Top Ten Tweets for Tuesday

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Here is a selection of our favourite tweets and retweets from the TEL_St_A Twitter feed this week – just in case you missed them!

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Technology must be driven by purpose – applicable to education as well as business! http://linkd.in/1Bk4EP8 @briansolis
Feedback doesn’t always help? bit.ly/1GqtxaW #highered @tel_st_a
In case you missed it: QAA reviews ‘could be abolished’ t.co/joEOeygfpn @timeshighered
@StADoRep something to think about for next year? bit.ly/1KW08J4 @tel_st_a
Great post challenging a lot of received wisdom about #edtech #EDEN15 http://hackeducation.com/2015/06/10/eden2015/ @audreywatters
Are openness and privacy the same thing? http://tcrn.ch/1JVi5GK #edtech #openedu #openaccess #diglit @tel_st_a
If UK loses freedom of panorama, many images on Wikipedia, many photos on Facebook, would become breach of copyright t.co/obQCV9d8WV @wikimediauk
Want to be “mayor of a conversation”? Creating pictures of virtual crowds: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDiGl-2m868 #edtech #socialmedia @mhawksey
“If I asked you a question right now you’d google it and look it up. If a kid does that you call them a cheater.” @gcouros #r2scms15 @alicekeeler
Altmetrics – measuring the online impact of published work – www.altmetric.com/ #research #diglit #highered @tel_st_a
Primary HT sets ‘digital detox’ challenge to his pupils & their folks Deficit framing of tech in that phrase? t.co/QhWWvtcLe0 #UoDEdu @derekrobertson

 

Top Ten Tweets for Tuesday

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Here is a selection of our favourite tweets and retweets from the TEL_St_A Twitter feed this week – just in case you missed them!

 Tweet  Tweeted by
A teenager’s view on education technology –
t.co/0iXF6U57bF #edtech
@babyshock
What should we call non-academic skills? n.pr/1Rqvk4M
#edtech #diglit #highered
@tel_st_a
Help build a #MagnaCarta for the digital age. With 500 clauses from across the globe, vote for your favourite now! t.co/kTNzPeqhMm @McDawg
Devices in the classroom – yes or no? Some interesting approaches here: bit.ly/1SOSEuz #edtech #socialmedia @notanna1
Don’t kill Powerpoint – just use it better: bit.ly/1KmzAQT  #edtech @tel_st_a
7 researched ways ‘tablets’ can inhibit learning t.co/cOMrAwBFFn @DonaldClark
Flipping the classroom – an approach using Storify and Twitter in mental health nursing. bit.ly/1T8KDRe @sheilmcn
Social media is like learning a foreign language, so take advantage of training: bit.ly/1ALRB9c #edtech #socialmedia @tel_st_a
Great use of video & image w. audio to tell stories in history – simple and not needing specialist software #edtech bit.ly/1IseXQZ @anthkris
We’re too laissez-faire with our data – how to balance this side of digital literacy w/ creativity? bit.ly/1MEiwFf #edtech #diglit @cbthomson
Great presentation tip – especially if you’ve never thought about it before: bit.ly/1FpPIdJ #edtech #presentationskills @tel_st_a
Traditional higher education structures are about who controls learning/ systems. Students learn using multipleopen channels. #FutureEdTech @EricStoller

 

Around Campus: Engaging Students with Technology

physics.fwOn Wednesday, Prof. Andy Gavrin of Purdue University, Indianapolis, delivered a seminar in the School of Physics with the title “Engaging Students with Technology”. He outlined two initiatives that he and colleagues have been using in Physics teaching – Just in Time Teaching, and Course Networking.

