Teaching & Learning Programme: Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

We consider both pedagogical and practical aspects associated with expanding the use of varied technologies in our teaching and learning activities.

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Please check back regularly for updates. Details are subject to change. If the session you would like to attend is fully booked, please email cqsd-tandl@reading.ac.uk and we will try our best to accommodate the booking.

***TEL FEST: Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th July 2017***

TEL FEST: Telling TEL Tales & TEL Tapas - Taster Session

  • Tuesday 11th July 2017, 09:30-11:00
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What's the recipe to TEL success? Wouldn't it be fantastic to teach and inspire your students using the same tools that they use to learn? This session will be a show & 'TEL' of both interesting, successful, innovative TEL and Blackboard examples from other institutions. It will introduce you to tools you can use in the classroom to make sessions even more interactive and engaging. We'll taste a number of different tools, all of them delicious, but for others you'll be back for a second helping.

This session will be led by Steve Hoole from Blackboard who, before working for the company, spent 11 years as eLearning Services Manager at Bucks New University working closely with staff to embed TEL in teaching and learning to enhance the student experience. The session is aimed at academics and aligns with A1-A5, K2-K5 and V1-V3 of the UKPSF. It's an interactive session so please bring along a mobile device! 

TEL FEST: Mixing It Up With An OOC - Lessons From Open Online Courses For Designing Blended Learning & Maximising Student Engagement

  • Tuesday 11th July 2017, 11:15-12:45
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What could the world of global online learning mean for you in your teaching here at UoR? Learn from the University's successful Open Online Courses (OOC) team's experience of designing and running online courses that have reached 790,000 learners from over 190 different countries in less than four years. What are their tried and tested techniques for getting maximum student engagement with online activities? What's the story behind a successful OOC? What could Rome and robots, recipes and rockets, mean for your teaching? Come along and get a handle on what an Open Online Course is and try out some activities to get you thinking about how you can benefit from the team's expertise in your own practice. This session is aimed at academics. This session aligns with A1-A5, K2-K5 and V1-V2 of the UKPSF.

TEL FEST: Lunchtime Fringe - TEL Roadshow!

  • Tuesday 11th July 2017, 13:00-14:00
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An opportunity to meet, talk & munch with various TEL-related staff and teams from within and beyond the university, including staff from the Blackboard company, TEL CQSD, the Open Online Courses (OOC) team, ISLI TEL, TEL/AV Support, the Library, Academic Development, EMA and more…

Come along and find out, for example, how ILSI TEL staff have been using the Xerte tool to create interactive teaching materials. How can the Library help you with online reading lists? What's an OOC? How can the TEL team support you to develop your use of technology to enhance your teaching? Who works 'behind the scenes' to help support TEL at the university and what do they do? Chat to TEL/AV Support staff about new audio-visual kit in teaching rooms. And much more…

This session in itself is a festival of TEL with key staff all in one place!  This session is for Academic & Administrative staff. This session aligns with A1-A4, K1-K4 and V1-V2 of the UKPSF. A light lunch will be provided.

TEL FEST: Blackboard Bootcamp - Whip Your Blackboard Course In To Shape!

  • Tuesday 11th July 2017, 14:30-16:00
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OK troops, we're on a mission to get your Blackboard course into fighting form ready for the new year! The first exercise will make your course look beautiful. An army marches on its stomach so the second exercise will show you how to add engaging content that will make it effective and easy to navigate. The third exercise will improve communications behind enemy lines. We'll explore some of the weapons in our armoury like forums, blogs and wikis. So drop and give me 90 (minutes)! This session will be led by Steve Hoole from Blackboard who, before working for the company, spent 11 years as eLearning Services Manager at Bucks New University working closely with staff to embed TEL in teaching and learning to enhance the student experience. The session is aimed at academics and aligns with A1-A5, K2-K5 and V1-V2 of the UKPSF.

TEL FEST: The Electronic Management Of Assessment (EMA) Programme - Overview, Progress & Initial Deliverables!

  • Wednesday 12th July 2017, 09:30-11:00
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The University has launched a major change programme focusing on the end-to-end management of assessment. The Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) programme has been created to deliver the University's long-term vision for online assessment while improving underlying processes and supporting systems. This session will offer a brief overview, update colleagues on progress to date across the whole programme and outline some of our first project deliverables including an early preview of the recording of sub modular marks in RISIS. This session is for Academic & Administrative staff. This session aligns with A1-A5, K1-K5 and V1-V2 of the UKPSF.

