Using Blogs, Discussion Boards and Journals to activate Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Weblearn menu panel_Collaboration toolsWeblearn offers great choice when it comes to promoting social communication within student cohorts. Using Blogs, Discussion Boards and Journals is a great way to assist learners develop their ability to locate and share/display content and individual work, engage in a lively academic debate via the use of arguments, counter arguments and rebuttals and finally engage in pre and post work reflection that creates the necessary cadre for developing their own voice, criticality and ultimately their professional awareness.

This short blog post will attempt to outline the similarities and differences between these three great tools in Weblearn and via a recent case study that took place within the Early Childhood Education department, it will illustrate possible uses, advantages and pitfalls. Continue reading

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Learning Technologies Summer Forum

Last Tuesday, the Learning Technologies summer forum took place in London with 20 conference sessions and 36 free L&D seminars. 

Designed to further develop the key themes from the autumn Learning Technologies conference, this event had something to offer for every individual that works in the Higher Education sector. The event was split in two main parts, a jam-packed exhibition that included more than 30 free seminars and the annual Learning Technologies Summer Forum Conference that forms part of a wider community of TELT professionals.

From an in-depth approach into the current issue of using Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality for educational purposes, to content creation strategies, design methodologies and developing a Learning Culture and Agility, this conference had something for everyone. If you didn’t get the chance to visit the conference, don’t worry because all of the seminar recordings can be found on YouTube.

 

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Video Based Quizzes

The End of Passive Viewing!

 

Vizia logoVideo-Based Quizzes can really make a difference when it comes to developing content for blended learning. Even in student facing environments cross-linking “flipped classroom” with “in-class” and “extended classroom” activities can really add value in enhancing learning and teaching in H.E settings.

Vizia allows users to import a video from YouTube or Wistia and then integrate questions directly on the timeline of the video.

Users can add a quiz that comes in the form of a multiple choice question, a Poll, a short answer/open ended question that contains an element of self-assessment as well as a “call to action” point that re-directs viewers in another webpage that could contain more content.

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Padlet’s new features.

An ‘old time-classic’ that just got better……….

Last month Padlet introduced two new features that along with the ones that were introduced during the summer and the all-new and improved smartphone app, will bring this simple but versatile tool one step closer to being the ‘go-to’ solution when it comes to formative assessment and collaborative activities in Higher Education settings. 

If you are completely new to this and want to get up to speed with what Padlet’s about, watch this short 90-second intro video.

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