Category Archives: Assessment & Feedback

Building up Blackboard – showing what our VLE can do

After a year abroad in Austria I’m now back in Reading and involved with the Digitally Ready project once again!  I wrote a blog post before about the work I did with Cindy Becker on online placement support – Digitally … Continue reading

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Blogging assignments – comments and experiences part 2: BSc Honors Projects

One of the challenges with undergraduate projects is to give the student experience of publishing their work.  Sometimes a project fits part of a larger research area and the student gets co authorship of a paper.  Three years ago one … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy: A Tool For Professional Development

During the course of my undergraduate research project, I undertook in the writing and development of many online blog entries, which were aimed at engaging readers with bird species and other scientific information (Blog entries found here:http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/whiteknightsbiodiversity/author/thomaswhitlock/). Over the course … Continue reading

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Blogging assignments – comments and experiences part 1: MSc formative and summative assignments

Blogging has become one of the major means of communicating just about anything.  It allows more development of thought than a tweet or Facebook post and is a logical development of the traditional form of published essays.  I’ve been experimenting … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy: What I’ve Learned

Over the 2012/13 academic year I undertook a dissertation project titled “Biodiversity on the Web: Developing tools and data delivery for campus biodiversity knowledge”. As a part of the project I worked closely with Alastair Culham and several other students … Continue reading

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Celebrating ‘digital’ at Reading

We still have a few places available for our showcase event ‘Digitally Ready: Celebrating our achievements’ which will take place next Monday, 15 April 11.00 am to 2.30 pm. As the Digitally Ready project draws to a close, it’s time … Continue reading

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From paper (lots of it) to pixels

A distinguishing feature of the BA programme in Typography are the professional assignments we run with external clients – our Real Jobs scheme. These ‘in-house placements’ allow inexperienced students to deal with professional work in a staged and supervised way, … Continue reading

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Making assessment count

The Digitally Ready team are delighted to welcome Gunter Saunders, Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Westminster, and Peter Chatterton, Visiting Professor in the Learning and Teaching Institute at the University of Hertfordshire who will be leading a … Continue reading

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Blogging to the world

Blogging is about communication.  Some time ago I used the Word Press Jetpack statistics to check that one of the blogs I was writing had readers (Tropical Biodiversity) but recently the Word Press stats tools for blogs have gone through … Continue reading

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The sincerest form of flattery

Our Teaching & Learning Showcase Series continued yesterday with a session on ‘Sharing good practice in the use of Turnitin’. Turnitin is an online service which allows educators to check students’ work for similarity with other sources as a tool for … Continue reading

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