Tag Archives: student engagement

GoT: Digital Boards

Finding ways to increase the amount and quality of student interactions online is an ongoing challenge, all the more prevalent with our endeavours to create effective blended learning environments. In this GoT session we will showcase two digital board tools that incorporate the use of text, images and videos to encourage connections, facilitate collaboration and build community amongst students studying online.

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If there were a university in Westeros …

If there was a University in Westeros, all the academics would be using Personal Video Capture to connect more effectively with their students!
The fourth instalment of our Game of Tools workshops looked at 3 options for creating your own videos to share with students.
We first took a bit of advice from the wise words of some key players in the tussel for the Iron Throne, about why academics might choose to use personal video capture to connect with students.

 

A personable way to communicate with students  Share your enthusiasm and passion for your subject

 

 

 

Participants were then guided through examples of personal video capture using three available free tools to MQ staff.  Summaries of these tools are outlined below:

QuickTime for Mac

Screen recording: Yes, full screen or partial screen
Webcam: Yes, including ability to have webcam captured within screen recording (trick to do this – before starting screen recording, choose “new movie recording” to turn on webcam, then make the window “float on top” via View settings)
Quality of recording: Excellent and at a high frame rate
Editing: Minimal (top and tail)
Ease of use: Extremely easy with simple options and configuration
Best points: Quality and ease – perfect for quick captures
Limitations: Minimal editing and no enhancement tools
Support: No official MQ University support (but it is very easy to use)
Embedding into iLearn: Videos can be uploaded and hosted on, for example, YouTube or Vimeo to obtain an embed code to add into iLearn or there is the option of directly embedding video using the Echo Active Learning Platform

Flashback Pro 5 for Windows

Screen recording: Yes, full screen or partial screen
Webcam: Yes, including ability to have webcam captured within screen recording 
Quality of recording: Good
Editing: Simple but powerful editor, including the capability of adding enhancements to the videos (e.g. overlays, arrows)
Ease of use: Easy to record but may take some time to become familiar with the editor
Best points:  Editing capabilities – useful for software demos, explainers and mini lectures
Limitations: Not as good quality output as QuickTime and slightly more complex to use
Support: Available to all MQ staff on request (OneHelp ticket) but there is no official support for the tool
Embedding into iLearn: Videos can be uploaded and hosted on, for example, YouTube or Vimeo to obtain an embed code to add into iLearn or there is the option of directly embedding video using the Echo Active Learning Platform

Echo360 Personal Capture

Screen recording: Yes, full screen only
Webcam: Yes, full screen capture – not a smaller floating window as per previous tools
Quality of recording: Good (adapts to your bandwidth)
Editing: Minimal (top and tail)
Ease of use: Fairly straightforward to use and very easy to publish to Echo and iLearn, but difficult when you want to host yourself
Best points: Immediate link to iLearn, fully supported and great for online lectures
Limitations: You cannot have your webcam appear as a small window in recordings as you can with the others
Support: Fully supported
Embedding into iLearn: Immediate link to iLearn, including ability to simply embed a sleek and simple Echo player into iLearn pages

Conclusion

Inevitably, the workshop ended with the big question:
Which would we recommend using?
Unfortunately, unlike some of the illustrious leaders in Game of Thrones, we could not offer a definitive, no messing answer.  Firstly, your choice of tool may obviously be dependent on the system you are using.  Secondly, your choice of tool should be dependent on the purpose of the video you are planning on making.  So we would advise checking our summaries of the tools to decide which will be the best option for any particular venture.

 

If you are interested in coming along to our next Game of Tools workshop – please see the details below:

 

GoT: Digital Boards

Finding ways to increase the amount and quality of student interactions online is an ongoing challenge, all the more prevalent with our endeavours to create effective blended learning environments.  In this GoT session, we will showcase two digital board tools that incorporate the use of text, images and videos to encourage connectionsfacilitate collaboration and build community amongst students studying online.
When & Where?
11.00am – 11.30am Wednesday 15th November, Continuum Room, Level 3, 75 Talavera Road If you would like to register, please do so via this link

Connect: 3Ps in a Podcast

Podcasts are designed to entertain, inform and inspire, a perfect mix for education.  Join Dr Liz Schroeder and Amalie Dyda, from the Master of Public Health, as they share insights into incorporating the art of podcasting into their unit and share lessons learned from hosting a successful podcast series on iTunes.  Get ready to discover the secret formula for effective podcasting . . . (p + p x p = student engagement)
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Please visit our website for more information on up and coming workshops:

FMHS Learning and Teaching

LIFT: Strategies to Increase Student Engagement

STRATEGIES TO INCREASE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Join us to discover how a simple Japanese presentation format and the selling power of Apple can help to increase student engagement with your content. Invest 60 minutes of your time and leave the room with practical ideas you can implement into your teaching immediately.

