LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age (#DigiEd17)

The LALT showcase: Education in a Digital Age (#DigiEd17) event took place on 7th November and was designed to help show elements of good practice and new technologies that are being used across the University of Lincoln.

On the day over 350+ staff and students attended the event despite the weather conditions. Many workshops were attended, all led by academics, external suppliers and our guest speaker, Eric Stoller. These involved demonstrations of digital technologies within learning and teaching and gave staff and students a chance to experiment with these technologies and to discuss how they could be used in their lectures/seminars. We also had a series of presenters who gave presentions on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This was often presented with demonstrations.

The feedback we received from the attendees was very positive and it generated an 81% satisfaction rate. One member of staff said “it was hands down the most inspiring session I have been to in years. Loved it and keep doing it”. Whilst another added that “this was an EXCELLENT event!…it was VERY well organised and VERY relevant to what the university is about”

DigiEd17

Presentations

We were able to film all of the presentations on the day. If you would like to view them follow the links below.

Sean Morton – Immersive Learning: Using 360 Virtual Reality
Jasper Shotts – Using Flipped Learning to Enhance the Student Experience
Chris Willmott – Using Broadcast Media in University Teaching
Stephen Fisher – Exploring Emerging Realities in Education
Change Ge -Using Collaborate Ultra with Distance Learners
Rob Dean – Digital Solutions to Student Feedback
Tommy George – Digi Psych Blogazines and Creating a Digital Community
Sabine Gerlach – Video-Based Exercise to Build Supportive Multi-Cultural Groups
Martyn Thayne – Co_Lab – Creative Processes in Online Collaboration
Christine Grandy – Teaching with MACE
Paula O’BrienChris Wardle-Cousins – Using Microsoft Forms To Map a Learning Journey
Key Note Speaker – Eric Stoller: Transforming Education Through Social Media and Digital Engagement

 

Eric Stoller is an insideHE blogger with a big presence on social media. His presentation looked at the current use of social media in HE and how it can be used to create communities, establish connections and can be used as a collaborative tool to help students and staff interact. There are many ways which social media can be used to influence and inform staff and students. Eric looks at the potential benefits and pitfalls of social media whilst using real-world examples to convey his meaning. This inspiring presentation will give you some ideas about how to use social media in your lectures/modules and the impact this can have on your students.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using Microsoft forms to help analyse and evaluate data to help support students understanding of information. Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation.

Abstract:

Microsoft forms is a questionnaire/survey tool that can be used to analyse data from several subsets. This presentation will look at the way which Microsoft Forms has been used inside of the business school to enhance the student learning experience and how it has enabled students to spot patterns and evaluate data.  This presentation aims to discuss how these forms can be created, shared and accessed by students to help them with their assessments and to work on statistical data analysis.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day students gave presentations on how they have used their DigiPsych Blogazine to help improve and create a Psychology Community Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation.

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The DigiPsych Blogazine is designed to help foster a collaborative and informative environment for all of the students and staff within Psychology. This blogazine helps to inform students about what is happening within Psychology, allows students to share different interpretations and find out the latest information that will support them in their studies.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to Work-Based Distance Learning Programmes and using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to connect with distance learners to create a blended and collaborative learning space. Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation.

Abstract:

Distance learners of Work-Based Distance Learning (WBDL) programmes in University of Lincoln (UoL) come from 60 different countries or regions. Around 60% of WBDL students are from the British Military and the rest are from civilian backgrounds.

Distance learning is a personal preference chosen by these students who would like to complete their undergraduate or postgraduate programmes. For these students without physical access to the Library resources and tutor support, the Internet, online resources and online tutor support become essential for information acquisition and skills development.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is one of the tools our WBDL team adopted within the blended student centred approach in learning, teaching and assessment. We use this tool to connect and to engage with our learners online, deliver online inductions and online drop-in sessions. In the live sessions using this tool, students have a sense of belonging to the learning community.

Our team sees the potential of Collaborate Ultra to be adopted in more online support scenarios and in all programmes we operate. The reflection on our own user experience, combined with the feedback from our learners will help to shape how more effectively and creatively we can use this tool in its full pedagogical potential to provide flexible and timely support to our learners.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using Box of Broadcasts – a UK wide service for Higher Education to bolster student engagement by using audio-visual material. Below is a copy of the abstract and the video of the presentation.

Abstract:

The popularity of YouTube, of TED talks and similar services demonstrates the allure of visual media. Television and radio can also be rich sources of audio-visual material for educational purposes. However a number of factors can restrict the use of these resources including: lack of knowledge about what exist, lack of knowledge about how to access the programmes, and lack of knowledge about how these tools might be used (compounded by underlying suspicion about the academic rigour of such assets).

This presentation will demonstrate a variety of ways in which broadcast media has been used to bolster student engagement. Box of Broadcasts, a UK-wide service for Higher Education, will be introduced. We will look as an example at the ‘BiologyOnTheBox’ archive, an open-access resource developed in collaboration with students, graduate interns and academic colleagues from various HEIs. the session will also consider the potential for “viewing lists” which might be included alongside reading lists as para-curricula resources for university teaching.

The “[Subject]OnTheBox” model has been adapted to other disciplines (e.g. History and English) and could readily be used by colleagues from other subjects.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to the work which co_LAB have created with various colleagues across the university. Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation.

Abstract:

Co_LAB brings together people from different disciplines and contexts to collaborate on innovative trans-media projects. This can involve a variety of tools and processes ranging from cloud-based file sharing and integrated services, through to social media platforms and look at social interaction. There are also elements of collaborative tools involved that help pool research and engage students in learning activities. This presentation will help look at the methods and tools that have been used to create elements of collaborative trans-media projects.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using a flipped classroom learning approach to help encourage student participation, collaboration and to create active critical learners. Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation.

