DEL Webinars


These webinars are a new initiative organised and delivered by the staff in the Centre for Research Informed Teaching (CRIT). The webinars will be of interest to all teaching staff at LSBU. Each webinar will consist of presentation that will last between 20 and 30 minutes and then there will short time for questions by the participants.

They take place on the following Wednesdays from 3 to 4 pm.

1. Check your assignments are ready for submission – 14/03/2018

Are you sure that you have the correct settings when you set up your assignment in Moodle? This webinar will give a short demonstration of the recommended settings to use for both Moodle and Turnitin assignments.

To register sign up via Eventbrite.

2. Approaches to providing electronic feedback – 18/04/2018


The main aim of this webinar is to look at two tools in Moodle that can improve the consistency and reliability of your assignment feedback, Rubrics and Marking Guides. The webinar will show you how to set them up and then use them to give improved feedback to your students.

To register sign up via Eventbrite.

3. Setting up and managing Group assignments in Moodle – 25/04/2018


In Moodle you can create assignments where students work in groups and each group makes an assignment submission. For example, students in a group can submit one file that represents their joint work. This webinar will show you how to set up group assignments, access their submissions and give feedback on the students group work.

To register sign up via Eventbrite.

4. Anonymous Marking in Moodle – 02/05/2018


Anonymous marking in Moodle allows you to grade student’s work without seeing any identifiable student information. This webinar will show you how to set up the anonymous marking settings in Moodle and highlight some of the common issues related to this type of marking.

To register sign up via Eventbrite.

5. Moodle Site Health Check (Moodle self-audit and reporting) – 23/05/2018


Do you know what information or content you need to put into your Moodle module? This webinar will introduce you to LSBU’s Digital Enhanced Learning (DEL) Baseline and show you how to self-audit your own modules in Moodle.

To register sign up via Eventbrite.

6. Getting Moodle ready for next semester – Moodle Setup – 06/06/2018


Make an early start on preparing your module for the new semester. We will guide you through the process of ‘copying’ over content into the new semester module and making sure your Moodle module achieves the DEL Baseline.

To register sign up via Eventbrite.


For further details or if you have any further questions or would like to suggest another topic please contact Chris Rowell


Integrating writing into the disciplinary curriculum



Integrating writing into the disciplinary curriculum

Kelly Peake & Sally Mitchell
Queen Mary, University of London

Tuesday 20 February, 1230-1400

In this CRITical Conversation our speakers Kelly Peake, Head of Learning Development, and Sally Mitchell, Assistant Director (Academic Development) will offer a view of the principles and practicalities of integrating productive attention to writing into disciplinary curricula. They will outline their view of writing as a means by which specific meanings (ideational and interpersonal) are made and will argue that writing cannot be satisfactorily taught as a decontextualised or adjunct skill.

They will draw on examples of collaborative work at Queen Mary, University of London between academic developers and discipline-based teaching staff (the Thinking Writing initiative), and discuss how their focus has moved from working with individual ‘writing-to-learn and learning-to-write’ tasks, to module design, and most recently towards a whole programme approach to writing development. They will outline their methods, some results, and the challenges and benefits of how they have worked. Find out more about Thinking Writing (

We will be providing a sandwich lunch or feel free to bring your own.

To register please sign up via Eventbrite

Can’t make this date, see CRIT’s forthcoming events or get in touch if you would like to suggest a topic or presenter for our CRITical Conversation programme

#Twalk Toolkit


Twalk 1  Twalk 2

Yesterday I went to the Social Media in Higher Education conference at Sheffield Hallam University and helped deliver a workshop on ‘Twalking’. Here are the slides from the session:

Also Andrew Middleton has produced a really useful Twalk Tool Kit for anyone thinking of setting up their own Twalk:


My 10 Ten Albums 2017

Ok pop pickers here it is my top 10 albums 2017:

