This blog post has been kindly written by Catherine Haines, Student Experience Officer, Faculty of Science.
Over 60 academics and colleagues in teaching related roles from across the Faculty of Science attended the ‘teaching enhanced learning’ event on 9 March. The event was organised by Dr Alan Hayes, the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and followed on from on from last semester’s LITEbox Technology Panel Debate chaired by Peter Lambert.
The event was set up in world café style with colleagues from across the faculty showcasing how they use technology in their teaching. Dr Hayes gave a brief introduction and then handed over to the presenters.
The presenters and presentations are listed below:
- Dr Momna Hejmadi - Feasibility studies on use of Moodle quiz
- Dr Hazel Corradi - Developing randomised e-quizzes for flexible assessment
- Dr Fiona Dickinson - Vittle an interactive whiteboard app
- Dr Rachid Hourizi - Semi-automated marking system
- Dr Kit Yates - iPad for Mathematics lectures
- Dr Julie Letchford - Resource which introduces students to scientific literature and begins to help them evaluate it
- Dr Ventsi Valev - Computer game to teach some of the most famous equations, constants and units in physics
- Dr Peter Sloan - Automatic and anonymous formative course work
- Keith Brown – App factory
There was also input from colleagues across the university, including Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou and Marie Salter from LTEO, Tim Maulin from LITEbox, Dr Wali Aslam, Conor Eastop and Pascal Loizeau.
As well as showcasing how technology is being used in each department, academics were encouraged to give feedback on the barriers they face when trying to use technology in teaching. They were also asked what technologies they wanted the University to invest in.
There were four sources of consultation feedback:
- A Linoit board was set up to gather feedback
- Paper feedback was collected during the event
- A live Twitter feed took place throughout the event #esciencebath
- Socrative was used to collect feedback at the end of the event
The feedback produced eight key findings for teaching enhanced learning:
- Request for a eLearning technologist employed within the faculty
- Request to establish a Faculty eLearning group (monthly meetings)
- Request for iPads (or similar) to be provided to staff
- Request for more time to prepare, plan, research and evaluate
- Investment in technology
- Investment in Moodle
- Investment in PebblePad
- Investment in staff training
The event ended with Dr Hayes leading a session to gain feedback using socrative.