Author Archives: James Clay

Forty Four Years Ago

Originally posted on e-Learning Stuff.

The first handheld mobile phone call was made forty four years ago, on the 3rd of April 1973. There had been mobile phone before, in cars and lorries, but forty years ago saw the first phone call from a handheld cellular mobile phone. Well you also needed to carry a bag too (for the battery). … Continue reading Forty Four Years Ago Read more

“The digital leaders programme was immensely valuable…”

“The digital leaders programme was immensely valuable…” Deborah Millar, the IT director at Salford City College explains how we are helping to transform her world through digital. Deborah said of the Jisc Digital leaders programme, “it was immensely valuable… it was really reassuring to know that we were all encountering the same sort of things, whether we … Read more

Encouraging informal learning

Originally posted on e-Learning Stuff.

So how do we encourage students to learn outside the formal structures and processes we put in place across our institutions? Informal learning in my opinion is learning that happens outside the “control” of the institution, but is part of the learning towards a qualification that a learner will undertake. This learning may happen within … Continue reading Encouraging informal learning Read more

Show me the evidence…

Originally posted on e-Learning Stuff.

I think this line is really interesting from a recent discussion on the ALT Members mailing list. …in particular to share these with academics when they ask for the evidence to show technology can make a difference. Often when demonstrating the potential of TEL and learning technologies to academics, the issue of evidence of impact … Continue reading Show me the evidence… Read more

Top Ten Web Tools of 2016

Originally posted on e-Learning Stuff.

This is the ninth time I have compiled a list of the top ten web tools I have used during the year. I am finding it interesting looking back over 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, which tools I still use and which have fallen by the wayside. Just outside the top ten were Slack, Evernote and … Continue reading Top Ten Web Tools of 2016 Read more

Top Ten Technologies of 2016

Originally posted on e-Learning Stuff.

These are technologies that I actually use, they exclude web tools and services which I do a separate top ten for. They are generally tools that make my life easier, more efficient and more productive. Here are my previous top tens from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The tenth technology is my current workhorse computer … Continue reading Top Ten Technologies of 2016 Read more

World Sketchnote Day #SNDay2017

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Today is World Sketchnote Day. I have made some sketchnotes from the various conferences I have attended. My original sketchnotes were done with a single colour pen. When I moved jobs I invested in some Stabilo colour pens and a notepad and got some more interesting results. This was from the Jisc Connect More event … Continue reading World Sketchnote Day #SNDay2017 Read more

Top Ten Blog Posts 2016

Originally posted on e-Learning Stuff.

Over the last 12 months I have written 43 blog posts, in 2015 I wrote 24 blog posts. In 2014 I wrote 11 and in 2013 I wrote 64 blog posts and over a hundred in 2012. In 2011 I thought 150 was a quiet year! Dropping four places to tenth, is my post VideoScribe … Continue reading Top Ten Blog Posts 2016 Read more