E-Learning for all

If you’re wondering what e-learning has to offer, then a series of Staff Development courses could be for you. Students typically record only 20-40 percent of important lecture ideas (Kiewra, 2002)  so it’s worth considering other methods to support their learning. There are 4 distinct (but related) workshops held once a month over four monthsRead more

Web 2.0 for teaching and learning

There has been much debate in the HE sector recently about the use of Web 2.0 services to support teaching and learning. (Here is one definition of Web 2.0 on Wikipedia, itself one of the best-known examples of a Web 2.0 site.) We all know how popular social networking sites such as Facebook are with students,Read more

New JISC e-learning call

The JISC have just released details of the latest (5th) round of the Learning and Teaching Innovation programme and are inviting bids for up to £50,000 – deadline 19th April. More details can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/funding_calls/2010/02/ltig5.aspx . Loughborough has a project currently in development as part of the 3rd round of this programme – ProjectRead more

Giving students the vote

A good example of a learning technology that’s gaining increasing favour on campus with academics and students alike is Electronic Voting Systems, otherwise known as Audience Response Systems or Clickers. Here at Loughborough we use the Turning Point system, which has the significant advantage of integration into Powerpoint which keeps the learning curve to aRead more

The Learn Suggestion System

Continuing with a long-standing tradition of being driven by demand and user need, we have recently launched the Learn Suggestion System. The system allows academic staff to make anonymous suggestions and comment/vote upon other people’s suggestions. This will help us to prioritise future development work, and give academic staff the opportunity to have their sayRead more

Thinking about podcasting?

If you’ve been thinking about the possibility of using audio podcasts to support students, you might be interested to watch an interview with Helen Drake, a Senior Lecturer in PHIR, talking about her experience of introducing podcasts to her Semester 1 European Union module. In this interview she talks about her reasons for introducing podcastsRead more

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