• iSpring: Video Case Study 1 of 3

    iSpring: Video Case Study 1 of 3

    iSpring Early Adopters Project: Video Case Study 1 In the Learning Technology Development team we’ve recently completed the early adopters project in the use of iSpring. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing the knowledge and experience of three selected participants who have successfully embedded iSpring into their eLearning toolkit and produced some impressive learning materials […]

  • BBC-featured History quiz engages students in HEA project

    BBC-featured History quiz engages students in HEA project

    Reflections on ‘What Kind of Historian are you?’ Quiz According to Mason Norton (Edge Hill University) and Dan Taylor (University of Roehampton), in history, there are four broad categories of historian: Empiricist Postmodernist ‘historian from below’ ‘top-down’ The categories emerged as part of the Developing Historical Thinking project run by Edge Hill and Roehampton, when […]

  • Technologies are an “absolute lifeline” for our students!

    Technologies are an “absolute lifeline” for our students!

    Blackboard Collaborate and discussion forums help build community and meet students’ emotional and learning needs. Readers of this Learning Edge blog will be familiar with our Best of TEL series, where we invite colleagues from across the university to guest author posts about their practice, to inform and inspire others. This post has a guest […]

  • Engaging learners with Blackboard Collaborate

    Engaging learners with Blackboard Collaborate

    How the Inclusion Team is using our web conferencing platform to engage students, enhance communication and improve outcomes. Anne McLoughlin is  the leader of Edge Hill’s dyslexia programme.  The programme is a blended course – mostly online – delivered via our Blackboard VLE and the Collaborate web conferencing system, with some face to face conference days. […]

  • Using Optivote in Large Lectures for Student Engagement and Enhancing Learning

    In this post Elaine Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and a SOLSTICE Fellow, tells us about her experience using an Optivote voting system. If you are inspired to think about using this type of system in your own teaching, there is plenty of support and information available to help you get started. Could you […]

  • Collaborating all over the world

    Collaborating all over the world

    Using Blackboard Collaborate to support students based outside the UK Pam Nicol has a number of roles at the University – this posting involves her work on the Masters in International Higher Education. Pam has been using Collaborate since it was introduced to the MIHE team about four years ago, and previously to that used […]

  • Screencasting Formative Feedback

    Screencasting Formative Feedback

    How one tutor increased students’ engagement with feedback. In this video blog post Carl Simmons explains why assessment is so problematic and suggests how tutors can increase the amount of useful information that students receive using screen and voice recording software. The issues are: Good quality feedback consumes significant tutor resource; Students tend not to […]

  • A Knight’s Tale – ebooks the ultimate creation

    Learning Service’s Learning Technology Development Team wanted to find out if it is possible to create an eBook of course content and distribute it to students without publishing through a 3rd party but via the institutional Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard), as a way of providing media rich content which can be downloaded to their device. […]

  • Alas Prescott and Ellis

    Alas Prescott and Ellis

     … it’s a bit like having a tutorial with you …  An initial request to create an online session for the PG Cert in HE has resulted in a wealth of video resources ranging from academic writing to change management and leadership that are now used across a number of programmes in the Faculty of […]

  • A Tidal Wave of Discussion …

    A Tidal Wave of Discussion …

    How active discussion produced outstanding* results. By David Callaghan Online discussion forums are widely-used in online and blended courses at Edge Hill and increasingly course teams have been exploiting the benefits of these asynchronous online communication tools to support their face-to-face students’ learning. When used effectively, discussion forums have been found to support reflection, deep thinking, […]