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MCQs and Deep Learning Workshop: A Possible Fix?

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📥  Linked Event, LITEbox Event

MCQs

Since the rise of MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) as forms of assessment, the pros and cons of utilising this tool have been discussed in regards to effective student learning. The LITEbox team is delighted to be hosting a workshop, with two of the UK's leading figures in the field of assessment through MCQs, on Tuesday 9 May 2017 starting at 1.45 pm until 4.00 pm in 3 East 2.1.

Register here for this workshop

It is widely agreed that MCQs reduce marking time, making it an ideal strategy for large cohorts of students, however the potential superficial manner of learning combined with time investment to populate the questionnaires, can make this effort seem less worthwhile.

Prof Anthony Gardner-Medwin (University College London, Physiology) and Dr Steve Draper (University of Glasgow, Psychology), two of the leading figures in the field of assessment through MCQs in the UK, will join us to discuss what features make a multiple choice quiz effective, and if there are particular ways of designing MCQs to test/enhance deeper learning, without compromising the students’ experience. In particular, Prof Gardner-Medwin’s talk will focus on the advantages of MCQs with Certainty-Based Marking, predominantly in relation to summative assessment; while Dr Draper’s talk will focus on the advantages of Peer-Wise (student-authoring) MCQs, in relation to formative assessment and deep learning.

This workshop is being run as part of the LITEbox initiative and arises from a project funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Development Fund. This project is exploring the wider role that new and existing technologies can play in supporting teaching and learning techniques in the classroom that enable students to engage with the public and other communities.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time: 13:45 – 16:00 (including refreshments on arrival and a 30 minute Q&A session)
Location: 3 East 2.1

Sign up for the workshop
Find out more about the event (PDF)

 

LITEbox Event: 5x5 Technology Showcase - October

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📥  LITEbox Event

Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016 
Time: 1.15pm - 2.05pm
Venue: CB 4.16

To sign up and reserve a space, email litebox@bath.ac.uk.

Due to the success and positive feedback from the last technology showcase of the same style, this event is being re-run in September 2016 with new presenters. Come along to this session to see 5 short snippets of different technology around campus which can help improve your teaching practice and improve the student experience.

Each presenter will be given a maximum of 5 minutes to present, followed by up to 5 questions from the audience, to provide an overview of their use of each technology around campus. The topics are:

Weekly online quizzes - Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo
Find out how using time restricted weekly online quizzes can help provide feedback and motivate large cohorts with their learning

Prezi - Dr Carmelo Herdes
Prezi is online presentation software which acts as an alternative to PowerPoint. Find out how Carmelo uses it to enhance his teaching

MOOCs in teaching - Dr Momna Hejmadi
MOOCs contain a large amount of information online, but you have you ever thought of incorporating MOOCs into your teaching? Learn from Momna's experience and see what could suit you

Infographics - David Stacey and Lis Wallace
Have a crash course in infographics from David and Lis to learn good practice and how infographics can be made

An app for audio feedback - Dr James Betts
This app connects to Moodle and allows detailed audio feedback to be given at the marker's own convenience

 

Copyright

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📥  Event Review

This event on copyright was very well attended by staff from all areas of the University, and was presented by:
Lisa Slater – Solicitor, Legal Office
Caroline Brooks – Abel & Imray (Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys)
Simon Clegg – Battens Solicitors
Hannah South – Head of Library Academic Services
Claire Tylee – Bibliographic Services Librarian
Rob Hyde – Audio Visual Service Manager

There is soon to be a recording of the event available to watch

Lisa Slater began by introducing the context of this event. Copyright at the University needs to be paid more attention with the ever increasing use of technology (to access, use, store and publish ‘works’), as well as the confusion between content which is in the public domain and content which is publically available.

The University has a Revised IP policy which has largely been brought on by the increasing use of lecture capture, and the event followed by raising awareness of the importance of copyright & support available around campus.

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Using Voicethread to make the most of student authored online presentations

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📥  Event Review

This session on using student authored online presentations was presented by Dr Felia Allum and Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan, and facilitated by Geraldine Jones. Both presenters use Voicethread as the presentation software, as it is free and intuitive to use. Recordings for each slide/image/video are separate to each other so no complex editing needs to take place. You can watch a recording of the event to catch up.

