I took a different tube today. It was a slightly earlier one than I normally get. Jubilee Line. It was 8.30am when I got on at West Ham and packed: prime time for those Essex commuters to be getting into for work at Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Waterloo. Apart from being slightly more crushed … Continue reading Tube Ruminations
On Thursday evening we were treated to a superb evening of debate and discussion at the annual Library Forum. The topic was Student as Customer? and the setting was the rather comfy Nash Lecture Theatre at the Strand Campus. As I was fortunate to attend and others won't have been able to, I thought I … Continue reading Student as Customer? Discuss.
Questioning can be very powerful: it can really focus the mind (Kline, 2015). Part of our teaching toolkit will usually include questioning. There has been a lot of emphasis on using questioning effectively in schools over the last two decades and I think we can learn a lot from those efforts in the university sector. … Continue reading …the answer to the question on your mind
I have been reading the excellent tour de force that is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you haven't read it, do! It is an observant and witty take on what it means to be on the outside of a culture you are now within. The novel focuses on the story of two students, Obinze … Continue reading Americanah and Education
This is a draft of a blog post I wrote ages ago and shelved because it wasn't quite perfect. In the spirit of Brene Brown and perfect being the enemy of done, I've been going through my drafts to get them published. Following on from news reports in the Mirror and Guardian this morning about a … Continue reading What’s wrong with university?
I had a real treat this week with some awesome training around audio recording delivered by a professional voice artist. We decided as a team we needed to do some development work around narrating our elearning modules. So we got it and it was incredible! It also got me thinking about the way I had … Continue reading Maybe TFL have got it right…
infed article on Communities of Practice I consider myself part of a number of communities of practice, including my course mates from our PGCE and also with the wider library world through professional networks. Both of these are facilitated by social media and online technologies such as Yammer and Twitter. The basic theory is that … Continue reading Revisiting Communities of Practice