JISC Building Capacity Showcase Event

Last modified by Mary Jacob on 07/03/2011

Technology-enhanced Learning Showcase - 6 December 2010

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snow015400.jpgIn connection with the JISC Building Capacity project, Information Services held an event to showcase good practice in teaching and learning with technology, and solicit staff input for further development in this area. Our aim was to explore ways in which the university can foster a culture of innovation and facilitate peer-to-peer support among academic staff. You can download the programme as a PDF or Word document. Some of the materials from the presentations are also available (see links next to each presentation).

  • Date: Monday 6 December 2010
  • Time: 11.15-16.30
  • Place: Senior Common Room, Geography Tower, Llandinam Building

[Photo by Paul Bacsich, used by permission. This image of sunset over Cardigan Bay was taken from the Senior Common Room at the end of the Building Capacity showcase event.]


  • 11.15 Coffee and reception
  • 11.30 Welcome from Tim Woods, Dean of Humanities [Transcript] and Rebecca Davies, Director of Information Services
  • 12.00 Presentation from invited speaker Les Watson on learning spaces. [Video and slides] [Website]
  • 13.00 Lunch
    • A display board from Academic Support, Information Services will be on view, with Sahm Nikoi, Information Skills Officer, on hand to answer questions
  • 14.00 Presentations from academic staff showcasing technology-enhanced learning innovations
    • Matthew Richards, European Languages – use of Blackboard quizzes for formative assessment
    • Stephen Greer, Theatre, Film & Television Studies – use of short audio recordings after lecture to clarify threshold concepts, case study on Nexus including his PowerPoint
    • Juanita Foster-Jones, Department of Information Studies – use of digital video and learning objects made with Wimba Create, AberCast recording of her talk
    • Balázs Pinter, Institute of Mathematics and Physics – use of Qwizdom voting system to promote student interaction in large classes
  • 15.40 Focus group to discuss ways to promote peer-to-peer support among academic staff
    • What processes make teaching innovation possible? How do academic staff currently share ideas and support each other?
    • What recommendations do you have for sharing good practice more effectively?
    • Would an Information Commons be useful to facilitate formal and informal sharing of good practice among academic staff? If so, what should it be like? 
  • 16.15 Closing comments by Professor Paul Bacsich [Post-event reflection]
  • 16.30 End
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