Sharing Experiences: guest post from the University of Iceland

The staff of The Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Iceland visited Glasgow Caledonian University on the 2nd of June. Our main interests were blended learning and using social media in Academic teaching.

Our hosts Sheila MacNeill and James Emery made us feel very welcome and Sheila was kind enough to meet us at our hotel and walk with us to the campus. The sun was shining and Glasgow greeted us in all its grandiose.

At the campus we sat down and discussed all kinds of blended learning. Alison Nimmo and Sam Ellis joined us and told us about their experience in designing and teaching PGcert online. It was interesting to hear how they approached and solved various technical tasks.

After the presentation Sheila and James showed us around the campus. We were very impressed with the library.

We are looking forward to further cooperation between and GCU and hope to see our contacts in Iceland in the near future.

Thank you for very enlightening time and hope you have a great summer.



On behalf of KEMST,
Bjarndís Fjóla and Anna Kristín.


Visit from the University of Iceland

Earlier this week, we were delighted to host a team from the University of Iceland who were visiting Scotland as part of an Erasmus study visit.

The team of eight were were particularly interested in finding our more about GCUs approach to developing and delivering blended and online learning. They were also keen to find out more about the various routes GCUs CPD programme for learning and teaching offers staff.

Jim and myself gave an overview of our approaches to blended learning, and the GCU Learn environment. Alison Nimmo and Sam Ellis then shared their recent experiences of moving our PGcert in Learning and Teaching from a traditional face to face model to one offering a blended and full online option.

Over the course of the morning there was a great exchange of experience, knowledge and ideas.