E-Qual – new app to teach coding of qualitative data

The aim of most undergraduate research methods courses is to introduce students to the theory and techniques associated with quantitative and qualitative research. However, teaching such skills can be challenging, particularly when instructing large groups of students; the topics covered can be diverse and the subjective nature of qualitative coding can prove difficult for someRead more

Using mobile devices to enhance fieldwork

Prof. Derek France from the University of Chester will be visiting the Geography Department on Wednesday 21st January to share his considerable experience of using technology to enhance student learning. Derek will be leading a hands-on seminar: ‘Enhancing fieldwork learning with Mobile devices’. This will take place from 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday 21st Jan, location TBC.Read more

iPads in teaching

Over the last year we’ve been looking at different ways in which tablets can be used in learning and teaching. Last autumn we held a tablets workshop at which Ola Aiyegbayo from the University of Huddersfield gave a presentation based on his research project in this area. He’s just released an infographic animation setting outRead more

Potential problem using TurnItIn's iPad App

Rob Howe from Northampton University reports a problem with the TurnItIn iPad app which results in loss of data.  The full description is in this blog posting Essentially, if the iPad user changes their iPad profile during a marking session, they will lose the data already marked, because the iPad thinks it belongs to somebodyRead more

Free Apps for New iDevices

Did you know that if you activated your iDevice on or after 1 September 2013 then you can download six key Apple applications (Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand) for free? These apps would normally set you back just over £25. All you need to do is register the serial number of your deviceRead more

Bringing Poetry to Life

Before the holidays, I attended part of a lecture by Clare Hutton from the English and Drama department who showcased The Waste Land app to her students. Clare is one of the recipients of a loan iPad and has been trialling it in a Teaching and Learning environment. For students studying TS Elliott’s notable poem,Read more

LectureTools in use

I’ve previously posted about LectureTools, an online alternative to electronic voting systems such as Turning Point which use dedicated ‘clickers’. We currently have a site licence for LectureTools on a trial basis. The company, spun out of the University of Michigan, is now owned by Echo360 which provides the hardware and software behind our ReVIEWRead more

XLR Audio into iPad

For those of you who are more adventurous and have wondered if it were possible to have an XLR audio input to an iPad then the answer is yes. As you probably know there appears to be only a headphone out on an iPad but no mic input. However the headphone out can be usedRead more

Miracasting from Android devices

Miracasting from Android devices In parallel with the Tablets in Teaching project, we have also been evaluating various Android devices as alternatives to Apple iPads. With the advent of Android 4.2, it has been possible to wirelessly project an Android screen onto an HDMI display.  By this we mean that anything on the mobile device’sRead more

Keep taking the tablets

Our first ‘Tablets in Learning and Teaching’ workshop took place this week, with around 25 people dropping in at one point or another, including external presenters Dave Foord from the Tablet Academy and Ola Aiyegbayo from the University of Huddersfield. We heard from Sara Ronca and Clare Hutton how they have been using their loanRead more

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