How Blackboard Blogs put a “Wow” factor into an epidemiology lecture …
… creating a student generated resource that is used during the session and as a reference. Laura Taylor, Senior Lecturer and Senior SOLSTICE Fellow within the Faculty of Health and Social Care describes how she has used Blackboard Blogs to transform a set of statistics into an engaging learning activity for students AND, almost as a ‘by product’ […]
Geography are hands-on with Assignment Handler
Edge Hill’s approach to eAssignment is to offer a number of flexible tools and not tie departments down to any one method. After considering the choices available to them, each Faculty has gone with their preferred method of assignment submission. Learning Edge currently has 3 tools: Blackboard Assignment, Assignment Handler and Turnitin. Nigel Richardson (Head […]
Has Video Thrilled the Students so Far?
How video has been used to enhance engagement and the student learning experience on a blended learning programme The Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) Programme is a blended course for serving primary maths teachers aimed at improving subject knowledge, pedagogy and collaborating with colleagues in school. It includes Conference Days with nationally recognised speakers, Local Meetings led […]
Using Blackboard for collaborative writing
By Rob Spence, Associate Head of Department – English & History In the Humanities, the written word is still the key method by which assessments are made, so it is crucial that students are adept at all aspects of writing. One issue with the emphasis on written assignments, however, is that they tend to be […]
Using Facebook to engage and retain new students
Weaving social media into the learning technology mix. Ian Currie, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, is an advocate for the complementary use of social media to support his students’ learning experience. Understanding the tensions between the professional educational environment offered by ‘Blackboard’ and the popular social medium of ‘Facebook’ he elegantly walks the tightrope […]
The secrets of online discussion
How one tutor used simple techniques to generate authentic, engaging and fruitful online discussion. During a focus group with a cohort of Teaching, Learning and Mentoring Practice students, 3rd years from the Faculty of Education, a picture emerged of excellence in the use of the online discussion. This post is based on an interview with […]
Shifting portfolios online
How a ‘spark’ during a staff development session led to a fully ‘on-line’ portfolio for all PCET trainees. Lindsey Marsh (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education) attended an early Campus Pack training session. During that session she realised that the wiki technology offered the potential to significantly improve trainees’ portfolios. This post is based on an […]
My Wiki and other Animals by Christopher Russell.
This is the first in a series of blog posts that will showcase exemplary Technology Enhanced Learning practices taking place at Edge Hill. Christopher Russell (Senior Lecturer in Primary Education) gives us an engaging account of how he used blogs and wikis to deepen the learning experience of his trainees – with quotes from students […]