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This presentation is developed from a highly successful earlier national Jisc, RAISE and HEA national conferences shaped around transforming teaching through innovation according to the student experience. It addresses a common teaching challenge of how to address diverse and changing needs in new learner groups.

Within the flipped classroom it showcases how to include less often heard groups such as quiet learners and mature students. It demonstrates participatory pedagogic design centred on the active critical learner. It contributes to a cooperative commonwealth of teaching and student experience, informed by Neary and Winn`s (2017) recent research into cooperativism and aligned with catalytic principles.

Design and use of digital tools and teaching methods will facilitate flexible flipped learning with level 1 undergraduate Health and Social Care students using ‘Get Set’ data for this cohort and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) framework for flexible learning. Presentation materials will be disseminated through the online HEA community of flexible learning practice and Jisc learning and teaching practice experts group. Participating students will collaborate in curriculum review with digital developers and teachers to adjust teaching according to the collective commonwealth of teaching and learning experience.

This presentation will form part of a series of 3 University presentations to champion a neo collegial approach to enhancing teaching and learning and achieving impact beyond the institution through networked participatory scholarship as part of a Principal Fellow (HEA) application D4 iv. Students will be invited to co-present this workshop. A new e-portfolio approach will record student skills developed for employability through this project and throughout their academic journey and will contribute to their level 3 summative assessment.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using media to enhance the student experience and to make material digital available for research. Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation.

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The Media Archive for Central England (MACE), an accredited independent archive situated on the University of Lincoln Campus, features over 50,000 pieces of media including ATV’s television holdings from the 1950s onwards, documentaries, promotional films, ‘home movies,’ and amateur film. In particular, this is a rich resource for historians of 20th century British history. This presentation will examine my teaching collaborations with the archivists at MACE as we worked to make material digitally accessible to Lincoln students, while also producing an outward facing website that would feature ‘essays of the future’ on an online platform.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using recorded and live lecture’s commentary to facilitate feedback provision. Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation.

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The presentation will identify and explore innovative ways in which digital technology can be used to enhance the way in which feedback on ‘live’ student performance work is conducted and conveyed. In addition, to providing examples of the techniques that have been trialled, the presentation will also demonstrate the technical tools employed and detail the students’ responses to these new forms of feedback.

Particular attention will be given to the uses of both recorded and live ‘lecturer’s commentary’ in feedback provision. I will demonstrate some of the approaches I’ve adopted in my teaching practice at UoL when giving feedback on ‘live’ student work (such as dramatic and musical performances).

One technique is the use of a recorded audio commentary that plays alongside filmed material of their performance pieces (similar to a director’s commentary on a DVD). Student Feedback on the initial trials conducted has shown that the digital solutions used have enhanced the effectiveness of the feedback given. It has also been noted that it provides a more transparent marking process. From a student perspective, this method has enabled them to more fully comprehend the impact and effect of the creative choices they have made at key moments in their performance work. Adopting this process provides students with a permanent record of their ‘live’ assessments as well as their lecturer’s comments. As such, this format helps them to address the issues and concerns that have been raised and thereby improve the standard of their work when they embark on new projects.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using video-based tasks to help foster understanding between different cultural viewpoints. Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation

Abstract:

Postgraduate modules at the LiBS have diverse cohorts with regards to nationalities and learning culture.

The implementation of a video task as seminar activity has been chosen, as students need to collaborate to produce a video due to the application of various skills, their common understanding of technology but different cultural viewpoints of its purpose and as it can be shared with the cohort as a learning tool on Blackboard.

The project shows how the video task enables multi-cultural group work in conjunction with teaching subject content and transferable skills, to enrich the student learning experience within the module.

Students were able to utilise the group work for creating friendships and support, which lead to increased motivation and satisfaction levels within the module.

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using 360 videos to foster empathy through scenarios based on patients experiences in a hospital ward. Below we have the abstract and a video of the presentation.

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“In nursing education, we are already aware of the positive impact that simulation has on learning (Wanless and Aldridge 2012) and how students value the ability to develop their skills in a safe environment, we are also aware that they tend to prefer simulated learning to traditional lecture-based sessions (Stayt et al 2015).

In simulated learning, however, there are many levels at which this can occur, for example, it can be simple communication activities with little or no reliance on equipment, through to complex scenarios using a variety of equipment. The fidelity of simulation is debated a lot and according to Maran and Glavin (2003), fidelity can refer to replicating the area or less definable the impact on the student and their perception of the authenticity of the environment.

Fidelity ranges from low to high fidelity, however, much of this still refers to the quality of the physical environment or the physical resources available. (Wanless and Aldridge 2012)

In 2009, the film Avatar won numerous academy awards for its portrayal of the use of virtual reality (VR) to explore a new world (IMDB 2009), the advancement since then of VR and availability of resources such as Google cardboard© and videos on YouTube© led the authors to wonder whether similar technology could be applied to learning and teaching of fundamental skills to healthcare students and to empathise with the patient. (Beggan et al 2017)

This led to a collaborative initiative with healthcare academics, Digital technology and media experts to write, direct and produce a three minute VR video with two goals in mind, firstly to demonstrate that VR can be used for teaching and learning as an alternative method of delivery in the digital age, but also to provide an immersive and interactive environment for students in healthcare to learn”

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On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event.  During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using augmented and virtual reality to enhance the student learning experience.

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It highlighted the uses of the technology and the benefits which it can provide to the students. This presentation also focused on how to utilize these emerging technologies in the classroom environment and how education in the future may not be confined by the realities of space.

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