How do we improve student learning and engagement? We all know that students are experts at using digital technology so how do we use these skills to our advantage as lectures?
One solution is to use collaborative technology. In Swansea University we are trialling the use of padlet technology on a module in the next academic year 2018/19.
Padlet technology allows students inputting ideas in real time. Students will be encouraged to use padlet technology during sessions to encourage learning and participation. The technology could be used in seminars where the students could use group discussions and suggest ideas on padlet. The comments would be available to all students in the room, enhancing peer learning. If students are absent then the comments would be available to them. The students will then be asked to feedback on the use of padlet and whether this enhanced their learning, engagement and student experience.
The session will be run showing a demonstration of the technology and then a brief explanation of how the technology will be used in the module next year. The attendees could access the technology to see how easy it is to use.
Session content: evaluation and reflection
The aim of the session is to share the new technology with the participants of the conference.
We attended a course run at Swansea University where the technology was used and found it an innovative way being creative, developing critical thinking and sharing ideas.
With the rapid developments in technology the aim is to show the participants an easy way of increasing the student engagement and experience.
Stuart Hepplestone et al, (2013) Using technology to encourage student engagement with feedback: a literature review
Jennifer Shewmaker, Jessica Nguyen, (2017) Impact of mobile technology on student attitudes, engagement, and learning
Resources for participants