#LTSUReads: An introduction to ChatGPT 

by Bethany Witham and Rachel Bancroft Given our fascination with digital pedagogies, online learning and teaching and the many ways education is evolving and changing, it is probably no surprise that the members of the LTSU are voracious consumers of journal articles, blog posts, and Toots and Tweets a-plenty on all things Learning Technology. As such, we’ve decided to start […]

Going beyond announcements: using news items to enrich students’ experience of a module

The news or announcements feed within an online learning environment can serve as a key strand in enhancing the dialogue between instructor and students throughout a module, increasing what we’ve explored in the past as a sense of “presence”. News posts can be used simply to remind students of upcoming events and assessments, though many of the colleagues we support […]

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Digital Confidence: Spotlight

In our previous blog post Digital Confidence: Springboard and safety net we explained how we see the development of digital confidence in our colleagues as a key part of our role. We discussed how we act as a springboard and a safety net – providing the guidance and information that colleagues need to launch a new idea for teaching and […]

Flexible peer-learning activities: what, why, how

Lately as a team we’ve been thinking a lot about flexibility and collaboration, and how one supports the other. As it becomes clear that the pandemic has had a permanent impact on working practices globally (Office for National Statistics 2021), current students can expect a mix of on-site and remote, and synchronous and asynchronous work in their future careers. Working […]

Digitally transforming assessment with the SAMR model

by Joseph Kenney and Rosemary Pearce Our team recently attended a presentation on using the SAMR model for transforming assessment by our colleague Rachel Challen (Learning, Teaching and Staff Development Manager for the School of Arts and Humanities at NTU). We spoke to her afterwards to share some of her ideas on how we should be thinking about transforming assessment […]

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Together We Can Do So Much: Building a collaborative glossary

by Joseph Kenney and Bethany Witham Finding the words – outlining the task  Extending student vocabulary  Building International students’ vocabulary with subject-specific terms is of huge importance, but it offers a challenge to language teachers. How can they do this effectively in the limited time that they have?   Our colleague Jane Vickers, from the Nottingham Institute of Language and Intercultural […]

Journeying Towards Accessibility 

Representation Matters – Beginning Our Journey  While idly browsing new boots this morning, I was absolutely delighted to see that the retailer had chosen to employ a model with a prosthetic leg, as representation of difference in the media is so much rarer than it should be. Representation is incredibly easy and incredibly important, but making products and services inclusive […]

Distinct but interrelated communities: an approach to hybrid teaching

The pandemic has necessitated the need for teaching on-campus and online simultaneously. While at NTU we’ve been moving back to campus for most of our teaching this academic year as restrictions have allowed, hybrid delivery is still being discussed in Higher Education worldwide for its potential to offer students who cannot make it to campus the chance to attend live […]

Student-generated and Student-led: Independent collaboration in Teams

The challenge Moving so abruptly to online teaching during the Covid-19 periods of lockdown certainly provided challenges for everyone working in education, from the redesign of learning materials to the navigation of new technologies for learning online.   I spoke to Sarah Khan, a Senior Lecturer within the Nottingham Institute for Languages and Intercultural Communication (NILIC), about the challenge of supporting […]

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