The aim of the Blended Learning Show and Tell lunchtime events is to provide busy academics a space to network and talk and share their experiences with others in an informal and friendly space. The Blended Learning Show and Tell is a great way to see interesting ways to enhance your teaching and your students learning.
It was a good turnout for the first Blended Learning Show and Tell of the academic year and the six presentations for this session covered a range of technologies.
Nicolas Malleson – Review of Digital Blended in the School of Geography
Towards the end of the las academic year Nick undertook a light tough review of the Blended Learning and associated technologies that were being used across the school. From the responses that were received Nick has created this poster
Blayn Parkinson – Introduction and overview of role
As a new member of the faculty, I gave a brief overview covering my experience as well as outlining what support and resources are available to staff.
Andy Evans – Webpages
- Interactive Manning’s equation:
As part of a Masters course Andy ran a summer school on programming for GIS. Andy developed and online interactive tutorial introducing student to the basics of programming and software development.
- Webpage HTML
- Audacity for the audio denoising and editing:
- Java for interactive applets
Helen has used Padlet in a number of teaching settings (collaborative, notetaking, brainstorming) and has found it a useful tool that works well in both classroom and distance settings.
Padlet in the Classroom
There are many polling and surveying services available one of the more popular one is Poll Everywhere. These can be run online or embedded into a PowerPoint presentations (via a plugin) and participants are able to respond through a web interface, mobile app, texting (SMS) or emailing their responses.
This type of activity, especially if anonymous enables those students who are less likely to interact in class to be able to join in.
Using PollEverywhere to engage students in the classroom.
Articulate have a number of products for developing interactive online content. Articulate Storyline is a standalone application which allows you to quickly develop engaging online learning content. Articulate Studio is a set of plugins to enhance PowerPoint allowing you to add additional integrative elements to your presentations an also publish your presentations as standalone content suitable for online distribution such as in the VLE.
Nicolas Malleson – The Flipped Classroom.
The Flipped Classroom is a pedagogical strategy that is a type of blended learning that reverses (flips) the traditional classroom model. Short video lectures and demonstrations are viewed by students prior to the face to face session freeing up the in-class time for more hands on activities.
Flipped Classroom Infographic
SlideShare: The flipped classroom introduction and sources
Things to look out for
The university has purchased Blackboards Virtual Classroom system called Collaborate (http://www.blackboard.com/online-collaborative-learning/index.aspx). The software provides tools for synchronous discussion and interaction using web-cameras, speaking via a headset or an open microphone, with text chat, whiteboard and screen share functionality.
Workshop on online and eMarking
On the 16th Dec 14:00 – 16:00 There will be the first of the workshops on online and electronic marking. Although aimed at new staff this session would be useful to anyone interested in eAssessment, eMarking & eFeedback. Please contact Blayn Parkinson for further details
If you would like to attend a future Blended Learning Show and Tell or have an idea for potential topics for inclusion please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org