Teaching @ Sydney

October 2013

A few of my favourite blogs on university learning and teaching

Do you enjoy blogs about university learning and teaching? Here are a few of Amani Bell's favourites.

The Prof Hacker
The Prof Hacker is run by the Chronicle of Higher Education (whose forums  provide hours of diversion if you’re not careful!). With the tagline ‘tips about teaching, technology and productivity’, this is a good source of many varied views about working and teaching in the academy.

The teaching tomtom
From the folks at the Learning and Teaching Team, College of Design & Social Context at RMIT, this blog is aimed at academics looking for practical tips and techniques to enhance teaching. Occasionally the posts are aimed at RMIT academics (e.g. internal teaching award announcements), but I just skip those.

Higher Education in the headlines

Higher Education in the Headlines is run by HERDSA News. It summarises the top stories on higher education from the past three months of the Australian Higher Education Supplement, Times Higher Education (UK) and the Chronicle of Higher Education (USA), so it’s a great way of keeping up to date on what’s going on in the sector in those countries.

The Sciences and Technologies of Learning

This blog is curated by university’s Sciences and Technologies of Learning research network, and showcases upcoming research seminars, calls for papers, and posts from network members on conferences they have attended – and more! A very useful resource for those interested in research on learning and innovative technologies for learning.

Thesis whisperer

Although aimed at higher degree research students, this blog is a fantastic resource for supervisors too. Chock-full of useful advice and resources, I’ve found it a great prompt for reflecting on my supervision, and on my writing. Run by the amazing Dr Inger Mewburn, the Thesis Whisperer is also a master class on running a successful blog.

All things pedagogical

With a particular focus on ethical teaching and educational technologies, I enjoy Dr Ann Gagné’s thoughtful, personal posts.

Dr Amani Bell is a lecturer at the ITL and is dipping a toe into the blogging pool at www.theycallmedrbell.com