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iPAD Coffee Club at SGH

At April’s iPAD coffee club Adam Warren (Senior Learning Designer, ILIaD) joined us to demonstrate various apps in response to requests raised at previous sessions. The conferencing tool Adobe Connect is useful for webinars, and is licensed for up to 50. It can be accessed at, and anyone with a university login can set up a meeting. To find the app, Google ‘Adobe connect mobile’ as it's hard to find in App Store. Continue reading →

Poll Everywhere user group

Monday saw the first meeting of the UK HE/FE Poll Everywhere user group, held at Regent’s University London in an oasis of green at the heart of that city. The attendance of around 35 people shows the level of interest in Poll Everywhere, a system which has its roots in education. Dani Arama, PE’s education support manager, had flown in from San Fransico, and gave us a quick tour of new features and a heads-up of others still in development – for example an attendance tool. Continue reading →

Why Flipped Classrooms Fail

“I tried Peer Instruction and it didn’t work.”   As a champion of the popular flipped learning method developed by Eric Mazur , this phrase always hits me hard when I hear it from fellow educators. And I do hear it. Over the years, I’ve run into many different accounts of experiments in innovative teaching, not just Peer Instruction, gone awry.  I have heard many refrains about clickers, “I tried clickers and it was a disaster. Continue reading →

3 ways to write effective questions

Ever wonder how to write Peer Instruction, clicker questions, or ConcepTests, or other item types that capture students attention in ways that help you share the wonderful world of the subject matter you are teaching? Check out my new post, “3 Tips for Teaching – Great Question Writing” on to get 3 ideas for writing effective questions to engage students. The big idea? Write questions with Goldilocks in mind: not too hard, not to easy, but just right. Continue reading →

Stumbling into some pitfalls with ResponseWare

I’ve just run a session introducing the online ResponseWare Student Response System to some academic colleagues, and have identified some pitfalls… by stumbling straight into them. I should start by saying that I think online SRS are the way to go, especially now most students have a smartphone, and all of our lecture spaces have excellent Wi-Fi following an ambitious upgrade project. Continue reading →