All entries for Tuesday 23 January 2007
January 23, 2007
This second exhibition in the series will showcase a wide range of successful applications of technology in teaching, along with demonstrations of new hardware and software. Special exhibits will focus in particular upon the topic of:
Supporting students at a distance (more information below).
The exhibition is open to all staff and teaching postgraduate students within the Arts, as well as anyone else from across the University with an interest or expertise in this topic. It is an informal session, so please drop by at any time during the exhibition. A buffet lunch and drinks will be provided.
Supporting students at a distance
Students at Warwick are frequently expected to undertake work in a location away from the University campus and in less frequent contact with teaching staff and peers. This is not only true of fully distance based courses, but also of the research oriented student undertaking a project out in the field or writing a thesis. Some common examples are:
- full distance learning courses;
- hybrid distance and on-site courses;
- transnational courses;
- year abroad students;
- placement students;
- students in low-contact phases of a course (e.g. writing-up).
Many problems are posed by these arrangements, both to the student and to the tutor, but also to the administrator. Difficulties commonly occur in areas such as:
- establishing and relating to a peer group;
- connecting with the department and faculty community;
- connecting with the wider academic community;
- access to resources;
- understanding (and confirming) module or activity purpose;
- individual study guidance;
- discussing work;
- presenting work;
- submitting work.
Of course these problems may occur in any mode of study, including on-site high-contact courses. The techniques and technologies that have evolved to address these problems are therefore useful in many situations.
Warwick has developed a range of sophisticated but easy to use technologies that allow us to effectively address these problems. The E-learning Exhibition will demonstrate these technologies and techniques, with showcase examples of real solutions by people at Warwick.
We will show how tools including Sitebuilder, Warwick Forums, Warwick Blogs and Perception can be applied to create a learning environment customised to your particular mode of teaching and course delivery, whether at a distance or in close proximity.