Rita Chawla-Duggan's use of student authored online presentations

Felia Allum's use of student authored online presentations

 

Benefits of using student authored online presentations

  • Can engage with relevant people from all around the world
  • Allows seminar time to be used for active learning rather than watching other students present
  • Students can continually develop their language skills by hearing their own voices and repeating presentations until they are happy with what they have produced
  • Feedback from peers is much appreciated by the students
  • Builds the self confidence of those who may not like to perform a face to face presentation in front of a group
  • Useful skill to learn as now many job interviews are online

 

Event write up

Rita started the event by explaining how students can benefit from these presentations by linking theory with observed practice from a mini placement experience. A large benefit of these presentations in the Department of Education is that students are able to engage with teachers in professional practice locally and around the world. Observations and data gained through virtual school visits are presented via Voicethread. Then feedback is offered via Voicethread from peers and the teachers involved. Rita showed some examples of presentations which students had created using Voicethread. Two first year students then gave their opinions and reflections on using this software, including how they have developed their analytical and research skills.

Felia then presented reasons why she uses these online presentations, again with Voicethread, focusing on how seminar time is freed up for more engaging face to face activities. Felia noted that this does mean harder work for the seminar leader, as activities have to be carefully planned rather than just listening to and marking presentations. There is an added benefit of confidence building for both international students being able to rehearse their English language until they are satisfied, and native English speakers being able to practice and listen back to themselves when presenting in a foreign language.

Please be aware that even though the privacy of each video on Voicethread can be change, they are uploaded outside of single sign on so students have to be made aware of copyright issues and how to source and attribute materials available under creative commons licences.

 

Questions and answers

What is the student feedback?

They find these presentations less stressful, but they still need to develop their real presentation skills so that needs to be taught elsewhere on the course. The more shy students tend to interact more with these presentations. As mentioned before, the international students really do appreciate being able to hear their own English and repeat it a few times until they are happy with their results.

Are there any barriers to students using this technology, and if so do you have tips to help overcome these?Geraldine, E-Learning Officer, runs a short induction for students with examples of how the software works, provides a digital guide on Moodle. In addition there are 'how to' videos on the Voicethread website. As such there have been no issues or problems with students creating presentations.
Students can use any computer to create their presentations, including those on campus. Headphones with microphones are offered for those who need them, generally only one or two students a year borrow them.

Do you provide a structure for students to follow, and in there generally less of a format when students create online presentations?
The academic guidelines are similar to face to face presentations in that students still need to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, including readings and analysis. The assessment criteria remain the same, and sometimes the students can get very creative in what they produce. A slide limit (10) and a time limit (not more than 10 minutes) helps to keep the presentations focussed

Do peers have to look at each other's work?
Felia responded. Yes but sometimes they don't comment at all when looking at the work of others, but now they are being encouraged to make a comment at the end just to say that they have read and understood the presentation. This means that students are much better prepared for seminars.

Is Voicethread free to use or licenced to the University?
It is free to use software, and anyone can sign up for a free account. It was chosen for this reason as well as being very intuitive to use.

Are there any privacy issues?
Each presentation is given a secret URL, and the students post these to a closed Moodle group. By default the presentations are private to the author. You have to explicitly share the presentation in Voicethread so that others with the link can view and comment.

 

Exploring augmented reality

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📥  Event Review

While augmented reality is usually used for public engagement and marketing around campus, it can be used to enhance learning and teaching. For example, the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology use augmented reality to simulate conditions to support diagnosis and prescription discussions with students.

LTEO recently ran an event titled Exploring Augmented Reality. You can view a full recording of Exploring augmented reality event.

If you would like help incorporating augmented reality into your teaching, please contact e-learning.

Learn more about Aurasma: augmented reality software which can be used on your smartphone around campus:

 

Moodle for summative assessments to reduce marking time, minimise selective learning, and provide timely feedback

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📥  Event Review

Dr Momna Hejmadi, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, gave a presentation on the topic of using multiple choice questions (MCQs) in Moodle for summative assessment, with many tips and points to consider. Momna's experience comes from having been involved with a TDF project to investigate the use of Moodle quizzes for assessment across multiple departments.

