Blended Learning Show ‘N’ Tell (Geography) November 2015

Show N Tell logoThe 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.

Presentation slides

ShowNTell (GEOG) Nov2015

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

To support his teaching Andy has developed several webpages illustrating how data can be displayed using programming skills, in these example using jQuery, Javascript and Java. The feedback form his students has been extremely positive to the use of this resource.


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.

Masters courses:



Padlet logoHelen Durham – Padlet


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


Poll Everywhere logoKaren Bacon – Live polling using Poll Everywhere


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 logoLuke Burns – Articulate for creating learning content


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.

A YouTube Articulate Playlist


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 YouTube playlist

Flipped Classroom Infographic

SlideShare: The flipped classroom introduction and sources

Things to look out for

Blackboard Collaborate

The university has purchased Blackboards Virtual Classroom system  called Collaborate ( 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




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