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Programme - Beyond the classroom

Beyond the classroom

11.05 - 11.45

Warwick in Africa: Challenging and changing lives
Sattawat Sonsin (Warwick in Africa)

‘Warwick in Africa; is a philanthropically funded programme, developed over seven years from a small student volunteering project to a multi-layered programme which supports learners and their teachers with Maths and English education in South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana. This presentation introduces you to the project, provides an insight into a student volunteer's work in Africa, the challenges and the opportunities along with aspirations for future developments.

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11.50 - 12.30

Using mobile video conferencing in the classroom: Collapsing barriers for students with disabilities
Claire Raistrick (Warwick Medical School)

This case study is a story of how a new innovation succeeded. It shows a ‘can do’ approach to breaking down barriers to learning for a student with a disability who is no longer able to study on campus. In this presentation we explain both the why and the how relating to this university pilot of mobile videoconferencing technology. The university’s responsibility to learners under the Equality Act will be highlighted. Furthermore, the preliminary discussions, the planning, the pilot study, the changes we made, the preparation on the day of use and finally our experience of using this technology will be revealed. Importantly, the mobile videoconferencing technology will be demonstrated to provide a clear understanding of what is involved. The highlights and pitfalls of using this technology in the real-world of the classroom will be shared, alongside the attitudes of key players: the off-campus learner, the on-campus learners, the educators, and audiovisual services. Finally, consideration will be given to alternative uses of this technology in the contexts of those attending the presentation.

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Why Moodle? Experiences from Life Sciences and Chemistry
Rebecca Freeman(Life Sciences) and Lynne Bayley(Chemistry)

Life Sciences and Chemistry began using Moodle, a virtual learning environment at the start of the academic year. Moodle is being used in a range of ways to provide information to students, engage students in activities and for the management of assessment and feedback and has received excellent feedback from students and academics in these departments.

The session will offer those who want to know more about what Moodle can offer, or who are thinking about adopting Moodle in their own department an opportunity to hear two different approaches to Moodle adoption. Rebecca Freeman from Life Sciences and Lynne Bayley from Chemistry will provide an overview of the rationale behind the adoption of Moodle in each department and will discuss:

• Perspectives on how Moodle fits in with the range of systems available at the University including Sitebuilder and SITS;
• Tools available in Moodle and how they have been used in the first year including;
• Assessment (assignments, quizzes and feedback)
• Resources (access and user control)
• Communication (forums, messaging)
• Approaches to training staff and students to use Moodle
• An understanding of the process of Moodle adoption

An opportunity will be provided to view some example pages from Life Sciences and Chemistry within the session and for participants to discuss approaches to adopting technology in their own contexts.

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MOOCs at Warwick
Ken Punter (Communications), Ray Irving (WBS), Amber Thomas (IT Services), Emily Little(Communications) and Emma King (LDC)

Moocs may be generating many column inches in the Higher Education Press but what are they, how do they work and what do they mean for Warwick?
Whether viewed as a student recruitment opportunity, a widening participation exercise, a reputation building tool, MOOCs are unlikely to be a passing fad. As Warwick begins to engage and prepare for this fast developing style of course delivery we need to be informed, trained and ready to respond.
This is an opportunity to learn more about MOOCs and how Warwick is responding. Examples of current MOOCs will be viewed; illustrating the styles adopted by academics across the world.
This won’t just be a presentation format, you will also have plenty of time to ask questions, share observations and explore any wider yet related issues.

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