New group embraces technology enhanced learning

A new group exploring Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is looking at the best way to bring technology into your day-to-day teaching. TEL

Gavin Knight, Principal Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, is behind the initiative. He said: “By sharing ideas, best practice and identifying new ways of using old technology, we aim to innovate within our teaching roles and to identify and report on new and exciting ways of improving the quality of education for all.”

Since its inception in September 2015, the group has met three times, with each meeting supported by the Department of Quality and Curriculum Enhancement (DCQE), faculty online developers and the TEL team. So far the group has covered subjects such as:

  • TEL facilities already available to all staff through DCQE
  • Copyright issues and how these rules apply to resources in the public domain
  • Nearpod
  • The 12 apps of Christmas
  • The app shelf and the student feedback app
  • Explain EverythingTM
  • Aurasma
  • BubbliTM

Potential subjects for future meetings include:

  • the use of avatars and gamification: their potential to improve student engagement and to build work-related skills
  • the application of lecture capture software: its potential to promote learning outside of the lecture theatre
  • physical technology

Gavin said: “Perhaps you have some TEL experiences you would like to share, or maybe you haven’t got any experience but are interested in trying to reinvigorate your teaching or enhance your students’ learning experience. If you would like a chat with some like-minded individuals in an open and friendly forum, but haven’t yet found the appropriate place to find these elusive characters then come along to our sessions and meet the group.”

The next TEL session is scheduled for Wednesday 16 March from 1pm – 2pm. The venue will be set based upon interest. If you would like to come along, please email gavin.knight@port.ac.uk.

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