Festive fun & mobile learning with the 12 Apps of Christmas!

As the festive season approaches, there’s another opportunity to take part in a revised 12 Apps of Christmas activity – a free, short, online Continuing Professional Development course in which an app is released each day for the first 12 weekdays of December. Log in for 10 minutes a day and get a quick outline of different ways that you can integrate particular apps into teaching and learning.

12 Apps of Xmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are several versions of this initiative being run by various institutions. UoR Senior Research Fellow Alice Mauchline and colleagues in the Agriculture Department have written a case study on an app (top secret until the big reveal!) for the course produced by the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Or why not enrol on the award-winning course from Regents’ University, London?

Enrol now and get ‘appy for Christmas!

Not sure what an app is? Click here to find out more.

Enjoy!

Lauren

APPetite provides food for thought!

Appetite-introslideOn Thursday 7th July over 40 members of Academic, Administrative and Professional staff attended a new informal lunchtime staff development event called APPetite to discover, explore and discuss the use of mobile apps used in Learning and Teaching. At this attendee led event short talks were delivered by several attendees describing their use of apps, followed by an opportunity to try them out and discuss options with others.

The session format:

  1. Appetisers – Short talks by attendees.
  2. Meal Deal – Discuss, try out and ask questions about the apps presented.
  3. Sweet Treats – Share your thoughts, ideas and outcomes online.

See how the event unfolded on Twitter #TEL_APPetite

Explore the apps presented at the session on the collaboratively authored Padlet wall.

Thank you to our speakers:

  • Elizabeth Conaghan and Amanda Milmore (School of Law)
  • Stanimira Milcheva (Henley Business School)
  • Matthew Nicholls (Classics)

Our intention is to make this a regular lunchtime event during the next academic year, although we can’t always promise to provide the catering!

Want to join us next time? Watch out for details of the next APPetite session in the new academic year on the TEL CQSD T&L Programme page!

 

Developing an academic online presence with Social Media

Invited external speaker Sue Beckingham from Sheffield Hallam University delivered a workshop for academics at Reading on how to use social media to develop an academic online presence. This staff development session provided an opportunity for academics to consider how social media can be used in a scholarly context and examples of how to apply social media in Higher Education.

The session covered:socialmedia-SueBecks-April2016

  • Developing a digital professional persona to share scholarly achievements,
  • Cultivating your own personal learning network and co-learning communities,
  • Sharing learning journeys through working out loud.

Find out what happened in the session and discover resources by checking out our Storify of the event.

‘Social Media for Teaching & Learning’ Event @ UoR, Thursday 30 July 2015

Social media event pic of delegates

UoR staff gathered, last Thursday, at the Innovation Works for an event kindly organised by Botany Associate Professor, Alastair Culham (@BotanyRNG) examining our use of social media in teaching and learning.

Delegates from around the university were treated to a keynote from James Kieft (eLearning Manager at Reading College, @James_kieft) who reflected on how technology can enrich learning and engage students, and how Reading College has engaged in its practice Google Apps for Education.

James shared his resource-rich blog: http://james-thinks-its-worth-a-look.blogspot.co.uk/ – a useful resource providing access to a plethora of tools for all sorts of aspects of teaching and learning. He concluded his presentation with a fun, interactive logo quiz made using Quizizz.com.

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