  1. Loyle carner – Yesterday’s Gone.

2. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

3. Badbadnotgood – IV

4. Bon Iver – 22, Amillion

5. Craig Finn – We All Want the Same Thing

6. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Cake

7. Peter Perret – How the West Was One

8. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

9. Shake the Chains

10. Adult – The knights, Yoyo Ma

Save Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre


E and C shopping

Having moved to work at the Elephant and Castle recently at @lsbu I still find it a litle bit astonishing that there are plans well under way to knock down the the shopping centre. I know it doesn’t look great at the moment but with a litle bit of TC I think it could be brought back to its former glory…so here begins my one man campaign to keep Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre open. All well and good you may say! but what’s that got to do wih the content of your blog? Well it looks like that when they knock it down it will be replaced with new building for the London College of Communication ..part of the University of the Arts. Who will then flog off their existing building to more property developers – who no doubt will build more ‘luxury flats’, Leaons and Oliver Bonas. So my point being is that the LCC should be preserving iconic building like the shopping centre and their own building not errecting new glass, faceless buildings and destrying the local (mainly espanic) local community and networks.











Optimism as Resistance



Op 2

On Friday I went an event at the University of the Arts London called Critical Creative Digital: Shaping the university in a networked era’. Overall it was an enjoyable day and I met some interesting people doing some very creative and imaginative things in digital spaces. Jane Norris (Associate Professor at the American University Richmond London) actually gave me a present! It was ‘Optimism as Resistance’ badge and in return I need to take a photo and then email it with the location and then Jane will add it to her Instagram page ‘optimism.janenorris’.

“The work explore the relationship betweeen physical and digital memes. It questions how and why objects might crossover tot he digital realm and what happens if they do. How online versions of objects provide a digital shadow that can become much larger than the original object”.

Op 1

I really like the ideas behind this project … It has given me some ideas of my own – how the interaction between the digital and physical mix and influence one another.

Op 3


Models of CPD


On Wednesday 29th i’m doing a short webinar for the National Forum of Ireland on ‘Models of CPD’. Here are my slides:

Here is the full blurb from Tracy McKillen who is organising the event:

“As part of the UL 12 Apps of Christmas, a seminar involving Chris Rowell, developer of the original 12 Apps of Christmas and Michelle Breen, moderator and content creator for the Rudaí23 course, will take place on the 29th of November at 11am in the ITD Video Studio, GLG-043, Library Building.

This seminar will look at the effectiveness of two models of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – the 12 Apps of Christmas and Rudaí 23. Each speaker will present with reference to their own experiences on the development and running of structured non-accredited CPD courses aimed at staff in higher education. Chris Rowell (Academic Developer in Digital Enhanced Learning, London South Bank University) will discuss the 12 Apps of Christmas model which he created while at Regent’s University, London. Michelle Breen (Librarian, University of Limerick) will discuss Rudaí 23 and Open Digital Badges which are a feature of the Rudaí23 course this year. Rudaí23 is based on the 23 Things model that was originally designed by Helen Blowers for the staff of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in 2006.

There is a continuous drive towards technology-enhanced learning, resulting in third level staff struggling from a lack of resources and time to develop digital skills. How can these two models of CPD address some of these issues? In Pilkington’s (2016) research on supporting CPD for lecturers, she found that there ‘has been a shift to smaller bite sized chunks of study that more closely align to instutional priorities.’

With this in mind, the general discussion of this seminar will focus on the impact of both models on peer learning, networking, digital skills and how they can help to identify opportunities for technology to support and enhance student learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Consider new approaches for those engaged in their own continuing professional development (CPD).
    · Explore ways to develop professional competence and personal confidence in digital skills.
    · Develop insights into the creation and running of online CPD initiatives from the experiences of the presenters.

The seminar will be webcast and I will post the link to the forum on Wednesday – it will be Day 5. Also, we will provide a link on the 12 Apps of Christmas 2017 Sulis site to the recording after the event”.

DEC 04 Why play matters in Higher Education #CRITconversations


Interesting new event coming up at LSBU:

Monday, 4 December 2017 from
12:30 to 14:00 (GMT)

This session will focus on the upsurge in interest in play as part of tertiary study and on the innovative ways play and creativity can permeate learning support, teaching and research. Drawing on numerous theories of play and learning Professor Alison James will share her experiences of teaching playfully in a range of contexts and on her work as an accredited LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator within the university context. She will also discuss hosting the first Play and Creativity Festival at the University of Winchester in April 2017 and co-editing The Power of Play in HE with Chrissi Nerantzi (MMU). This collection, due for publication by Palgrave McMillan in 2018, brings together play practices and explorations from universities in Europe, the United States and the UK. Through these different aspects of her work Alison challenges the myths that surround play and the misconception that it is trivial or separate from complex activity.

