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Making history with iPads, peer assessment and MyPortfolio

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Zubin Mistry UCL Teaching Learning Conference 2014 History iPads

Dr Paul Walker, CALT, and Dr Zubin Mistry, UCL History, presented attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 with a pioneering first-year undergraduate history module. Judith Hillmore reports

Bite-sized CPD courses for dental care professionals

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Professor Andrew Eder and Ruth Glover of the Eastman Dental Institute discuss how they developed a range of ‘podcourses’ to enable dental care professionals to fulfil mandatory CPD requirements in bite-sized chunks.

Using a Teaching Innovation Grant to develop English language apps

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Professor Bas Aarts, Seth Mehl and Sean Wallis describe the three interactive apps they’ve developed, and explain why spelling, punctuation and good writing are important.

Sharing student learning via videos

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Dr Adrien Desjardins of the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering explains why he introduced a video-making element to two of his courses, an idea for which he won a Provost's Teaching Award in 2013.

Preparing students for research using virtual labs and a journal club

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Dr Richard Day explains the ways in which he prepares his Master’s students for research projects and practical lab work.

Five years' experience of running an online MSc course

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In this PowerPoint presentation, Professor Trish Greenhalgh shares experiences and research interviews collected during the running of an online Master's course in the UCL Medical School.

Asynchronous language practice for distance learners

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Earlier this year, Dr An Vanderhelst was awarded a Teaching Innovations Grant so that she could trial VoiceThread, a video blogging tool that enables distance-learning students to practise their speaking skills in their own time. Here, she discusses her experiences.

Providing graphics skills through distance learning

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Open-source GIS

Professor Matthew Carmona explains why and how the Bartlett School of Planning set up the Urban Skills Portal, an online resource to help postgraduate students develop graphics skills prior to their arrival at UCL.

SysMIC: an interactive distance learning course

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Gerold Baier, Chris Barnes, Phil Lewis, James Smith, Nadine Mogford, Adrian Shepherd and Geraint Thomas explain the SysMIC project, which involves a consortium of universities providing a distance learning course via an online, interactive web environment.

Learning to make connections in pharmacy using Mediawiki

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David West and Andrew Wilderspin from the School of Pharmacy explain the Provost's Teaching Award-winning Integrated Therapeutics Project, in which wikis are used to teach students integration.

Using avatars in a virtual world to teach a distance-learning course

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An Vanderhelst, Teaching Fellow in Dutch, explains how virtual world Second Life can help in distance-learning courses.

PeerWise: a repository for student-designed MCQs

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Stefanie Anyadi, Sam Green and Kevin Tang discuss how PeerWise fared when it was piloted on a Linguistics module.

Automating the generation of mathematical question banks

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In this video, Dr Tristan Robinson from UCL Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEGE) discusses his experiences of automating the generation of mathematical question banks using Matlab GUI. The presentation slides are available to download below the video.

Using open-source GIS in teaching

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Open-source GIS

In this video, Liz Jones from UCL Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEGE) discusses the pros and cons of using open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in teaching undergraduate students.

Hiring a student to create educational videos

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Dr Nicolas Szita, Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering, discusses hiring a student to create videos that would complement his teaching in Bioprocess Microfluidics (BENG M027 & G027).

Using podcasts for distance learning

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Peter Smitham of the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science (IOMS) explains how his team used an E-Learning Development Grant (ELDG) to develop a series of podcasts.

Canvassing student opinions using a textwall

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Dr Paul Walker, Principal School-Facing Teaching Fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT), explains how he uses textwalls and word clouds to quickly gain an impression of students' knowledge or opinions.

Using 'digital ink' in lectures

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Lynsie Chew, Teaching Fellow in Accounting, explains how she makes her lectures more interactive using live, on-screen annotation.

Using 'policy portfolios' to develop students' skills

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In 2012, Oliwia Berdak won a Provost's Teaching Award for the policy portfolio scheme she devised as a postgraduate teaching assistant (PGTA). Here, she explains the concept and its benefits.

Making an existing course online-only and assessing by portfolio

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The Institute for Global Health’s Dr Jolene Skordis-Worrall and Dr Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli explain the challenges and triumphs they encountered when turning one of their existing modules into an online-only, Moodle-based course.

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