Tamsyn Smith

Tamsyn Smith

Learning Designer at the Uni of Southampton.

I support Understanding Money: the history of finance, speculation and the stock market & Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds.

I'm @tamsynmsmith on Twitter

Location University of Southampton


  • Yes @DrLisaMilne ... but universities, schools and colleges are still open. Most of our teaching is online, with the exception of elements that have to be taught face to face, such as clinical skills for health courses.

  • I think it's important to consider that what many people are experiencing right now (in the midst of a pandemic) may not be what we expected of digital learning even 12 months ago. This course was set up as wholly online endeavour from the start which is quite different from the emergency remote teaching that many people at schools/colleges/universities are...

  • Hi! I'm a Learning Designer at the University of Southampton, England. I've worked in education for over 20 years with the last 12 years in Higher Education.

    I'm looking forward to sharing ideas and learning from others.

  • Thanks for sharing that link, Marité - there are some great examples there!

  • Hi Jenny! The simple game is based around FTSE. Alternatively, you can have a go at the London Stock Exchange Simulator: https://www.londonstockexchange.com/global/portfolio/portfolio-and-trading-simulator.htm In terms of the simulator that we used, the one on Investopedia fitted our criteria better.

  • That's great feedback - thank you, Jennifer.

  • Welcome! We hope that you'll enjoy the course and enjoy looking at money from a different angle.

  • Thanks for your comment, Kristine. I got a job in a bookies at 18. At that point, I'd never been into one before and none of my family gambled, so I had no idea what it was like. It was pre-2001, so there was still a 9% tax - punters had to decide whether to pay the tax at the time of placing their bet or risk having to pay much more on their winnings. I...

  • Thank you for your kind feedback.

  • Hi @VicenteF If any of your comments have been written in a language other than English, they may have been deleted. The terms and conditions on FutureLearn state "You will communicate in English only (or the specified language of a course)."

  • Thanks, Bill - we come back to that topic in Week 3: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-money/1/steps/365845

  • Thanks for that, William - I've now edited it.

  • I remember being surprised that there were no 1c or 2c coins the first time I visited Australia. I bought something and was waiting for change, but didn't get any! It's interesting that some of the coins were melted down to make medals for the 2000 Olympics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_two-cent_coin

  • I'm glad you've managed to post your image now - I've never seen a necklace like that before. It's lovely.

    I've had a look using Chrome and can see your post. There should be a scroll bar to the right of each column that you are able to use to scroll down that column/the page. (If you can see everything in a particular column, then it's not possible to...

  • Hi Helen! I'm sorry to hear you've had problems using this Padlet wall. We chose to set this Padlet wall in columns so that similar ideas can be grouped together. It might be worth checking that you're using a supported browser: https://padlet.com/support/gettingstarted_browsers (Internet Explorer is no longer on this list).

    It's a shame that we can't see...

  • Hi Constance! Thanks for your feedback. The information on the Archaeology of Seafaring has been crowd-sourced - learners on this course (and previous version of it) have been asked to contribute, so you are right, the entries are somewhat uneven. I've edited the Egadi battle entry, so it will be in the next update in the new year.

  • Thank you both - I've added all of those to the timeline.

  • Thanks, Brian - I've added the Lancastria to the timeline.

  • Thank you - I've now added that to the timeline.

  • Thank you, Charlotte - I've added the Acadia to the timeline.

  • I've now added that one to the timeline.

  • Thanks for sharing that, Peter - it sounds like an interesting idea for a blogpost, so I'll see what I can do :-)

  • Thank you - I've added the fish traps to the timeline.

  • Hi Alfredo! Thanks for the information. I've tried to find out a bit more about USS Jasper PC-486/Mejillon, but cannot find the date when it sank - do you know? I can then add it to the timeline.

  • Hi Joan! Uluburun is on the timeline at 1305BC.

  • Thanks, James - I've now added USAT Liberty to the timeline.

  • Thanks, Lynda, I've added that one to the timeline.

  • Thanks, Deborah - I've added those to the Archaeology of Seafaring timeline.

  • Hi! Helen discusses some of the theories surrounding the fires in this video: http://moocs.southampton.ac.uk/shipwrecks/2015/06/20/questions-on-week-4/

  • Hi Glenn. We're sorry that the course did not meet your expectations. Is there a particular aspect of Week 3 that did not meet your expectations? It is intended as an introduction the changing marine environment and survey techniques.

  • Hi! Do you have a question?

  • Do you have a specific query, Glenn?

  • Hi Herman- apologies. I edit the timeline and then have to do a bit of tinkering with files before asking someone at University of Southampton to update it on our server. I did the first bit, but illness prevented me from following it through - it should all be visible by the end of the week.

  • Please do feel free to ask any questions and we'll do our best to answer them for you.

  • Hi Margaret. Which web browser are you using? I'm also having problems opening pdfs in the latest version of Firefox this afternoon, but can open them in other web browsers. I also asked my colleagues to check and they were fine. I'll look into it again tomorrow, but it may be worth trying another web browser such as Google Chrome if possible.

  • Well remembered - it was Hidden Britain by Drone (Episode 2) on Channel 4.

