Tag Archives: web 2.0

Another reason to love Twitter

Being here and there at the same time. Today is Saturday. I’ve just been out to the buy some vegetables, had my shoes mended and I’m now doing the laundry. Oh, also, I’m attending a couple of conferences. On Twitter.

As I type, I’m watching Professor Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth)’s keynote live from the Computer in Education Society of Ireland conference (#cesi12). Various participants are tweeting from the conference, making it possible to get a feeling of what’s going on, see people’s slides, get soundbites, etc. Thanks @DeputyMitchell, @catherinecronin and others!

At the same time, I’m catching up with content from the ICT Links into Languages (#ililc2) conference organised by Links into Languages, with participants such as Joe Dale (@joedale) and Rachel Hawkes sharing content on the twitter backchannel.

Twitter is such an amazing tool for staying tuned into what’s happening – yet another reason to love Twitter.


Upcoming presentation – HE staff engagement with digital tech


Just got news from the LLAS that my presentation proposal for the Edinburgh conference has been accepted. Couldn’t be happier! Now I’ve got to start collecting that data.

The conference is organised by the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) and is entitled ‘Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education conference 2012‘. It will take place in the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh on 5th and 6th July 2012.


A review of staff engagement with digital technologies on an undergraduate language programme

It is often unsurprising to notice a mismatch between theory and practice when it comes to implementation of digital technologies in education.

This presentation presents the results of a review of staff engagement with digital technologies on an undergraduate language programme in a British higher education institution. It is based on a series of interviews aiming at highlighting issues such as barriers to technology uptake, perceptions of usefulness, and discussing incentives and constraints with regards to policy and curriculum.

Looking at technologies such as virtual learning environments, interactive whiteboards and social media, this study concludes by suggesting elements contributing to the design of a Digital Literacy strategy for languages in higher education.

Using Social Media for Peer-feedback in a Translation class: a case study

Two weeks ago, at the 7th LLAS e-learning symposium in Southampton (#LLASelearn12), I gave a presentation entitled “Using Social Media for Peer-feedback in a Translation class: a case study“. I presented the preliminary results of a study I have been conducting in one of my final year undergraduate translation classes, where I used a social online platform (based on Ning) to get my students to discuss their work before and after class.

My talk focused on two main points: the set-up of the platform and the rationale behind it (why I didn’t use Moodle, or Facebook) and the early feedback I received from my students in terms of usefulness of the task.

Watch the presentation on video.

You will also find a copy of my slides on SlideShare.

Feel free to comment!