You Can Canva

3 mins reading View this post on Instagram Yeah, I can't do this… ­čś» A post shared by Adam Brown (@digitalzones) on Feb 4, 2017 at 6:58pm PST From virtual drawings to 3D models of buildings, my partner is very talented at designing stuff. I, on the other hand, don’t have a good design bone…

Welcome Feelings

3 mins reading and ?? mins viewing WELCOME ‘The welcome should consist of warmly welcoming your students to this unit. Introduce yourself and provide a general introduction to what the unit is about…’ (copied from template) Well, that’s what I’m supposed to do here. When writing one of these welcome messages, I’m reminded of a…

Motivation Matters

4 mins reading When I led a creative writing workshop in my very first year of teaching, I was handed a one-page plan for the session by the lecturer in charge. This sheet of paper had the year 1997 written in the top right-hand corner. The year I was looking at it was 2005. I…

Tell a Story

7 mins reading ‘You’ll never guess what just happened to me!!’ When I first started teaching as a casual tutor at Deakin University in 2005, I had two strategies for quietening down a roomful of students: simply start to play an entertaining YouTube video on the big screen, or call out the above declaration to…

My First Time (Podcasting)

4 mins reading and 2 mins listening Writing in the past couple of days about the benefits of audio feedback and power of experiencing sound spaces has led me to reflect here on my very first podcast. I’ll admit I hadn’t planned this pseudo-trilogy of posts in advance, but handy things tend to happen when…

The Smile You Can Hear

4 mins reading The first time I've received audio feedback for an assignment, and what a difference it makes! I actually took notes of the points I want to work on for next time and it's nice to be able to hear a smile in a marker's voice! Thanks @emmawhatman & @Deakin #ALC708 #onlinelearning —…

Feedback with Volume

3 mins reading Our research into feedback practices has found that students and staff find feedback practices largely unsustainable, de-motivating and without opportunity for improvement. The sobering findings outlined in Michael Henderson’s┬áConversation article ‘Universities are failing their students through poor feedback practices‘ scream out to be paid attention to. I’m fortunate to not only work…

Speaking of Students

2 mins reading Last week I participated in a workshop about digital literacy. A diverse group of university managers, learning designers, academics, and student representatives had some really insightful conversations about how learning needs to be re-framed in these digital times. One problem I recognised in a few presentations that ‘set the scene’ for this…

I am Not a Jedi

7 mins reading and 7 mins viewing When my cousin saw this photograph, she asked, ‘Why are you dressed like Jesus?’ This was disappointing. But in case I do need to give it some context, I’m dressed – rather unconvincingly perhaps – as Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars films (although it’s an officially licensed…

Build a Learning Network

4 mins reading Here’s an embarrassing admission – or it would be if I had any shame – I had never come across the acronym ‘PLN’ until this week. It first came to my attention when I noticed┬áthe below tweet in my feed… I am teaching a University course – Teaching and Learning Through eLearning….