The aim of this blog is to be hub for academics from all areas of the University to share best practice in the creative use of digital tools and practices in learning and teaching, primarily with other Lincoln academics but also to wider audiences.
This community blog is populated by the community, for the community. If you would like to share examples of good practice, new uses of resources and tools, or to allow other academics to find out new teaching methods please contact LALT@lincoln.ac.uk with a post you would like to share.
The content of the blog will be written by Lincoln academics for other academics. So, if you are involved in a learning & teaching initiative or project that involves experimental or inventive use of digital platforms or tools then we want to hear from you.
- A post must be related to Learning and Teaching
- It must be between 500 – 750 words long
- Photos can be included but permissions must be gained form those pictured
- The writing style should be less formal than a case study/paper to allow for a wider audience participation
Contributions can be in either written or video format. If you decide on a video, guidance on style and format or support in filming can be provided if required. Please use the Video request form if you wish to make a video about your teaching practices.
Written content needs to be accessible and easily digestible, using sub-headings and/or short paragraphs, with articles ideally around 500-750 (1000 max) words in length. Photos relating to the initiative would also be helpful.
The style should also be less formal than that written for journals or academic papers. Accessible writing will travel further, potentially attracting new audiences to the University and to your work.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how to format your post:
- Begin with a headline sentence or paragraph that succinctly summarises your goals and most significant results.
- Continue with a hook to interest your audience – why is the subject engaging?
- Proceed onto a short overview of the pedagogical challenge faced and the intended benefits for students.
- Ideally, your methodology should be brief. The focus should be on innovative techniques/ approaches or digital practices and on your findings.
- Evidence of your results or findings should be included. However, you should aim to use no more than 1-3 key infographics/tables/photos.
- To finish, summarise your argument again in a new way and include any set-backs or issues with your project with details of how you/or others overcame these (or could overcome them if the project was re-run). This will help other academics wishing to take a similar approach.
If your post summarises or references an academic article or paper, you can link to this in the body of your post, instead of using footnotes. You may also want to include a short bio about yourself with links to a personal blog, website or social media accounts, if you have them. We will link to your staff profile if no content is provided. You may also want to encourage other academics to contact you for further information, although that is entirely up to you.
If your initiative/project is yet to start or is still in progress, you could write about what you are planning to do or what you have done to date. A follow-up post could then be written updating colleagues on the progress or results of your project/initiative.
Finally, please submit your post as a Word document or provide a link if you have written an existing blog post elsewhere.
Here are some useful links for further information on academic blogging:
For further advice, help or support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.