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student response systems (SRS)

Managing student responses

We are piloting the Meetoo web-based student response system which supports in-class messaging as well as polling. Students can send messages which are immediately visible to the whole cohort, and click to ‘like’ messages they agree with. It is also possible for the tutor to moderate messages, but let’s leave that feature aside for now. Continue reading →

Using interactive scenarios in class

My colleague James Wilson has been using a technique called Forum Theatre since 2004 to help engage Health Science students in complex issues around the lived experience of people with mental health problems, in particular their interactions with the health care system. He works with other staff and students to devise a short improvised play that exposes the issues, which they then perform in class. 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 →

MeeToo online polling

MeeToo is designed as a business tool to support meetings and conferences, but provides some strong educational features. Its overall design is clean and modern, and I found the user interface simple to understand and quick to use. The messaging feature in particular offers some interesting new ways to communicate with the class, get comments/questions/feedback from them and make it easy for students to indicate which of these they agree with. 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 →

iPAD Coffee Club at SGH

At SGH’s first iPAD coffee club of 2016, Andrew O’Malley, Stuart Morton and Lucy Law demonstrated Nearpod. The CLAS team have been using this to deliver interactive teaching sessions in Anatomy. Students enter a code to receive the session presentation on their own devices, and participate in quizzes throughout the presentation, ranging from multiple choice questions to annotating diagrams. Continue reading →

Voting for Fidel

Winning poster by Daniela Healey Yesterday I was pleased to be able to help my friend and colleague Dr Denise Baden run an X-Factor style gala event at which five groups of young people from schools and colleges performed their own songs about Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. The aim is to ‘crowd-source’ a complete musical, and the first performance will hopefully take place in Southampton later this year. Continue reading →

ParticiPoll – review

ParticiPoll is a online service that enables simple polls to be added to Powerpoint presentations. At the moment it only works with Windows and PowerPoint 2010 or later – see their how-to guide for a overview of its use. The system enables presenters to add a multiple-choice poll (6 choices max) to any slide that lists those choices using A-F bullets. Voters use any web browser to navigate to a unique URL – in my case http://adam.participoll. Continue reading →

Mentimeter review; BYOD for audience participation

What are they thinking? Are they listening to me? Do they understand the key concept that I just covered? photo credit: ne da se mi via photopin (license) If this sounds like you during, or after, one of your lectures then you could devote 5 minutes of lecture time to audience participation to getting some answers to at least one of those questions…but which tool should you use? And how much time does it really take to set up and apply in a lecture theatre? If you don’t have access to... Continue reading →