Nov 14 2013

The LSE SADL Project is now recruiting!

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Digital and Information literacies are knowing how to find, evaluate, use and manage information using digital technology appropriately. They are part of lifelong learning and an important skill for all students.The Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy project is looking at how we can best embed these skills into undergraduate teaching. We are look for plugged-in, enthusiastic undergraduates studying in the Department of Statistics and Social Policy to help develop digital and information literacy skills relevant to their courses, and tell us how we can better embed digital literacies into undergraduate teaching at the LSE.

In return, students will receive training for skills such as writing for blogs, maintaining a social media presence and managing research resources; skills which will be vital in their future careers. Participation in this project will be recognised in students’ LSE Personal Development Aide Memoir (PDAM), and students will also receive vouchers to spend online.

The deadline for applications is 27 November (Friday Week 8). For more information, please visit, follow the project on Twitter @LSESADL, or email Arun Karnad at

If you think you can be the face of digital literacy, apply now!

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Nov 7 2013

First NetworkED Seminar: What the little birdy tells me

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Our first event in the new run of NetworkED seminars is going to take the form of a workshop, run by Martin Hawksey. It is entitled ‘What the Little Birdy tells me: Twitter in Education.’ This workshop will explore some educational ‘Twitter hacks’ which cover a wide range of activities from a free SMS broadcast system, Twitter for classroom voting and the application of social network analysis to for mining Twitter for actionable insights. As part of this participants will be shown a range of free and open source tools to assist in Twitter data collection and analysis including the Twitter Archiving Google Spreadsheet (TAGS) and NodeXL. For more information visit our CLT webpage for the event.

Date: Wednesday 13th November

Time: 15.00-16.30

LSE staff can book online

Externals very welcome: No booking is required to watch the live stream, simply visit the event page at 3pm next Wednesday. If you would like to attend in person then please email:

Twitter: use the hashtag #LSENetED for comments & questions. Martin’s handle is @mhawksey

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Nov 6 2013

CLT Learning Technology Innovation Grant – Call for Applications

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CLT Learning Technology Innovation Grant

Call for Applications

 We are launching the Learning Technology Innovation Grant (LTIG) and invite applications from LSE academic staff from all departments. This replaces the former CLT development grant.

The overall aim of all projects is to encourage and support the integration of new technologies in teaching and learning at LSE. A further aim is to foster the professional development of individual members of academic staff, both in their use of technology in teaching and in the continuing evaluation and development of their teaching practice.

In this first round, we are looking to fund 6 projects.  Applications that fit into the following strands are particularly encouraged, though projects that do not fit will be considered and are also welcome.

  • The use of video and multimedia in teaching
  • Using technologies to innovate assessment and feedback practices
  • Changing your classroom teaching
  • Developing digital literacies

We encourage applicants to discuss their ideas with any of us beforehand.

You can download the application form (word document) from the MUG (Moodle Users Group) Course on Moodle.

Applications should be submitted via the above course assignment module by midnight Friday 15th November 2013.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


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Oct 18 2013

Trends in Education Technology II

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Education technology is a rapidly moving, sometimes divisive and always interesting, especially to us working in Higher Education.

Here’s a round-up of some of the articles I found interesting, and thought you might too.

Do comment, recommend and share.


Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning? – Henry C. Lucas, Educause Review

Henry Lucas, Professor of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, analyses the impact MOOCs and other disruptive technologies will have on the Higher Education industry. He concludes that MOOCs offer a great opportunity to engage a new generation of students, and universities need to adapt their business models to incorporate emerging trends to avoid becoming redundant like the companies Lucas uses as case studies.

Let them eat MOOCsGianpiero Petriglieri, Harvard Business Review

Countering Henry Lucas’ article is an interesting argument by Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. Prof. Petriglieri questions whether MOOCs can actually deliver the democratization of higher education, and open up elite institutions to all. Instead, he argues that MOOCs may actually lead to “colonialism” by elite universities and deepen the divide between themselves and smaller institutions.

Report by Faculty Groups Questions Savings from MOOCs – Lawrence Biemiller, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Summary of the latest report by Campaign for the Future of Higher Education. The executive summary to their report can be accessed here. The paper, backed by faculty unions in the US, argues that students are not getting value for money by having to pay for credentials from online courses which are “virtually valueless in the marketplace”. It cites the example of Georgia Tech’s fully online Masters course in Computer Science provided by Udacity as being exploitative of the university’s reputation and course content for their own commercial gain.


Infographic – Knewton

A useful little infographic charting the history of gamification in education.

Gamification Infographic

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

Mobile Learning

Five Fabulous ways to use Google Apps in the Classroom - Mary Claudia, Edudemic

A useful summary of how Google Apps can be used to organise lessons and allow collaboration between teachers and students.

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Oct 17 2013

Research Data Management: new course at LSE

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Research Data Management: Introduction to Concepts and Practices is a new hour long training session being run by colleagues in the Library on Friday 25th October at 10:30 in the training room of the Library – LRB.R08.

This session introduces some of the main principles of research data management. It includes orientation to this approach to creating and working with research data, as well as a consideration of its effective use in research.

A mix of discussion and practical activities will allow participants to reflect on their own research needs. There will be opportunities to discuss data management planning, curating data, sharing data and related ethical and legal responsibilities. The growing importance of research data management in funding applications is also addressed.

There will be potential for future sessions aimed at particular research departments, or even projects, subject to interest from participants. If you are interested please book a place through the LSE Training System.


