Author Archives: Chris Thomson

About Chris Thomson

I'm a Subject Specialist at Jisc focusing on online learning and digital student experience.

On yer bike! Cycling, tech & travel

We’re quite fond of our bikes here at Netskills but it’s not often we get a chance to use them for work if you ignore the regular commuting. Recently, Chris took the plunge and brought his bike on a trip to a fieldwork showcase event in rural North Wales. True to Netskills’ principles, technology played a part in planning and recording the trip. Read more

[Video] Dave White keynote: Teaching how to learn or providing what to learn?

A few weeks ago, Oxford University learning technology expert Dave White sacrificed a Saturday lie-in to deliver a virtual keynote presentation at an event we were supporting. Outlining his thoughts on MOOCs in relation to his research on digital visitors and residents, Dave examined the role of higher education online. Read more

Telling our story at the International Digital Storytelling Conference

Chris was speaking at Create Act Change, the International Digital Storytelling conference in Turkey recently about the work that Netskills has been doing with Jisc-funded projects. Here reflects on how the experience affected his views on storytelling and what it was like to participate in a new community of practice. Read more

“Going Dragon Hunting” – helping projects tell their stories

Chris describes some recent workshops Netskills has run on storytelling techniques for project dissemination. Stories can be a powerful way for research projects to communicate more widely and accessibly what impact they have had on their institutions. The workshop aims to help teams to think about their work in narrative terms. But where do dragons come into it? Read more

Producing a digital story for someone else

Digital storytelling is usually a very personal process; individuals telling their own story. Recently Chris put together a digital story as part of a project for a client organisation, Northumberland National Park Authority. Here he reflects on some of the difficulties of trying to tell someone else’s story and finding a balance between an “official” image and a more personal tone of voice. Read more