Department of Technology Enhanced Learning

Show and TEL

Our Show and TEL events are a great opportunity to see the latest developments in educational technology, hear about innovative and best practice, share experiences and network with colleagues.

The next Show and TEL event will be held on February 1st (1–2pm) in 32MS01 (Rik Medlik building)

Lunchtime Show and TEL event. Join us in one of the new active learning spaces for sandwiches, case studies and networking with colleagues interested in embedding educational technology in their professional practice.

Topics include: MOOCS, Developing Online Resources and the Flipped Classroom. The event is free but places are limited, so please register at:   


About our events

In addition to our scheduled and on demand workshops, we offer regular events to showcase innovations in the field of technology enhanced learning. Participants have the opportunity to informally network with colleagues from across the University as well as see examples of technology being used to enhance learning.

Showcase events provide participants with opportunities to network informally and find out more about innovative examples of technology in use and to share and discuss experiences.

Round table discussions bring together perspectives and expertise from across the university to explore important and emerging themes themes in the technology enhanced learning field.

Attending a Show and TEL event

Show and TEL events are free to attend. They last for one hour and a buffet lunch is included as the events are normally held at or around midday.

Catching up on past events

Summaries of previous Show and TEL events are given below for reference. Most have links to recordings of the events themselves so it is easy for people new to technology enhanced learning to find out about the tools available to them.

Previous Show and TEL events

Collaborative teaching and lecture capture

Visual learning resources, social tools, OOCTs and flipped classrooms

The first of four presentations at the September 2016 event was given by Dr. Radu Sporea from Electronic Engineering, who discussed his development of visual learning resourcesAnna 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. 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. 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. 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.

Digital badges, active learning and learning objects

The March 2016 Show and TEL event, hosted by FEPS, started with Ceri Hitchings from TEL introducing digital badges. Attendees were given the chance to collect a badge after the event to demonstrate some of the concepts discussed. Guohong Tian in Mechanical Engineering spoke about his use of the Explain Everything software on the Samsung Android tablets to produce learning objects. This was followed by Andy King from Sociology talking about active learning and the flipped classroom. In the final discussion Colin Loughlin from TEL introduced Xerte, a tool to produce learning objects.

Lecture capture, Padlet and active learning spaces

The newly inaugurated Vet School was host to the FHMS Show and TEL event in November 2015. The event was introduced by Chris Trace who also presented a demo of the Panopto lecture capture system. Augusto Coppi spoke about some of the software used in the Vet school which allows detailed anatomical study in 3D, he also presented his research findings and gave an insight into the novel ways he had used playdoh as a teaching tool for anatomical study. This was followed by David Brighton showcasing his use of the Padlet tool as an innovative way to collate and share resources with students. Interestingly, David’s talk led to discussions on how Padlet could be used for collaborative activities. Colin Loughlin (TEL) then provided some details about Active Learning Spaces and his involvement in the project. Finally the event was concluded by Chris Trace giving a tour of the Vet school facilities and explaining the various cutting edge technologies it incorporates. The event is available to view below (login required):

Flipped classrooms, ePortfolios and digital pens

Our fourth 'Show and TEL' event was hosted by FEPS in March 2015 and focused on the themes of the 'flipped classroom' and digital pens. The event started with Darren Gash (TEL) providing an overview of our lecture capture system, Panopto. This was followed by Steven Clowes (ATI) discussing how he uses Panopto along with SurreyLearn to deliver software training videos to students on placement. David Faux (Physics) showed their use of the ePortfolio functionality in SurreyLearn to enable students to produce wikis undertaking collaborative research in a particular domain. The final talk was given by Muhammad Imran (EE) who showcased his use of and research into digital pens to support flipped learning. 

Peer feedback, flipped learning and electronic voting

Our third 'Show and TEL' event, in November 2014, was hosted by FHMS around a general theme of video and feedback. Colleagues discussed their use of Wiggio for video and peer feedback, the flipped classroom and the new Electronic Voting System (EVS) called PollEverywhere was demonstrated.

Assessment and feedback

Our second ‘Show and TEL’ event was hosted by FBEL. These events are designed to showcase innovative technology enhanced learning (TEL) solutions and foster a network of TEL enthusiasts amongst academics. The June 2014 event was well attended; we had four short presentations, broadly themed around ‘assessment and feedback’.

New teaching tools and technologies

Our first Show and TEL event was hosted by FAHS in early 2014. The event included four short but engaging presentations after which colleagues discussed how they use new tools and technologies to support their teaching. This served to illustrate the wealth of free, or nominally priced, tools now available to lecturers. You can see some of these apps on the online toolkit page.

The presenters were Colin Loughlin (DTEL), Karen De Silva (School of Arts) who described it as a “genuinely useful, non-pressured and enjoyable sharing session”, Dr Jason Spendelow (Psychology) and Dr Christopher Wiley (School of Arts). Christopher Wiley's blog post provides a good summary of the event.