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Facilitating discussion and collaborative note-making in lectures through a backchannel

What is a backchannel? The ‘backchannel’ is a term coined by Victor Yngve, Professor of Linguistics (1970) to acknowledge subtle and informal responses from a person actively listening to someone else speaking. This term has since been adapted to fit

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Padlet Backpack for staff and students

Users of Padlet will be aware that the popular tool underwent some changes in April which introduced limits on a free account. As many University of Sussex staff use Padlet in their teaching, we have purchased a Backpack licence for

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Canvas highlights 7: Discussions

Discussion boards are a common feature of VLEs, supporting the collaborative exploration of ideas and understanding that plays a central role on the development of knowledge. Canvas Discussions offer a rich set of options and a clean, highly usable interface.

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Padlet – some changes to a popular tool

Many staff and students at the University of Sussex are using Padlet, which is a very versatile and flexible digital tool that we have been sharing with colleagues for a few years. At the beginning of April 2018, Padlet changed

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Posted in Mobile learning

Canvas highlights 5: Collaborations

[note: this post has been updated to reflect a terminology change on the Sussex Canvas VLE, to align it to Sussex terminology] In the second of these Canvas Highlights posts we looked at Groups and some of the ways that

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Canvas Highlights – 2. Groups

Canvas provides lots of opportunities for students to learn together. One of the features that enables this is Groups. This post provides a brief overview of Canvas Groups and suggests some ways in which teachers and learners may want to

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Nearpod Mid-year update, Sussex staff and student views so far

In September 2017 Technology Enhanced Learning launched a pilot of Nearpod, an interactive presentation tool. The pilot is intended to assess how useful this tool can be for staff and whether Nearpod has a positive effect on students’ learning experiences.

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Posted in Mobile learning, Polling tools

5 Great reasons for students to use OneNote

Whether you are a tutor or a student, and whatever your discipline, it’s likely that you are going to have to make notes. Paper and pen can be convenient and it’s something we’re all used to, but digital notes have

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