It’s not just about the tech

Now that we are past the initial rush of getting teaching online and carrying on in the short term, it is time to pause, even if it doesn’t seem like there is time. There have been a few blogs that have resonated with me and I’m collecting them here.

  1. An online lecture is not just a video of a lecture given in a lecture theatre. This article by Jon Wood has some good points.
  2. Designing visuals for online “lectures” needs thinking about as you don’t always have the presenter to draw your attention to what’s important. This video puts forward some key design ideas which are well worth following, especially when considering students with specific learning differences. It really follows the same principles as good design of powerpoint slides.
  3. This blog post “Technology is not pedagogy” resonated with me – I’m worried that so many people are going for the tech first and putting the pedagogy and the human relationships later when they should be at the forefront. I’ve been working on thinking about what I want to achieve and then choosing the tools which will help me do that – I hope to share more of that thinking soon.

About JennyAKoenig

I am Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology at the University of Nottingham. My interests are: maths education for bioscientists, study skills for scientists with specific learning difficulties and pharmacology: bringing the science behind how medicines work (or don't!) to a wider audience. I have a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney. I have taught maths and pharmacology to science, medical and veterinary students at University and biology, chemistry, physics and maths at a large comprehensive secondary school.
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