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UAL Digital Learning Services Support Blog

March 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Everything you wanted to know about Moodle, Workflow, OAT, myblog.arts, process.arts and more, now at

by Nehanda

Technology Enhanced Learning – First Lecture

February 2, 2017 in Lectures, Technology, TEL


I attended my first lecture in Technology Enhanced Learning on Wednesday.  Overall, the lecture was a great introduction to the module, the teaching faculty and colleagues I will be learning with.  We were asked to prepare for an activity in the class.

Using any materials you have to hand or feel comfortable using (e.g. paper, pencils, highlighter pens, printed matter, software, lego etc.), make a visual representation of your feeling(s) about Technology Enhanced Learning that you would be happy to share with the group. 

As drawing/illustration is not a skill I believe I possess, I decided to search for images that articulate my thoughts on technology in general, but lends itself to the use of technology in a learning environment.  So I am bit conflicted; I appreciate and enjoy the benefits of living in a highly technologically advanced society.  I believe its an instrument of liberation, and used responsibly it can, and does enhance people’s lives. Being able to communicate remotely democratises the learning experience for many and being able to share your thought and ideas allows for improved collaborative projects.




I do, however feel that technology is pervasive, unavoidable and has too much influence over how we live our lives. We are always plugged in, switched on, and the pressure to constantly interact, share and curate our lives and our work can be healthy.  This is not a comfortable space for everyone to exist within. For one, students may not want to be accessed and assessed through such public spaces. For those students that are unable to access technology due to cost or because they are are not computer literate it creates limitations, and the experience can feel less than democratic and they can feel excluded. Additionally, technology has the potential to inhibit creativity and I feel can encourage inauthentic dialogue.



Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to give explain to the images I selected as we had a lot to cover during the lecture.


The Course Leader, Ruth stressed to us that this course is not about teaching practical application of technology, but that the course is firmly rooted in pedagogy and ideas about teaching using technology. The aim is to develop our own positions on uses of technology, to be critically engage and become more informed, be open and experimental/playful.


We were introduced to Workflow.  Its an e-portfolio, we are expected to use this to document/reflect our experiences.  This will support our 2000 word critical appraisal.  I did ask about how this works with this blog, as this is also supposed to be a space for reflection.  I hope that duplication will not be too much of an issue because I intend to reuse some of this text in my Workflow Portfolio profile.

We also did an exercise on MOOCS and our own online interactions and how we navigate the space between Personal & Institution and Visitor and Residents.  I will go into more detail about this on my Workflow Portfolio.

UAL Student Workflow Testers Needed!

January 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

We are looking for UAL students who are currently using Workflow to participate in a test of the next iteration.

This test will take place in January and your views will be invaluable.

If you are interested in taking part in this test please register your interest by filling out the online form here:

Many thanks!

Course Teams – how to propose additional plugins for Moodle / Workflow / myblog.arts

October 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

If you are the member of a UAL course team and would like to propose a new plugin for Moodle, workflow or myblog.arts – please make your case here –

UAL Course Teams – want to discuss Digital Learning?

September 22, 2016 in Assessment, Digital Identity, Digital Literacy, eLearning, eTeam

If you are a Course Team at UAL and would like to discuss or explore ways of using Digital Learning within your courses – please contact UAL’s Digital Learning Team.

If you would like to understand a little more about how we work with course teams have a look here – or listen to colleagues discussing using digital learning spaces with their students.

Teaching online and inspiring others to explore TEL

September 13, 2016 in Digital Learning Spaces, Podcasts

Direct link to podcast.

In conversation with:

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, Online Fashion Tutor and CSM’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Coordinator
Teaching and learning themes: pure online courses; the differences between face-to-face and online teaching; preparing for online teaching; online methodologies and technologies; TEL within an Art and Design University.
Course name, level – Online Short Courses: ‘Fashion Marketing’; ‘Fashion Manufacturing’; ‘Starting your own Fashion Label’; ‘How to start your own pop-up shop’ plus ‘Fashion Business Practice’ (Summer Course).
College – Central Saint Martins (CSM)
Student numbers – each 8 week online short course has 12-20 students
Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Workflow’ ePortfolio (Mahara based); BB Collaborate; Moodle; Process Arts

Additional links:

Key quotes:  it’s very different working and teaching online – you have to have a different way of thinking” … “in terms of the material, you need to be able to break it down; you need to have differentiation in the lesson” … “it’s bite sized teaching and can reach a wider audience” … as technology enhanced learning coordinator, I have to look at the pedagogical side of learning and teaching in a digital way – and how we marry that with what’s going on at Central Saint Martins” … “I’m not what you would call a techie person – I’m one of these people that like to experiment – I’m as comfortable in front of a computer as I am in a classroom working on a mannequin and can happily switch from one to the other” …

John Jackson

Solstice Conference 2016, Edge Hill University

July 11, 2016 in Assessment, Digital Identity, eLearning

I had the great pleasure this year of again attending and presenting at the welcoming and fascinating Solstice / CLT Conference at Edge Hill University – full details on the conference website.

As part of this I presented on two subjects:

  • Exploring Online Teaching Spaces in an Art and Design Environment
  • Digital Feedback in an Art and Design University
This was the first time that I had chosen the ‘Pecha Kucha’ format – where you use 20 slides which are each visible for 20 seconds – and change automatically. It is a format which forces you to really hone your content and only leave in what is necessary for your message – which I found strangely liberating.
The links to my the slides I used for the Pecha Kuchas are:
The links to the slides I used are:
For the full ‘Pecha Kucha’ experience, click on the ‘PK’ link in the 2nd slide in each to access the timed presentation.
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