Digital Learning Recipes

The learning design recipes provide real examples of academic teaching practice within the University and are shared here to inform and inspire practical digital solutions to pedagogical challenges.

The recipes offer teaching, learning and assessment activities under the categories of Acquisition, Investigation, Discussion, Collaboration, Production and Practice, showcasing examples from different Colleges throughout the University.  These categories are based on those used within the ABC Curriculum Design Workshops, informed by Diana Laurillard’s Conversational Framework.

The step-by-step guides and accompanying help-sheets will enable you to adopt new activities into your practice, whilst allowing the freedom to modify, adapt and develop the experience to suit your students.

Debating with international academics

Connecting students with experts at universities around the world to expand their perspectives and knowledge

Students come together in an online webinar session with remotely based academics and subject matter experts. The aim of the exercise is for students to gain critical and evaluative feedback on their developing work.

Additional support resources:

CO_001 – What Is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra | Doc | PDF
CO_002 – Making Collaborate Ultra Available on a Module Site | Doc | PDF
CO_003 – Joining a Collaborate Ultra Room | Doc | PDF
CO_004 – Recording a Collaborate Ultra Session | Doc | PDF
CO_005 – Functionality and Sharing Content in Collaborate Ultra | Doc | PDF

 

Combining research with blog writing

Online blogs used to communicate academic research to a non-specialist audience

As part of a formal assessment, students are required to create their own blog explaining a critical or controversial academic topic.  Students are encouraged to reflect on and practice different tones of voice. This is concerned with developing skills in translating academic research for non-academic audiences, as well as digital skills.

 

Additional support resources:

WordPress Essential Training

Dynamic teaching with live audience response

Building a conversation with students using Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is used in two different and complimentary ways in this recipe. In the first, the app is an embedded part of a classroom or lecture activity with the aim of generating real-time interaction between the students and lecturer.  In the second application, Poll Everywhere is used to evaluate the contents and format of the lesson to inform improvement in teaching and learning practice.  Both uses of the technology lead to a more responsive and personalised teaching and learning environment.

Additional support resources:

PE_001 – How to Sign Up and Register for the Poll Everywhere Pilot | Video
PE_002 – The Kinds of Questions You can Create with Poll Everywhere | Video
PE_003 – Creating a Survey with Poll Everywhere | Video

 

Engage students with blended learning using video

Flip the classroom with this blended learning set, where face to face work is mixed in with students’ self-paced online and technology based learning

This recipe can be described as a blended learning set where Panopto is central to three different but connected activities. 1. The lecturer uses Panopto to produce video-based learning resources and lesson content which students can access through Blackboard. 2. Students use Panopto to create their own videos in which they demonstrate their learned techniques. 3. In this third use of Panopto, students give a presentation of their work / technique to their peers which is recorded. The lecturer can then subsequently provide written feedback linked directly to the contents of the video.

Additional support resources:

PO_001 – What Is Panopto | Video
PO_002 – Configuring a Panopto Folder on a Blackboard Module Site | Doc | PDF
PO_003 – Uploading Media to a Panopto Folder Within a Module | Doc | PDF | Video
PO_004 – On-demand Recording Using Panopto | Doc | PDF
PO_005 – Downloading the Panopto App for iOS | Doc | PDF | Video
PO_006 – Downloading the Panopto App for Android | Doc | PDF

 

Live Q&A exploring professional practice

Technology provides an opportunity for current students to ask questions of and gain experience from recent graduates

This recipe showcases an effective way to bring undergraduates into contact with graduates from the same School and course. These Alumni often have successful professional careers and the format can be expanded to be used with any external or internal guest participants too.

Additional support resources:

CO_001 – What Is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra | Doc | PDF
CO_002 – Making Collaborate Ultra Available on a Module Site | Doc | PDF
CO_003 – Joining a Collaborate Ultra Room | Doc | PDF
CO_004 – Recording a Collaborate Ultra Session | Doc | PDF
CO_005 – Functionality and Sharing Content in Collaborate Ultra | Doc | PDF

 

Making feedback part of the learning using Turnitin

A new standard for assessment feedback using a collaboratively developed universal template

The idea behind this activity is based on working collaboratively with students to design an assessment feedback format that works the most effectively for them. Once this had been developed, rather than using the standard method of providing feedback, the School chose to create a new feedback template and embed this into Turnitin. The same feedback form is now used by all teachers in the School.

