Thursday, 6 July 2017

TELFest 2017 - Day 4

TELFest 2017 is nearly over. With just one more day of technology and learning filled fun, lets look at the highlights of Day Four:

The Thursday started with two sessions introducing PebblePad and building workbooks as well as a hands on practical session on exemplary course design.

Today was also the final day of drop-in sessions for Mole Refresh, the project aiming to help staff get to grips with the new features being added to Mole for 2017/18.

Gamification has been a real talking point at TELFest 2017 and today three teams presented case studies about their experiences applying elements of game-playing to teaching.

Firstly, Stephen Davie and Greg Stewart demonstrated some interactive material to engage students in career planning.

A 301 team of Oli Johnson, Jessica Keen and Amy Mollekin then discussed the use of a skills audit and piloted a scavenger hunt-style app.

Finally Olaf Scroth, Paul Buck and Thom White from the Landscape Department told us how 360 degree cameras and drones can explore sites and be used for teaching students.

A TEL Frameworks panel discussion then took place, with Helen Rodger (Sheffield Hallam University), Peter Holdridge (Information School) and Sofia Mansfeld (Student Ambassador) exploring how implementing frameworks around technology in learning both benefits and stifles teaching.

Graham McElearney, Senior Learning Technologist in the TEL team, also spoke to us about Kaltura, the video creating and sharing resource that was launched on Monday.

And after four days of Tweeting, the four daily winners of Top Tweeter were Elena Rodriguez-Falcon (@ElenaRF), Amy Mollekin (@TheFirstAmyM) , Emily Goodall (@DrEmilyG) and today's winner Nicki Newman (@Nicki_newman). The overall winner will be announced tomorrow during the keynote.

We hope to see you all tomorrow for the last day of TELFest 2017, it should be a great final day!

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