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Mobile learning in science and technology

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 […]

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iPads in the classroom literature review

In 2013 the London Knowledge Lab published a literature review into use of iPads for learning in the compulsory education sector. Many of the findings in the literature review and executive summary are transferrable to post-compulsory sectors, hence inclusion here. Following is an excerpt from the executive summary: In the three years since the iPad […]

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Using Flickr for sharing assessment ideas

Using Flickr to support assessment

Flickr is an image sharing website used worldwide. In this video and screencast, Angela Kingston talks about how she used Flickr in her module Curating Contemporary Art, part of the MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture. As part of their assessment students must put together a proposal for an art exhibition they will curate. Time […]

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Flipped classroom – 7 things you should know

Flipped classroom constitutes a role change for lecturers and tutors, who give up their front-of-the-class position in favour of a more collaborative and cooperative contribution to the teaching process. There is a concomitant change in the role of students, many of whom are used to being cast as passive participants in the education process, where instruction is served to them. […]

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Online discussions advantages and disadvantages

Online discussions can be greatly beneficial to student learning and are often one of the first things lecturers consider when moving elements of their courses and modules online as part of a blanded learning strategy. Online discussions need careful planning if they are to be successful, but as a precursor you might like to consider […]

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Tips for successful online discussions

Discussion fora are often made available by staff for their students to use, but often these are seen as ‘bolt on’ additions to curricula, rather than planned, integrated activities that enrich and add value to student learning. The following checklist can help you in planning effective online discussions in your course: Plan ahead Map out […]

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Blending traditional courses video

Blending a traditional course

In this video Chrystalla Ferrier talks about her experiences of setting up the online side of a blended course for FdSc Biomedical Sciences, in light of trying to meet the needs of both employers, who play a big part in Foundation degree design, and her prospective students. This video will be of interest to others […]

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Cloud-based tools for learning, teaching and assessment in HE, Westminster Learning and Teaching Symposium

Cloud-based tools in HE

Cloud based tools can be used in a variety of ways to support learning, teaching and assessment in HE.  In this screencast, Martin Compton of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (one of the University’s consortium of colleges offering teacher training courses) talks through a number of cloud-based tools, giving examples of their use in […]

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Communication with students – texts, tweets and podcasts

Communication with students is explored here by Fred Motson from Westminster Law School in the 2013 Westminster Learning Futures webinar series.  He describes a project he undertook using text messages to communicate directly with students, as it had been noted students were not always engaging with standard University communication, such as departmental emails. Communication by […]

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Flipped classroom - experiences from a Westminster Business School mega module

Flipped classroom for business mega module

Flipped classroom offers the opportunity to re-think how you deliver content to students, usually to take the content delivery side of teaching and learning out of the classroom, or lecture theatre, using pre-recorded lecture videos to convey the content, and instead use that valuable face to face time for activities that build upon the content.  […]

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