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Using technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment

Examples of this Service:

Explore ways in which technlogy can increase student attainment and aid retention and satisfaction.

You can use technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in hundreds of ways. These can increase student attainment and aid retention and satisfaction, for example,†

  • Managing large groups effectively
  • Developing studentís capacities to be active, critical and independent learners
  • Improving understanding of assessment criteria
  • Using assessment to promote interest and engagement with topic
  • Preparing students to understand and engage with feedback
  • Facilitate peer-learning
  • Facilitating consolidation of studentsí understanding of materials, encouraging better performance, self-testing and autonomous learning
  • Developing independent study
  • Raising interest, attracting studentsí attention on a topic
  • Encouraging continuous learning and progression
  • Encouraging motivation and self-responsibility

Please note this is not an exhaustive list!

We can support you developing appropriate blended learning models to support using technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment.

We work with you to use a variety of approaches and technologies which can help you realise benefits for you and your students. This could be in the form of

  • Online activities
  • Approaches to using Blackboard to engage students in seminars and lectures
  • Online group work using Blackboard groups, wikis and the discussion board
  • Increasing peer and tutor support using Wimba Voice tools
  • Alternative forms of assessment such as video and audio production
  • Student peer assessment of discussion contributions
  • Audio feedback and revision/review podcasts
  • Creating logical learning pathways using rich multi-media internet based resources
  • Ö

Please note this is not an exhaustive list!

Time commitment of both the eLearning team and the academic colleague will vary enormously but the following will give you some idea,

  • 1-2 hours for us to meet with you to discuss you course, identify what you are wanting to achieve and show you some examples how online group work is being managed within your School/the Faculty or the University
  • 1 day for us to work together to firstly introduce the wiki, discussion boards and how to manage your students in groups online assessment and secondly to identify what activities will support you meeting your learning outcomes
  • 1-2 further days to work together develop specific activities and do some testing/review
  • 1-2 hours to set up a survey in Blackboard to get feedback from students


Please note this is just one example, we will work closely with you to develop a project where you are clear what support the eLearning team will provide and what your time commitment is.

All you need to do to request some support is to contact the eLearning team by emailing elearning@manchester.ac.uk, please give us as much information as possible about what you want to do, what courses you are working on and what students you are supporting.