That said, there are plenty of ‘quick wins’ out there – tools and techniques you can try out relatively easily, without adding to your workload. Here are a few ideas to consider:
– Make sure your modules on Learn (Moodle) comply with the minimum presence by completing your contact details, using the module noticeboard feature, and ensuring you have a reading list on the University reading list system.
– Instead of complaining to colleagues about students using their smartphones ‘surreptitiously’ in the classroom, exploit the phones by displaying student tweets on your topic in realtime. (Yes – it can work! See http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/teachingatkent/2012/04/10/twitter-in-the-classroom/ .)
– Use Turning Point, the centrally supported electronic voting system, to engage students in large lectures. You can add interactive slides very quickly and easily to your existing Powerpoint presentations.
– Have your lectures captured on ReVIEW. Much of the process is automated, and your students will thank you for it.
– Use clips from relevant TV programmes in the classroom (without infringing copyright). BoB (Box of Broadcasts) makes this a cinch.