Aim of eGuides

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The Curriculum 2016 Technology Enhanced Learning briefing document provides information on how programme teams can support the learning of all students, through the use of technology in the curriculum and how approaches to teaching and learning can enhance the student learning experience.

The briefing document provides the rationale for why Technology Enhanced Learning is important and what it means for curriculum design and pedagogical practice. This short introduction is intended to provide an overview of the Interaction in the Classroom eGuide.
One of the key principles underpinning Curriculum 2016 is a desire to make greater use of technology to facilitate student centred approaches to pedagogical practice. The eGuide on Interaction in the Classroom explores some of the main uses of technology in the classroom. Technology can be a very useful way for staff to not only address the issue of students’ attention span in a lecture typically decreasing about fifteen minutes after start of the lecture, but also help staff implement a key principle of Curriculum 2016, namely greater use of student centred approaches in teaching practice and so facilitate greater level of student understanding and hence performance.

The eGuide will cover three possible approaches to using technology in the classroom:

  • Response Systems, i.e. clicker
  • Sharing web pages, such as Padlet
  • Live chat using a variation on Twitter called a Tweetwall, which you may have seen in use at conferences.

The guide will provide an overview on how various technologies might be used in your teaching, plus some of their strengths and limitations.

The University provides technical support for one of technologies covered in the guide, TurningPoint. The other technologies are established and normally stable products.

The guide includes links to guidance on use of the individual technologies and the Technology Enhanced Learning team are available for more detailed support and guidance on the use of any of the technologies outlined in the guide. You may also discover other technologies providing functionality that supports interaction in the classroom. Don’t hesitate to contact the TEL team if you do as we are always interested in hearing about different technologies, especially how they have been used to enhance the student learning experience so that we can share such experiences with other University colleagues.

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