Chocolate muffins made of Twitter

Twitter is often heralded as the new golden tool of interactive education which is a must for any lecturer in the 21st century. I must admit I have dipped in and out of Twitter over the past few years but since using it with my first year SHU students I am thoroughly...

Caught up in Japanese disaster

I had a feeling a few weeks ago, call it a sixth sense if you like, that my parents might get caught up in a natural disaster. They were in India at the time and I had a feeling that there might be fatal flooding, a terror attack or something else uncontrollable that...

Dipping toes in academic waters

Last week I told my SHU students to be shameless self-publicists. Now it’s my turn. Having worked as a journalist for almost a decade it has been a struggle to get to grips with the very different life of being an academic. For a start when writing academic chapters...

Don’t they make you proud

First up two great photos from my Writing the Message Online students this week, one artistic and one very well framed – thanks to Adam Capper and Saffron Coe for these. A good illustration of the types of good pics that can be taken from a mobile phone....