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Friday, 22 February 2013

Campus Session 1 Module 3 22/2/13

Cs1 m3 22.5.12 from paulanottingham

We had a really good session today with Jo and Ahmet in the am and Hannah, Simone, Gemma and Luke in the pm. So follow their blog trail... great work! We will try to add more people on Skype next time so get in touch if you are interested in attending the next session via Skype.

Inquiry Tools - and analysis explained

Final tools for learning data gathering from paulanottingham

People wanted a refresher about the tools for Module 3 so I have updated some older powerpoints with some tips to use.

Searching Literature

Updated tools for learning searching literature2 from paulanottingham

Searching literature is so much easier than it used to be with Summon. Contact Adam Edwards our librarian or one of your adviser if you can't crack the system - sign into MyUniHub - see directions in the slideshare.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The ethical aspects of Google: Storyville programme about Google Books

We use Google.  Google connects us to knowledge and information for free, knowledge and information. Google has both social and commercial properties.We use social media - Web 2.0 content - for work and play.

I watched an interesting programme the other day about these issues that was based on telling the story about Google Books. I don't know if you caught it.

Ideals and ideas have changed the way we communicate and archive, but there are issues around safety. the safety of information, the right of authors, the protection of children. All sophisticated ideas that are a part of the incredible freedom and privileges we have to believe and think with these resources.

Other free online resources exist - but how we allowed to use these resources might need to be a part of our new mindset and skillset?

Friday, 15 February 2013

Skype Interviews and preparation for feedback

I just saw this on the BBC news website - which I look at daily;

Skype interviews: Is it more tricky to be grilled by video?

It is about how to do well in a Skype interview so have a look because you might be doing one in the near future for work...

I also had a 'tutorial' session with Ahmet today, and he had prepared questions for me to help with during our time together. Ahmet actually books my time at regular intervals so that he has continuity and I also benefit from that as I have continuity. I also chatted to my colleague Ruth - who does professional practice for what is now the School of Health and Education at Middlesex - and she was also talking about preparing for tutorials with questions as a way of making the most out of the session.

So next time you contact me folks - prepare a list of 'things to do' and questions to work from.

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Slideshare of Induction 5/2/13

Slideshare induction bapp 5.2.13 from paulanottingham

had not mentioned that Patience Nottingham did the olympic illustrations...

Monday, 11 February 2013

My things to do list with Barack

I am in the process of writing my things to do list on the 11th of February. Are you doing something similar? Try to make it a bit fun.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

More on Ebacc - research and counterarguments

I saw an article on the EBacc on the nightly news and am very disconcerted about how plans are going ahead for this shift in education policy.

Others have the same concern on our course and beyond.

How will it change things in English education?

What is the EBacc?

"The EBacc (or English Baccalaureate, to give it the full name) is different in a number of ways from the current GCSE. The EBacc will involve new-style exams at the age of 16 in five “core” subjects: English, maths, a science, a foreign language, and one or other of history or geography. Those wanting to take subjects outside the EBacc core will continue to take GCSEs in them until new syllabuses are constructed.

In the autumn of 2015, instead of beginning their GCSE courses, as at present, at the age of 14, the government proposals mean that Year 10 students will start the new two-year EBacc courses. Or at least in some subjects. Syllabuses in English, maths and science will begin to be taught then, with those for foreign languages and humanities (history or geography) following a year later" (Cookson, T, 2012, online). 
Full reference
Cookson, T, 2012, online, London: Telegraph Media Group Limited.[Accessed 6/2/13], Available from:

I also noted an article on the Independent about how this policy shift is affecting coursework by Garner.

However - what are the cournterarguments?

The government's own website


Gove's own take on why change is needed

however further criticism and discussion...

blog with some evaluation/analysis

Welsh government's response


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Welcome back everyone

Hope everyone has had a good break - I am working to get my feedback out this week (tomorrow if I can) and can report a very good Induction day 5/2/13!