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Active Learning Masterclass

The University of Sussex hosted an Active Learning Masterclass on the 6th June (#almsussex), a day of sharing strategies to turn students from passive spectators into active creators. This was a collaboration between Technology Enhanced Learning and Wendy Garnham, funded

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Posted in Active learning, Events, Mobile learning

Transforming Seminars with Padlet – Podcast Episode 10

How can we transform seminars using online collaboration? How can students develop digital skills and become active creators of multimedia learning resources? In this episode, we interview Dr. Wendy Garnham (, who is a Teaching Fellow in Psychology and Director of

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Posted in Learning Design, Mobile learning, Podcast, Uncategorized

Technology Rich Formative Assessment

From Poll Everywhere to Socrative to Google Forms, there is a huge range of tools available for formative assessment both in and out of face-to-face teaching hours. These methods of formative assessment can be extremely useful to gauge students’ understanding,

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Posted in App review, External events, Marking and assessment, Polling tools

Developing students’ discipline-specific vocabulary.

Every discipline has its own specialist terms and concepts. As students progress in their studies they learn the relevant language, but when they begin their studies there are lots of words that they are unsure about. Developing students’ fluency in

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Posted in Learning Design, Polling tools, Study Direct

Tech for active learning in large groups.

How can we promote and manage active learning during lectures? How can we measure student understanding and make sure that students are engaging with material? In 1972, Donald Bligh (1) undertook an extensive study on the use of the lecture

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Posted in Learning Design, Polling tools

Are you using Socrative? An engaging tool to quiz student understanding

Socrates (470-399 BC) would be pleased to see his philosophy of enquiry-based learning underpinning Socrative; the easy to use, quiz resource for teachers. By using Socrative, you can test your students’ knowledge to gauge their current level, check ‘in-lesson’ concept learning, and add

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TodaysMeet: embracing the backchannel for learning

        TodaysMeet is designed to enhance learning by embracing the backchannel; the ‘secondary or covert route for the passage of information’ (Oxford Dictionary) that runs alongside learning. TodaysMeet for learning and teaching TodaysMeet allows for shared thoughts, questions,

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Poll Everywhere: interactive, mobile and now at Sussex

You may have recently heard that, ready for the start of the new term, the University of Sussex has licensed Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere is a student response system that allows students to give instant answers or feedback on presented content,

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