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Please visit our website for more information on up and coming workshops:

FMHS Learning and Teaching

Designing Interactive Lectures with Echo360 Active Learning Platform

By simulating a large lecture teaching scenario this session will introduce participants to the new Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP) and demonstrate how to use its features to design interactive and engaging lectures. Participants will

  • familiarise themselves with ALP and its interactive features
  • learn about its impact and effects on student engagement and learning (both staff- and student-perceived)
  • experience an interactive live streamed lecture as students
  • explore and develop ideas on how they can make use of ALP features in their teaching

Everyone is welcome to attend. We invite all teaching staff; anyone interested in trying new interactive teaching techniques; those already delivering interactive lectures with other tools; and those who want to design for student engagement.

BYOD Bring your own laptop or device, or live stream!

Users can access the interactive presentation and live stream by clicking here.

Click the link, login to iLearn.
Click the ‘Enrol Me’ button.
Click the Echo360 Active Learning Platform block link. ALP will open.
Click the listed presentation to view.

If you are planning to attend the session remotely by watching the live stream, please check that flash is installed and enabled in your browser by visiting https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html before the event. 

The vendor has pledged to update the platform in the near future to enable live streaming without the need for flash.

Designing Interactive Lectures with Echo360 Active Learning Platform

By simulating a large lecture teaching scenario this session will introduce participants to the new Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP) and demonstrate how to use its features to design interactive and engaging lectures. Participants will

  • familiarise themselves with ALP and its interactive features
  • learn about its impact and effects on student engagement and learning (both staff- and student-perceived)
  • experience an interactive live streamed lecture as students
  • explore and develop ideas on how they can make use of ALP features in their teaching

Everyone is welcome to attend. We invite all teaching staff; anyone interested in trying new interactive teaching techniques; those already delivering interactive lectures with other tools; and those who want to design for student engagement.

BYOD Bring your own laptop or device, or live stream!

Users can access the interactive presentation and live stream by clicking here.

Click the link, login to iLearn.
Click the ‘Enrol Me’ button.
Click the Echo360 Active Learning Platform block link. ALP will open.
Click the listed presentation to view.

Please note, this workshop will run again on 26th July.

If you are planning to attend the session remotely by watching the live stream, please check that flash is installed and enabled in your browser by visiting https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html before the event. 

The vendor has pledged to update the platform in the near future to enable live streaming without the need for flash.

Making Interactive Lectures with Echo360 Active Learning Platform

This workshop will introduce participants to the new Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP) and demonstrate how to use its features to design interactive and engaging lectures. Participants will

  • familiarise themselves with ALP and its interactive features
  • learn about its impact and effects on student engagement and learning (both staff- and student-perceived)
  • experience an interactive live streamed lecture as students
  • explore and develop ideas on how they can make use of ALP features in their teaching

Everyone is welcome to attend. We invite all teaching staff; anyone interested in trying new interactive teaching techniques; those already delivering interactive lectures with other tools; and those who want to design for student engagement.

Bring your own laptop or device, or live stream!

Users can access the interactive presentation and live stream by clicking here.

Click the link, login to iLearn.
Click the ‘Enrol Me’ button.
Click the Echo360 Active Learning Platform block link. ALP will open.
Click the listed presentation to view.

Please note this workshop will run again on 5 July and 26 July.

If you are planning to attend the session remotely by watching the live stream, please check that flash is installed and enabled in your browser by visiting https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html before the event. 

The vendor has pledged to update the platform in the near future to enable live streaming without the need for flash.

LTX Students As Partners Panel – What We Learnt

“Students as Partners” was the topic of the first LTX event of the year (for those of you unfamiliar, LTX stands for Learning and Teaching Exchange), with a panel of Student Representatives from the Faculty of Business and Economics. The well attended event opened with a brief introduction of how the Student Representatives Program works within the faculty. Continue reading LTX Students As Partners Panel – What We Learnt