Guest post – DigiLearn: From ‘Floating heads’ to simulated prisons: Reflecting on the endless possibilities of the DigiLearn Sector for Technology-enhanced learning (TEL)

Author: Sam Pywell – Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Central Lancashire This blog is being written on the back of initiatives which have arisen from being a part of the DigiLearn Sector community. These have included: ‘Floating heads’ – the start of using video calling clinical practitioners from a physical classroom, the ‘SIMulated Hospital’ and subsequent chatbots work, and now the construction of a simulated prison – which may connect Read more…

Padlet – My new best friend!

Author: Amy Parkes – Lecturer Practitioner in Physiotherapy, University of Central Lancashire  Since stepping through UCLan’s doors just over 2 years ago, I like to think I have been somewhat akin to a sponge, absorbing ideas from everyone I meet and catching on the coat tails of other’s innovation and good practice (please don’t judge – hopefully one Read more…

Guest post – DigiLearn: A double portion of ‘TLC’: Teacher Learner Connectivity and Tender Loving Care

Author: Louise Speakman – Lecturer in Midwifery  I joined UCLan the day the UK entered lockdown. This was the same day that a new cohort of student midwives commenced their midwifery programme of study; and we quickly (and affectionally), established ourselves as the covid-cohort and covid-lecturer. As the world adjusted to this unprecedented reality, one phrase I often Read more…

Guest post – DigiLearn: Building relationships in an online setting

 Author: Sarah Johnson – Lecturer in Midwifery  Imagine the challenge of commencing a professional undergraduate degree online, the same day as the national lockdown; this was the case for the March 2020 midwifery learning community. Learners starting university in the pandemic, missed out on coffee and lunches together, general chit chat, getting to know each other, working together on assignments in the library, drinks at the Read more…

Guest post – DigiLearn: Digital Communication: Beyond mono-cultural education with Microsoft Presentation Translator

Author: Andrew Grice, Lecturer in International Business Communications. I lecture on the BA (Hons) in International Business Communications at the University Central Lancashire. My education philosophy stems from a belief that as educators, we can construct learning environments that can both help and/or hinder student performance. Interest in technology-enabled teaching Read more…