The impact of technologies on undergraduate education

Spanish tiles in Seville This is the title of the paper I am presenting with my colleague Athina Chatzigavriil at the European Conference on E-learning (ECEL) 2010 which is taking place later this week in Porto at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto. We’re using results from various evaluation activities we’ve been carrying out with colleagues who manage LSE100, the new core course for all LSE undergraduate students. The course has a variety of learning technologies embedded into the course, including a substantial Moodle component, the use of personal response systems (PRS) in lectures, audio feedback for assignments, texting tools for collecting feedback and automated lecture recording each week. I helped to design an essay writing tutorial which is available in Moodle to help improve students’ information skills. Our analysis of the usage of the tutorial has provided some really interesting findings. We hope to meet lots of colleagues from various European countries and also quite a few from the UK who are attending. Porto promises to be a warm 21 degrees and I am looking forward to staying on for the weekend and sampling some of the local port!

I’ve also started teaching MI512 our information literacy course for PhD students again, and I can’t believe Maria and I have done two weeks of teaching already. We started with an introduction to literature searching and this week did the Going Beyond Google session. We’ve got around 25 students on the course this term, so it’s a busy session. But it’s great to have so many keen research students.  And the DELILA project is keeping me busy, so do subscribe to the DELILA blog if you’re interested in sharing information and digital literacy resources. Finally the LILAC call for papers has now just closed, and I’m really pleased with the fantastic response we’ve had, particularly from delegates outside the UK. Next year’s conference, which is going to be jointly hosted by the British Library and LSE, promises to be good.

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