Shared Practice Sessions – Thursday morning

Adding Audio and Video to Moodle
Session: Thursday 26th June, 10:20 to 10:40
Room: EC1-03

A live demonstration of the new audio and video features that have recently been added to Moodle. These allow staff and students to record audio and video to Moodle directly from a webcam, upload to and play from Youtube, play files from Helix and from Echo360.

Contributor: Andy Syson


Exploring next generation learning environments: leadership and collaboration in Inter-Professional Healthcare through Learnium, a social network for teaching and learning.
Sessions: Thursday 26th June, 10:20 to 11:00 (Repeated on Friday 27th June, 10:10 to 10:50)
Room: EC1-22 (Thursday) and ECG-14 (Friday)

What makes a learning environment “next-generation” or “effective”?

Online learning environments are integral to learning and teaching and the aim of this session is to have an open discussion about the ideal online learning environments. The session will also provide an overview of how the Inter-Professional Healthcare Leadership Module (363OT) piloted a new platform Learnium as an alternative social learning platform during the second term of this year.

Test accounts will also be available to anyone interested in using the platform.

A follow on hands on session will be running on Friday 27th June at 11:00 in ECG-14 for those wanting to try the software.

Contributors: Arun Wilson (Learnium), Robert Dragon (Learnium), Heather Fraser, Ashley Toogood


Flipping the Classroom: A Case Study
Session: Thursday 26th June, 10:20 to 11:00
Room: EC1-23

This session will provide an overview of how the module ‘M02EKM – IT Strategy’ was flipped and share the benefits of this approach. These included time saving for the teaching team and improved student experience through increased self-study and peer assessment whilst simultaneously improving their confidence, knowledge and marketable skills.

Contributor: Alan Richards


IEMS – How Culturae Mundi and Linguae Mundi empower students
Session: Thursday 26th June, 10:20 to 11:40
Room: EC1-21

This is a joint session presenting Linguae Mundi and Culturae Mundi programmes. The objective of the session is to present our models of internationalization of extracurricular activities from the perspective of student empowerment. This session will be interactive, after initial presentation and input from our guest speakers the audience will have an opportunity to engage in discussion over selected case studies.

Contributors: Yolande Nicholls, Marta Guzniczak


Inclusion and Internationalisation: tips to enable the world to read your documents
Session: Thursday 26th June, 10:20 to 10:40
Room: ECG-14

During this computer workshop you will have the opportunity to learn ways to adjust a Word document, including the use of international language settings, so that it can be read more easily by a wider audience. You will put what you have learnt into practice… in less than 20 minutes!

Contributor: Anne Dickinson


Internationalisation of the Curriculum – The Online International Learning Approaches
Session: Thursday 26th June, 10:20 to 11:40 (repeat at 14:00 to 14:40)
Room: EC1-02

This first part of the session will review various forms of international experiences available to students and sketch opportunities for staff also to become internationally mobile through international project developments. Specifically, the session will focus on Online International Learning [OIL] projects, from preparatory visits abroad to project implementation and assessment. In the second part of the session, the audience will also have more opportunities to ask practical questions to presenters, both on project development and on reward mechanisms for international engagement.

Contributors: Dr Jean-Bernard Adrey, Dr Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Mr. Neville Clements, Mr. Stephen Austin, Ms. Amela Bogdanovic


How to use Mahara as an e-portfolio in a practice based setting
Session: Thursday 26th June, 10:50 to 11:10
Room: EC1-03

If you’re wondering: why bother with Mahara? Surely this is too much of a headache to consider? Will it really be good for students? Then this session could be for you! It shares a case study, from a Youth Work perspective, about how to use Mahara as an e-portfolio in a practice based setting. It explores the process of transition from lever-arch portfolio submission to the use of Mahara and the elements that a teaching team need to consider when implementing this approach. Student voice and external examiner feedback will be presented, alongside the necessary changes to module guides, assessment methods and the support structures for students that were put in place. There will be examples of Mahara pages, an opportunity to ask questions and identify some tips for success.

The case study can also be found here at:

Contributor: Jess Bishop


Using digital literacy to embed professional accreditation via a Flipped classroom approach.
Session: Thursday 26th June, 10:50 to 11:00
Room: ECG-14

This will be an overview of a flipped module which uses digital literacy and professional accreditation to enhance employability via a blend of digital tools and face-to-face teaching. This accredited Adobe Photoshop module is delivered via Moodle and offers students the opportunity to gain certification. The module is built to allow the majority of teaching & learning to take place remotely, offering students greater flexibility. We will take a look at the pattern of weekly tasks and teaching activities, including a couple of the digital tools employed.

Contributors: Joy Monkhouse, Paul Grove


Disruptive Media Learning Lab
Session: Thursday 26th June, 11:10 to 11:40
Room: EC1-22

The Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL), a new innovative teaching, learning and study space, will open in early Autumn 2014 on the refurbished top floor of the Frederick Lanchester Library. The space will be home to a new cross-University experimental unit compromising of academics, learning technologists, educational developers, academic liaison librarians and researchers.
It will lead and provide support for new and ongoing pedagogic developments in new and disruptive technological spaces. The key ethos of the Lab is that it is a safe space, physical and intellectual, to support the development of class leading thinking by each of the Faculties to develop exemplars and models for the future of the University.
It will also call for and oversee faculty/thematic projects that experiment with new forms of delivery, practices or forms of engagement. These experiments will be fully evaluated and re-configured as a series of models, exemplars and tool-kits, which can be used to model innovations across the University. The DMLL will provide the space, expertise and funding needed to help these projects to succeed.

Come along to find out more about the DMLL and the project funding opportunities available.

Contributors: Shuan Hides and Jonathan Shaw (Co-directors of the DMLL)


Zines: how going old-tech produced an explosion of creativity
Session: Thursday 26th June, 11:10 to 11:40
Room: EC1-23

Warning: you may be mildly entertained in this session. And possibly inspired.

Students are increasingly being asked to master the use of industry-standard technology. But does the latest software actually get in the way of creativity, and learning the craft skills that underlie many jobs? That is certainly a concern in the media industry.

First-year students on Journalism and Media courses at Coventry were recently asked to put their laptops away and instead use coloured pens, scissors, glue and even potatoes (for potato printing). Their task was to begin learning about magazine production by making zines – amateur publications, often hand-written and drawn, on themes such as science fiction or music. They were then asked to adapt their content for a conventional magazine, recognizing the differences between the two genres.

The resulting zines – which will be on display at the session – surprised and delighted their tutors. The level of creativity brought out in the students was an unexpected by-product of putting aside the technology.

Contributors: Simon Pipe, Dr Bianca Wright


Course webs, how to get the best out of them
Session: Thursday 26th June, 11:20 to 11:40
Room: ECG-14

A live demonstration explaining how course webs work for a single course code or a family of course codes. It will show how course directors and tutors can use the new features to target information, content and emails etc. to subsets i.e. first year or second semester students, based on the groups they have automatically been allocated to by Moodle.

Contributor: Andy Syson


Marking a Mahara assignment via Moodle
Session: Thursday 26th June, 11:20 to 11:40
Room: EC1-03

Mahara is an e-portfolio system used by the University and integrated into Moodle. It is a tool that helps students to create, develop and track their learning in electronic and multimedia format. The aim of the session is to show how to use Moodle to mark Mahara assignments so that all the marks and feedback can be released at once via Moodle. Participants will also gain more knowledge about Mahara and how it can be used in teaching and learning.

Contributor: Valentina Mosconi


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