Socrative: alternative tool for classroom voting / interaction

Following my last post on the SAP Powerpoint Twitter tools, I’ve been looking at the Socrative online voting system which has been around for several years now. As with Twitter-based voting (until that stopped working!), Socrative has the advantage by contrast with dedicated electronic voting systems (such as Turning Point which we support centrally at Loughborough) thatRead more

Graham Gibbs on contact hours

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In the second article in this series surveying research evidence regarding teaching and learning, and this time under the headline “Teaching intelligence: contact hours and student engagement”, Graham Gibbs provides us with another thoughtful and insightful piece in this week’s Times Higher Education. Again, plenty of food for thought, cause for reflection, etc., and an invitation for us to consider ourRead more

Loughborough University blogs

It is readily apparent that colleagues across campus are seeking various means to communicate with each other, and indeed beyond this institution. These include blogs, but what are they exactly? In essence, a blog is “an online diary”, “a Web site containing the writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links toRead more

Spiderscribe – mindmapping software available online and for free

Spidescribe comes highly recommended as an intuitive and free mind mapping software where you can gather text, links, files, images and other elements. Complete with the ability to invite others to collaborate, plus you can retain ownership of the content (as of the copyright and content ownership terms accessed on the 27th Feb 2013 – noteRead more

TurnItIn UK User group meeting

This was at the Senate House, London  on February 15th and was attended by 110 delegates representing over 90 different user institutions. There was a groundswell of disgruntlement over TII’s failures in 2012: at peak times, the service had failed completely on two occasions. Looking past the spin that was being put on the situation (“There wasRead more

E-learning Showcase

  Last week’s E-learning Showcase / Teaching Innovation Award event was a success, with around 70 colleagues attending over the course of the day. There were some thought-provoking presentations, notably by Laz Zindovic, VP Education of the Students’ Union in which he set out what students have come to expect in terms of learning technologies. All theRead more

Graham Gibbs on teaching large groups

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Under the headline “Teaching intelligence: it is possible to avoid the negative mass effects”, and despite the ascerbic comments from some of its readers, Graham Gibbs provides an interesting and timely perspective in this week’s Times Higher Education on teaching large groups. The first in a series of articles regarding teaching and learning, these pieces should at least provide us allRead more

Graham Gibbs on teaching large groups

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Under the headline “Teaching intelligence: it is possible to avoid the negative mass effects”, and despite the ascerbic comments from some of its readers, Graham Gibbs provides an interesting and timely perspective in this week’s Times Higher Education on teaching large groups. The first in a series of articles regarding teaching and learning, these pieces should at least provide us allRead more

New Teaching Centre website now live

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This morning we’ve pressed the big green button and launched the new Teaching Centre website. We’re very pleased with it and hope you’ll find it much easier to access the support and guidance you need to help you in your teaching. Let us know what you thinking by e-mailing tcwebmasters@lboro.ac.uk .Read more

cMOOCs and xMOOCs: hype or paradigm shift?

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If you’ve glanced at the educational media in the last 6 months, you’ll certainly have seen numerous articles (often with quasi-hysterical headlines) covering the rise and rise of the MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course. I had intended to put this post on the E-learning Blog, but as MOOCs are supposed to be on theRead more

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