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The Next Normal Episode 9 – E-Learning

Join Chris Webb (@WorldWebb) and Helen Armitage (@HelenArmitage16) from the Careers and Employability Service at Sheffield Hallam University (@SheffHallamUni) for another foray into the world of work, as told by Covid-19.

This week, we welcome Dr. Chris Headleand, Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, to the (virtual) booth, where we discuss the causes of ‘interaction fatigue’, which online teaching and learning developments are worth holding on to and what the next normal might look like for E-Learning as we move out of more rigid lockdown restrictions.

Our Guest:

Dr. Chris Headleand – Currently Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Computer Science and member of the LALT academy board at the University of Lincoln, Chris has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Ethics having completed a Masters in Computer Systems. He is an innovation evangelist; having come from a creative background he now applies design thinking to computer science, providing novel solutions to technical problems. Chris specialises in improving student engagement, and has research expertise in games, data visualisation, and design methods.

As well as his industrial and research expertise, Chris is also a fully trained educator with a degree in teaching, a PGCertHE, a PTLLS, and 18 years teaching experience at various levels. He currently lectures Games Design, Games Studies, Ethics, and Professional Practices at the University of Lincoln. Chris has always tried to approach teaching from a student-centric perspective and this has taken him in many directions, including being the first person internationally to teach an entire FE (college) course through social media.

Our Presenters:

Helen Armitage – A Senior Employability Adviser for the College of Social Sciences and Arts at Sheffield Hallam University. Helen leads on the Hallam Career Mentoring Scheme and primarily supports the department of Art and Design with in-curriculum careers delivery.

Chris Webb – An Employability Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, Chris supports the Gradvantage programme for final year students and graduates, as well as collaborating with the College of Business, Technology and Engineering on in-curriculum careers delivery.

Chris still maintains active business interests, including social media consultancy and software development through Ogwen Publishing; and Virtual Reality games development through Picselica VR. 

Further Reading/Listening:

Chris’ Blog – 

Chris’ Twitter –

BBC News – Covid-19: Nintendo profits triple as games boom continues

The Naked Gaming Podcast

The Jisc Podcast

The Student Sessions Podcast

Finally, keep a look out for Chris’ forthcoming book – Engaging Students in Online Learning: A Practical Guide for Higher Education

If you are interested in any of the discussion points raised in this podcast or have suggestions for future podcast episodes or guest speakers, please contact Chris or Helen on LinkedIn!

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