Students using videoconferencing as part of assessment

James Coope of the Venture Matrix has recently posted some interesting information about the way that students in ACES, D&S and SBS have been using online videoconferencing to work with organisations and individuals around the world on real life projects as part of their assessment activities. Assessments and activities of this type help students to develop vital…

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Responseware voting system

During his keynote presentation at this year’s Learning and Teaching Conference, Simon Lancaster used Responseware system to allow the audience to vote in polls with their smartphones and tablets. For any SHU staff member who is interested in doing the same in their lectures, SHU has licences available for all staff to have access to…

Case Study: Encouraging ‘Rehearsal for Life’ through cross-disciplinary role-play

This case study outlines a cross-disciplinary collaboration to support authentic learning for Law students by using Performance students to play the role of the client in a practice simulation. Simulated practice is a major element of the Law degree at Sheffield Hallam University, but is typically only practical in the final stages of the programme. It was felt that…

Problem-based Learning: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

Problem-based Learning (PBL) involves students being challenged to solve genuine problems from their discipline. In addition to developing general skills such as critical thinking and abstract reasoning, PBL is an ideal way for students to apply their theoretical knowledge in an authentic way. PBL is often used as a way for students to develop experience…

What is Google Sheets?

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 Sheets is a spreadsheet tool that forms part of the Google Drive suite…

Resource-centred Discussion: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

Resource-centred Discussion (RCD) refers to a discussion in which the topic is an artefact or set of artefacts. The artefacts will vary between disciplines, but could include works of art, poems, case studies, business reports, manufactured goods, photographs, etc. The purpose of the approach is to use objects and artefacts to stimulate the students’ thinking and…

Debate: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

Debate refers to a discussion in which two or more people advocate opposing positions on a topic or question in an attempt to make an audience (or the other advocates) accept their position. Most people are familiar with participating in informal debates, such as trying to persuade friends why a particular film, song, book, artist, etc. is better than another; however, as…