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Programme - Technology-enhanced learning: digital and virtual learning environments

Technology-enhanced learning: digital and virtual learning environments

11.05 - 11.45

Languages@Warwick: "Connecting learners in virtual spaces"
Teresa MacKinnon (Language Centre), Cathy Hampton (French Studies), Elisabetta Tarantino (Italian) and Loredana Polezzi (Italian)

The Language Centre has spent the past two years developing an online portal for supporting blended language teaching using moodle: an integrated suite of international tools allowing delivery of text, multimedia and voice over the internet. Languages@Warwick is a flexible online learning space that offers cutting edge teaching and learning experiences to both tutors and students which currently supports nearly 2, 200 users. This session explores how use of the portal has expanded beyond the Language Centre to both the French and Italian departments. Its multi-media environment, which offers diverse and flexible possibilities for communication, is particularly attractive to these departments as they seek to maximise remote learning opportunities for their students abroad.

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11.50 - 12.30

Use of E-Learning as part of a ‘blended learning’ approach within undergraduate teaching: Investigating the postgraduate teacher’s experience.
Sharifah Sekalala and James Harrison (Law)

This session aims to develop understanding of the postgraduate student teacher’s experience in higher education in particular exploring postgraduate teachers’ use of ‘technology enhanced learning’. This project argues that postgraduate teachers are increasingly constrained by a lack of ownership and suggests how blended learning might be one strategy to overcome this.
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14.05 - 14.45

Using Moodle for concept-directed assessment and personalised feedback in Computer Science
Russell Boyatt and Jane Sinclair (Computer Science)

In this session the Department of computer science reflect on their exploration of how Moodle could help them to address the challenge of diverse educational backgrounds of students enrolling on a MSc. In particular the system needed to be able to assist in the formative assessment of each student's current (and on-going) understanding and should support the provision of personalised feedback and suggestion of appropriate learning materials adapted to each student's needs.

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14.05 - 14.45

Enhancing student interactions with the instructor and content using Twitter
Iyad Abou-Rabii and Alyson Quinn (Warwick Dentistry)

A recurring theme within research and discussion in higher education is the need to embed feedback within dialogue and interaction between students and their teachers. The advantage to using social media in general in education has been largely discussed in the last ten years. Twitter and can make a surprisingly useful educational tool, giving students and teachers an easy way to communicate in the classrooms. This session explores how Twitter was used in postgraduate lectures to interact with students: using simple tools to invite students to answer questions posed within the session and automatically distribute the key points from the session.

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