As part of the countdown to the festive season, the VLE team and CPED are sharing their ideas for simple tools or techniques that can make life easier for lecturers and their students. So far, we’ve explored some of the extra functionality of Weblearn: Collaborate, Ally, Student Preview, and Grade Centre Smart Views.
Today, we consider one of the cool bits of software that is not part of the VLE, but which may be an exciting or interactive addition to classroom teaching.
If you are in the habit of distributing post-it notes to your students, in order for them to write a note and display or group it on a wall, then you may be interested in a digital platform that can do this, and much more.
Nureva Span software enables active student collaboration via a shared panoramic canvas. The canvas acts as a surface onto which you can attach notes and photos, as well as hyperlinks, sketches or large text blocks. Watch this video overview for more information.
Items can be added by directly interacting with the canvas or via a ‘quick-share’ feature that allows students to post an item from a smartphone. You can even share your entire screen or an application window for other users to see what you are working on elsewhere.
Once on the canvas, you can easily reposition or group items by drag-and-drop. After the session, canvases and their contents can be exported as a PDF or as a structured Excel spreadsheet.
Span is not an alternative to PowerPoint: classes can begin with a blank canvas, allowing the students to construct new knowledge by actively contributing and organising ideas. The spontaneous and generative process of populating a canvas makes Nureva Span ideally suited to large display touch-screens found in many classrooms, although it can be used on any university PC or other browser-enabled device. Look for ‘Span Wall’ on your PC, or in the Software Centre, or, once your account is verified, log-in at https://span.nureva.com.
For the optimal experience, the Ideation room in Roding building is equipped with dedicated Nureva projectors and touch-sensitive display surfaces. In this room, your canvas spans a 10-metre wall for a truly immersive and interactive session.