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Master Classes in Educational Technology

These classes will cover the latest trends in the field of Educational Technology: gamification, virtual reality, personalised learning and social media in learning. 

Please note: due to the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the last two classes have been postponed until further notice. If and when new dates are set, we will contact attendees who have already signed up via Eventbrite.

In this series of master classes, intended for staff and students at UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital, qualified experts will discuss the principle challenges for implementing Educational Technology, along with their best solutions.

The classes are recommended for individuals who are teaching or developing online courses, as well as Postdoctoral Researchers. Those taking part in the classes will be given a certificate of attendance. 

There are four master classes between January and April 2020. Please note that you will need to book each class separately through Eventbrite. All classes will take place at the Moorfields Education Hub (1st Floor), 15 Ebenezer Street, London, N1 7NP.

1: Gamification (games to develop student skills) 

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Given by: Dr Matthew Barr, Lecturer and Co-director of the Games and Gaming Lab at the University of Glasgow

29 January 2020, 12.30–2.30pm

Gamification is one of the top trending subjects in educational technology. There is a clear trend towards implementing this approach in education using different technologies.

In this session, our expert will illustrate gamification mechanisms, their potential, and how you can use them in an efficient manner by using different exercises related to the real use of gamification in the education.

About the speaker

Dr Matthew Barr is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where he previously convened the University’s first game studies course. He is co-director of the University’s Games and Gaming Lab. He is also a member of the University’s Teaching Excellence Network.

Dr Barr’s research, which has attracted significant media attention, examines how video games may be used to develop skills and competencies such as critical thinking, adaptability, and communication skill. This work received the Association for Learning Technology’s inaugural Research Project of the Year award in 2018, and forms the basis of his book. Dr Barr currently serves as Vice Chair of British DiGRA (the Digital Games Research Association) and as a Director and Trustee for the Scottish Game Developers Association.


2: Virtual Reality

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Given by: Dr Abison Logeswaran, Registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital

26 February 2020, 12.30–2.30pm

VR is already making a big impact on the world of education, resulting in a transformation of resources for teaching and learning by allowing students to explore and travel without leaving the classroom.

In this class, our speaker will share information about recent developments in VR, as well as practical exercises. Attendees will develop their knowledge of using VR in education and will be able to plan the implementation of VR in their teaching and learning.

About the speaker

Dr Logeswaran is currently working as an ST5 Ophthalmology Registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He previously completed his MBBS/BSc at Imperial College London with distinctions in Medical and Clinical Science. He has a wide interest in the use of technology in healthcare, and specfically virtual Reality as a learning approach in healthcare. He completed his MSc in Health Informatics at City University London during his foundation training.


3: Social Media as learning platforms

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Given by: Dr Bandar Alzahrani, PhD in Educational Technology at the University of Plymouth

Postponed until further notice

This course will give an insight into how Social Media platforms can be used for learning and teaching, including examples of best practice.

For many learners and educators, social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook have become platforms for learning. In doing so, they have expanded educators’ capacity to provide students with more authentic opportunities to engage with experts, provide feedback to each another and collaborate with peers around the world.

About the speaker

Dr Alzahrani completed his PhD in Educational technology at the University of Plymouth. He has also completed his MSc in Technology for Teaching and Learning from the University of South Wales. He worked at the University of Glasgow to develop an online learning environment.


4: Personalised learning or adaptive learning

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Given by: Prof Nora Colton, Professor of Global Vision and Eye Health Education & Pro Vice Provost (Postgraduate Education), UCL & Moorfields Eye Hospital
and Dr Charles Princel, Director of Student Success, The University of East London

Postponed until further notice

Adaptive learning technologies are those that monitor student progress and use data to modify instruction.

Dr Charles Prince

The ways in which such technologies are being incorporated into specialised training, scalable courses and degree programmes has wide application.

This workshop will illustrate three examples: scaling adaptive instruction with student data, personalising education through a pre-sessional adaptive foundation course for students who might be new to the subject area, and teaching using adaptive case studies or scenarios.

About the speakers

Professor Nora Colton is Joint Director of Education at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital and Pro-Vice-Provost (Postgraduate Education) at UCL. A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Professor Colton has extensive experience of teaching and learning, not only as a Professor of Economics, but as a senior leader in higher education. She has considerable experience of digital education in higher education. 

Dr Charles Prince is the director of the Centre for Student Success at the University of East London. His doctoral study focused on several ‘pillars’, including developing a global educational perspective. Dr Prince visited universities in Doha, Helsinki and Hong Kong, where he learned about new approaches to education and how universities achieve their goals and overcome challenges in their country-specific contexts. He lists his other pillars as creativity and innovation to meet student needs; leadership that values lifelong learning and anticipates future trends; and access, success and equity in opening up formal and informal education to students to help them to achieve their goals as learners and citizens.