Author Archives: digitalscholar

About digitalscholar

I am a sociologist with an interest in new technology. Previously I’ve worked on a number of projects at Lancaster University and the Open University looking at the use of new technologies and social media by researchers. I was also a social sciences teaching fellow at the foundation centre at Durham University teaching sociology and anthropology. I am now a senior lecturer at the University of West London's Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning where I oversee the foundation provision and support retention. I'm sure I'll still be interested in, and occasionally blog about, tech related things. I use this blog to post thoughts about using new technologies in my professional academic life and wider thoughts and links relating to technology more generally.

Study skills books for foundation year students

Very few students start their undergraduate studies know what is expected of them. I often tell my students the story of my first undergraduate essay. I was studying economics, I’d taken the subject at GCSE and ‘A’ level so I … Continue reading

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Commuting and student experience

I’ve started working for a new university and there are lots of differences between here and ‘the old place’. As I started to meet our students one of the very striking things I noticed was how far away many of … Continue reading

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Quick thoughts on different yik yak herds

I’ve blogged before about my largely positive experiences experiences on yik yak, and how it might even be a useful tool for engaging with students on various topics. I’ve been chatting with another Yik Yak lecturer and even thinking about … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about Teaching Awards

After being shortlisted for a Students’ Union award last year I put myself forwards for Durham’s Teaching Award a few months ago and last week found out I’d won. Obviously I’m delighted with this CV boosting accolade, and I’m thankful to … Continue reading

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More thoughts on online quizzes to teach anthropology

Earlier in the term I blogged a few initial thoughts behind using online quizzes in my anthropology module. I’m coming to the end of this experiment now, and thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of … Continue reading

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Mature students in popular culture

I’m currently working on an article based on a series of interviews I’ve done with older mature (40+) students. I’m keen to explore the experiences of this group of students, who I think have a very different experience of university … Continue reading

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Yik Yak focus group

I’ve recently been thinking about how long students should spend on their essays (see my blog post on the subject) . I thought it might be an idea to post something up to Yik Yak and see if I’d get … Continue reading

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Experimenting with online tests to teach Anthropology

I’m in my 5th (!) year of teaching an introductory anthropology class and in the past I’ve looked at YouTube, Pinterest and a reading pack to support my teaching, but this year I’ve decided to overcome initial scepticism and look at … Continue reading

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Who is the Yik Yak Lecturer?

A little while back I wrote about Yik Yak and I’ve still been playing around with it a bit as the community has evolved. I can’t comment on other ‘herds’ (groups of Yik Yak users) but the Durham University community does … Continue reading

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A Case study of our Facebook Page: Some data

I’ve been writing a book chapter for a forthcoming book we are producing at the foundation centre. The chapter will focus on our facebook page as a case study for trying to create an informal online community for our students, … Continue reading

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