All posts by Nick Ford

Dr. Viktoria Papp: Digital note taking vs hand written notes

Tertiary students increasingly prefer typing their notes than handwriting them. Research in the field indicates that taking notes on a laptop is not as effective as taking notes using pen and paper. In this presentation Dr. Papp shares her observations of her 200 level students’ achievement in relation to their preferred note taking method.

Professor Tanja Mitrovic: Video Based Learning

In this presentation Professor Mitrovic discusses video based learning using AVW-Space. AVW-Space is a video-watching environment designed to support student engagement by providing micro-scaffolds to facilitate video commenting. Seven studies investigating the use of AVW-Space for the development of student presentation skills have been conducted. These studies show that students who engage with video content by writing comments and rating the comments of other students significantly improved their knowledge of presentation skills.

 

UC Teaching Month – e-Learning Events

The e-Learning support team is hosting a number of events for UC Teaching Month. This presents a great opportunity to learn about what is happening in e-Learning at UC and internationally. All are invited to attend.

Events include:

Relearning E-Learning
Wednesday, 17 July 2019: 1:30- 3PM, Rehua 103 (no registration required)

UC lecturers share their technology enabled teaching practices that support student learning and success. Come along if you are looking to try something new in your technology enabled teaching.

Speakers include:

  • Tanja Mitrovic – Video based learning.
  • Kate Pedley – Using Echo360 to engage students.
  • Jerry Maroulis (Wageningen University) – To MOOC or not to MOOC.
  • Viktoria Papp – Digital note taking vs handwritten notes and their effect on student achievement.\
  • Victoria Escaip – Using online video for language assessment.

Teaching Month Online Seminars and Workshops

Unbundling University Project
Online: Wednesday, 10 July 2019 (free – no registration required).
The seminar will be live streamed via zoom and all are welcome to attend.

Professor Laura Czerniewicz (Director, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at University of Cape Town) is presenting at Victoria University, Wellington from 3-4pm on her Unbundling University project. Laura is speaking about the Unbundled University project which examines the profound confluence which constitutes the unbundled university – the intersection of increasingly disaggregated curricula and services, the affordances of digital technologies, the growing marketization of the higher education sector itself and the deep inequalities which characterise both the sector and the contexts in which they are located.

Information about the seminar can be found at
https://hail.to/flexiblelearningNZ/article/5ChDA7r

The link to the seminars online meeting space is
https://vlnprimary.zoom.us/j/958518941

ACODE 79: Supporting Universities for Future Qualifications’ & Pedagogical Models
Online 15-26th July: free.

The Australasian Council on Open, Distant & e-Learning (ACODE) is conducting a fully online workshop over 15-26th July

Led by a team of ACODE facilitators working with international speakers, the workshops will explore the following questions and reflect on how we can work to shape future planning and support for learning and teaching.

  1. How are universities structuring their activities and offerings and what challenges does this present for those enabling technology enhanced learning?
  2. How are university-vendor relationships changing in the sector and how will this affect our aspirations and capabilities for the future of technology enhanced learning?
  3. How are universities defining their places as higher education institutions in diverse and competing contexts? How can technology help maintain a community of learners and scholars while also supporting scale and access?

More information at https://www.acode.edu.au/course/view.php?id=3#section-1

Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEVg14kPWhf6-hLr4mzhFq_GR4zdi27rbV1okyB7DF_DVjEw/viewform

Information about all UC Teaching Month Events can be found at https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/academicservices/Teaching%20Month.shtml

New Technologies for Learning & Teaching

Asking students questions in lectures: Qwizdom QVR

Digital experience insights survey 2018: findings from Australian and New Zealand university students report identified that students enjoyed being asked questions in class. Students feel that they learn better when they are engaged and challenged in this way. But, how can lecturers do this with large classes. One way is to use an Audience Response System (ASR)

Qwizdom QVR is a virtual audience response system that enables lecturers to ask questions during class and allows students to respond.

Qwizdom QRV integrates with PowerPoint, allowing you set up your PowerPoint slides with interactive questions which are presented to students during the lecture.  Using the QVR Mobile Response App, students can respond to the questions from their devices (phone, tablet, laptop etc.) no matter where they are, as long as they have an internet connection.  Student responses are collected and displayed when you need it. UC has 30 lecturer licences that support class sizes of up to 500 students. If you would like a Qwizdom licence contact Donna Thompson (donna.thompson@canterbury.ac.nz)

Qwizdom QVR is just one of the virtual audience response system (ARS) available at UC. Other ARS available to you include: LEARNS Choice activity and UCanAsk. If you would like to know more about ARS available to you and the ways in which these can be used to facilitate student engagement and success contact a Flexible Learning Advisor (FLA). FLA contact details can be found at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/support/e-learning-support/

Asking questions is a great way to engage students in lecturers. Use audience response systems such as Qwizdom to enable the teaching practice of questioning.

Collaborative content creation: Padlet

Padlet can be used to complement learning activities that require students to discuss ideas during or outside of class time, bring their own point of view, share content and show how they work through problems. The ability to capture, store and share this information in a variety of formats can help students reflect on the learning journey and provide lecturers with valuable qualitative information.

Padlet can be used for:

  • Socialising the classroom
  • Collaborative learning such as brainstorming
  • Peer learning
  • Collating or curating research and resources on a topic
  • Gauging learners understanding of a topic or concept
  • Reflexive activities – student’s perceptions, knowledge and attitude over time.

Padlet integrates with LEARN. UC has an institutional Padlet licence i.e. Padlet is available to all staff and students. If you would like access to Padlet contact Donna Thompson (donna.thompson@canterbury.ac.nz)

If you would like to know more about how Padlet can be used to enable student engagement and success contact a Flexible Learning Advisor (FLA). FLA contact details can be found at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/support/e-learning-support/

New Services & Facilities for Learning and Teaching

360 Video Production Studio and Service
Construction of the 360 Video Production studio (located in the Oceania room L4 Puaka James Hight Library) is close to completion. The studio is operational and awaiting the installation of a green screen and new LED lighting. The studio consists of a main recording room, a control room, two editing rooms and an audio recording booth. The video production team also has a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone equipped with a high resolution video camera. The e-Learning teams Video Production Service is ideal for the creation of high quality video materials for the purposes of learning, teaching and research.

To access the video production service please lodge a service request on the Assyst self-service portal at https://assist.canterbury.ac.nz/selfservice/#serviceOfferings/127 (log in required) or contact a member of the e-Learning support team https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/support/e-learning-support/

Use the e-Learning support video Production team to create content for learning & teaching.

Technology Enabled Learning Facility (TELF)

The Technology Enabled Learning Facility (TELF) is a new service offered by the e-Learning team to support lecturers in the use of learning technologies. James Hight Room  502 has been equipped a lectern and other technologies typically found in UC teaching spaces.

With support of members of the e-learning team lecturers utilising this service are able:

  • Practise using and/or receive training in the use of the teaching technologies (lectern) found in UC teaching spaces.
  • Create teaching materials (video recordings, narrated PowerPoint presentations etc.).
  • Teach classes and conduct tutorials to students at a distance using web conferencing (Adobe Connect, Zoom).

If you wish to use this service contact a member of the e-learning Support team.

Technology Enabled Learning Facility