Online Learning and Teaching Useful Resources (#COVID19)

There have been so many really helpful resources shared over the last week or so in relation to learning and teaching online.

I’ve put the ones that I have come across on this PADLET as I keep losing track of what I have seen and where in all the noise. I also wanted somewhere to keep track of the compilations that others have made and developed too. Sharing it here in case others find it helpful 🙂

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CPD Webinar : Aligning Microsoft Teams to group work and problem-based learning

I attended a webinar last week run by the lovely Dr Linda Kaye as part of the #digilearn series. Linda gave us a scenario to consider where by students have complained that in their group work, some students are not pulling their weight and asked if we came across this in our own work to which the majority responded with a resounding ‘YES’

Practical Example

Linda explained how her students were given this topic to undertake as individual and group work culminating in a joint presentation at the end .

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She assigns students to groups and sets these up on teams where they have specific team based tutorial discussions to enable them to work together. Students capture details using the ‘Conversations’ Tab. Meeting Notes from Face 2 Face meetings can be stored and shared Files made available in preparation for the presentation. Students manage the file storage themselves etc


She also uses Teams to get students to evaluate the module and their experiences of it such as asking for them to submit details of what they think other team members contribution was . Contributions were assessed using the following rubric.

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Advantages of this approach allows corroboration using Teams platform itself.

Linda felt that Teams helped with providing a meaningful context and environment where work could be undertaken. Having their own chanel gave them their own space and it was visible from the point of view that Linda could see what was happening in terms of progress outside the usual tutorial process. Linda was able to intervene if they were going off track but also track contributions and engagement in real time. Linda reflected that she need to explain exactly what her role as tutor is right up front and ensure that students understand this before the discussions started.


Linda felt that Teams allowed streamlining of resources and visibility of others learning thus allowing them to reflect on their own learning. It encourages lots of peer to peer support – Linda only had 1 email query for this assignment !

She was able to see evidence of the students project management skills and this also helped with verification for second marking etc. It makes things very transparent and clear including the emphasis on the process of undertaking the assignment and the focus on them taking ownership of their own learning resources. Using Teams in this way enabled more student led learning. Linda pointed out that the success of the case study may have also been down to the fact that there was a 50% individual mark

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Linda explained that students generally found it helpful and impactful in terms of motivation and overall group work (n= 21 students at Level 6) . They recognised that their knowledge was expanded through working with others.

Student Feedback

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My Reflections

This was a really interesting webinar for me to attend in a number of ways. I loved how Linda interwove the student perspective throughout her presentation. Thumbs up to #digilearn Sector for arranging it.

Interestingly Linda faced logistical issues in terms of making sure that students had access to Teams ( which they didn’t automatically) but these were all solved with the IT Department. Also really interesting to note that students didn’t really need any help with using teams and seemed to find it quite intuitive. Some groups did have alternative channels that they were already using like Whatsapp etc so their Teams area looked a bit sparse but this was resolved by taking screen shots of the whatsapp interactions and uploading them to the Teams space.

I’m still not a huge fan of Teams though and I think this stems from many challenges with using Teams across institutions – it doesn’t seem to play well across sites in my limited experience of using it. When I did the a webinar the other day for #digilearn sector I had to sign in using my student ID as we use it at Lancaster and despite trying to sort out a seperate ID it just struggled, once I was in with my Student Account it was ok though. Although it now means I have bits and pieces of notifications all over the place. I find it all gets a bit confusing and have found that other platforms that do similar things has worked better for me. However, it does have some interesting features and I definitely got the impression from Linda’s presentation that it seemed to work well enough ( I wonder if only involving a single institution was the key factor here….)


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Collaborative Open Quilting across Time and Space …

I am absolutely delighted to have contributed a collaborative quilt square ‘Visualising The Global Heart of Go-Gn’ with the lovely Kathy Essmiller (@kathyessmiller) for the amazing #FemEdTechQuilt for #OER20 …

The call for contributions was issued by Frances Bell to ‘create a quilt that can inspire during and after its creation; acknowledge all contributions and their history; and make a difference to Care and Justice in Education and Technology contexts’ (via #Femedtech)

This is a warm and inclusive invitation to participate in the process of creating a Quilt of Care and Justice, that will be developed with the help of the Femedtech community and others over the next few months. The quilt will be completed and displayed at the OER20 Conference in April 2020.

Kathy and I met through the #GO_GN network and decided to collaborate on a square.

This meant collaborating across timezones in the USA ( where Kathy is based) and Wales (where I am based). We used google docs to draw our thoughts together and met up online to talk our ideas through …

We have uploaded our story to the #Femedtechquilt website but also made a digital story on Adobe Spark… we explain how we came up with the idea and the materials that we used … this involves using a wonderful vintage blue and white quilt square created by Kathy’s grandma, my (probably very bad) attempt at sewing the #GO_GN penguin, and a Flipgrid Augmented Reality Video attached as a heart on a dangly ribbon … contribution

You can see the #FemEdTechQuilt page here in all its glory with all the other really brilliant other contributions ( with much better sewing than mine by the way …)

Images of some of the Quilt Squares from the #FemEdTechQuilt Project

You can also listen to Frances Bell and Anne-Marie Scott talk about the quilt on this podcast

Listen to “Gettin’ Air with Terry Greene” on Spreaker.

Email Overload

If you are anything like me you might have up to or even more than 25,000 emails hanging around your inbox !  Oh dear that looks soooo bad written down !

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So I’m on a bit of a mission to declutter my in box and unsubscribe to all the stuff I really dont want anymore ….

I’ve found this really helpful article on decluttering Gmail and I’m currently working through the first couple of steps so I thought I would share it in case it is helpful for anyone else !



Remixing the Remixes

So, I have just become a Patreon of The Remixer Machine by the absolutely awesome Bryan Mathers @BryanMMathers

In celebration I have of course made my remixes with a splash of Pink …. Remix Yours here 

Here is my ‘Bloggers Ink’ and on ‘Project World’ so on Planet Deb the world is most definitely Pink 🙂

Bloggers' Ink

Project World

#OER19, #GO-GN – Hope, Care and Happiness

Well, here we are back from the joys at #OER19 in the most excellent setting of Galway !

I had such a lovely time in Galway – a really tiring time I must add but it was still super brilliant to be in such amazing company, meet old and new friends and generally have an all-round wonderful week.

I arrived in Galway on Saturday 6th April 2019 having received funding from the wonderful Global Graduate Network. Despite being on the OER Conference Committee,  I’m really not sure I would have made it to Galway without this support and I cannot thank the Go-Gn’ers enough for the opportunity.  This is such an excellent network and I feel I have now made some friends for life – united in our PhD escapades!

I presented my rather scrambled thoughts about where my PHD research is headed ..

I hope to write another blog post in more detail about my experience with GO-GN … more on this soon …

The weather for the entire week was absolutely brilliant – not a rain drop in sight ( which given that there was a lot of walking between the hotel, the #Go-GN Seminar venue and the venue for #OER19 itself I will be eternally grateful for ! )

Some of the sessions were live streamed and recorded at #OER19 and these can be seen here

Also, you can watch the replays of the various Virtually Connecting sessions at this link which will give you a different perspective of different elements of the conference. Virtually Connecting really is such an amazing initiative which enables people to hook into what’s happening at conferences even if they are not able to attend the conference in person. It is really worth checking out their excellent work.