Last week, I gave a couple of presentations at the Higher Education Academy’s Teaching History in Higher Education conference in Senate House in the University of London.
Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the first day of the conference, but managed to see some very interesting presentations. Highlights for me included those by Tim Cooper (Exeter), who raised a number of challenging questions about the underlying politics behind the ’employability’ agenda. Melodee Beals (Sheffield Hallam) gave a paper on her use of blogs to develop students’ academic writing skills, beautifully illustrated with a Prezi presentation. The Toolkit to support workplace learning that has been developed by historians at the University of Wolvehampton was outlined by Richard Hakwins and Harvey Woolf and will, I think, prove really useful for students and staff (see the press announcement about the original project here).
I gave a very brief presentation about digitization and other e-learning projects I’ve been involved in after lunch to the History Forum, an advisory group for History at the HEA:
It has already led to an invitation to speak to History UK in November, at which I’ll have a bit more time to explain what we’ve been upto at Lincoln and other developments.
Later in the afternoon, I gave a longer (20 minutes!) presentation on some research that I’ve been doing into student perceptions and experiences of e-learning in History HE across the UK. The full report will be published by the HEA, hopefully before the end of the year, but the presentation slides give an indication of some of the key points.