TEL FEST: UCL ABC Curriculum Design Workshop

  • Wednesday 12th July 2017, 11:15-12:45
  • Wednesday 12th July 2017, 14:30-16:00 (repeat)
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Do you have a new module or want to re-design an existing one? ABC is an effective and engaging hands-on workshop (http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/abc-ld/) that allows academics to design learning activities and think about how to incorporate technology enhanced learning. In just 90 minutes, using rapid prototyping, teams work together to create a visual 'storyboard' outlining the type and sequence of learning and assessment activities required to meet the module's learning outcomes. This can include offline and online activities. It offers the opportunity to work with the innovative creators of this design method from the University College, London, who have used this with great success with different disciplines and is being adopted by other institutions. The session requires you to work with at least one other person to design your module (as a team), so please book with a colleague/s who can work with you during the session. This session is aimed at academics. This session aligns with A1-A5, K1-K6 and V1-V4 of the UKPSF.

TEL FEST: Lunchtime Fringe - Show And 'TEL' - Teaching Large Classes

  • Wednesday 12th July 2017, 13:00-14:00
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Teaching Large Cohorts of Students can be challenging: How do we instruct a full lecture theatre of students? How do we keep student engagement and interest? How do we promote active learning?

This session will draw upon the experience of colleagues and will give you tips and strategies to prepare and manage large group teaching; it will discuss how to engage students through the use of technologies for active learning; and will see the launch of a practical "Large Class Education Toolkit" that aims to improve your teaching practice by promoting interactivity and inclusivity in large lectures.

Presenters

  1. Large Class Education Tookit: Dr Katja Strohfeldt-Venables, School of Pharmacy
  2. How to teach 400+ students : A journey of trial and error, Amanda Millmore and Elizabeth Conaghan, School of Law
  3. Classroom Engagement for the digital natives: Irute Daukseviciute, Henley Business School

 This session aligns with A1-A5, K1-K4 and V1-V2 of the UKPSF. A light lunch will be provided.

TEL FEST: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (Live Online Classroom) Launch & Early Adopter Showcase

  • Thursday 13th July 2017, 09:30-11:00
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The new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing software offers a simple and effective way to interact with your students in real-time outside of the physical classroom. Think of it as a live virtual classroom! Join us for the official (and celebratory!) launch, and find inspiration for using it in your own teaching. See how Collaborate Ultra has been used by our early adopters to open up new opportunities to engage students in different ways; helping distance learners, supporting students on placements, enabling cross-institutional connections, facilitating tutorials and online teaching. This session is aimed at academics and will be of interest to staff supporting teaching and learning activities.  Having been inspired by the early adopters in this launch session, why not also book to attend the hands-on session scheduled to follow this one, 'An Introduction to Using Webinars for Teaching & Learning using Blackboard Collaborate', to find out how to use Collaborate effectively in your teaching? This session aligns with A1-A5, K1-K4 and V1-V2 of the UKPSF.

TEL FEST: An Introduction To Using Webinars For Teaching & Learning Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

  • Thursday 13th July 2017, 11:15-12:45
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How can you use Blackboard Collaborate, the real-time web conferencing software, to facilitate teaching and learning to students in non face-to-face sessions? In this session, you will examine in what ways webinars can deliver learning opportunities for students. Discover effective webinar teaching techniques to keep your students engaged and to manage sessions. Find out how to use the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra webinar software, with hands on practice and experience the virtual learning space it provides. This session is aimed at academics and will be of interest to staff supporting teaching and learning activities. Why not also book to come along to the session scheduled to run before this one, 'Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Launch & Early Adopter Showcase', to celebrate the launch of the tool and to find out how our early adopters have used it in their practice (with tips and advice for best use)? This session aligns with A1-A5, K1-K4, V1-V2 and V4 of the UKPSF.

TEL FEST: Lunchtime Fringe - Appetite - Sharing Apps For Teaching & Learning

  • Thursday 13th July 2017, 13:00-14:00
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Many staff and students now have personal mobile devices and are using them to support their teaching and learning. This could be anything from keeping personal notes, to taking quizzes or recording screencasts. The flexibility and accessibility of mobile devices, and the proliferation of applications (apps) available on them, is offering users a variety of opportunities to engage with teaching and learning in different ways.

Based on our popular term-time APPetite sessions, this is an informal staff-led event about using apps and mobile devices in teaching and learning.

  • Find out how colleagues are using apps to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Get inspiration and discuss how mobile devices can support your professional practice.

This event is designed as a forum for colleagues to share their ideas or experiences of using apps and mobile devices in any T & L related capacity, either personally or with students. We have a small number of staff willing to share already but feel free to bring your own ideas along too!

