Friday, 7 July 2017

TELFest 2017 - Day Five

TELFest 2017 has come to an end, finishing with another day of fun demonstrations and sessions as attendees got their last taste of the University's technology enhanced learning festival. 
Here are our highlights of the final day:

In the breakfast session, attendees got to share the mobile apps they have been using in teaching and learning, giving them the chance to demonstrate to colleagues and hear from others.
Andrew Middleton (National Teaching Fellow) and Ian Glover, both from Sheffield Hallam University, then presented on Active Learning Spaces, discussing the challenges and approaches you can use to make your teaching more active and interactive.

Mr Middleton then talked to us about his session and about TELFest in general.

Attendees then had some fun with Google Cardboard and Virtual Reality, getting the chance to try the budget VR goggles and hear how these can be applied to teaching.

For TELFest's closing keynote, Professor Mike Sharples of the Open University came and discussed in depth the annual Innovating Pedagogies report which he helped to produced. His talk approached many of the major topics in Technology Enhanced Learning and we'd like to thank him for attending.

Mr Sharples spoke to us about the Open University and much much more.

TELFest finished with Innovation Corner, an exhibition demonstrating the latest technology already being used in teaching and allowing attendees to interact with the technology of the future. Stands displaying VR, augmented reality and 3D printing gave attendees one last chance to interact and talk with staff from other departments and institutions.

The week-long competitions finished as well with Michael Trikic winning a GoPro and the daily top tweeters winning medals.

We also spoke to Steve Rowett who came from the UCL to sample TELFest, and he told us why he was so impressed.

Thanks to everyone who attended TELFest this year, and to everyone who presented. We hope everyone found the week as enjoyable and useful as we did and that people will take what has been discussed and implement it in their teaching and learning.
See everyone next year!

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