Join us for this event with speaker, Professor Alison James, Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Winchester.

Refreshments will be provided, you are also welcome to bring your own.

This event forms part of our ‘CRITical Conversations‘ seminar series run by the Centre for Research Informed Teaching (CRIT) at London South Bank University. Follow the conversation #lsbuCRIT


12 Apps of Christmas 2017 #12AoC


Recently I have moved to new job at London South Bank University and will not be doing a new version of #12AoC this year – like Glastonbury its good to have a fallow year once in while!

However, there are some great versions of the course being offered by other universties this year:

Limerick University in Ireland.


Education Technology User Group (ETUG) in British Columbia, Canada


Glasgow Calledonia University in Scotland.


Although I think the Glasgow version will be just for their staff only….

Also there is one for the lawyers, from the Law Society in Ireland:

School of Arts & Humanities at Nottingham Trent University:


Also check out this advent calendar from the OU:

Finally University of Brighton will be organising a ‘Burning of the Apps 2017‘ event on 20th December,

“The Burning of the Apps will be held on Wednesday the 20th December at Falmer – at the Explore Studio (Checkland D132).  A day-long event,  you are welcome to attend, drop-in-to or participate online from anywhere in the UK or world, for that matter. We will showcase the best of our current academic practice using apps, web applications and  other technology to support learning and teaching.

We will again be live-streaming the interviews, from our various sites, of our talented academic staff. Discussing the ways they’ve utilised technology in their teaching to enhance learning at the University.

Stay tuned, and find us on Twitter at the hashtag: #brightlearn”


Please leave a comment if you know of any other versions happening this year…and Happy Christmas!


Social Media in HE – the book! #SocMedinHE


Book cover v6

I’ve just started putting together a new book on the use of social media in higher education and it will be out next year. After I contributed to David Hopkin’s book on Emergency Rations I felt inspired and that I could do something similar.

So back in June this year I emailed/DM’ed several people I have worked with or knew who used aspects of social media in different universities asking them if they wanted to contribute to the book. I had a great response and now the book is shaping up nicely. There are 22 chapters representing 21 different universities (plus JISC) and from a variey of different professions, lecturers, learning technologists, librarians, carrers advisors and senior managers.

Also I thought it would be a process worth blogging and tweeting about, which I will do over the the next few months.

Here are the chapter titles so far:

Professional practice.

Developing a professional online presence and effective network.

The digital, authentic you.

Putting the Digital in the Professional for Social Work Students.

Career development online – is ‘The real world’ losing its importance?

Exploring the tensions in personal and professional identity to enable authentic debate and dialogue.

Teaching and learning.

Exploring social media use as a distraction in the HE classroom.

Social Media and Digital Identity in Formative Assessment.

A Framework for teaching social media for staff and students in HE.

Modelled use of cloud tools and social media by academic developers.

Social Media And Its Potential Application to Creative Students.

‘But I already know that’: Teaching social media beyond the front page.

Digital Natives. Apocryphal abecedarians or disconnected day-dreamers?’


Leadership and Social Media: Challenge and Opportunity.

Twitter and University Leadership – Navigating PR, academic networking and social identity.

Building Networks

Building Cohort Identity through Social Media.

WeChat, WeLearn: using social media to support the experience of students on a year abroad.

Using social media to create a sense of belonging and ‘connectedness’ for first year undergraduate student arrivals in a School of Arts and Humanities.

Bursting out of the bubble: social media, openness and HE.

Perspectives on Networked and Open Scholarship: Affordances and Barriers.


Academics’ understanding of Learning Spaces: Attitudes, practices and outcomes explored through the use of Social Media.

Learning to Twalk: an analysis of a new learning environment.

Expertise in your ears; why you should jump on the podcasting bandwagon.

The Personal Journey

A Librarian’s experience of Twitter as a tool for continuous personal development.

The ‘Healthy Academic’, Social media and, a personal and professional journey.

Check out the hashtag too: