Carl Senior(LHS) was first on at 9am on a Monday morning but at least weather was OK. Despite the sexy title and initial content it was about using SMS – I decided not to challenge two inaccurate comments about the reasons for resorting to traditional SMS over the latest fashionable and power hungry gadgets. At least they seeded the idea that required a more pragmatic solution.
There were parallel sessions running in SW305 & 309 most of which are available as Echo360 lecture captures on the CLIPP link above.
Next session Nicola Bullivant(ABS) raised the interesting issue of whether Pebblepad(Pp) is an aid to developing reflective practice or a technological hurdle – results from 2nd phase pilot seem to suggest the later, mostly due to lack of intuitive user interface. I must admit that while I like the concept, I have to wrestle the interface hurdles too frequently for comfort, especially from an IT literate perspective like the pilot group students.
After Coffee I went to another Pp presentation by Georgina Hardy(LIS) about information literacy. I intend to go through the special Profile they have setup in Pp and share it with them(no one else has yet!).
Urszula Clark(LSS) presented a pilot on using Articulate for DL MSc materials. It looked very easy to use and flexible, particularly for creating new DL content, and the only caveat seems to be the differences with Adobe Presenter and licensing at Aston.
Olivia Hunt(LHS) presented the iPodTouch Optometry project which I’ve helped with. It certainly seems to have improved quality and timeliness of feedback to students. I’m also helping facilitate development of an iPod/Phone app for streamlined data collection and distribution which may have wider uses in future.
After lunch I attended Ellen Pope’s(LDC) TurnITIn presentation. CLIPP are planning external training for both admins and instructors to look at the broader use of the software.
It was a very useful and though provoking day.