TIPS Blog articles are intended to allow colleagues to share examples of their practice. TIPS Blog content can be written or a video, and is expected to be fairly short (around 500 words, or videos of 2 – 8 minutes) and aimed at a general audience.
If you would like to create content, or have something already created you can share, please read our short guidance first.
What are the key aims of the blog?
- Share examples of authentic and innovative practice in student education
- Inspire colleagues to try out new things
- Create opportunities to network and to raise your profile in student education
Who can write a blog post?
Anyone involved in student education at the University of Leeds is invited to publish their case study here. Whether it is a finished design or project or an idea you would like to share. The TIPS Blog is open to all and as long as your case study falls within the remit of this blog, it will be published.
Blog posts should be around 500 words, written for a general audience and can include images and videos. They are expected to be reflective accounts, sharing examples of your teaching practice.
We encourage authors to share design ideas too – you don’t need to wait to test something with your students, you can share your thinking and working at this stage, and come back with part 2 to tell us how it went and what you learnt!
TIPS Blog articles follow a set template to create a common format. Articles consist of a short introductory summary, followed by content under three subheadings:
- What did you do? Why did you do it?
- What was the impact of your practice and how have you evaluated it (or how to you plan to evaluate it)?
- How could others benefit from this example?
Please provide images if possible, and always ensure you provide ‘alternative text’ for any images used. Text necessary to the article content should not be included in picture files or screen shots. References to relevant reading or resources should be added as hyperlinks in the text and a ‘further reading’ list can be provided at the end of the article if desired.
If you are creating a video for an article, we expect these to be 2 – 8 minutes and ideally a mixture of talking head and screen casting. We ask that videos are accompanied by some brief introductory and explanatory text which can be structured under the subheadings above.
Please follow general accessibility guidelines which can be found on the Digital Practice website.
Submission and review process
If you are considering writing a TIPS Blog article, you can complete the short form below to let us know – you don’t need to have any content written at this stage.submit form
We will get in touch and provide you with the article template and will be happy to answer any questions and support you through the process. Once you have a draft article ready, please send it to email@example.com.
When we receive your article draft, the editing team will do some brief initial checks on its length, accessibility, copyright issues, its style and content (is it a TIPS Blog post?). We will get back to you if there are any issues that need to be resolved before the article is handed to one of our review team for a ‘light touch’ review process.
You will be introduced to the reviewer via email and the reviewer will then contact you directly with their feedback within two weeks. The purpose of the review is solely for the author to gain developmental feedback on their case study. When you and your reviewer have agreed a final draft, the reviewer will confirm this with the TIPS editors who will then arrange for the article to be published on the TIPS Blog. We will let you know once the article is live and advertise the publication through Twitter and other internal channels.
The editorial team are Alison Murfin and Dr Aline Gaus. If you have any questions, just send our team a message on firstname.lastname@example.org.