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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

Welcome to the e-Learning @ UC blog

The use of digital technologies in learning and teaching is an exciting and growing activity at the University of Canterbury.  This blog presents information and resources concerning the use of technologies in learning and teaching. Contributions from University of Canterbury staff and students are welcomed and encouraged. If you would like to be an author of a post in this blog please contact Pinelopi Zaka (pinelopi.zaka@canterbury.ac.nz).

Sharing stories
The e-Learning Support team (ELS) has been working with lecturers in the creation of short video clips in which lecturers share their teaching with ICT practices. These stories are available online at the e-Learning Support website (http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/teach/sharing.shtml )

Your e-Learning Support team

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