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As you may or may not know, we (@GemmaSPearce @DrEReinhold  and I, @SallyPezaro) have recently won funding to do further research and professional & public engagement on the topic of  & childbearing.

This will allow us to:

  1. Conduct two international surveys (one with women with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) or Hypermobile Spectrum Disorder (HSD) about childbearing, and the other with maternity staff)
  2. Spend some time with relevant people/organisations to develop ideas and co-produce great things together
  3. Host a public engagement event

But first we need your help!

We are currently designing how the two international surveys will look and what they will ask our participants about. Whilst we have largely relied on the current evidence base to develop the surveys so far, we would also like to involve YOU (the public) in telling us what topics we should prioritise.

Please indicate which topics matter most to you via the following short polls:

Which tools would be most useful in helping maternity staff support childbearing women with hEDS/HSD?

What should we ask maternity staff about hEDS/HSD in the context of childbearing?

What complications should we ask childbearing women with hEDS/HSD about?

Thank You on wooden blocks

Many thanks for your responses and suggestions. Please share this blog post far and wide so that we can include as many voices as possible in the design of this work!

We will be using all responses submitted before the end of the 24th of February 2019.


If you would like to follow the progress of work going forward..

Follow me via @SallyPezaroThe Academic MidwifeThis blog

Until next time…Look after yourselves and each other 💚💙💜❤


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by Thomas Cochrane.  

CMALT cMOOC starts 25 February


The CMALT cMOOC will start again 25th February and run for 7 weeks. To take part in this global community of practice as you develop your CMALT portfolio - signup here

This may be of particular interest to all candidates who are registered for CMALT Australasia. This is a joint initiative from ALT and ASCILTE.

There will be a YouTube Livestream introduction for anyone interested in finding out more about the cMOOC at 10:30 AM on Friday 22 February New Zealand time (9.30 PM on Thursday 21 February UK time).

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Are you interested in gaining international accreditation for your experience and expertise in integrating technology in teaching and learning? The Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) provides peer reviewed recognition aligned with the UK higher education professional standards framework. The Centre for Learning And Teaching at Auckland University of Technology have developed a cMOOC (connectivist Massive Open Online Course) to support academics and allied staff develop portfolios for CMALT accreditation, and facilitate an experience of participating in a global network of higher education professionals. The 2019 CMALT cMOOC starts 25th February and will run for 7 weeks. The cMOOC is completely free and is aimed at participants sharing experiences as they explore developing CMALT eportfolios, and building their professional academic online profiles.

There will be a YouTube Livestream as an intro for anyone interested in finding out more about the cMOOC 10:30am 22nd February (New Zealand time)

We use a customised Moodle Discussion Forum, Twitter, and WordPress to facilitate the cMOOC.

The first step in participating is the Signup form on WordPress at after which you will receive a login to the Community Forum at

The weekly activities outline are at

We use the #cmaltcmooc hashtag for Twitter and any other social media related to the cMOOC.

You can find out more about the CMALT cMOOC at our ResearchGate Project Page:

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by Thomas Cochrane.  

Welcome - this discussion forum replaces the defunct G+ Community for sharing and discussions for the CMALT cMOOC

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FBL Marketing Lecturer Samantha Read shares her top ‘Teaching and learning resources – Ideas for an ABL approach to teaching and learning’.

This list features links to; OERs(Open education resources), tools for creating interactive images and video, collaboration tools, quizzes and polls, gamification ideas, storyboarding templates, articles of interest and links to further training.

Samantha recently spoke about her experiences of ABL at the FBL Faculty ABL away day, and recommends that staff consider the following points when implementing a new tool:

  • Don’t try to introduce too many new tools into your online and face-to-face sessions. Practice using a few and start to integrate the ones that you feel confident using and can support students in adopting.
  • If you want students to use an online tool for the face-to-face or online element of your session, provide them with really clear instructions (including a short video where possible) and begin using that tool during the face-to-face session so that everyone will feel comfortable using it.
  • Where possible, embed your resources into NILE so that they are easily accessible. You can usually find an ‘embed code’ to copy and paste into the html section of a NILE content area rather than directing students towards a link.
  • Don’t feel disheartened if one idea works for one group but does not work for another. For me, it’s all about trial and error and adapting the resources and tools to each individual group of students based on their skills, learning preferences and the feedback they provide.


Samantha’s ABL resources can be viewed on the Padlet below. Please feel free to add any other resources that you would recommend to others.