Just in Time Teaching is a version of the flipped classroom approach, although it began far earlier (in the mid to late 1990s) and goes much further than the “self study” type of flipped classroom. The basic premise is that students are assigned pre-class reading, and an associated online quiz, which closes two hours before the class begins. The quizzes, crucially, are not simply multiple choice. They require students to write reasoned responses to tutor-provided examples, or to describe what is happening in a figure or diagram. The tutor then uses the two hour timeslot to prepare what will happen in the face-to-face class and adapt material accordingly. The class then becomes a dialogue based around tutor-selected excerpts from the anonymized quiz responses (both strong, and weak). The tutor, especially with large classes, does not have to read every response, but as a rough guide, if 10% of the students have a misconception about something then that would be flagged as something to address in class. The process is a constructive one: although both strong and weak responses are used, the emphasis is on improvement and development. Questions can be reused in future classes as Clicker questions, or form the basis of exam questions. Interestingly, data from a class micro-survey showed that the “warmups” (as the pre-class activities are known) have the effect of giving  students of all abilities confidence that they are keeping up with the material – and even decrease the number of able students who “cram” for exams. An archive of warmups can be accessed at http://webphysics.iupui.edu/warmup/physics_archive.html

andy_gavrin2The second, more recent, initiative described was Course Networking – an in-house social network which runs on an internal reward system based on Anar (pomegranate) seeds. It offers the usual facebook-like features such as posting, liking, polling and commenting, but in a secure institutional environment. Students can amass Anar seeds throughout the year based on their interactions with peers, and can use these for extra credit. This has proved popular with students. One example given was one of a student who started a series of “Gym Physics” videos – testing out his calculations by carrying out and videoing experiments using gym equipment. More information on Course Networking can be found here and more information about Andy himself can be found here.

 

 

Top Ten Tweets for Tuesday

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Here is a selection of our favourite tweets and retweets from the TEL_St_A Twitter feed this week – just in case you missed them!

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“Confessions of an academic on Twitter” – great summary and resources too: bit.ly/1Jj9T2R  #socialmedia #edtech @Researcher_Kate
Facebook, email and TV are dying out as #hashtag becomes children’s word of the year t.co/sNjJMIlacy @Jisc
Academic writing and wikipedia – t.co/Jm3mOxzFeq @sharonflynn
How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom | @scoopit via @NikPeachey t.co/sLb98Y6qzy @OzMark17
What’s an open badge really worth? flic.kr/p/sbUcTH
#openbadges #edtech
@tel_st_a
Why technology will never fix education: bit.ly/1FuZT3Q #edtech @hannahwhaley
Average academic article read by about 10 people – start publishing on social media? bit.ly/1IVVTJT @notanna1
Summer of V’s: Visualising movement by Urska Demsar – t.co/Z0YInue5aH @StAndrewsIDIR
 “Student Engagment” – buzzword or fuzzword? bit.ly/1ct8f1
#edtech
@tel_st_a
Report on the possible futures for digital credentials & #openbadges t.co/zmLHIQPNpy #edtech @Benjaroome

 

Around Campus: Engaging Students with Technology

physics.fwThis Wednesday 5th June sees a Seminar take place presented by Professor Andrew Gavrin of Purdue University Indianapolis, entitled ‘Engaging Students with Technology’.

The abstract reads: “Technology has been portrayed as the savior of education, and as a demon that destroys student learning and faculty time. I consider the former to be unlikely, and the later easily avoided. This talk will explore two applications of technology to teaching physics. Just-in-Time Teaching is a pedagogical technique that allows faculty to leverage the time students spend working at home to improve interactivity in the classroom. Course Networking is a new, academically-focused social media platform that enhances interactivity outside the classroom. In both cases, the underlying message is to increase communication among faculty and students.”

Come along and listen on Wednesday at 11 am in Room 338, Physics Building.

Around Campus: Translating French Opera

music.fwAt the last Learning & Teaching Committee, we heard about an innovative Honours module that has been running in the School of Modern Languages this year – with Dr Julia Prest as module leader and collaborating with staff in the Music Department. Translating French Opera involves students in translating an eighteenth century libretto by Guillard (not translated in the last 50 years) from French into modern English – their efforts culminating in a performance of the translated opera (Iphigénie en Tauride by Gluck) by St Andrews Opera on 15, 17 & 18 June 2015. The project (in the context of the module) had a collective core but allowed plenty of scope for individual choice. The student versions of the libretto formed the basis for Julia’s own final version, which is what will be sung in June – with some of the students on the module performing, and Julia herself in the chorus.IMG_1705
The opera in rehearsal

