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July 2011 showcase

July 2011 showcase

The Faculty of Humanities hosted a second Teaching and Learning Showcase event on Tuesday 5th July 2011 in the main foyer of the Samuel Alexander Building.

A number of presentations were given highlighting teaching and learning practice from across the Faculty.


Kirsty Heywood (Law)

  • Collaborative Learning and the Online Wiki Project in Mental Health

Kirsty talked through how the online wiki project is working in the mental health law course. As part of the summative assessment in this course, students must work together in their seminar groups and outside of class to develop an online resource for key stakeholders in mental health.

Paul Middleditch (SoSS)

Paul presented how a trial, using the turning point electronic voting system, improved student satisfaction of a lecture which allowed real time interaction with turning point. While the success of turning point is nothing new, it is well known that the system is logistically unfeasible for large student numbers. His trial piloted the use of mobile internet devices with the turning point web application downloaded to remove the physical need for a handset. He will then present some feedback from the students about their experience gathered in an online survey.

Liam Harte (AHC)

Liam discussed how he devised and implemented a formative online multiple-choice test for use on a popular Level 2 English and American Studies course, which recruits upwards of 100 students per year. He outlined the key features of this formative assessment tool, which was delivered via Blackboard 9 in the second semester of 2010/11, and gave an overview of how the test was initially received by the students.

Richard Fay and Diane Slaouti (Education)

  • Expanding learning boundaries: developing computer mediated intercultural competence with peers in international settings

This presentation centred on a level 1 undergraduate course unit in the School of Education, which aims to develop computer mediated intercultural competence through an experiential approach. The course unit is not a new one, but it has evolved in line with developments in the technological affordances that both make it possible and provide a rationale for its particular aims.

Jonny Crook, Phil Styles and Andrew Gold (eLearning Team)

Taking look at learning tools that can be reused and repurposed for use across different subject areas. Jonny Crook presented a dynamic drag and drop assessment tool that allows users to change images and text. Phil Styles presented an innovative, interactive video resource to assess learner observation. The tools have been developed by the Humanities elearning Team and are available to the whole Faculty.

Ralf Becker (SoSS)

Ralph showed us how short online presentations can be used to supplement material taught in a course. This seems particularly relevant for courses in which traditionally very structured exercises are covered in exercise/tutorial classes. By delivering solutions to such exercises in short online clips, valuable contact time can be released for activities that would benefit from more intense instructor student contact.

Anna Goatman (MBS)

An insight into various ways of using material from television and radio broadcasts to support teaching on a range of undergraduate courses (with student numbers from 15 – 500).

Andrew Russell (SoSS)

  • Psephology Matters and Election Counts

Teaching elections and voters: Using multi-platform delivery methods including twitter to augment teaching practice.

Joanne Tippett (SED)

Ketso is a hands-on kit for effective engagement, and a spin off from Dr Tippett's research. It is being used in teaching and learning in universities across the UK. With its colourful, hands-on shapes, Ketso is accessible to all. Ketso is visual, verbal and kinesthetic: ideas are given a physical representation that can be moved on a shared workspace. The tutor can provide a simple structure for students to work through key issues. Feedback can be given to individual groups or the whole class, as appropriate. Dyslexic students and international students are able to input their ideas, embedding inclusive education into teaching. This workshop introduced Ketso and its use in group work, supervision and student projects, including a practical demonstration.

Minjie Xing (LLC)

  • Language Partnership between language learners and native speakers

A language partnership was set up between Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) learners and Chinese native speakers (Chinese students in Manchester University). Together, they completed a series of collaborative tasks. Good performances and examples were shown in Blackboard. In this project, students were empowered as creative designers, active performers and critical reviewers and therefore they were the stakeholders of their own learning. They had knowledge exchange rather than just competitions; a rich array of information to work with rather than only preselected, filtered textbook content; a one-to-one language partner to practice with rather the tutor alone. The learning process therefore became dynamic, interactive and rewarding.

Linda Irish (eLearning Team)

  • Using Multimedia in Teaching and Learning

The presentation covers the multimedia services that are available to staff in Humanities and looks at how audio and video can be used in conjunction with other activities to create opportunities for independent learning, group work and feedback. The session will include examples taken from BoB (Box of Broadcasts), the Video Library Service, the Mash-up tool in Bb9 and Wimba Collaboration Suite.


Throughout the afternoon, there were a number of stalls in the Samuel Alexander Foyer providing information and demonstrations pertinent to teaching and learning in Humanities.

  • Library: Talis Aspire and digitising texts
  • Careers: Information on the variety of tools and resources available to staff for use in supporting students such as the academic toolkit, academic FAQ sheets, and CMS support
  • Humanities Sabbatical Interns: Peer Assisted Study Sessions and Peer Mentoring
  • Humanities eLearning Team: Making the move to Blackboard 9; collaboration and voicetools in Blackboard; online submission, plagiarism detection and marking. Book a 1 to 1 consultation with a member of the eLearning Team via the registration form
  • Student System: information on reporting from Campus Solutions and the latest functionality as well as the opportunity to raise queries