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Keith Brown
Learning Technologist
Using Technology for
Student Engagement and Feedback
@KeithBrownBath blogs.bath.ac.uk/ke...
Using Technology for
Student Engagement and Feedback
Focus on Academic Reps and Staff
Student Liason Committee (SSLC)
Where are we?
With permission from Julian Stodd
What do we want technology to do?
•Connect
•Communicate
•Collaborate & Share
•Community
Using Technology for
Student Engag...
What are the requirements?
• Widely available to students
• Effortless to use
• Private – no impact on the reputation of t...
A small selection of possible solutions:
• Moodle Forums
• Multi-media Message Boards
• Lino-it
• Padlet
• Apps
• Private ...
Moodle Forums
• Private – securely hosted
• Available to all students
• Easy to Use?
• Anonymous?
• Effortless?
• Compared...
Multi-media
Message Walls
• allows users to
communicate and ask
questions publicly, and
anonymously
• Quick and easy way t...
Multi-media
Message Walls
• Public & Anonymous
• Private – requires user to sign-
up (Facebook, Twitter etc)
• Database ho...
Apps
• Facebook
• Twitter
• WhatsApp
• Google Apps
PRIVACY ?
Local Apps
• Skype
• Will be rolled out to students
• Skype groups
•Study-Space
• Internal App
Study Space App
Designed by students, for students
What is it?
• Additional resource to supplement Moodle
• Aligned with how young people use technology
• Convenient - in yo...
What were the most useful things about the app in terms of your learning?
The first pilot ran mid-February to mid-May 2016...
The current status
• Small-scale
• 10 programme units, around 25 channels
• Also being tried for Academics Reps and feedba...
What was it designed to do?
• Enable Feedback
• Academic -> Student
• Student -> Academic
• Student -> Student
• Support c...
• Posts
• Anonymous Posts
• Up/Down Vote
Features
Features
• Questions or Surveys
• Voting Competitions
Study Space App
Please:
• Act Responsibly
• No inappropriate comments
• Anonymous Posts have user id
Now developing the SSLC App
• Undergraduate Coder
• Find out the specification
• What students want
• What Academic Reps w...
Playtime
No matter what technology you
use, being proactive is the key
(it is not the technology that
matters!)
With permission fro...
Keith Brown
Learning Technologist
Using Technology for
Student Engagement and Feedback
@KeithBrownBath
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Using Technology for Student Engagement and Feedback

  1. 1. Keith Brown Learning Technologist Using Technology for Student Engagement and Feedback @KeithBrownBath blogs.bath.ac.uk/keithbrownkeith.brown@bath.ac.uk
  2. 2. Using Technology for Student Engagement and Feedback Focus on Academic Reps and Staff Student Liason Committee (SSLC)
  3. 3. Where are we? With permission from Julian Stodd
  4. 4. What do we want technology to do? •Connect •Communicate •Collaborate & Share •Community Using Technology for Student Engagement and Feedback
  5. 5. What are the requirements? • Widely available to students • Effortless to use • Private – no impact on the reputation of the university • Private – no impact on a student’s digital identity • Data stored on university data-base • Anonymous Using Technology for Student Engagement and Feedback
  6. 6. A small selection of possible solutions: • Moodle Forums • Multi-media Message Boards • Lino-it • Padlet • Apps • Private Apps Using Technology for Student Engagement and Feedback
  7. 7. Moodle Forums • Private – securely hosted • Available to all students • Easy to Use? • Anonymous? • Effortless? • Compared to an app, the ‘distance’ is longer • But, the moodle app is coming soon
  8. 8. Multi-media Message Walls • allows users to communicate and ask questions publicly, and anonymously • Quick and easy way to contribute
  9. 9. Multi-media Message Walls • Public & Anonymous • Private – requires user to sign- up (Facebook, Twitter etc) • Database hosted externally
  10. 10. Apps • Facebook • Twitter • WhatsApp • Google Apps PRIVACY ?
  11. 11. Local Apps • Skype • Will be rolled out to students • Skype groups •Study-Space • Internal App
  12. 12. Study Space App Designed by students, for students
  13. 13. What is it? • Additional resource to supplement Moodle • Aligned with how young people use technology • Convenient - in your pocket • App culture • Social Media type App • Privacy • Anonymous postings - most students have chosen to post anonymously
  14. 14. What were the most useful things about the app in terms of your learning? The first pilot ran mid-February to mid-May 2016 with a cohort of around 140 pharmacy students • Both students and lecturers could post in the same place • when lecturers posted some important notes • When people asked a question the answers helped my knowledge and I could also try to answer questions which helped me to learn more • Getting answers from students AND staff. • Aided my revision • Lecturers' responses • Was able to ask questions and get help from other students. Lecturers could intervene if peers were wrong. • The chance to talk to other students in an informal way. Sometimes it feels inappropriate to email the lecturer so having a means of consulting peers instead is very useful • The lecturers answering any unanswered questions • A causal way to communicate and share ideas with the lecturers and other students; rather than writing an email asking about some simple questions • You could ask any question and in most cases it would be answered. It was useful in this way but also I'm quite shy so probably wouldn't have the confidence to ask the lecturers myself in case it was a stupid question, so this enabled me to get answers fast and without any worries • It consolidated my knowledge by me helping other people • It was useful to gain lecturer feedback on some of the questions • very quick Q and A system; feedback from both academics and students
  15. 15. The current status • Small-scale • 10 programme units, around 25 channels • Also being tried for Academics Reps and feedback for SSLC for Pharmacy and Pharmacology Year One students. Looking good. • So far, some channels are more successful than others • It works when the leader is proactive and makes it work • Too early to tell - Revision was a key period for activity from earlier trial
  16. 16. What was it designed to do? • Enable Feedback • Academic -> Student • Student -> Academic • Student -> Student • Support communities of students helping each other • Social Learning
  17. 17. • Posts • Anonymous Posts • Up/Down Vote Features
  18. 18. Features • Questions or Surveys • Voting Competitions
  19. 19. Study Space App Please: • Act Responsibly • No inappropriate comments • Anonymous Posts have user id
  20. 20. Now developing the SSLC App • Undergraduate Coder • Find out the specification • What students want • What Academic Reps want • What Senior Management want • Custom features for collecting data (is the Question and Voting Competition enough) • What reports and visualisations are required?
  21. 21. Playtime
  22. 22. No matter what technology you use, being proactive is the key (it is not the technology that matters!) With permission from Julian Stodd
  23. 23. Keith Brown Learning Technologist Using Technology for Student Engagement and Feedback @KeithBrownBath

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