Support playlist:

TII_001 – Introduction To Turnitin | Doc | PDF
TII_002 – Creating A Turnitin Submission Point | Doc | PDF
TII_005 – Creating Rubrics with Turnitin | Doc | PDF

 

 

Students creating self reflective videos

Learning creative presentation skills

Students are tasked with creating their own 5-minute video as a personal reflection of their course – what they have learned, most enjoyed, their achievements, and so forth. This forms a part of the end of year formal assessment.

Additional support resources:

PO_001 – What Is Panopto | Video
PO_002 – Configuring a Panopto Folder on a Blackboard Module Site | Doc | PDF
PO_003 – Uploading Media to a Panopto Folder Within a Module | Doc | PDF | Video
PO_004 – On-demand Recording Using Panopto | Doc | PDF
PO_005 – Downloading the Panopto App for iOS | Doc | PDF | Video
PO_006 – Downloading the Panopto App for Android | Doc | PDF

 

Creating online exhibitions for the public

Introducing students to digital curation as part of a formal assessment

The idea of this activity is to give students the creative space to design their own unique virtual online exhibition. For each object, students write a 100 word ‘label’ giving a relevant summary of the object and include all of the relevant museum curation data. What is attractive about this particular activity is that it represents a departure from the usual formal assessment format and allows students to choose their own theme. It also helps students to extend their skills in writing in a non-academic style for lay audiences.

Additional support resources:

Powerpoint 2013 Essential Training
Prezi Essential Training

Links:

Examples:
British Library Online Gallery
Bodleian Libraries

 

Students communicate practical techniques via video

Embed video creation into physical group workshops to enhance the learning experience

Students work in groups of 4 to design and produce their own video demonstrating their learned techniques and explaining the relevance of those techniques. Students then submit individual essays setting out their personal reflections on the exercise. In addition to learning new techniques, students are also acquiring skills in communicating to lay audiences, personal presentation, and digital video skills, all of which are important employability skills.

Additional support resources:

PO_001 – What Is Panopto | Video
PO_002 – Configuring a Panopto Folder on a Blackboard Module Site | Doc | PDF
PO_003 – Uploading Media to a Panopto Folder Within a Module | Doc | PDF | Video
PO_004 – On-demand Recording Using Panopto | Doc | PDF
PO_005 – Downloading the Panopto App for iOS | Doc | PDF | Video
PO_006 – Downloading the Panopto App for Android | Doc | PDF

 

Student curated TV channels

Blending classroom-based collaboration with self-directed learning using video and presentation technologies

This activity blends collaborative working and discussion workshops with students’ self-paced, self-directed work to research, evaluate, and curate video materials drawing on multiple sources of their choice. Students can select their own preferred method for presenting their collection of videos.

Links

https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand

 

Communication by creative video for assessment

Students learn how to creatively communicate history and heritage conservation topics to lay audiences as part of their formal assessment

Students are given the choice of producing a 4-6 minute video or developing a poster as part of their formal assessment, and as an individual piece of work. Students can choose their own topic around preventive conservation. Those who elect to produce a video can choose the video technology they prefer to use, and also to determine the design and style of the video. For assessment purposes, the focus is the content of the video, and the student’s demonstration of their understanding of the topic rather than the style and quality of the video itself. As part of the brief, students are tasked with producing videos which have relevance for and appeal to lay audiences.

Additional support resources:

PO_001 – What Is Panopto | Video
PO_002 – Configuring a Panopto Folder on a Blackboard Module Site | Doc | PDF
PO_003 – Uploading Media to a Panopto Folder Within a Module | Doc | PDF | Video
PO_004 – On-demand Recording Using Panopto | Doc | PDF
PO_005 – Downloading the Panopto App for iOS | Doc | PDF | Video
PO_006 – Downloading the Panopto App for Android | Doc | PDF