Promoting learning through technology

Wednesday 23 October 2013, 10:30 - 16:00.
School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh

One of the challenges faced by educators is how to make best use of technology to meet the needs of a diverse student population, enhance engagement and promote deep learning.  This workshop focussed on sharing ‘tried and tested’ examples of good practice in the use of appropriate technologies to support student learning that have the potential for more widespread adoption; the rationale for incorporating these technologies into the curriculum; ways of evaluating their impact and effectiveness; and the benefits, both pedagogical and practical, that they can offer.


10:30 - 11:00Registration and coffee
11:00 - 11:30Interactive screen experiments
Sam Nolan, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Durham and Paul Hatherly, Great Central Consulting
11:30 - 12:00Developing and optimizing QuVis quantum mechanics simulations
Antje Kohnle, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews
12:00 - 12:30Building online maths and statistics assessments using Numbas
Christian Perfect, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Newcastle University
12:30 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 14:00Student authored online vignettes
Simon Lancaster, School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia
14:00 - 14:30Technological tools to support active learning
Ross Galloway, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
14:30 - 14:50Student-generated multiple-choice questions using PeerWise
Judy Hardy, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
14:50 - 15:15Tea/coffee
15:15 - 16:00Creating, deploying, and making sense of an online course
Colin Fredericks, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (view talk on YouTube)