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Tagged: Research enhanced teaching

Using tablets and other technology in research-inspired teaching

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📥  LITEbox Event

This event has now taken place, a write up is available including benefits and drawbacks of using the iPad to teach in lectures

Dr Kit Yates is a relatively new lecturer who has been fortunate enough to have some of his research covered by the media. As such, he has become practiced in explaining his research to a lay audience, which has helped to incorporate various aspects of his research into teaching.

In this talk Dr Yates will share his experiences of using the media to publicise research, research enhanced teaching, and also using iPads in class for teaching, and will try to give a live demonstration of the technology. However, he warns that these are only his experiences and will not zealously suggest that what works for him will work for everyone. Come along to learn what has helped Kit, and share your opinions on how an iPad could work for your teaching.

Kit has explored a number of different ways of delivering lectures with various technologies, including the use of an iPad to deliver lectures, which can be particularly helpful for issues such as inclusivity, and reproducibility in teaching. He also been combining the use of the iPad with lecture capture for his own variety of flipped teaching.

 

Lessons from the Universe

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📥  Event Review

On 23rd October Professor Carole Mundell shared her Lessons from the Universe to a wide audience of academic staff, support staff, researchers and students. One reflection of the session was:

This was a truly inspirational talk which made me think about how familiar technology could be used to do real research

Please use the comments section below to discuss your thoughts on revolutionary research and it's link to teaching and engagement. You can also watch a recording of the talk below.

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Professor Carole Mundell introducing her talk

The event started with a brief overview of astrophysics, including the fact that it is possible to tell things such as the the ages of galaxies by their colours. The goal driven problems which Astrophysicists are trying to solve are both exciting and extreme, where records are continually broken in all aspects, including largest magnetic field, most distant object, and the list continues. Due to these extremes being measured, there is a continual drive for technology to be developed at such a fast pace there are noticeable developments every year.

Carole then described how telescopes around the world are now being used in arrays. These arrays can provide data which would only otherwise be possible to obtain by manufacturing an impossibly large telescopes. The next topic was gamma ray bursts - extremely high energy bursts which were detected for the first time 50 years ago by accident, and can occur in a timespan of milliseconds. In order to monitor these in the current day we need real time observation, creating vast amounts of data. This data can be automatically probed and observed in order to find a tiny unique bit of data amongst data collected from the whole universe. In order to develop these technologies a cross disciplinary set of skills is required, particularly engineers who can design and build these technologies.

Before the final remarks on the next decade and beyond, and how Astrophysics links to all other aspects of our lives, Carole joked that we could use Mantis shrimp with telescopes to observe the cosmos with. These shrimp have 12-colour imaging which is better than both the 3-colour imaging which humans have, and also better than the technology we currently have. Our goal is to use biomimicry to create new technology which can surpass current technologies.

In order to inspire a new generation of Astrophysicists, it is vital to work with current students and engage them in solving real life problems and revolutionary research. Not only does citizen science assist scientific research developments, but by including people of all ages - including school based programmes - everyone can share excitement of taking ownership of new data.

One student who attended the event confirmed this by saying:

The more students who turn up to inspiring talks on state of the art developments, the more likely someone will be motivated, and ultimately these motivations will cause the future developments and technologies we see in the world.

 

Please have a look at more of our upcoming events list, including using multimedia message walls to collate students' thoughts, and technologies to help with flipped teaching.

Watch a video of the Carole Mundell's Lessons from the Universe below:

 

Technology Panel Debate

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📥  Event Review

The first LITEbox event of the new semester kicked off on 15 October with Professor Peter Lambert, the University's recently appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), chairing a debate on the uses of new and existing technologies to a packed lecture theatre. A full recording of the session is available at the bottom of the page.

After a brief introduction from the Chair, each of the five panel members also gave a short introduction about themselves before moving on to the three main topics. The panel comprised:

  • Dr John Troyer, Lecturer, Department for Policy & Social Sciences
  • Dr Emma Rich, Reader, Department for Health, LITEbox Project Co-leader
  • Professor Nick Kinnie, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Taught Students), School of Management
  • Dr Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, Head of e-Learning, Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office
  • Dr Julie Letchford, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Commenting on the event, Professor Lambert said:

"I very much enjoyed chairing such a well-attended and dynamic event, particularly with such a mixed audience of both academic and Professional Services staff from across the University. I am delighted that LITEbox, as an institution-wide initiative, is beginning to create a community of practice within which staff can share, learn and develop their experiences of new and existing technologies. This early discussion has provided some useful pointers for the development of the Education Strategy for 2016 and beyond."

Panel members during the debate

Panel members during the debate

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New Pro-Vice-Chancellor chairs LITEbox Technology Debate

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📥  LITEbox Event

Date: Thursday 15 October 2015
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: 8 West 2.5

This event has happened and now has a write up including recording of the event.

The first LITEbox event of this semester starts with Professor Peter Lambert, the University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), chairing a panel debate and round-table discussion about learning technologies on Thursday 15 October 2015 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in 8 West 2.5. All staff are invited to attend.

This event will explore the role of new and existing technologies within three key themes and consider a number of questions. These are:

  • Research-enriched teaching
  • External links and profile
  • Quality and efficiency

Invited panel members for this event will include Dr Emma Rich, Reader, Department for Health; Dr Julie Letchford, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology; Dr John Troyer, Department for Policy & Social Sciences; and Dr Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, Head of e-Learning.

Professor Peter Lambert,  Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)

Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)

A keen supporter of the Alumni-funded LITEbox initiative, Professor Peter Lambert said:

“I am delighted to be chairing this event on behalf of the LITEbox team. I believe that developing the University’s use and take-up of new and existing technologies to support the key areas of our teaching and learning is an important aspect of my new role.

"This event is an excellent opportunity to both stimulate discussion, share ideas and gain input from staff to help inform our new Education Strategy for 2016 and beyond. I would encourage all staff with an interest in developing their teaching to attend.”

Are you interested in any other LITEbox events?