 

 

Around Campus: Video Enhanced Reflective Feedback (VERP)

video.fwThe departments of Music, Social Anthropology and the School of Management (as a result of a successful Teaching Development Fund application) are working jointly on a project to build student confidence through video-enhanced reflective feedback. The methodology involves videoing a group performance (Music); role-play exercise (Social Anthropology) or group presentation (Management). The resulting video is then edited by the tutor into small fragments which highlight strong points. These smaller clips are then used as part of tutor-mediated feedback between the tutor and the student(s) concerned. A workshop in August with an external consultant will give staff the appropriate grounding in the VERP methodology; and a relatively small amount of technical training will be required.

For further information on the project, please contact Dr Jane Pettegree, and look out for her blog post reflecting on the first run of VERP in November!

 

Top Ten Tweets for Tuesday

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Here is a selection of our favourite tweets and retweets from the TEL_St_A Twitter feed this week – just in case you missed them!

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“My teaching is in the comments” – bit.ly/1Hm1N7E good points on systems, content v dialogue bit.ly/1L4U9ip #edtech @tel_st_a
Yes! Here’s nearly 50 examples collated by@Jisc of effective practice in support of the
#digitalstudentexperience t.co/pDF7aKMNIy
@sallyheroes
It’s every digital citizen’s job to THINK. t.co/dDyo7plrjo @edutopia
Digital students are different – really? Is what “I want” and “I expect” the same as “what I really need”? #edtech http://bit.ly/1FqKumm @tel_st_a
@rbancroft: Berkeley to Stop Adding Lecture Videos to YouTube, Citing Budget Cuts t.co/e5Z4ja4GPI via@chronicle @sheilmcn
More “problems” with #YikYak? First death threats wapo.st/1cr36Im, now cheating on exams: bit.ly/1EXnMSD #edtech #socialmedia @tel_st_a
Can Google search data predict an election victory? The story behind the story: t.co/ICWWvFmUed (spoiler: no) @undertheraedar
The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment goes beyond the #LMS to support new models of learning: t.co/v0r65qPpv0 @educause
 Is the ‘closed’ mindset of the Open Educational Resources community its own worst enemy? t.co/E3uI25MlXi @DonaldClark
Can police learn from #bigdata t.co/TotmJeajb3 “if it’s at the low end, 50 percent to 70 percent, then let’s not divert people to it” @dazybelle

 

Top Ten Tweets for Thursday

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Here is a selection of our favourite tweets and retweets from the TEL_St_A Twitter feed this week – just in case you missed them!

 Tweet  Tweeted by
My post on sentiment analysis and the UK General Election bit.ly/1dNroMW #GE15 @mia_out
“The role of students in pedagogical research projects: Subjects, participants, partners, consultants?” @YSJADD bit.ly/1AE4Wuy @philvincent
Free course content anyone can download and import into their own #Moodle courses
t.co/mExOeb68UE via @moodlenet #edtech #OER
@moodle
When professors tweet. US context – conflict between academic freedom, “civility” and provocation.
bit.ly/1IdkEEQ via @AcademeBlog
@tel_st_a
Challenges and pressures of reading online, and some strategies (using @Pocket) to manage these:
bit.ly/1EQiO8V #edtech
@tel_st_a
Inspirational (?) quotes for our students writing their #thesis @PhDForum @GradElitism
t.co/mSxgorO1vo
@StAndrewsBSRC
Great post in response to RIN’s assertion that technology is killing map-reading skills.
bit.ly/1PoT3PO
@cbthomson
Let’s ban PowerPoint in lectures – it makes students more stupid and professors more boring’
t.co/PkW4HGaMn6 (via @bent_meier)
@jisc
@StADoRep PP is just a tool, but not originally designed for teaching and can be used well or badly.
A goodworkman doesn’t blame his tools!
@tel_st_a
Good response to this http://bit.ly/1DPhDnH by @samkinsley bit.ly/1zMKpcw @tel_st_a
Five Fables app, based on research by our own Ian Johnson and Chris Jones has won best app at @CelticMediaFest! More: t.co/ObAZblaUtY @staenglish