Dr Christopher Jobling

Senior Lecturer




A vintage Omega pocket watch of around 1950’s origin. Alexander T Carroll own work. Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0.

(I originally posted this on my Office 365 blog, but it turns out that that is not public. Lesson learned!)

A team of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) advisors from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) have begun the herculean task of publishing a 1 minute technology tip every day this year in the blog #1minuteCPD which launched on January 1st this year.


January 22nd, 2016

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Bring Your Own Device for Learning (#BYOD4L)

Colleagues may be interested in joining me in participating in #byod4l from 11-15 January 2016.  See BYOD4L is Back Next Week for joining instructions.

January 6th, 2016

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For the record these are the answers I recorded for the Matching Pedagogy with Technology exercise in Week 2. This is particularly interesting as we plan to create a more comprehensive resource than the hand out for our institution.

1) Constructivism

Technologies I chose:

Collaborative writing, Video recording of learner activity, Discussion forums, Reflective logs (blog), Open Educational Resources, Practical activities, Simulations

How I’m actually using them:

  • Simulate a system stimulated by a particular type of signal in order to better understand the practical applications of the mathematics of signals and systems.
  • Encourage students to use PeerWise to to write their own multiple choice quiz questions with feedback to help them and their peers revise a topic to be studied.

2) Social constructivism

Technologies I chose:

Collaborative writing, Discussion forums, Social media, Video conferencing

How I might use them:

  • Get students to discuss a topic in a forum in order to help them develop critical reading and writing skills
  • Share and curate learning resources found on the web using social networks.

3) Problem-based learning

Technologies you chose:

Online formative assessments, Audio / video learning resources, Open Educational Resources, Practical activities, Simulations

How I might or do use them:

  • Planned – get students to define and implement in simulation a system that can synthesize sounds from frequency spectra.
  • Actual – Build an autonomous robot in order for students to learn team skills.

Comments seem to be turned off on this blog by Admin so until I’ve got them to fix this, comments are welcome on twitter: https://twitter.com/cpjobling/status/663812565101858816.

November 9th, 2015

Posted In: #FLble1, blended learning, pedagogy, TEL


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In the interactive exercise I am to think about some learners whose engagement needs to be improved. We’ve looked at five of the benefits of blended learning – flexibility, active learning, personalisation, learner control, feedback.

Make brief notes (~30 words) on one simple example of how would you use digital technologies to give each of these benefits to the learners you’re thinking of. There are no right/wrong answers, the aim is just to help you prepare your contributions for the discussion. Your responses won’t be monitored, but you may find it useful to make a note of them in your reflective journal.

Here are the questions, my answers and the instructor’s suggestions:

Q) How might using technology for ‘flexible access to learning resources’ help learners engage?

A) they are not restricted to what you do in class

Educator feedback:

Here is one idea: Get them to search the internet to find the answer to a very specific question before a f2f session, and compete to see who gets the best answer.

Q) How might using technology for ‘active learning’ help learners engage?

A) active learning is better than passive learning

Educator feedback:

Here is one idea: Ask them to work in small groups to develop a slide to present to their peers, which explains what could go wrong in a procedure/technique/skill they have just learned about.

Q) How might using technology for ‘personalisation’ help learners engage

A) it’s for me not the class

Educator feedback:

Here is one idea: Give the learners access to a relevant image database they can search to find suitable illustrations for some work they have to hand in.

Q) How might using technology for ‘learner control’ help learners engage?

A) they don’t have to wait for teacher

Educator feedback:

Here is one idea: Ask each learner to browse YouTube to find a good video that’s relevant to the topic they are currently learning.

Q) How might using technology for ‘feedback’ help learners engage?

A) it’s personal

Educator feedback:

Here is one idea: Prepare an MCQ quiz using a question you have put to learners previously, and using previous wrong answers as the choices, and ask them to pick the best one.

Reflecting on this exercise, did it change my perceptions of blended learning from what I knew already?

Based on my answers, I’m clearly not on the same page as the instructors!


November 3rd, 2015

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Seemingly without telling anyone, the University has signed up to a site license deal with Microsoft that gives you (and your students) access to Office 365 both on your desktop (in University and at home), in the “cloud” on the web through the Office365 portal https://portal.office.com/Home and on mobile devices Android, iOS and Windows mobile.

To access, simply search for Office 365 in your browser and then choose the result that says Sign in to Office 365 in the search results. Use your University email address to login. You’ll be redirected to a login page with the University’s logo on it. Give the password you use for email, intranet, blackboard etc.

Once logged in you are taken to the portal page mentioned above where you can download Office 365 for your desktop, laptop and mobile devices. Students can also do this and it might be worth mentioning it to them when you meet them in tutorials.

Since Office 365 has good collaboration tools for sharing and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets and presentations it opens up opportunities for more efficient document handling in our new brave paperless world and for new ways of working with colleagues and your students​ that you may wish to try. For example, your project students could create and share a OneNote notebook​ with you rather than asking them to use an old fashioned paper log book.

As SALT Champion for the College of Engineering ​and incoming chair of the e-Learning Subgroup of the Learning Technology and Enhancement Centre (LTEC), I am keen to share information on new technology with you and also keen to learn about and disseminate good ideas that you’ve found in using such technology.

(And yes, chalk is a learning technology.)

I look forward to hearing and sharing your stories.

September 30th, 2015

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