Please bring along your own device to explore suggestions made by others. This session is aimed at academics. This session aligns with A1, A2, A4, A5, K1-K4, V1, V2 and V4 of the UKPSF. A light lunch will be provided.

TEL FEST: Play A Video And Bob's Your Uncle! Using TV And Radio Programmes From Box Of Broadcasts (BOB) To Enhance Teaching And Learning

  • Thursday 13th July 2017, 14:30-16:00
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We all know multimedia content can enhance teaching materials and engage students with a topic, but finding and using it is not always as easy as we might like. Come along to this session presented by Markeda Cole from the British Universities Film & Video Council to find out how you can use Box of Broadcasts (BoB) to find quality video and audio for use in teaching materials and Blackboard. Markeda will cover how to find relevant TV and radio programmes, create clips, make and share playlists, along with looking at how the moving image can be used creatively and critically in an educational setting. BoB's your uncle! This session is aimed at academics. This session aligns with A1, A2, A4, A5, K1-K4 and V1-V2 of the UKPSF.

 

TEL: 1-2-1 Consultations

These 30 min 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the TEL team are designed to provide you with advice and support on the effective use of technology in your teaching. See below for examples of topics that can be covered. Book your place here (We have time slots allocated but if they are not suitable please make a provisional booking and we will arrange a suitable time following your reservation)

  • Tuesday 27th June 2017, 15:00-15:30

Examples of topics that can be covered during the consultations include:

Supporting student learning

  • Using Blackboard effectively for communication, collaboration and learning
  • Designing online learning activities or assessed tasks using blogs, wikis or discussion boards

Assessment and Feedback

  • Plan e-assessment for your course: Setting up e-submission, undertaking e-marking, providing e-feedback

Student Engagement

  • Promoting interaction in lectures using technology (Apps/Quizzes

Specific aspects of deploying tools effectively for a specific purpose

  • Designing a feedback rubric, setting up a Test

Module design

  • Review an existing module or design a new module to include effective use of TEL

Teaching practice

  • Discuss your teaching needs and identify appropriate TEL solutions
  • Advise on teaching approaches and techniques for delivering blended and online learning

VLE Administration (for Student Support Centre Staff)

  • Managing and organising Blackboard to academic activity.

This session aligns with A2-A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF. 

Please note that these sessions are not intended as a replacement for attending the face-to-face or online TEL training sessions or to cover an overview of Blackboard. Once booked, you will be contacted by the TEL team to provide details of your query in advance of the session.  

Online Reading Lists: Getting Started With Talis Aspire

  • Wednesday 19th October 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Wednesday 15th February 2017, 14:00-15:30
  • Wednesday 19th April 2017, 14:00-15:30
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This session is led by the Library. The practical hands-on session will provide academic staff with the basic skills required to create, edit and publish online reading lists using the Talis Aspire system. It will cover 'bookmarking' resources, creating a list from scratch, editing an existing list, list publication and linking your online reading list to Blackboard module content. This session aligns with A4 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: App'etite: Using APPs In Teaching And Learning

  • Thursday 15th December 2016, 12:30-13:30
  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 13:00-14:00
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In this session staff will be able to share their ideas with others about how to use apps and mobile devices to support teaching and learning. 'App'etite is an informal staff led lunchtime session that follows the 'teachmeet format. There is no set agenda and the content of the session is made up of short presentations (approx. 5 minutes each) given by attendees who'd like to share their idea for using an app. Attendees can volunteer to make a presentation but there is no requirement for attendees to present. Staff can bring their own device to the session to explore the suggestions made in the session. If you'd like to give a short informal presentation (no PowerPoint required!) at the session, please contact Shirin Irvine s.irvine@reading.ac.uk. This session aligns with UKPSF A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, K2, K3, K4, V3.

TEL: BB1 Blackboard Orientation (online)

This online course provides an overview of Blackboard Learn (the University's Virtual Learning Environment) and highlights the essential features of a Blackboard course. You will complete the course online using Blackboard. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the purpose, structure and layout of Blackboard;
  2. Navigate and identify the key features of a Blackboard course;
  3. Know the University's procedures for managing Blackboard, including applying for a course, enrolments and annual course rollover;
  4. Know where to find help and support when using Blackboard.

The session is aimed at staff new to Blackboard or with limited experience (academics and administrative support staff). Prior knowledge: NONE

It is expected that you will have completed this BB1 online Orientation course before progressing to complete further introductory Blackboard sessions: BB2 Create, BB3 Activities and BB4 Groups. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on e-Assessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report. This session aligns with A2, A4, K4 of the UKPSF.

