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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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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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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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Yik Yak – some more detailed thoughts

About a week ago one of my students mentioned in passing Yik Yak, an app that is a bit of craze at Durham at the moment (as I was soon to learn). I’ve been having a play around with it … Continue reading

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Raising your profile on social media

I have started being asked to give the odd talk to various groups of PhD students about using social media to develop their online profile. I thought it would be a good idea to write a quick blog post so … Continue reading

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hudl2 first thoughts

Three and half years ago I blogged a review of the various tablet options then available and mused on some possible work related uses. All this time later, and while my work laptop is recovering from a cracked screen I … Continue reading

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