Virtual Classroom options for Harper Adams University

In order to avoid confusion it is important to highlight the differences between Video/Web-conferencing software and Virtual classroom software (VCS). Video/Web-conferencing is based on a single ‘virtual’ meeting room, ‘hosted’ by the presenter in which video, audio (VoIP) and desktop application are shared between the presenter and one or several ‘invited’ participants. Controls over the…

Cloud Computing in Educational Technology

Once upon a time whenever a user wanted to use a piece of software (s)he had to purchase it on a physical storage device (a Floppy Disc in the 80’s, a CD-ROM in the 90s and DVDs in the early 21 century) from which to needed to be installed onto one’s computer and run as…

Flexible Learning using Smart Devices

A cursory look around learning or social spaces at Harper Adams reveals that students like to be connected to the Internet at most times using a variety of kit thus allowing them to make use of Web-sites and Web-services during what appears to be their ‘casual’ time. Given this apparent pervasiveness of smart devices we…

Flipping the Classroom’ – teaching of a different kind: Part 2

So what will you need to do to get started? Before you commence consider the two pillars of ‘flipped learning’, (i) front-loading the learning content, and (ii) detailed planning and ‘storyboarding’ of the associated classroom event. Step 1: Front-loading lectures: This is achieved by creating learning objects for  pre-class study to be undertaken by your students…

‘Flipping the Classroom’ – teaching of a different kind: Part 1

The traditional (large) classroom-based teaching model tends to take place with the tutor firmly at the centre of the learning process. Students are largely acting as ‘recipients’ of knowledge transfer with limited opportunities for interaction. After the session classroom learning may be complemented by the provision of online learning resources in a process known as…

The Digital Student expectations – do we know what we need to do?

The term Digital Student, coined a few years back is now widely used in the Higher Education sector in attempt to identify the needs and requirements of users entering their premises first time. This world of permanent connectivity, immersive exposure to social media and ease of global communication and collaboration is becoming more and more…