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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 →

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 →

e-coffee @ SGH

In this month’s e-coffee@SGH session, Daryl Peel from the Digital Learning team demonstrated two tools that can help users familiarise themselves with a physical space, or even use a physical space to help familiarise users with a topic.   ActionBound offers a means of creating interactive scavenger hunts, using GPS to recognise a location, and guiding users through a series of activities as they move around the space. Continue reading →

Self-led Storylines and the User Journey

As soon as REMIX Play finished I ran home and dug out Dungeons & Dragons as well as a collection of Fighting Fantasy books. After an evening of killing ogres and saving peasants I decided to sit down and break down just what was happening during our play session and how we could perhaps use this in Higher Education activities. The first thing that immediately came to mind was Andrezej Marczewski's EEEE User journey. Continue reading →

Stimulating Simulations – Markstrat

Simulations have been around for a long time from physical first-aid simulations to in-depth technologically advanced flight simulations involving massive VR screens and full cockpit experience. There are many positive aspects for using simulations in education, simulations are often a lot cheaper to run rather than doing real life exercises, for example it's cheaper to run a flight simulation than buy, and risk losing, a plane. Continue reading →

e-coffee @ SGH

February’s e-coffee session was led by Sarah Fielding, exploring possible uses of Thinglink, a tool for making interactive diagrams and videos. Signing up for a basic account gives you access to upload 2D images and label these with a series of hotspots.  Each hotspot can link to an image or weblink as well as a text description. Going a step further, Sarah showed some examples of 360° images, with different pictures at a single location linked and labelled to provide a virtual tour. Continue reading →

10th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference

2017 Theme : Legacy March 29 – April 1, 2017 The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments.  Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference. The conference is free to attend. Continue reading →