  • The wreck of the Politician still lies off the coast of Eriskay, although it is below water line now as the winter gales destroyed the deck and cabins.

  • We are considering the possibility of creating several courses to cover specific areas of maritime archaeology... but of course that requires funding/time, so I can't promise anything. I will, however, see whether we can produce some relevant blogposts with links to good quality further reading :-)

  • Thanks for your kind words, Andrea.

  • Thanks for sharing that, Kevin.

  • Hi Richard! You need GoogleEarth to be able to open the kmz file... but as you've looked at the pdf, you don't need to worry about it :-)

  • Hi Patricia! No, you don't need to download Google Earth - as an alternative, you can look at the Eustatic sea level changes pdf and use that to answer the questions.

  • Thanks for letting us know, Mary - I'll look into it and see if I can find where it has been moved to! :-)

  • Hi Massimiliano! At the bottom right hand side of the timeline you should see a spanner (wrench) icon. If you click on it, a search box will appear. I hope that helps :-)

  • All will be revealed in Week 3 :-)

  • Hi Alex! We have a section on SS Richard Montgomery, but not a huge amount on shipwrecks from WWI and WWII - maybe we can rectify this in a future iteration.

  • Thank you for your feedback, Mary. If there are any terms that you are unable to translate, just ask and someone (from the shipwrecks team or a fellow student) is bound to help :-)

  • Thanks for the feedback, Steve - we'll bear it in mind when planning possible future iterations. We do have some case studies in the next two weeks (and no more timelines). :-)

  • Hi Youssef. Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately, we agree that the course is somewhat Eurocentric... it reflects the research strengths of the academic team. We are very happy to share research from anywhere around the world, so please post any relevant links that you have. This is one area that we will bear in mind when/if we do a course refresh :-)

  • Thanks for your kind feedback, Lori.

  • Hi John! Thanks for the feedback. This course is one of the oldest ones on FutureLearn, so it was a bit of a venture into the dark. We're looking at ways that we can rearrange the material for the best possible learner experience. Ideally we would be able to break it into a number of courses covering different aspects of maritime archaeology... but that would...

  • Hi Michael! You will be able to return to the timelines at any point that you like - they are hosted on University of Southampton web servers and are publicly available. There are links to them from the course blog: http://moocs.southampton.ac.uk/shipwrecks/timelines/

  • Thanks for that information, Herman - I've added them to the timeline.

  • Hi Michael! You might find this article interesting: http://www.vos.noaa.gov/MWL/aug_08/navigation_tools.shtml

  • Hi Jana! This article give a little more information: http://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/longitude-found-John-Harrison

  • Thanks, Ian. HMS Swift is on the archaeology of seafaring timeline :-)

  • If you do have a chance to come to this area, there is a huge amount to see at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and you're also not far from Buckler's Hard. If it is something that tempts you, have a look at the dates when you could meet the Shipwrecks team: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/shipwrecks/6/steps/260005

  • Hi Patricia! I'm sorry that this week does not interest you. Maybe the areas that you are more keen on are in Weeks 3 & 4.

  • Hi Wayne! Thanks for your comments. Most of this course was written before the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project, but we're looking into ways that we can disseminate more information. I can't promise anything, but there may be a new course in the future :-)

  • Hi Margaret!

    I've been trying to find some more details about the Mersey submarine and have come up with a couple of possibilities:

    - Wirral-built Resurgam sank on her maiden voyage on 25th February 1880 and now lies in Liverpool Bay off Rhyl: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resurgam
    - HMS Thetis sank on her maiden voyage in Liverpool Bay on 1st June...

  • Thank you, Susan - I've added that to the timeline. Have you seen the British Pathe footage of the rescue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUzIw_RS0qk

  • Hi Helen! If you're finding it hard to get through the course in the time you have available, we would recommend not following all of the links, or bookmarking them for later. We are also aware that many learners spend a lot of time on the timelines (and as we add more suggestions form learners that time is growing longer!) We know that people come to this...

  • That's a shame - and a recent development - apologies. Hopefully, everyone who is interested in Part 1 will be able to watch it as I suspect that that may end up being pulled :-(

  • That's a shame - and a recent development - apologies. Hopefully, everyone who is interested in Part 1 will be able to watch it as I suspect that that may end up being pulled :-(

  • Hi Helen! You should be able to click on the little spanner icon at the bottom right hand side of the timeline. It will then open a search box where you can type in any terms you want to search. You should be able to click on any of the coloured dots on the bottom of the timeline to go to that particular point. I hope that helps, but please ask if you have any...

  • Hi Jeremy! I agree with you entirely, however, this has been posed to FutureLearn many times. Here is there response: https://futurelearn.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115008275987-Why-we-don-t-open-links-in-a-new-tab

  • Thanks, Mary - the Pesse logboat appears in our second timeline (The archaeology of seafaring through the ages).

  • Hi Richard! It's not always easy to find an open access article written at the appropriate level for a course such as this. As you acknowledged, we're using the links to signpost people to some brief information/definitions that can be explored in more depth as learners wish. Obviously, students who are enrolled at University of Southampton have access to a...