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Digital Academic – new blog for Sue Watling

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:46:49 +0000

I now have a new permanent WordPress blog called the Digital Academic at

Tumbling towards Ecstasy

Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:13:14 +0000

Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling, And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.from Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen Another corner of  the internet  I’m digitally splattered here, there and everywhere online. My relationship with my […]

How lucky I am says Pooh to Piglet

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 05:40:05 +0000

Leaving Lincoln at the end of an era

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:44:36 +0000

I’ve become a grandmother to Duke, a 3 year old American bulldog. Quiet, affectionate, nervous in crowds, Duke was taken in by dog rescue in Manchester.  We haven’t yet met but I’ve seen him on social media. He’s white and brown with an endearing heart shaped patch on his back and has already demolished his […]

crossing creative concepts and learning to be brave #creativeHE

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09:43:17 +0000

This has been a ‘concept crossing’ week on the Creativity in HE course. I’m in a subgroup looking at creativity and emotions. Two words I wouldn’t have previously put together. Before this course I ‘d have associated creativity with areas like art, music, dance, theatre and knew Einstein had described scientists as artists. It seemed […]

Like an amoeba we are creativity in action #creativeHE

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 06:17:37 +0000

The open online course Creativity and Higher Education is making me think.  Chrissi asks what is the difference between face to face and online? I say it’s the pedagogy of uncertainty – there’s so much you don’t know and can’t predict. Then Chrissi asks what is the difference between traditional online and open courses? Even […]

I may be less creative than I think #creativeHE

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:41:08 +0000

The course Creativity for Learning in Higher Education #creativeHE ticks a lot of my boxes. It’s about higher education in 21st century, teaching online, creative thinking, using social media, its open, free and above all is about the digital – which at the end of the day has always been my research and passion. This blog post […]

My #twistedpair are Klimt and the Venus of Willendorf

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:01:58 +0000

Still processing last week in Vienna (culture and cake – what’s not to like?!). Reflecting on the art and history, my #twistedpair are Klimt and the Venus of Willendorf.  I’ve used them as tools for considering the nature of knowledge – in particular the need for information literacies (of the digital kind) in order to […]

Do you keep a blog?  

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 04:35:41 +0000

Doug Peterson says ‘One of my first questions when I meet an educator is what’s the address of your blog?’ Doug’s JISC piece lists reasons for having an online presence. These include blogging for research, employability and simply yourself. One of the reasons I hear for not blogging is not having anything to say. Really?  Nothing? Doug […]

Following B&Qs advice; DIY to DIFY with TEL

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:20:34 +0000

B&Q have announced a shift in emphasis from DIY to DIFY. Rather than  DIY and do it themselves people are now setting themselves as DIFY – encouraging other people to pay them for doing it instead. I imagine many colleagues being relieved if HEIs adopted a similar attitudinal shift and instead of having to manage […]