My big question #OcTEL2013 Activity 0.1

9 04 2013


Creative Arts Building, University of Huddersfield

Creative Arts Building, University of Huddersfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I teach Fashion & Textiles Buying Management at the University of Huddersfield.  I have been here just about 4 years after morphing into a full-time teaching post from the clothing industry.  I teach global sourcing textile technology, sustainability, management and international business.  I love how this job challenges me all the time.  It also gives me the excuse to  pander to my inner girly swot .

So I am new (ish) to teaching and keen to do a good job for our students.  I recently completed my MA Professional Development following on from the PGCE and I have a real interest in helping students to learn. I also think the experience of ‘being a student’ is invaluable and so I signed up for another course.  I hope this will really get me using technology better for teaching and understanding how it feels from a student point of view.  I embraced our VLE and can upload, use the WIKI facility etc. –  It’s OK but it really is a glorified filing cabinet, surely it could be more?  So I would really like to explore external resources as I think these will be less clunky and more attractive.  I very much have the ‘L-plates’ on though as none of this comes easily to me, nor do I find it engaging.  It is a tool to be used creatively but I’m not dedicated enough to explore every facet of it;  I just don’t have the time.  I am sure this prevents lots of us from having a go so hopefully I can share what I discover over the next few weeks too.

My big question is (at this early stage) what can I adopt easily that will enhance the learning of my students? I also have an inner dialogue going of how I felt as a student on the course as I think this perspective is enlightening and I will draw on it in the future as I implement my learning. 




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