In these videos, Dianne Burns presents ideas for improving your large group teaching. Her tips cover organising your lectures, making your lectures unmissable, and bringing your large group teaching sessions to life. A list of references is also provided if you wish to find out more.
Category: Learning Environment (Page 1 of 2)
In all teaching scenarios it is important to think about not only what you want the learners to achieve during the session, but also what the learning environment will be like and whether there are particular challenges which need to be addressed to ensure learning opportunities are optimised. Large group teaching can provide unique challenges to create student engagement and ownership of learning.
This highly interactive masterclass provided a forum to discuss the challenges and explore ways which have been used effectively to support and develop learning in large group scenarios. The resources used during the session are included below.
Softchalk allows you to create text-based learning materials with embedded multimedia resources and interactive elements such as tests, card-sorting games, image-labeling quizzes. As with the other learning tools described the content can be embedded into Blackboard course units. Softchalk content is stored outside Blackboard, making it simple to include in more than one course without running into versioning problems. Caroline explains some of the benefits of this tool in the following presentation.
Playposit allows you to create and share videos with interactive content. You can use your own videos, or use videos uploaded to services such as YouTube or Vimeo, and then trim them down to only the parts your students need. Caroline introduces Playposit and the benefits it can bring to your students in the following presentation.
Nearpod is a presentation tool that allows the instructor to gather responses and information from students in real time by pushing the presentation out to students’ devices and pulling responses to questions back. Nearpod presentations can either be used in the classroom or as self-directed learning resources, allowing for easy adaptation to a flipped-classroom teaching model. In the following presentation, Caroline introduces you to the benefits that this tool can offer.
iSpring allows you to produce interactive learning tools from your PowerPoint slides. It is far more than a simple file converter, however, as it gives you the power to create timelines, scenario-based learning objects and more, then publish to the web or embed them in Blackboard. Caroline’s presentation below was produced using iSpring, so you can see for yourself how it works.