching and learning

Reading Time: 2 minutes Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment. That is the vision statement of the world’s largest open educational resource Wikipedia. Just in case there is anyone out there who hasn’t heard of Wikipedia, it’s a massive free online […]

Title:Young girl reading a book, Central Circulating Library at College and St. George Streets, Toronto, Ontario Creator(s) : Unknown Date(s) : 1930-1960 Reference No: MIKAN 4369745, 4369827
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Open Education and my adventure with learning

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the blog post where I introduced myself I spoke about my childhood obsession with information, or more precisely my obsession with gaining information. In my childhood, this meant hours spent in local libraries pouring through encyclopedias. This was so much a part of who I was, that almost every […]