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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 →

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 →

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 →

e-coffee @ SGH

December’s e-coffee@SGH explored some of the 12 apps of Christmas recommended by Dublin Institute of Technology and Regent’s University London. Both discuss how the apps suggested can be used in education, with case studies and examples. Sway is increasingly being used to create interactive presentations that students can work through (or create) independently.  As part of Office 365, it is possible to log in with university details. 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 →

Blackboard & VLE Awards 2016

The fourth annual ILIaD Blackboard & VLE Awards event brought together colleagues from across the university who have inspired their students by the quality of their VLE provision. With a record number of courses nominated, the judging panel had the opportunity to explore a wide selection of shortlisted courses, showcasing some exciting features and an outstanding level of support for students. Continue reading →

New blended learning module ‘Academic and Professional Skills for Business’ launched.

Southampton Business School (SBS) has over 1100 postgraduate taught students, and developing their academic and professional skills is essential to help them prepare for success in both their studies and future employment. The large size of the cohort meant that a new approach was required so SBS commissioned the Centre for Language Studies (based in the Faculty of Humanities) to help create a new blended learning module. Continue reading →