SHU Provides Exemplars of Initiatives to Enhance the Student Digital Experience

Jisc have recently revised their website and materials related to “student expectations of the digital environment” and how institutions are addressing the needs of an increasingly digitally-savvy student population. There is a lot of interesting material on the website, but of particular interest might be the new ‘Exemplars‘ section that features, among others, two case…

Online screencasting software available for SHU staff

Screencasting refers to the process of recording a video of what is happening on a PC, often with narration, and making it available for students to watch whenever they want. It is commonly used for recording demonstrations of software and walkthroughs of computer-based processes, however growing numbers of staff from many disciplines are also using…

2015 Horizon Report on TEL trends to 2020 published

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) gathers opinions on Technology Enhanced Learning from stakeholders around the world and publishes the findings as the Horizon Report. The reports cover a 5 year period and aim to highlight some big technological trends that are likely to have an impact on education, as well as some of…

What is Google Docs?

This is part of a regular series of articles exploring some of the terms used in e-learning (view other articles in the series). We’ll do our best to break down the jargon and explain what things are from a basic perspective. Google Docs is a word processor that forms part of the Google Drive suite of…

Online Training with Lynda.com

Lynda.com, recently made available to all staff and students at SHU, is a site containing high-quality video training on common and specialist software packages. There are videos on a wide range of software, from general tools, such as Microsoft Word and Google Drive, to specialist tools, such as Final Cut Pro and SPSS. In addition…

Micro-research: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

At its simplest, Micro-research (also known as Inquiry-based Learning) involves getting students to undertake a relatively small research project and report back to their peers. The purpose of the approach is to encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the material they have been researching while also developing skills that will be useful for other parts of…

Use of Social Media in LTA at SHU Events – 1 May 2014

Following the success of the first Social Media in LTA event in January, we are putting on two further events. These identical events will run one after the other on the morning of 1St May in Hallam Hall at City campus, and will both showcase ten examples of how colleagues and students are using social…