Tea and Technology

Tea and Technology

This year we are offering more 30 minute staff development Tea and Technology sessions! These informal, bite-sized sessions provide staff the chance to learn something new in just half an hour, whilst enjoying a complimentary cup of tea or coffee!

Bring Printed Materials to Life with Augmented Reality
Weds 1st March 10:30-11
augmented realityAugmented reality has increased in popularity recently, with crazes such as Pokémon Go capturing everyone’s attention. This session will look at an app which allows you to create your own augmented realities and make printed materials spring to life with digital content.

The Course Awakens: Find or Create Video
Thurs 4th May 10:30-11
In a classroom far, far away (JD13), Meet BOBa Fett and Princess LYNDA and learn how to harness this software alliance to combat the dark side. COLLABORATE with your students or colleagues wherever they are in the universe, use Lecture CAPTURE to ensure your teaching force is strong and guides your students, and meet C-3PO’s best droid friend the 360 cam!

Assistive Technology at Edge Hill
Mon 15th May 9-9:30
A range of Assistive Technologies are available to staff and students. This session will focus on Text to Speech software, which can be used to convert written text into spoken word, and can help with blended reading or proofreading. It will also cover Mind Mapping software, which is particularly useful for visual learners to plan tasks.

To book your place in any of these sessions, click here!

360 Degrees of Learning Potential!

Just recently we acquired the Giroptic 360cam to explore the potential of 360 cameras and how they might be used in HE to help enhance the student learning experience. Even within the first week of getting to grips with the camera we had already identified many possibilities in which it could impact and enhance teaching and learning within the institution (covered further on in this post).

So “what are 360 Cameras” I hear you say?

Well, 360 cameras allow you to capture a 4k photo and/or video in a spherical format where a view in every direction is recorded at the same time, shot using an omnidirectional camera or a collection of cameras. During playback the viewer has control of the viewing direction like a panorama, a form of virtual reality. There are a growing number of 360 degree cameras on the market today, here within the LTD team we have the Giroptic 360cam (shown below).

360cam

Hosting any 360 media is straight forward, there are many free multi-platform services that let users upload and share any captured images and videos from the 360 camera. One of the biggest highlights for the 360 camera is the announcement that YouTube now supports 360 degree videos. You may have possibly seen some of these already, but did you know there are two different viewing experiences? If you view a 360 video on a laptop or desktop computer you will be able to navigate the scene by clicking and dragging around the video, or by using the directional arrows that are overlaid in the top left-hand corner of the screen.  However, if you view a 360 video on your mobile device you will be able to pan your device up, down and all around the video like you would with a virtual reality headset or Google Cardboard.

Take a look at the example below from the BBC. Try viewing it on a laptop as well as on a mobile device to get a feel for how each one works. Once you are done, check out the 360 Video channel on YouTube for more examples.

BBC 360cam Demo

So how can I use 360 Media in my Teaching & Learning?

If you are interested in using the 360 Camera, here are just a few possible Teaching & Learning scenarios we’ve come up with to help you get thinking about!

Workshops, Coaching & Observations: Using the power of this media could potentially support instructional coaching and teaching as a reflective tool to help analyse performances within an array of situations.

Performing Arts & Sport: Concerts, sports, theatre performances could take on a decidedly different form when the whole event can be viewed in 360 degrees. With the use of a 360 camera within any centre stage while students were performing scenes from a play or taking part in an event. Students could replay their performances in a way that was never previously possible to enhance their learning experience.

Virtual Field Trips: This is perhaps the most obvious example and in many ways it may be one of the most powerful. Using a 360 camera on a field trip could be used in a variety of ways for discussion and evaluation purposes.  In terms of accessibility It could also be useful as a tool for students who may not be able to attend field trips because they were absent or because they had a physical disability that prevented them from attending.

How can I get my hands on this Tech?

Feel free to email [email protected] or phone us on Ext 7754 if you are interested using this technology or looking to explore innovation in your area please get in touch with us. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions or just get in touch if you would simply like to know more!

Mark WilcockMark Wilcock

Learning Technology Development Officer

New Upgrade for Qwickly Attendance Introduces Split Registers and Much More…

We’re pleased to announce that Qwickly Attendance for Blackboard will receive a fairly big update on Wednesday 18th January. The update is better known as version 3.6 and is jam packed with some really exciting new features which we think you’ll like a lot. Here is an exhaustive list of things that have been included.

Register Enhancements:

  • Registers can now be split (click for user guide) by using the Blackboard group’s tool. This features allows instructors split a single register into as many groups as they like.
  • Instructors can now name ‘Student Check-In’ Sessions like other sessions.
  • Instructors can now choose to show disabled and unavailable students in the attendance record. These students will still be hidden from the taken attendance screen and always receive and excused for any dates attendance is taken while they are not active in the course.
  • Unavailable students are now marked as excused instead of absent when taking attendance.

Student Check In Enhancement:

  • Absent emails are now sent to absent students when using student check-in.

General Interface & Data Enhancements:

  • A new streamlined tabbed interface.
  • Excel export (CSV) improvements now show the title of the session, if it was given.
  • The method of taking attendance is now recorded (i.e. Manual, Student Check-In).
  • Users can now click the heading of a column to see more details about the session (including the method of taking attendance and the date it was taken), as well as renaming the column or deleting it.

This is probably the biggest and best update yet, which also makes it a good time to take a look at Qwickly Attendance for your course or module and give it a try! Feel free to email [email protected] or phone us on Ext 7754 and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions.

We hope you enjoy the new features!

Mark WilcockMark Wilcock

Learning Technology Development Officer

Try January!

This January, why not make it your resolution to learn how to use a new technology? We will be running a series of Try January sessions throughout the month, on a variety of technologies. These include:

Padlet – Get started with online collaboration – Padlet allows the creation of online collaboration boards which can be used for collecting opinions, creating lists, gathering and giving feedback and more! Come to this session to learn how to create your own and see how others are using them in the education sector.

Kahoot – Get interactive with quizzes – Kahoot is an interactive software which allows quizzes to be created and then played competitively on mobile devices. The session will show you how to put together a multiple choice quiz, launch it and view feedback and results.

Manage your appointments with Calendly – Calendly is an appointment setting app which allows others to schedule time on your Outlook calendar. Set your availability preferences and share your Calendly link with colleagues and students, who can pick an available slot and add themselves to your calendar.

Twitter – If you have never used Twitter before but would like to set up a profile and learn about how it can be used then come to our Getting started session. If you already have an account but want to learn how to get more out of it, our Maximise your use of Twitter session will give you tips and advice on this.

Getting started with Collaborate Ultra for online classrooms and meetings – Blackboard Collaborate is a live web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile devices.

Bring your course to life with Audio and Video – Enhance your teaching, learning or support materials for students by creating audio and video materials to use on Learning Edge or within presentations.

 

There are more sessions on the staff development list – click here to explore them all and book your place!