Author Archives: Stuart

Who is assessment for?

Assessment is a huge part of who universities are. It provides evidence that programmes are rigorous and relevant, and can play a decisive role in how students approach their learning. Despite what Homer Simpson might think, most students want proof … Continue reading


Online assessment: ‘will this be on the exam?’

One of the clearest memories from our trip to Japan many years ago was at the ticket office in a train station in Hiroshima. My sister-in-law, who was travelling with us, spoke some Japanese but she had to ask quite … Continue reading


Starting my MSc: responsible drinking and a fox in space

This blog has been pretty quiet for the last few months. I’ve been busy studying ‘An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’, the first module of my part-time MSc in digital education at Edinburgh Uni. It’s been great getting back … Continue reading


#ocTEL retrospective and looking forward

Anyone who looked at this blog before April (ok, so that’s probably my mum and me) might be wondering why a copy-editor and proofreader has been posting about something called ocTEL for the last few months. As well as working … Continue reading


#ocTEL week 10: evaluating TEL

Designing in features of evaluation gives you a chance to see how your TEL resources are being used, and also provides evidence that might help people to buy into what you’re doing (or tell you if you’ve got it totally … Continue reading


#ocTEL week 9: it looks like we might have made it…

The sun is shining here and our daughters are bouncing on the trampoline outside. It’s week 9 of ocTEL, and although I have to confess to some MOOC weariness I’m determined to be one of the 4% who make it … Continue reading


#ocTEL week 8: learning for learning’s sake?

The Saylor Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose “mission” is “to make education freely available to all” regardless of a student’s location or finances. Sounds good, eh? The Saylor model is all about aggregation: it pulls in open or creative … Continue reading


#ocTEL week 7: your place or mine?

I’ve not been the best at interacting with other participants on this course (mainly due to time constraints). But by the looks of it I’m not alone. The small group for distance learning forum, to which I subscribe, hasn’t seen … Continue reading


#ocTEL week 6: design, assessment and emergency stops

When you learn to drive, your instructor makes sure you know how to parallel park, do a three-point turn and perform an emergency stop. In other words, he gives you exactly what you need to get through the driving test. … Continue reading


#ocTEL week 5: how do you make technology disappear?

After a two-week hiatus while I built sandcastles on the beach in Spain, it was good to get straight into a meaty bit of theory when I started catching up on ocTEL: David Kolb’s learning styles model and experiential learning … Continue reading