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Oct 7 2013

October festival of learning

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It’s October, term has started again, and CLT have an exciting range of workshops coming up in the next few weeks. These include sessions in the Learning Technology, Digital Literacy and Researcher Development programmes. Follow the hyperlinks to book now.

And there’s also our usual Moodle training running this month. You can choose from the sessions below. Follow the hyperlinks to book.

If you have any questions about the training we provide please contact:


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Oct 4 2013

Trends in Education Technology I

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Education technology is a rapidly moving, sometimes divisive and always interesting field of study, especially to us working in Higher Education. Therefore, I will be posting a fortnightly round-up of some of the articles I found interesting, and thought you might too.

Do comment, recommend and share. That’s what blogging is all about after all!


40 Future Uses for Educational Technology [Infographic] – EdTech Magazine

Whilst aimed at K-12, concepts such as gamification and digitized classrooms also have implications for HE provision.


Moocs: From Mania to Mundanity – Times Higher Education

Written by the author of the recently released BIS report on the impact of MOOCs on HE provision, this article argues that MOOCs have moved beyond hype and hysteria, and are now becoming normalised into the teaching strategies of many universities.

Third-party credentialing

College Diplomas are Meaningless. This is How to Fix Them. Design specs for upgrading the communications device formerly known as the sheepskin – New Republic

Whilst quite transparent in suggesting that LinkedIn could be a better alternative to demonstrating skills than a University degree, Reid Hoffmann, co-founder of LinkedIn, does make a point that the way graduates gain skills in future will involve a an unbundled format of course provision, allowing students to tailor skills to their own career aspirations. Central to this would be the ability for third-party course providers to be able to grant recognisable credentials to subscribers, e.g. Mozilla Open Badges.

Online mentoring

Internet mentors could supplant traditional lectures – Times Higher Education

One of the findings to come out of the Horizon 2020 report from the Observatory on Borderless Education. As information becomes more freely available via MOOCs and other platforms, support provided by junior-level lecturers at universities may be replaced by Online mentors, who may themselves be professionals in the topic or PhD researchers.

Education technologies

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About – Edudemic

A lot of technologies mentioned here will be familiar to many, but this is a useful round-up of the tools available to educators.

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Aug 13 2013

Survey 2013 results: Device ownership, ‘BYOD’ & social media for learning

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The results of our IMT student survey 2013 are in. We asked about student ownership of, habits with and attitudes towards mobile devices, and about their use of social media in a teaching and learning context.

Ownership of mobile devices amongst students at the LSE is very high – and practically all devices are used in some way to support their learning on campus, from accessing materials and writing notes and assignments on tablets and laptops, to using smartphones for communication and finding rooms or other campus information. We were keen to know if they would mind teachers asking them to use their devices in lectures, e.g. to participate in live online polls and about two thirds said that they would be fine with it (more than a third agreed to using mobiles and tablets). On average, students describe wifi provision good to fair, complaining mostly about frequent drops in connection.

On the social media side, LSE students are fairly strong users of social media, and use them in their learning for communication and collaboration, and to create and share files and documents.  The most frequently used one was, unsurprisingly, facebook, but the most frequently used ones in a learning context were document creation tools such as google docs and dropbox. We asked if students would mind using facebook with students and teachers, and while 62% said they would mind with teachers, only 23% said they’d mind using it with fellow students. One main reason for this is that they do not want to mix the personal with the professional, and another that students quite strongly believe that social media are not conducive to supporting learning.

We will be analysing these results further to see what implications they have for future projects in CLT, i.e. for Learning Technology and Innovation in particular and IMT in general.

A full report of the survey results can be accessed on LSE Research online

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Aug 6 2013

iMeet: reflecting on the use of tablets and mobiles for learning


Last Friday we held a second iMeet event, to explore the use of tablets and mobiles in teaching and learning. The session was facilitated by the Centre for Learning Technology and we were keen to stress we were there to learn as much as the participants. We started by presenting some brief stats on smartphone and tablet ownership amongst students as indicated by the LSE IMT Survey this year. It’s high, with 92% of student having a smartphone. We then divided the room into three groups, facilitated by myself, Sonja and Jo to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using these devices in a teaching and learning context. Below is a summary of the discussions in each of the groups. We also shared some favourite apps and provided a list of further reading, which I’ve included in this blog post.

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Aug 1 2013

Reading lists and Moodle: exciting changes

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Over the last five months the Library has been working on converting reading lists to the new Reading Lists @ LSE system. This new tool works alongside Moodle to provide students and teachers an intuitive, consistent, and easy-to-use way of displaying and managing reading lists.

Why are LSE doing this? The Reading Lists @ LSE system offers benefits in three main areas:

For students it offers a more consistent experience. The overall interface and experience of reading lists is consistent across different courses and departments – while still allowing teachers to structure individual lists in whatever way they choose. Students are presented with a visually clear and intuitive display, which also provides a number of useful additional functions – including quick links directly to electronic versions of readings; up-to-date information about Library holdings; and tools for annotating and organizing their study. Feedback from students has been universally popular…

For teachers and administrators it’s a simple but powerful tool for compiling and editing reading lists. Teachers can grab references and citations from around the web, without the need to copy and paste or transcribe bibliographic information. Stable and reliable link through to Ejournals, ebooks, and online recordsare created automatically. CLT have updated the web pages about Reading Lists in Moodle with further information. Continue reading

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