Available to staff from 1 September 2016. To access this course on Blackboard, click here, log-in to Blackboard and click on the +Enrol option at the bottom of the course menu on the left-hand side of the page. 

TEL: BB2 Create: Design & Create Your Blackboard Course

  • Monday 5th September 2016, 10:00-11:30
  • Monday 3rd October 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Tuesday 8th November 2016, 10:00-11:30
  • Wednesday 11th January 2017, 15:00-16:30
  • Tuesday 20th June 2017, 10:00-11:30
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This hands-on session provides you with the skills necessary to create an effective Blackboard course by organising, presenting and adding engaging learning content. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  1. Design the look and layout of your Bb course;
  2. Provide a structure for the content;
  3. Add engaging content to your course;
  4. Identify the tools available for communication, collaboration, assessment, feedback and online learning activities;
  5. Manage your course.

Prerequisite knowledge: It is expected that participants will have completed the online BB1 Orientation course before attending this session. To access this course on Blackboard, click here, log-in to Blackboard, click on 'click here to enrol', and click on the +Enrol option on the course menu.

BB2 Create is part of a suite of introductory sessions (BB1 Orientation, BB2 Create, BB3 Activities and BB4 Groups) which, taken together, equips staff with the knowledge needed to start using Blackboard effectively in their teaching. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on eAssessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report.

This session aligns with A1, A2, A4, A5, K2, K4, V1 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB3 Activities: Create Learning Activities Using Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards 

  • Wednesday 5th October 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Friday 11th November 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Tuesday 17th January 2017, 15:00-16:30
  • Friday 23rd June 2017, 15:00-16:30
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This introductory hands-on session aims to provide you with the skills to use Blackboard tools to create learning activities in your Blackboard course. It will introduce you to interactive tools that can be used by students for self-reflection, communication, group work and collaboration. The session will cover discussion boards, blogs, journals, and wikis within Blackboard and will include a short introduction to Campus Pack options.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  1. Identify the differences between the blog, Journal, wiki and discussion board tools in Blackboard and choose the most appropriate tool to achieve the course's learning objectives.
  2. Experience the tools and learning activities from a student perspective.
  3. Know how to set-up and use the tools.
  4. Have an awareness of the basic principles for developing an effective online learning activity.

Prior knowledge: It will be expected that participants have completed the online BB1 Orientation course and attended the BB2 Create session.

BB3 Activities is part of a suite of introductory sessions (BB1 Orientation, BB2 Create, BB3 Activities and BB4 Groups) which, taken together, equips staff with the knowledge needed to start using Blackboard effectively in their teaching. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on e-Assessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report.

This session aligns with A1, A2, A3, A4, K2, K3, K4, V1 of the UKPSF. 

TEL: BB4 Groups (online): Creating & Managing Groups In Blackboard

This interactive online course will give you an introduction to the Groups function in Blackboard and how it can support you and your students in group work and assessment. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  1. Create and manage groups within your course;
  2. Enable groups to work collaboratively online;
  3. Use the range of tools that utilise the Groups feature, including assignments;
  4. Use Blackboard's sign-up tool.

You will complete the course online using Blackboard. It is estimated that it will take 1 hour to complete the course in full, but can be completed in bite size parts to suit your needs. To access this course on Blackboard, click here, log-in to Blackboard and click on the +Enrol option at the bottom of the course menu on the left-hand side of the page.

Prior knowledge: it will be expected that participants have completed the online BB1 Orientation course and attended the BB2 Create session. Attendance at BB3 Activities would be an advantage.

BB4 Groups Online is part of a suite of introductory sessions (BB1 Orientation, BB2 Create, BB3 Activities) which, taken together, equips staff with the knowledge needed to start using Blackboard effectively in their teaching. Please note that BB1 and BB4 are online courses, whilst BB2 and BB3 are currently being delivered face-to-face. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on e-Assessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report. This session aligns with A1, A2, A3, A4, K2, K3, K4, V1 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB Assignment: How To Use The Blackboard Assignment Tool For E-Assessment

  • Friday 9th September 2016, 10:00-11:30
  • Thursday 13th October 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Wednesday 16th November 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Tuesday 24th January 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Friday 10th March 2017, 10:00-11:30
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This session is for Academic and Admin Staff. The hands-on session aims to give you the skills needed to use the Blackboard assignment tool for e-submission, e-feedback and e-marking including the use of Inline Grading.

