Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Digital Festival 2018 #KeeleDigiFest - Ways to produce bespoke video resources

Theme: Sharing experiences of using technology to enhance your practice

Author: Sarah Aynsley

School/Directorate/Research Institute: Medicine

Abstract: Video use in our student population has soared in popularity over the years and there have been benefits to using videos identified in regards to teaching and learning. However just capturing a lecture as a recording doesn't always fulfill the needs of the students or topic, instead I use three different approaches to produce short custom video animations to support learning including bespoke video animations, Snagit capture of images and lecture snippets and hand drawn responses to student questions captured as short video responses. This session will introduce you to these three different approaches how they work and what you could use them for.

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Digital Festival 2018 #KeeleDigiFest - Why diversity in tech matters: A personal journey of using technology

Theme: Creating an active learning environment

Author: Cat Hallam

School/Directorate/Research Institute: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Abstract: This session will explore the relationship between the use of digital technology and challenging unconscious bias. Using examples from Keele, personal experience and pedagogy, you will gain insight and strategies to reflect and review your current practices.

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Digital Festival 2018 #KeeleDigiFest - Applications of Google Apps in Chemistry at Keele

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Author: The Chemistry Team

School/Directorate/Research Institute: Chemical and Physical Sciences

Abstract: The intention of this lightning presentation is to highlight the breadth of applications of Google apps to support teaching and learning and the administration of teaching within Chemistry at Keele. Examples include: Google Docs for undergraduate group projects; Google Slides for Group Presentations; Google sheets for data pooling (e.g. laboratory practicals); Google forms for module evaluations; Google sheets for assessment timetables; Google sheets for marking teams; Google sheets for Peer Observation of Teaching; Google sheets for coordinating external examiner feedback on assessments and responses.

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Digital Festival 2018 #KeeleDigiFest - Moodle 'Database Activity', facilitating specific pedagogical needs in the virtual learning environment (VLE)

Theme: Sharing experiences of using technology to enhance your practice

Author: Phil Devine

School/Directorate/Research Institute: Lancaster University

Abstract: At times the institutional VLE, third party applications and related plugins can not, or do not, meet the pedagogical needs of lecturers. Reasons for this can be legion, for example, the institutional VLE may not have that native functionality available to meet that specific pedagogical outcome or, the wider institutional suite of existing applications and third party tools do not integrate with institutional processes, regulations, systems or financial budgets. Set within that context, my presentation will give an account of, the use of, the 'Moodle Database Activity'. The 'Moodle Database activity' is a semi-flexible 'in' VLE 'small' scale development environment that can combine, html templates, cascading style sheets (CSS), javascript and database field entry - connecting with Moodle Grade-Book.

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Digital Festival 2018 #KeeleDigiFest - Social Media Trends for 2018

Theme: Sharing experiences of using technology to enhance your practice

Author: Paul Newton, Tom Maurice

School/Directorate/Research Institute: Marketing and Communications

Abstract: Social media has changed. So far in 2018 we have seen organic Facebook and Snapchat reach decline, Instagram stories become even more important, and the benefits of a 'mobile first' social approach. Paul and Tom (MAC) will talk about the latest developments in their world of social, and how colleagues can get the best communications results from their social media presence.

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Digital Festival 2018 #KeeleDigiFest - Digital DeLC: Connecting digital with experiential and authentic learning opportunities in language education.

Theme: Creating an active learning environment

Author: Phil Devine

School/Directorate/Research Institute: Lancaster University

Abstract: Digital has the capability to transform experience. If we accept that is the case, and understand that experience is the key to the acquisition of knowledge and understanding (Vygotsky et al) we can begin to unpack more deeply the relationship between digital and learning (and teaching). My presentation will be an attempt to do just that. The presentation will view digital as a conduit for new and existing student experience in language learning by accessing the immediacy, interactivity, fluency and responsiveness of digital technology, in this case, the Microsoft Surface Hub - bringing experiential and authentic learning opportunities into the seminar or workshop.

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Digital Festival 2018 #KeeleDigiFest - Stand and Deliver: Blending technology with tradition to develop public speaking and presentation skills

Theme: Creating an active learning environment

Author: Ella Tennant

School/Directorate/Research Institute: Language Centre

Abstract: Whether learning, teaching, or in the world of work, we often find ourselves in situations which require us to speak in public.

In the past, a proliferation of books and training workshops were available to help in this (Ellis and O'Driscoll, 1992, for example), and it could be argued that technology might now have superseded the need to develop the art of speaking. This talk will provide an overview of how digital technology and resources can be blended with traditional ‘old school’ methods to practise public speaking/voice performance in a learning environment, in order to develop public speaking and presentation skills.

For many, the idea of standing up in front of a room of people - friends or strangers, can be the source of anxiety (Idzikowski & Baddeley 2007), or what is termed ‘communication apprehension’ (Robinson ll, 2009). However, by ‘blending’ the old and the new, learners can develop confidence and overcome anxiety, as well as improve other factors, which are often overlooked in the age of PowerPoint, but are still important in the success of a presentation. These factors form part of ‘elocution’, originally the art of delivering speeches (see Thomas Sheridon’s 1762 Lectures on Elocution) and include, voice: its level and projection, posture, body language and gesture, as well as the ability to communicate with and actively engage the audience.

The incorporation of technology in teaching and learning does not mean that traditional methods are no longer valid. This presentation will show that the combination of both traditional and technological approaches in an active, anxiety-free learning environment can have a positive impact on helping students to practise and develop confidence in speaking in public, and enable them to effectively Stand and Deliver.

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