‘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…

OMR: Breaking the barriers of time and space

One of the biggest difficulties that can be experienced when a university attempts to introduce summative computerised assessment is the problem of time and space. Computerised summative assessment turns the workload balance associated with exams on its head. Traditionally marking finished exam papers was where the time costs were heaviest in the process for lecturers.…

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Transcontinental Lectures

Here at Harper Adams University we are currently trialling a service called Gotomeeting. This will enable our lecturers to provide more flexible means of delivery. Due to our international connections we have found it necessary to find a platform to provide set teaching hours to non-UK based cohorts. For example; the cost of sending tutors…

eLearning top 10: Computer-based assessment

Here at Harper Adams we’ve been using computer-aided assessment since 2010. Our Questionmark Perception platform has be used for both formative and summative assessment. In this article I will list the top 10 things I have learned if you want to run computerised assessments successfully. Involve as many people as possible as early as possible.…

eLearning Events Beginning September 2015

The Harper Adams eLearning Team can now offer the following staff development opportunities: Simple module design: 21st September 2015 – 2.30pm Marking assignments – An introduction to electronic feedback: 23rd September 2015 – 2.30pm Building Quizzes: 28th September 2015 – 2.30pm Creative learning objects and sourcing online resources: 8th October 2015 – 2.30pm Recording your…

ePortfolios: A contradiction

We currently make use of an ePortfolio system at Harper Adams and have just completed our third student survey on their use. The results continue to suggest a contradiction that exists in students’ views of this sort of system, a situation that has persisted despite switching from one type of software to another. The results…