There’s a myth I’d like to dispel, that using technology is hard and takes a lot of time. Technology and the use of digital tools can be easy to learn, adopt and implement in your teaching. Here’s where you can find some gold.
How do you know when students are really engaged? You scan their brain!
Bianca De Wit and David Kaplan will be sharing with the MQ community how they have used their research to create an active, completely engaging learning opportunity for students majoring in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. You will hear about how they have combined education, and neuroscience research to create an affordable, scalable and highly portable teaching lab. Students are immersed in hands-on, exploratory research activities which give them a live window into the workings of the human brain, seeing the concepts in action.
The Learning Innovation Hub advises that a tool within iLearn, Wimba Voice Board will be decommissioned by the end of this year and will no longer be available to use after 31 Dec 2016.
It will be replaced with another tool called VoiceThread which is now available for anyone wanting to use it.
VoiceThread allows you to set up an online asynchronous space for students to discuss and leave comments on presentations and images using annotations, text and audio. Students can also create and submit their own presentation, all through a link in iLearn. Neat!
VoiceThread has been trialed successfully so far is in languages at MQ, where students record spoken responses to a posted question/stimulus the language they are learning. The teacher can then also respond with a text or spoken comment with feedback.
It is also a tool that is suitable for the flipped classroom and can complement any active learning strategy.
Visit the VoiceThread website for more information about the tool.
If you would like to use VoiceThread, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org to have the link added to your iLearn unit/s.
The power of students is unmistakeable. Apart from the sheer number present at universities, they make their voices heard through activism on campus, participation on university committees, and their very presence. It is a power that is often acknowledge in university communities but also, just as often, underutilized. Continue reading Partnering with (the power of) students
Last week I presented to a class of 12 undergraduate students. It was a short 15 minute talk about information literacy, tied to an upcoming assignment. In other words, this was stuff they needed to know. Within the first minute of my opening three students started talking. They were seated in the back row, and the eight or so students in front stared steadfastly at me. I imagine the giggling behind was distracting.
Are you scared off by the breadth and depth of changes to your teaching that are often suggested by well-meaning colleagues? There are many things that you can do to improve student experience and learning, but they don’t all need to take hours to design and implement. Here are six practical and eminently achievable suggestions for small changes that can have big impact.
The year was 2008. It was the last week of the semester, and I sat hungry and slouched in the final lecture of the semester for COMP229: Object-Oriented Programming Practices. It was late at night, and I expected to be wandering in-and-out of stupor as the lecture marched along — after all, I had just recently completed a Himalayan heap of assessment tasks.
To my surprise, I was quite awake and paying attention. In fact, my ears were perked in expectation for the next question being posed. I was physically leaning forward in preparation. Continue reading A sweet way to improve class participation
One’s an entertainment spectacular that fully embraces glitter, wind machines and amazing hair. And the other one is Eurovision (ba dum tish!). But despite a few differences, they each have a superfan in the form of new Senate Chair Professor Mariella Herberstein, who says everyone should get involved in both.
You’ve read the Teche article about student engagement in face to face, were enthused after hearing the positive experiences of other academics at the Learning and Teaching Exchange and now want to know how to use Lecture Tools?
Then come along to the Lecture Tools workshop!