    By the end of the session you will be able to

    • Set up a Blackboard assignment
    • Manage student submissions
    • Mark submitted work online
    • Provide electronic feedback
    • Apply marking criteria in an electronic format (Rubric)
    • Sign post students to relevant guidance
    • Develop an understanding of how to handle the e-assessment process
    • Identify when it is appropriate to use the Bb Assignment tool for e-assessment

    This session aligns with A2, A3, A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: E-Marking Drop-Ins

  • Tuesday 14th February 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Wednesday 1st March 2017, 15:00-16:30
  • Wednesday 15th March 2017, 15:00-16:30
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This session is for Academic staff. This drop-in session (bookable) provides you with the opportunity to mark your students' work electronically (in Blackboard or Turnitin) and to get answers to any issues or queries that might arise during the marking process. Members of the TEL team will be available to address your specific queries and provide appropriate on the spot advice.

What to expect of the session: 

  • It is intended as an informal staff development opportunity (not a taught session). It is not designed to replace the existing taught TEL sessions on e-assessment.
  • It is a bookable drop-in session.
  • It is expected that you are familiar with the use of TII and BB assignment tool.
  • A max of 10 staff might attend this 1.5 hr session. Please note you will receive individual attention for a portion of that time.

    By the end of the session you will have:

    1. Marked some papers

    2. Received answers to your queries

    3. Received further advice and information as appropriate

    This session aligns with A1, A2, A4, A5, K2, K4, V1 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB Grade Centre: Managing Assessment With The Grade Centre

  • Wednesday 26th October 2016, 10:00-11:30
  • Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Friday 24th February 2017, 15:00-16:30
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The Grade Centre in Blackboard is a dynamic customisable tool, which allows you to record marks and feedback, calculate marks, and monitor student progress. This hands-on session aims to equip you with the skills you need to use the Grade Centre to manage e-assessment within your Blackboard course. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Understand the essential features and options available in Grade Centre
  • Use the Grade Centre to access student submissions, mark, record marks and provide feedback
  • Customise the Grade Centre to view the information you need
  • Understand how the Grade Centre interacts with other tools in your Blackboard course.

Prior knowledge required: Bb Start, Bb Assess or you have already been to staff development sessions on e-Assessment tools. . This session aligns with A2, A3, A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB Originality: How To Interpret A Turnitin Originality Report

  • Tuesday 18th October 2016, 10:00-11:30
  • Wednesday 30th November 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Tuesday 7th February 2017, 10:00-11:30
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This session is for Academic and Admin Staff. This session will explain what the matches made in a Turnitin Originality Report mean and discuss how the TII Originality Report can be used as a formative tool to support your students with academic writing.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Understand how an Originality Report is generated
  • Interpret the Similarity Index
  • View and filter the online sources of matched text
  • Identify potential issues in an assignment that might indicate plagiarism or collusion
  • Understand the benefits of using the Originality Report as a teaching tool with students

This session aligns with A2, A3, A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: Turnitin: Using Turnitin For E-Assessment

  • Thursday 15th September 2016, 15:00-16:30
  • Wednesday 19th October 2016, 10:00-11:30
  • Friday 25th November 2016, 10:30-12:00
  • Thursday 26th January 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Wednesday 8th March 2017, 15:00-16:30
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This session is for Academic and Admin staff. This hands-on session aims to give you the skills needed to use Turnitin for e-submission, e-feedback and e-marking within Blackboard, including the use of GradeMark. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Set up a TII assignment
  • Manage student submissions
  • Mark submitted work online
  • Provide electronic feedback
  • Apply marking criteria in an electronic format (Rubric)
  • Signpost students to relevant guidance
  • Develop an understanding of how to handle the e-assessment process
  • Identify when it is appropriate to use Turnitin for e-submission

This session aligns with A2, A3, A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: Using APPS To Facilitate Student Engagement: Active Learning In The Classroom

  • Wednesday 5th April 2017, 14:00-15:00
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This session is for Academic Staff. If you are interested in engaging your students in the classroom, this session is for you. We will use a number of widely available and free Apps to demonstrate how technology can be used to promote active learning in the classroom and how to use them effectively with your students. Bring your laptop or mobile device to use in the session.

By the end of the session you will have:

  1. Experienced active learning using a number of Apps
  2. Discussed active learning techniques and the application of these approaches with Apps
  3. Discussed how to adopt effective practice, including tips on designing your session and the logistics of using Apps in your classroom

Prior Knowledge required: None (it will be an advantage if you have attended the session "Implementing Active Learning: Meeting The Challenges"). This session aligns with A1, A3, K2, K4 and V1 of the UKPSF.

Audio/Visual 1-2-1: How To Use The Audio/Visual Technology (i.e. Tech Tables) In Teaching Rooms

Book a 1-2-1 session with a member of the AV team in IT, details and booking in the Teaching and Learning Facilities blog

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