Did you know Oculus Quest headsets have harnessed the technology to track hand movements? https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/3793077684043441/?locale=en_GB This allows the user to control certain functionality when immersed into the virtual world without the use of physical hand controllers. Cameras embedded into the perimeter of the Oculus rift headsets track individual hand movements to correspond with the onscreen… Read more » about This Halloween FLIE is getting hands on with Virtual Reality!
The Digital Education Unit at the University of Glasgow has pulled together 12 apps that are useful in teaching and learning for online and distance education. Starting on the 9th of December 2019 they will reveal one app per day for 12 consecutive working days. They’ve added some festive cheer by creating a different short… Read more » about 12 Apps of Christmas
As a part our ongoing evaluation of updates to Brightspace, for Semester 2, we will be piloting a new widget called ‘Activity Feed’ which replaces the current ‘Announcements’ tool on your unit Homepage. The Activity Feed allows linked content and activities to be more easily embedded in posts and brings a new approach to the… Read more » about New Brightspace Feature Pilot – Activity Feed
A report from Debbie Holley, Professor of Learning Innovation, HSS The Instytut Pedagogiki (Institute of Pedagogy), part of Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej, is a centre of excellent practice in teaching and developing trainee teachers based in Lublin, Poland. Students undertake a three year undergraduate programme of study, followed by a two year Masters specialisation. The Scientific… Read more » about Changing practices: why culture matters
Prof. Debbie Holley, HSS, on an Erasmus exchange with FMC, Principal Academic, Dr. Ann Luce, led a Technology Enhanced Learning workshop and the University of Salento in Italy. As part of her contribution to the workshop, Prof. Holley focused specifically on augmented reality and launched a new website, co-developed with Dr. Mike Hobbs, a visiting… Read more » about New website launched as part of Erasmus Exchange
Back in 2016 the BBC asked “could robots be marking your homework?” Here is the article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38289079 But in 2019 educators’s well being continues to be impacted by the pressure of marking 200 papers with a three week turn around plus second marking. If automation or semi automation was used, educators could spend more… Read more » about Research needed to advance automated marking and feedback.
This academic year, three CEL Learning Technologists (LTs) have supported four Virtual Reality Deteriorating Patient sessions with Second Year Adult and Mental Health Nursing Students at BU. Two further LTs were invited to join in with the sessions so that they could learn how to support similar teaching and learning activities in the future (to… Read more » about What did Learning Technologists think of using Virtual Reality with Nursing Students?
As part of my research with CEL I have been conducting an RCT to compare the use of a VR Deteriorating patient training exercise with Adult and Mental Health Nursing Students. In addition to comparing a pre and post-test survey and MCQ quiz results of students, I am conducting focus groups with students and learning… Read more » about How useful was VR Deteriorating patient simulation for Mental Health Nursing Students?- A Senior Lecturer’s Viewpoint
Universities and schools must take action to reduce the crippling workload that teachers and academics are facing. This issue has once again been highlighted this week by the BBC, regrettably with a story about a widow who blames her husband’s HE marking workload for his tragic suicide. Follow this link to read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47296631 … Read more » about Urgent Action Needed to Tackle Marking Mountains- Is AI one solution?