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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 →

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 →

“Escape” the monotony of boring activities

Escape rooms in education Their eyes flick to the clock. 5 minutes left till the end of the lesson! These students are not hoping for time to finish, but completely the opposite, they wish there was more time. This is due to the implementation of the escape room phenomenon. Many people reading this will have heard of the popular escape rooms that follows a similar structure to Crystal Maze from the 90's. Continue reading →

e-coffee @ SGH

e-coffee@SGH builds on the iPAD coffee clubs that previously took place at SGH, exploring the use of mobile devices, but also sharing wider experiences and ideas around the use of technology. This month we looked at tools for creating quizzes and simple games to aid learning and encourage engagement.  Kahoot is a free tool that allows users to create quizzes that are led from the front of the class, with students playing along on their phones, tablets or laptops. Continue reading →

ELESIG South event: Students as Producers

On Wednesday 29th June, Adam Warren and Tamsyn Smith attended the second symposium organised by the Southern branch of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners' experiences of E-learning Special Interest Group). The event was considering the role of Students as Producers. It included presentations from practitioners across a range of disciplines, looking at different ways that students can be actively involved in developing and evaluating their own learning. Continue reading →

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 →

Zappers, clickers and mobile voting – new special interest group

The first meeting of the Student Response Systems special interest group will take place 1.00-2.00pm on Thursday 25 Feb in on B6 (Nuffield) room 1081, and is open to anyone interested in developing their use of student response systems to facilitate learning. Tea, coffee, water and fruit will be provided.  Until recently, Turning Point clickers have been the principle system at Southampton, but there are now many online alternatives which use students' phones, tablets or laptops instead. 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 →