Published: 10 October 2016

Show and TEL event held on 20 September 2016

This Show and TEL event featured four presentations on visual learning resources, the flipped classroom approach, online open book class tests and the use of digital badges to award students for soft skills development.

Development of learning resources

The first of four presentations was given by Dr. Radu Sporea from Electronic Engineering, who discussed his development of visual learning resources. This included Silvaco Atlas, a piece of device simulation software, which was tested during Radu’s work with cohorts on summer placements. He argued that Atlas offered a more accessible alternative to other online simulation software, and could be incorporated into PowerPoint and lecture capture.

Flipping the creative classroom

Anna McNamara explained her adaption of the flipped classroom approach in practical conservatoire modules at GSA, emphasising the need to work towards a new teaching framework at the interchange between pedagogy and art. The GSA is exploring the use of Mevo and 360° cameras as well as Virtual Studios in order to deliver on this.

Online open book class tests

Dr. Christine Rivers from Surrey Business School talked about her use of Online Open Book Class Tests (OOCTs) in which students are allocated questions drawn from in-class module content. OOCTs also helped to address limitations on time and resources and saw improved student attendance and performance.

An introduction to CampusPack

Finally, Rachel O'Callaghan introduced CampusPack, "a set of integrated social tools" within SurreyLearn which all staff will have access to over the next year. CampusPack enables staff and students to create and share their own blogs and wikis with the aim of enhancing academic collaboration. To close the workshop there was an update on DTEL's collaboration with the Library on their project investigating the use of Digital Badges to award students for soft skills development.

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