For three years I have been tutoring on the online degree at Anglia Ruskin University, affectionately referred to as ‘Ultraversity‘. It is a BA (Hons) Learning Technology Research and is done entirely online, using your work place setting as the basis of your study. In effect, you learn to undertake action research, focussing on your […]
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of meeting up with two people from the University of Glasgow so that we could discuss Moodle as a VLE. David Scotson and Howard Miller are both deeply involved in the development of Moodle and both work in the teaching and learning dept at Glasgow university – a department not entirely unlike Ultralab… in fact there are lots of similarities.
I often go to meet other people to talk about the work I am involved in, but seldom have I met with anyone so clearly ‘clued up’ about what it is that Ultralab actually does. I was delighted, therefore, when their pre-planned team meeting was put back because I was there with them, and that a person from Ultralab was obviously an important visitor. It was a humbling moment and quite unexpected – so often we don’t see the impact we are having on the outside world around us, and I am deeply grateful of the time David and Howard gave so willingly to me, and for giving me that moment.
Yesterday, the Director of Ultralab, Richard Millwood, Matthew Eaves and I travelled over to White City to go to the BBC media centre. We were supporting BBC Blast at a showcase event run for the great and the good in the BBC. Director of the BBC, Mark Thompson attended the show and we were delighted to be able to give children (notably Chris and Mat) from King Harold school, Waltham Abbey, the chance to demonstrate their digital creativity skills by running an animation station.
Who’d have thought it… after Matt had spent so long writing the application, we were shortlisted for this award for our work with the Ultraversity degree course, a new take on learning and technology.
The funny thing is that I am the one who will be going along to it – black tie and all!
Read more about it on Matt’s blog.
I’ll let you know how it goes after Thursday… it’s being held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.
Earlier today, two colleagues, Jonathan and Matt, were invited onto BBC Essex radio to take part in the ‘sound advice’ phone in where callers get help troubleshooting computer problems.
I stayed ‘back at the ranch’ to record the entire event and you can find more info about it on Jonathan’s blog: