The York Tech for York Pedagogy is an annual event that brings together staff from various departments to showcase key technologies that can help to deliver the York Pedagogy. This year, our events on 13th and 20th June focused on supporting student learning and creating engaging learning experiences.
The key tools we presented were Blackboard Collaborate and TurningPoint Responseware.
After an introduction to the proceedings by Lilian, Amy Eyre from ELDT outlined the key features of webinar platforms and in particular Blackboard Collaborate, which can be used by both tutors and students at the University. She also highlighted key differences between Google Meet and Blackboard Collaborate .
View the introduction to Blackboard Collaborate (UoY login required).
Fiona Dickson from Environment shared with us how she used Collaborate in the MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility with Environmental Management. She found that technology-enhanced learning tools helped to keep the students engaged, while allowing her to widen participation on the programme and embed employability skills. The use of webinars also has an impact on climate change! She found Collaborate easy to use. It helped to facilitate staff-student interaction, synchronous and asynchronous learning and assessment and it helped accelerate learning for the students.
View Fiona’s session, Collaborate – from pedagogy to practice (UoY login required).
Responseware is a voting tool that is centrally supported by the University.
Mathilde Peron from Economics provided an interactive session on 13th June, demonstrating how she used Responseware with students and including many opportunities for attendees to have a go at the questions she set for students. Mathilde started with cognitive questions for students and progressed to including affective and meta-cognitive questions. She also bravely used the word cloud function in Responseware, enjoying the laughs this sometimes generated.
View Mathilde’s session, Voting tools, engaging students in seminars and lectures (UoY login required).
Emma Rand from Biology delivered her session on 20th June. She uses Responseware to maximise the value of contact time even with very large cohorts. This helps her to connect with the audience even in the University’s largest lecture theatre where a lecturer cannot easily see or hear learners. She starts her lectures with a ‘Is Responseware working?’ question (useful tip!) so students are set up and ready to respond in the lecture. The questions in the lecture give her learners a chance to ‘regroup’, process the information they are taking in and have a bit of a chat before concentrating again.
View Emma Rand’s slides (PowerPoint)
View Emma Rand’s session, Using Responseware to maximise the value of contact time (UoY login required).