CoSector Blog

Why is getting Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) right so important?

The last ten years have taught us that virtual learning environments are here to stay.  But are universities getting the VLE right? And why is it so important? 

Jun 26, 2017

Topic: Bloom VLE, Higher Education

Turning a face-to-face course into engaging e-learning: DPTP online

In this post I will describe some of the highlights in my work building the DPTP Online, things I had to consider to make it engaging, and what I hoped to achieve with it. 

Jun 15, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Higher Education

What do Labour and the Conservatives want to do with HE and FE?

This election run up has been contentious to say the least. We are on the brink of having to choose between two dramatically different visions of the country.

Jun 07, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Why teachers will never be replaced by edtech

Education technology is shuffling its way towards the teaching profession with ominous uncertainty for the latter. What are edtech’s intentions, and where will it leave the profession when the two are forced to interact on the teacher’s home...

May 30, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Virtual reality in higher education: innovation or gimmick?

Virtual reality is a technology which has been around for years but has really become a hot topic in the last two years. Will virtual reality in higher education really be useful in engaging students, or will it be a passing trend which is no...

May 24, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

The pros and cons of edtech in higher education

Education and technology are becoming a better known duo than Homer and Marge, but what are the pros and cons of edtech in higher education? Here we consider how it can help and hinder the learning processes in higher education.

May 16, 2017

Topic: Bloom VLE, Higher Education, IT and Digital

What can higher education learn from celebrity taught courses?

If you haven’t heard of it yet, Masterclass is a San Francisco-based company that creates online courses taught by celebrity icons. A few examples include learning the Art of Performance from Usher via 16 video lessons, two hours of Advanced...

May 09, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

How e-learning is making a difference in the Global South

E-learning has been around for some time now, and with its ability to reduce institutional costs whilst increasing accessibility for students, some thought it might replace conventional classroom-based learning.

May 05, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Why we should be teaching creativity in higher education

Education and creativity should go hand in hand, but do they currently? Do the way education systems operate inspire creative thinking across a range of disciples? Does it allow us to innovate for a sustainable global future?

May 04, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Britain could face Brexit 'brain drain'

A report has been published today by The Education Committee which says that the government "must provide guarantees to university staff from the EU and design a new immigration system that better meets the needs of higher education."

Apr 25, 2017

Topic: Higher Education