Mobile learning in science and technology

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Mobile learning enables to student to learn in new and innovative ways, and adds greater flexibility to group working, co-creation, work flows and collaboration.

In this series of videos, called Transforming the Classroom Through Mobile Learning, staff from the University of Westminster‘s Faculty of Science and Technology introduce a range of mobile technologies, and how they have been using them in the classroom.

The full playlist can be accessed here, and all the videos are a convenient, bitesized length (mostly under three minutes) and very informative.

The mobile learning in science and technology playlist currently covers the following apps, with more to be added in the future:

Alfresco

Alfresco is a document and content management system that interfaces with the University’s content management system,  called the Hub, that faculty are using through mobile device apps to store documents and to collaborate easily and quickly with other teaching team members. Alfresco tracks modifications in documents, along with who made them, and is useful in creating project plans, module handbooks, module reports etc.

BB (Blackboard) Grader

BB Grader is an app, produced by Blackboard, that can be installed on tables and phones and allows lecturers to view students work and give feedback in the form of comments. The app integrates with Blackboards SafeAssign online assignment submission function, and one of the key features is that it allows offline marking – one of the main bugbears with grading assignments submitted electronically. The app allows comments to be placed on the work, and for comments to be left at the end, along with audio and video feedback, and allows for easy synching between the app and SafeAssign to allow offline marking.

Google Forms

Google forms allows you to create questions and surveys for your students that they fill in online, allowing you to get real-time, quantifiable results. It’s particularly useful in large group teaching as it allows you to get feedback from a large number of students quickly and easily.

Nearpod

Nearpod allows you to display material to students directly to their devices (mobile devices, macs and PCs). The tool can be used to deploy quizzes, questions and games to students’ devices that they can interact with either individually, in pairs, or in small groups, and can help increase engagement in the classroom.

Panopto

Panopto can be used both to records lectures and create mobile learning content, and for students themselves to record video content, which can then be easily uploaded to a dedicated website, where academics can access it. The Panopto videos are held on a secure site, not open to the public. In terms of teaching, Panopto videos allow students to view material as many times as they like, which is good for students with learning disabilities, students for whom English is an additional language, and all students generally when approaching examination time.

Poll Everywhere

Poll everywhere allows you to create polls for your students either in advance of your lectures and seminars, or on the fly as you are lecturing. Students can take the polls on their mobile learning devices immdiately, giving you instant feedback on whatever questions you have asked.

Turnitin

Turnitin is online plagiarism detection software that checks uploaded work against a wide variety of electronic sources for similarities.

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