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April ’21 (WE DID IT AGAIN)

In personal news

Lots happened in April and I am glad to start this month’s post on a personal note, as I was able to get my first vaccine early in the month:

This was a big moment for me and I am deeply grateful to the NHS here in Wales for a super professional and easy process – an old Toys’R’Us never seemed so desirable a destination before. As life here starts to slowly move from complete still stand into a gentle stride forwards, I am enjoying discovering more about this beautiful city, where I have lived since early 2020, but which for obvious reasons I haven’t been able to see much of as yet.

Recommended edtech reading

Also early in April, a long awaited book was published, making the much needed case for active blended learning and packed with practical and thoughtful chapters on engaging students, developing assessment methods and supporting staff. I was delighted to contribute to the peer review process and I wrote the foreword for the book – recommended read for all in edtech.

Leading a virtual team

This month’s post on leading a virtual team focused on policies for working from home, including possible new legislation protecting workers rights to ‘unplug’:

I also really enjoyed discovering a new (to me) idea for socialising as a virtual team: meet Randomised Coffee Trials! There is a whole science project in this research on conversational leadership which I had fun digging into.


In addition to writing and blogging and representing ALT at a number of events, I also had the pleasure of taking part in the OERxDomain21 conference this month. I have already blogged about all the firsts we celebrated at this event and it’s been a huge highlight for me to lead my team through this special event. It was extra special to have a session in the programme, talking about open practice on the radio during the pandemic. And this is the highlight I want to close this month’s post with – watch and enjoy reflecting with us as a taste of what was a wonderful event, which marked a whole year of pandemic radio… and hope on the airwaves.

More from this month: