All posts by Martin King

Senior Learning Technologist; MOOC Producer; Moodle, Turnitin, Grademark, Peermark, Panopto, Turning Technologies expert.

Challenging Assumptions in Blended Learning – Lessons for the Future

A guest post by Dr. Ling Xiao and Dr. Lucy Gill-Simmen / School of Business and Management A blended learning approach has been adopted by most UK universities in response […]

Design for engagement: Role play in online discussions

Photo by Larry Costales on Unsplash The role play approach encourages students to examine a topic or problem from different perspectives. There are a few approaches for designing a role […]

Design for engagement: the 3:2:1 discussion format

3:2:1 prompting Setting clear expectations is crucial in online writing activities.  Vague instructions can bring vague results.  Asking students to ‘post any questions you may have’ to a discussion forum […]

Design for engagement: Instructional design for critical thinking

Research points to various factors which contribute to successful online discussion activities.

Considerations for online teaching Pt.2: Video

The need to now cater for remote learners means a move away from events and towards accessible, chunked content.

Recording guest speakers remotely

Do you need to record content such as interviews or conversations with remote guest speakers?  Pedagogically speaking, this can enhance teaching and learning by: providing learners with access to additional […]

Considerations for online teaching Pt.1: Presence

Some say content is king. Others say context is. But what about contact? The Flexible Education initiative at Royal Holloway, University of London is not concerned with creating online degrees […]

Migrating to online teaching pt. 2: MS Teams

What is MS Teams? MS Teams is an application designed to enable colleagues to collaborate and communicateregardless of where they are working from provided that they can access the internet. […]

Migrating to online teaching pt. 1

Royal Holloway aims to deliver as much teaching online as possible by Mar 23.  We have a rich portfolio of established institutional system and third-party services, alongside a mixture of […]

MOOC: Understanding Biological Energy

A free online course for young scientists To coincide with British Science Week (6-15 March 2020), Royal Holloway, University of London is launching a free, four-week online course; Understanding Biological […]

Lecture Recording Project: Next Steps

The first two weeks of term with an opt-out lecture recording policy have been incredible.  Here are some headlines and highlights: A fivefold increase in recorded lectures in Week 1 […]

H5P: Interactive Content in Moodle

About H5P makes it easy to create, share and reuse rich and interactive HTML5 content. Linking it with Moodle allows academic staff to produce formative and summative assessment activities, as well […]

Lecture recording myths

As we move to record 50% of lectures at Royal Holloway starting in September 2019, it’s a good time to curate and deconstruct some of the myths surrounding this student-led […]

MOOCs: drivers, data and diversity

Photo by Andrew Wulf on Unsplash Introduction We have now produced and run, several times each, four Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with our partner FutureLearn.  The College portfolio continues […]

Student access to Turnitin Originality Reports

The challenges and potential approaches of providing students with access to Originality Reports generated by their submissions to Turnitin.

What’s on our screens?

A New Year’s resolution that keeps on giving. Not only have we been catching up and expanding our reading, we have also spreading the word – on demand – with our colleagues.