Learning and Teaching Matters

Archive for November 2009

The Guardian newspaper published an article today by our VC, Professor Don Nutbeam, which argues in favour of greater flexibility and adaptability in university curriculum structures to  prepare students for a future work environment which is far more complex and changeable than their parents’ .


I have just presented at the National Workshop on Learning in Immersive Worlds yesterday at Coventry University with Julie Watson in Modern Languages.  I presented the model of the coordination and management of the University island and talked about how the communication between the five projects in the Schools and disciplines (Medicine, Modern Languages, Archaeology, Chemistry and Education) are maintained. Julie presented her work on one of the projects and also that of the M3 Project.

It was a really interesting event and there were a lot of interesting and new ideas, including augmented reality and also it was interesting to find out what has been going on elsewhere in Second Life.  I attended presentations on the use of Sloodle for dynamic interactions from Peter Bloomfield of University of West of England and also a presentation from Dr David White of Oxford University giving an interesting insight to the views of students from their Open Habitat project.  I will be providing a more comprehensive update to the Second Life interest Group via the mailing list (secondlife-info) which can be subscribed to through the majordomo lists at http://www.lists.soton.ac.uk

If you are interested in how the University of Southampton has been using virtual worlds to enhance education and research, please get in touch with  Fiona Grindey in LATEU.


A new date, Monday 14 December, 1-30 – 4.40, has been confirmed for this workshop, which was originally scheduled for 6 October but cancelled due to illness. Further details and an application form are available on the LATEU website.

The workshop will introduce approaches to pastoral care and dealing with difficult situations and provide information on the services offered by the University that you can tap into to support students.

We have added three new dates for this workshop: 11 December 2009, 11 March 2010 and 9 June 2010.

This course is designed to provide an insight to the history and application of relevant regulations and good practice guidance within clinical research. Delegates will be introduced to the principles of Research Governance and Good Clinical Practice and will be equipped with skills to ensure good conduct of clinical research. Further details here.

LATEU met with colleagues who were involved in staff development activities within their schools to share good practice today.  It was agreed that the group of colleagues who were nominated by their schools would remain in contact with Fiona Grindey in LATEU to share relevant activites that were happening in their Schools and that the network would share themes generated from the Staff Development folder within the LTERAP.   Notes from the meeting will be sent to the group shortly.

Fiona is also going to keep the LATEU web site up to date with information about good practice across the University.  Anyone with an interest in utilising this network and would like to share good practice in education should get in touch with Fiona Grindey.