TEL Me More Programme Update

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On 24th March, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting their annual ‘TEL’ Me More seminar. Colleagues from across the University will be showcasing their own innovative uses of technology as part of their Learning and Teaching.

The event is a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues from different areas of academia, share great ideas and learn some new skills. You do not need to be a techie to attend; an interest in new approaches to Teaching and learning is all that’s required.

The event runs from 11:00 – 14:00, with  lunch and refreshments provided.

Programme:

11.00 – Introduction

11.15 – Replacing paper Social Work Practice Documents with online PebblePad Workbooks

This presentation will look at how the use of paper documents for recording students’ achievements on placement has now been superseded with an online version, using the PebblePad software. PebblePad enables the student to record their work while on placement with the ability for tutors and other assessors; Practice Educator (PE) and Workplace Supervisor (WPS) to view and sign off their work securely online. Although a PE or WPS can change at relatively short notice, it is a quick, easy and secure process for the student to share their work with a new PE or WPS. 

11:45 – Mutual Benefits: The Potential of Disabled Foster Carers as Foster Carers

Disabled people are largely absent from the fostering workforce and, in partnership with Shaping Our Lives Disability Network and Foster Care Co-operative agency , Dr Peter Unwin was awarded Big Lottery  funding wanting to find out why this is the case.

The research found that disabled people are resilient, have many skills and are well able to empathise and support young people in need. Yet their potential is largely ignored by fostering agencies, despite Fostering Network estimating that there is currently a shortfall of some 8000 foster carers in the UK.

We worked with four pilot sites and several disabled foster carers but still find it challenging to get the wider world interested in what is a cultural change. Making the video with Gerry Beattie is intended as a ‘marketing’ vehicle to help bring about this much-needed change.

12.15 – Lunch

12.35 – Person-Centred Dementia Studies on Blackboard – Delivering a PG Cert at a Distance

The course is entirely delivered online via the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment. Students engage with online lectures, videos, research literature and discussions to facilitate their independent study.  This course provides regular interactive learning opportunities via seminars in the Collaborate virtual classroom and engagement with students and tutors via unscheduled discussion forums.

13.05 – Session 4: TBC

13.35 – Networking & Discussion

13.50 – Conclusion

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The TEL Ideas Exchange group brings together colleagues from all schools with an interest in technology enhanced learning to promote and disseminate best practice. After a very successful initial launch by invitation in May, we are are now extending the opportunity to all academic colleagues to participate in the group.

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There is another meeting coming up in November. If you are interested in taking part, please email TEL@worc.ac.uk and we will provide full details.

TEL Me More Seminar

The TEL Me More Seminar brought together colleagues from education and support staff to share best practice using TEL tools available at the University of Worcester.

CHAT: Congenital Heart Assessment Tool Delivered by Articulate Rise

Dr Kerry Gaskin and Gerry Beattie

This presentation demonstrated the kind of tools that the TEL team can develop for colleagues. In this instance, Articulate Rise was used to gather materials together in a package that is easily presented online for Midwifery students and NHS staff.

Any tutors who require bespoke content building are welcome to contact the TEL Unit to discuss their needs at TEL@worc.ac.uk

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Using PebblePad to record student achievement for Sports Coaching

Glyn Harding and Nathan Caesar

This section demonstrated the capabilities of PebblePad for the creation of portfolio-based work.

The benefits of Pebblepad discussed included:

  • Unlocking students’ creativity
  • Introducing students to the fundamentals of multimedia and web design
  • Provides opportunity for continuous development and review
  • Integration with Turnitin
  • Use of free Pebblepocket smartphone app allows students to update work wherever they are

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Engaging masters students though Blackboard Collaborate

Dr John Francis

This section covered the use of Collaborate for remote learning. Students with travel issues, conflicting engagements and even students from overseas have all benefited from John’s use of Collaborate within his masters course.

John shared some excellent tips and advice on using Collaborate, including:

  • Utilising a split screen to see both your session and your notes or resources
  • Not being afraid of silences and giving students time for reflection
  • Keeping the chat channel open for students who are reluctant to use their mic

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Group Discussion

Delegates were invited to discuss how they were using technology within their courses and what technologies, in an ideal world, they would like to see the University invest in.

The results can be viewed on the TEL Me More Padlet page, where readers are welcome to add their own suggestions.

It was widely agreed that the event was a very way of finding out how colleagues are using technology within their courses, as well as for sharing tips and advice. If you would be interested in presenting at similar future events, please email the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit at TEL@worc.ac.uk

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Programme Update – ‘TEL’ Me More

On the 7th March 2019 the TEL Unit, along with colleagues from across the university will showcase a series of innovative uses of technology in Learning and Teaching.

The presentations are as follows:

CHAT: Congenital Heart Assessment Tool, delivered through ‘Articulate Rise’
Dr Kerry Gaskin, Head of Department for Post-Qualifying Courses
Gerry Beattie, Academic Learning Technologist 

This online learning resource aims to equip health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to teach parents about going home from hospital with their infant following the first stage of surgery for complex congenital heart disease.

Using PebblePad to record student achievement for Sports Coaching
Glyn Harding, 
Principal Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science
Nathan Caesar, Single Honours Sports Development and Coaching Student

This presentation will discuss how PebblePad has been used to record evidence of student achievement in Sports Coaching. The students have been encouraged to use the PebblePad App to record video and audio evidence using mobile devices while coaching. This evidence is subsequently linked into a Portfolio which is then submitted as their final assessment.

Engaging masters students through Blackboard Collaborate
Dr John Francis, 
Course Leader for MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis

This presentation will provide a case study in to how Blackboard Collaborate has been used throughout a Masters in Applied Sports Performance Analysis course to deliver learning content to a broad range of students across all of modules. The benefits and challenges that the lecturers have faced regarding delivery style, learning the platform and engaging students will be addressed along with the solutions that have been used to enhance student learning.

Lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page.

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‘TEL’ Me More Seminar

The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting a ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar on the 7th March 2019, showcasing a series of innovative uses of technology in Learning and Teaching.

Colleagues from across the university will share their experience and expertise in a range of topics. This will include using media-rich portfolios for documenting video evidence and audio reflections. Creating interactive learning resources using Articulate 360 for midwives across the UK, and engaging masters students through online course delivery.

Lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page.

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Save the Date!

‘TEL’ Me More:

Thursday 7th March 2019

The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit are showcasing a series of innovative uses of technology in Learning and Teaching.

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Topics will cover:

  • Multimedia portfolios
  • Interactive learning resources
  • Alternative modes of course delivery

A full programme and booking details to come in the New Year.