Announcing a new workshop on using Twitter at conferences for ‘backchannel communication’, as part of the run-up to June’s Learning @ City 2013 conference.
In the run-up to the university’s teaching & learning conference on 6th June I’m running 2 pre-conference workshops:
No Talking at the Back: An Introduction to using Twitter to participate in ‘backchannel communication’ during live events such as conferences.
Online communication around live events such as conferences is on the increase. It is known as backchannel communication and involves both delegates and non-delegates using tools such as Twitter for reporting, commenting, questioning, sharing resources, chatting and so on. Participating in a conference backchannel can be a rewarding experience that enhances conference attendance.
The workshops on May 30th & June 5th are aimed at Learning @ City 2013 conference delegates so if you want to come along you’ll need to sign-up for the conference – highly recommended!
About Learning @ City 2013
The conference is organised by the Learning Development Centre:
…This is the 5th annual higher education conference to be held at City University London, and the emphasis for this conference is on innovation and creativity in higher education.
City University London colleagues from across the University will be sharing their research, innovation and practice in this area. This is an opportunity to listen and share with others good practice and explore transferability to different disciplines.
- Further information & booking: Learning @ City 2013
The keynote will be given by Prof. Diana Laurillard, London Knowledge Lab. Diana’s conference preview:
- *Update* (5th February): the university now has a subscription to Box of Broadcasts (bob) which provides a huge archive of TV/Radio programmes & a recording service allowing you request future recordings. The information below is still correct if you want to obtain a DVD of a recording but for web-based access to recordings bob is the better service.
What? Recordings of live broadcasts from BBC, ITV, Channel 4, E4, 5 Television & S4C
How? Send requests to the library (Peter Williams firstname.lastname@example.org) who will arrange for a DVD to be created for use in the classroom
Some (ERA+) Limitations
- Only the above channels
- Educational use & audience only, ie University Staff & Students
- Extracts are OK but no ‘adapting’, including subtitles
- Full Licence details: http://bit.ly/eraplus (PDF) & Copyright & Video overview
The ERA+ licence allows for online delivery of the recordings. Unfortunately this isn’t yet possible here as the licence requires viewing to be restricted to the UK and the university doesn’t have a solution in place for this. It is hoped that the current SLE Multimedia project will enable this later this year.
This information was shared with SEMS staff at the recent Using Video in Education seminar organised by TED. You can watch a 3-min recording (but, to be honest, you won’t learn much more than is written above!)
Video of a short presentation by Anton Cox explaining how he has created screen recordings as introductory material & problem solutions for his first year Programming course.
The presentation was part of the recent SEMS seminar, Using Videos in Education.
Video Quality – the video was filmed on a Flip from the second row and an awkard angle to capture both Anton & the board, hence the poor lighting, but audio is reasonable considering the Flip has a built in mic. The video was trimmed with the Flip software, exported and uploaded to Vimeo (similar to YouTube).
The software Anton used was Camtasia. Please contact us if you would like to try it out.
This is follow-up to Monday’s SEMS Seminar: Using Video in Education. As there wasn’t time for my final slot ‘Recording Presentations’ here it is a Screencast* Further blog posts reporting on the Seminar to follow.
Links mentioned in the above screencast (new windows):
- Screenr (the free screen recording tool I used for this)
- City University’s Media & Innovation Learning Lab (MILL)
- Echo360 – The system we are using for lecture capture
- Lecture capture: evidence from other Institutions (Mo Pamplin, SASS)
- Two more papers:
- Lecture capture: making the most of face-to-face learning (UG Engineering, Leeds)
- Evaluating the use and impact of lecture recording in undergraduates (2013)
- Lecture Capture Pilot Report (City University)
*What is a screencast?
A screencast is a recording of audio & your computer screen. There are many screen recording tools, including Echo 360 Personal Capture. This video I made while working at LSE explains both:
The following Engineering Teaching workshops are both in London in the coming months
HEA STEM (Engineering): Workshop for postgraduate students who teach
- Date: 15 Feb 2013
- Start Time: 11:00 am
- Location/venue: UCL Engineering, London
The day will focus on four areas: Assessment and Feedback, Teaching for Diversity, Small Group Teaching, & Professional Development and the HEA. Further info & Booking
HEA STEM (Engineering): Using Everyday Examples in the Engineering Classroom to Improve Learning and Student Retention
- Date: 18 Apr 2013
- Start Time: 10:30 am
- Location/venue: University College London, London
This workshop will present research-based strategies focused on relating engineering concepts to everyday examples when teaching engineering students, developed and successfully implemented to improve the engagement (and hence retention) of Engineering students as part of the ‘ENGAGE: Engaging Students in Engineering’ project (http://www.engageengineering.
The HEA STEM Annual Conference 2013 Where practice and pedagogy meet will take place on 17-18 April 2013 at the University of Birmingham.
The conference will explore the relationship between pedagogy and practice across the full range of HEA STEM disciplines. Call: The deadline for the submission of full papers and abstracts for both posters and workshops is 21 November 2012.
Areas for consideration at the conference will include the following:
- Improving the employability skills of STEM graduates;
- Innovative approaches to teaching and assessing large classes;
- Giving effective feedback to students;
- Growing diversity in the student population;
- Practices in peer mentoring;
- The impact of information technology in learning and teaching;
- Students as partners.
Further details of the conference and the submission arrangements can be found at the HEA STEM Conference page. If anyone is interested in collaborating on an educational technology focused submission please contact us.
Last Friday (19th October), City hosted a free event intended to highlight the possibilities of Augmented Reality (AR) as an aid for learning. This free event was a spin-off of from a JISC-funded project by Farzana Latif in the School of Health Sciences. I was involved quite a bit in the event, from helping to plan it and contact speakers through to taking photographs on the day and giving the closing remarks at the end, and so was happy to see that it was a great success.
Around 50 delegates from all parts of the UK and Ireland attended (with many more on the waiting list) to find out how AR is currently being used to supplement learning and how the area might develop in the near future. More >
In 2012-13 the travel fund will support activities in the following three streams:
- students participating in learning and teaching events
- staff presenting papers on learning and teaching practice
- staff travelling across a national border within the UK to attend a teaching and learning event.
Further details & application form.
Last week the annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) was held in Manchester and the TED team were there in
strength. This post is just a few of my own thoughts about the conference and an attempt to draw out the main themes and trends of the presentations – so, like all posts of this type, what I say here is likely to be very subjective and general!
But first, a disclaimer: I was on the conference committee and so
was involved in reviewing papers and chairing sessions. I am try not to allow that to influence my comments, though, and will only cover things from the actual conference.
The full programme can be found at http://altc2012.alt.ac.uk/calendar
Themes More >
This weekend is OpenHouse London and many buildings that are normally closed to the public will be open to look around and take pictures. There are buildings open in almost all London boroughs, including some quite high-profile ones such as the Bank of England, The Gherkin, the old Daily Express building, Heron Tower, etc. All are free and many also have talks by the architects or engineers in charge of building or maintaining them. More information is at http://events.londonopenhouse.org/.