ecoffee @ SGH

Final year medical student Callum Taylor led this month’s e-coffee@SGH session, with an inspiring look at some of the tools, projects and platforms that can help engage students.  It was packed full of useful tips and information, and showcased some really exciting resources. Continue reading →

The Microsoft HoloLens: Tips, Tricks and First Impressions

Initial Impressions This week I was lucky enough to get my grubby mitts on a Microsoft HoloLens, if you haven't seen one of these cool pieces of kit from the guys and girls at Microsoft then here is a brief description: "Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you. Continue reading →

ecoffee @ SGH

(Scott Border @ SGH, 2017)   May's e-coffee@SGH was all about making videos and had one of the best turnouts with attendees getting excited to see Dr Scott Border from Anatomy within Medicine discussing his journey creating podcasts and videos for the vastly popular YouTube channel Soton Brain Hub. Continue reading →

Blippar: easy creation of Augmented Reality

I have been experimenting with Blippar, an augmented reality app, to create an interactive conference poster. Visitors to my poster will read about designing a module for blended learning, but they can also ‘Blip’ images within it to access interactive multimedia from the module. This got me thinking about potential uses on campus for students; in labs, tutorials and so on. The good news is that as a simple AR creator tool, it’s user friendly and free for educators. Continue reading →

decentralised – delightful – digital

Yesterday I went to see my colleague Adam Procter give a talk about his ongoing PhD research in Web Science. Adam is Programme Leader for Games Design and Art at our Winchester School of Art and always has interesting things to say about the intersections of learning, technology, design and culture. You can view the slides on his website. He started with a provocative question “Why are the digital tools used by tutors so terrible, and why can’t anyone fix this?”. Continue reading →

Blackboard & VLE Awards 2017

Now into its fifth year, the 2017 Blackboard & VLE Awards competition has seen an increasing number of courses supported by exemplary use and design of their virtual learning environment.  This year’s awards event featured a mix of familiar and new faces: some staff recognised for the consistently high quality of support they provide for students online each year, and others representing modules where new developments in the VLE have helped transform their course delivery. Continue reading →

ecoffee @ SGH

Twitter was a popular theme for April’s e-coffee@SGH, with a great turnout to hear Penny Lee from Medicine's Marketing team share lots of tips for top Tweeting.  Penny gave a brilliant presentation ‘Twitter for Scientists’, explaining what might be the benefits of engaging with Twitter, sharing advice about how to get the most out of it and suggesting some useful accounts to follow. Continue reading →

Blackboard & Virtual Learning Environment Awards 2017

Students have contributed a record number of nominations for this year’s Blackboard & VLE Awards, sharing valuable feedback about what is most useful in a course site.  It is evident that many courses offer students a fantastic online learning experience alongside the face-to-face teaching, and the challenge of narrowing these down to a final shortlist is an encouraging one to have! After much deliberation, a shortlist has been chosen and can be viewed here. Continue reading →