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Padlet

Please read this guidance before using the free version of Padlet.

Three adults in a pancake day race

Using video to flip the classroom

Earlier this year Senior Research Fellow, Juliet Jain, made her first desktop recording. Interested in using timetabled sessions for active learning, she talks to the LIU about the results.

Three great things about Xerte

Xerte is an open-source browser-based tool that allows educators to develop rich, interactive and highly accessible content quickly and easily and to seamlessly publish that content online

TurningPoint (polling)

TurningPoint is polling software that enables students to ‘vote’ or respond to questions in classrooms and lecture theatres using ‘clickers’ and/or smartphones, tablet computers or laptops to make responses. TurningPoint can help make teaching in classrooms and lecture theatres more interactive. It can be used, for example, to survey views, assess understanding, group revision, and to give learners more control of the content or pace of lectures.

Piazza (collaboration)

Piazza is a Q&A and discussion platform designed to simulate real class discussion. It aims to get high quality answers to difficult questions, fast.

Classroom Response Systems – ‘clickers’

Types of Questions

Many instructors see multiple-choice questions as limited to testing students’ recall of facts. However, multiple-choice clicker questions can actually serve many other purposes in the class, including assessing students’ higher-order thinking skills. Since clicker questions can be used not only to assess students but to engage them, some very effective clicker questions are quite different than multiple-choice questions that might appear on exams.

Here are a few types of clicker questions.

Recall Questions: These questions ask students to recall facts, concepts, or techniques relevant to class. They are often used to see if students did the reading, remember important points from prior classes, or have memorized key facts. They rarely generate discussion, however, and don’t require higher-order thinking skills.

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Teaching with ‘clickers’

In UWE we can use ‘clickers’ and software from TurningPoint to make presentations and lectures more engaging. A number of lecture theatres (4D56, 1N05, 2B020, 2B025, 2D67, 4B031 and ECC … Read more

What’s the difference between wikis and blogs?

For several years now wikis and blogs have both been widely used in Higher Education. Both are platforms for easily publishing material to the web and both provide a platform for feedback. Both are ideal for learner-centred activities with learners taking part in collaborative tasks aiding knowledge construction. And both can be used to deliver rich content for learners to absorb.