|11.05 - 11.45||
Meeting in the (virtual) middle: blending online and human resources to generate a year abroad community
This presentation seeks to inform colleagues about a project that takes as its conceptual basis the notion of the Year Abroad as an open space learning environment in which students’ experiences as explorers / risk-takers lead them to embrace the roles of collaborators and producers in creative ways. The presentation will review our VLE-based programme that aims to prompt students to reflect upon and generate learning products for mutual benefit whilst abroad. The Warwick Year Abroad VLE invites students to define their own assessment areas, produce resources for forthcoming year abroad students, and explore together their professional development and skills building, using the multi-media Mahara platform and other interactive media (forums and blogs). A member of the Year Abroad student community will give a student perspective on the site in the course of the presentation, comparing it with the cohort’s use of other virtual interfaces such as Facebook.
|11.50 - 12.30||
A Collaborative Approaches using Ipads
This presentation explores the pedagogical advantages of using iPads for teaching and learning with groups. First piloted in 2011, the Initial Teacher Training team, Centre for Lifelong Learning, have been using iPads during taught sessions as part of their blended study Diploma programmes. iPads were an exciting addition to our teaching resources and many students have experienced this technology for the first time on our courses. Their reflective blog entries, as well as tutor observations, have provided insight into the advantages and issues of using tablet technologies in the classroom.)
This presentation will first discuss the benefits and issues of using iPads, with examples from our programmes. Student and tutor reflections will be included, as well as an exploration of some of the apps we have successfully used and the specific learning outcomes for which they were used. These apps include planning, brainstorming, annotating and recording tools. Colleagues at the Showcase will also have the opportunity to try out these apps in small groups for real-time, collaborative activities and will be able to experience and evaluate their effectiveness in relation to their own programmes. We will discuss the pedagogical potential of iPads for HE students and share good practice with any colleagues that have used them already with students, as well as considering the benefits of iPads as tools for lecturers.
Using online portfolios to reflect on the learning process during a URSS project
Since coming under the remit of Student Careers and Skills in 2010, much greater emphasis is being put on developing the URSS intern’s transferrable skills, in addition to their research-specific experiences. A major element of the methodology of Student Development is to cultivate a student’s autonomous learning via reflective practice. This year saw the introduction of the URSS online Portfolio, developed by the Academic Technology team. This session outlines what was undertaken, the features and benefits of e-portfolios and how this tool can be used to help follow, learn and create academic workflows. Delegates will be able to experience and enjoy the portfolio creation system in a hands-on activity, illustrating the reflective process encouraged by the URSS experience and the user-friendliness of the tool.
14.05 - 14.45
How the MRC can help you with your teaching: From Collecting History to Making History and beyond
Helen Ford (Modern Records Centre)
The stereotypical view of archives is of dusty paper collections which are of interest to only the odd researcher focused on a specific topic.
The Modern Records Centre is nothing like that.
We have a dynamic collection which combines original resources with digitised materials and supports Warwick undergraduates as well as international academics.
Over the last few years we have worked increasingly with academics to embed the MRC’s unique collections into the Warwick curriculum. We have worked closely with colleagues in Economics, Sociology and Politics. This year the History Department developed a new Making History module which introduced all first year History undergraduates to primary sources. Students learnt how to find, handle, make use of and reference materials. The students each selected 6 - 12 items to tell a story around their chosen topic. Then, supported by colleagues in Student Careers & Skills and the Library, they developed their skills sets to present on their findings, using a variety of presentation technologies.
Helen Ford, the University’s Archives Manager, along with colleagues and students from the Making History course, will focus on their experience of working together with primary sources. Helen will also showcase how the Modern Records Centre has supported other modules and explore how the MRC can support colleagues to bring archive resources alive in their teaching.