Read Momna's case study including: context; how it was set up; benefits; and points to consider when trying this yourself

Watch a full recording of the event (27 minutes plus discussion)

The main drivers for moving towards using Moodle MCQs for asssessment were:

  • NSS/PTES scores
  • Students prefer timely feedback rather than quality feedback#1
  • Increasing student numbers (349 cohort in 2015/16)
  • Time pressures on staff in enhancing research metrics
  • Selective/Strategic learning in years 1 and 2.

The first year in which Momna trailed this new system ran smoothly, however the second year with an even further increased cohort size did not. At this point the contingency plan was used, which is why Momna stressed that involving AV, registry and e-learning at all stages of design and implementation was necessary.

If you are interesting in using MCQs in your teaching, read the case study on using Peerwise which allows students to create and answer their own MCQs across the cohort.

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Peer evaluation: Moodle Workshop Tool and Web PA

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📥  Event Review

This session was jointly ran by Jeff Barrie, Department of Mechanical Engineering, who presented WebPA for peer moderated marking, and Dr Richard Kamm, School of Management, who presented Moodle Workshop for peer evaluation on essay proposals.

You can watch back a recording of the full session on Panopto for a presentation on WebPA, Moodle Workshop, and a discussion at the end.

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LITEbox event: Making the most of student authored online presentations

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📥  LITEbox Event

Date: Thursday 21st April 2016
Time: 1.15pm - 2.05pm
Venue: 8W 2.34

Please confirm attendance by emailing litebox@bath.ac.uk.

Student presentations provide excellent learning opportunities for helping synthesise course concepts and succinctly communicating ideas to an audience. Online presentations expand these learning opportunities by offering the potential to reach new audiences, gain richer feedback as well as freeing up seminar time for more in depth face to face activities. This workshop explores different ways in which student generated online presentations can be used to enhance teaching and learning in different contexts.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with using Voicethread and work together to design learning activities pertinent to their students’ needs that embed an online presentations in order to collectively appraise and establish contexts of use for student authored online presentations.

The workshop will be facilitated by the following staff:

  • Dr Felia Allum, Lecturer, Dept of Politics, Languages & International Studies, has been using student authored online presentations as a precursor to highly interactive and engaging undergraduate and postgraduate seminars. She has recently successfully completed a teaching development funded project designing and implementing role-play games to stimulate deep learning.
  • Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan, Lecturer, Department of Education, is interested in using rich media (images, film and audio podcasts) in her teaching. She encourages undergraduate students to create and share online presentations that document a mini placement experience. In this way students learn from each other about a wide variety of school settings.
  • Geraldine Jones, e-learning development officer, H&SS, supports staff in H&SS in developing technology enabled learning activities that are tailored to specific learning and teaching needs. She has worked closely with academic staff in the faculty on several successful teaching development projects.

 

LITEbox event: Copyright

  

📥  LITEbox Event

**NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE**
Date: Tuesday 26th April 2016
Time: 2.15pm - 3.05pm
Venue: CB 1.12

Please confirm attendance by emailing litebox@bath.ac.uk.

During and after the Technology Panel Debate last semester, there was a keen interest from staff to know more about copyright.

In April, Lisa Slater, Legal Adviser from the Office of the University Secretary, will be joined by Caroline Brooks from Abel & Imray, and Simon Clegg from Battens Solicitors who will present a talk on copyright issues for all staff on campus.

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Copyright essentials: trademark basics; what attracts copyright; how long copyright lasts; and when you can use other people's work
  • Using different media for teaching & research, including Box of Broadcasts, and YouTube in lectures
  • Support that the library can offer, by Claire Tylee and Hannah South
  • Question & answer session with the audience to the above presenters, plus Rob Hyde, Service Manager, Audio Visual.

If you have any specific copyright questions which you know about now, please include them in your email RSVP and we will try to ensure these topics are covered in the session.

The Office of the University Secretary has recently released new information on copyright, please have a look to find out more information.

Sign up for this session now to reserve yourself a space, as places are limited for this talk on such a hot topic.

 

How to manage your online profile

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📥  Event Review, Students' Union

Another successful event ran by the Students' Union Skills Training team took place recently, on the topic of managing your online profile. Topics include social media, privacy, and tips for the perfect LinkedIn profile. The event can be viewed back at any time, although if you attend the sessions there are some beneficial interactive group activities.

Check out Skills Training's up to date list of skills training activities.

online profile