Last Wednesday, over forty colleagues from a number of different institutions across the HE and FE sectors attended the third ESTICT (”Engaging Students Through In-Class Technologies”) event at the University of Bath.
The event was opened by Nashville-based Dr. Derek Bruff, author of Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments (Jossey-Bass, 2009), who presented a sparkling virtual keynote on the role of Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) within learning and teaching, before moving onto the role of the backchannel in the classroom.
Despite not being at the event physically, Derek’s keynote was incredibly well received with delegates engaged by the insightful and inspiration nature of the talk. The backchannel that Derek’s touched on during his talk was also utilised by those present, who interacted with both Google Moderator and the #estict Twitter tag with good effect.
Following this, four practitioner-led short presentations showcased a range of pedagogical applications of technologies, which colleagues keen to focus on enhancing the student learning experience through the use of such applications and tools.
The afternoon ESTICT Technology Fair provided delegates the opportunity to get hands-on with a variety of technologies that could be used in the classroom, such as digital pens (Livescribe and Papershow), a Sympodium tablet, visualisers, Flipcams, iPads and TurningPoint EVS, with the accompanying brochure proving to be especially useful.
A number of post-event delegate reflections have appeared on the blogs of presenters and delegates, as listed below.
- Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University [blog post]
- Kate Reader, City University London [blog posts: part 1, part 2]
- Roger Gardner, University of Bristol [blog post]
- Zak Mensah, JISC Digital Media [blog post]
- Janice Kiugu, Roehampton University [blog post]
- Derek Morrison, Higher Education Academy [blog post]
The full range of resources from the event, including presentation recordings and slides, along with handouts and downloaded, are now available so do head along to the ESTICT @ Bath resources wiki at: http://go.bath.ac.uk/estictbath
To join the ESTICT Online Community, do head along to http://estict.ning.com.
ESTICT @ Bath was sponsored by Reivo Ltd., the exclusive distributors of TurningPoint in the UK.