Podcasting using Bluetooth device (26/01/12) – EG OB313

HealthCare Professions staff (Hetal Patel, FayeBruce and Sarah Rutherford) wanted to record a feeback session for the work-based Foundation degree in H&S Care. Using the Bluetooth device paired with a laptop and using Flashback I was able to record the session. Having showcased the use of the BT device and podcasting at a Brown Bag session earlier to the same staff had enabled them to investigate on how to use podcasting withing their L&T environment.

Global Perspectives on Nursing

HCK and DV will be running a 3-hour session on Presentation Skills Preparing for end of Unit assessment How to present with confidence and clarity. This will be for the second year of the Sept 2011 intake for the BSc (Hons) Nursing course in March 2013.

There will be approx 80-90 students and as a unique unit students will have the opportunity to look outside their ‘normal’ environment and into areas such as Occupational Health, the Police Force, Manufacturing where nurses are employed. The ability to investigate and present using different media and methods is a major aspect of the course. A fifteen minute presentation will be the equivalent of a 3000 word essay and provide students the opportunity to present using many different media and skills. The aspects to cover by the presenters will be:

  • Different methods of presentation
  • Strengths and benefits of each
  • Students to decide which methods to choose
  • Tutorials + workshops to be arranged

An outline of the course will consist of:


  • How to present
  • Software solutions – PPoint, Prezi
  • Podcasting (audio/visual)
  • Posters
  • Images
  • Permissions/Copyright issues
  • AOB

Using Digital Pens within the L&T environment

University of Bristol are running a small pilot of Livescribes and Apcom e-pens with academics: http://www.bris.ac.uk/esu/e-learning/projects/epens/

ALT-C Presentation on Pens : Back to pen and paper? Well sort off

Recording ALT-C Presentation on Pens: Back to pen and paper? Well sort of

Digital pens for feedback and marking –

My ( Dr. Dragos Ciobanu ) colleague in the University of Leeds Staff and Departmental Development Unit Rebecca Dearden (as project lead) and Kirsten Thompson and I (as project contributors) have put in a small bid at Leeds to buy 6 Livescribe pens for feedback. It was funded by the Leeds Building Capacity project (funded, in turn, by JISC).

Our participants use the pens to capture audio peer feedback on particular tasks in sync with the notes they make. They get an interactive PDF almost instantly afterwards which has the audio discussion and the animated notes in one place. The initial feedback we’ve received was really encouraging: the technology was non-intrusive, effective, and user-friendly. We’ve reported on the project at our Student Education Conference two weeks ago and we’re gathering more data to produce a conclusive report at the end of the project towards the end of the academic year. We’re finding now that this is spreading fast and we’ve had colleagues in Maths, Music and Translation Studies buying quite a few to enhance their practices.

I personally found out about this technology from a colleague in the Faculty of Engineering: Dr. Craig Evans back at the beginning of 2010. Craig has been using Livescribe pens with his students to capture group activities and assess the level of individual student involvement rather than need to work it out after the hand-in date from individual student reports and other, more time-consuming means. Apart from that, the integration of the free Livescribe software with Evernote has prompted Craig to pilot a ‘living’ online portfolio where he can track student progress and become involved in it/assess it much earlier and with much more beneficial developmental outcomes for his students. A recording of a presentation we did at ALT-C 2011 on the topic of smart pens (Livescribe and PaperShow) is available here: http://adm-leeds.adobeconnect.com/p1mvjalu2dl/

In terms of practicalities, the Livescribe pen will pick up the paper scratching noise made by someone writing (depending on how much they abuse the paper). One way around it would be to use the Livescribe headphones which have built-in mics – I’ve done that at a conference I run and the result was excellent indeed. The other thing to take into account is the delay between someone saying something in a discussion and a note being made about that exact thing – because of this lag, if a perfectly synchronised output is what you’re after, the only way to do that would be with post-editing and re-synchronisation and I don’t know many people willing to do that – but then again, most people are very happy with the standard output (I just thought I’d mention it to give a bigger picture…). Otherwise, you’ll need special paper with microscopic dots to use the smartpens. Livescribe allows you to print out 4 notepads if I’m not mistaken on a laser printer. When you run out, I guess you’re back to the shops (but I wouldn’t say the price will break anyone’s bank – although the pen does cost a bit ~£170).

Why not use tablets and their note-taking apps which these days can record audio, typed text and handwritten notes? Why not indeed? Apart from storage (Livescribe has 8GB which I’ve never been able to fill), battery (again, much, much better than any mobile device I know), and better resilience to the elements (how many people would balance a drink on their tablets?), I guess you could use tablets instead if you had them knocking about… They wouldn’t be as effective, though, I imagine, for rapid prototyping and brainstorming – had a surprise seeing Livescribe post-it notes now being sold in PC World

Use of Classroom Technology with Physiotherapy students

Proposed use of learning technology;

We propose to try out the technology with our MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy students during The Autonomous Practitioner (15 students).

The unit runs from W/C 13/2/12 – W/C 5.3.12

We would like to use the PaperShow technology in student led (no staff present) tutorials so that students can ‘capture’ the work that they cover in the session. This means that we can review that and give them feedback about the quality and content of their work with reference to the unit and the unit assessment. Previous groups of students have fed back that they would value such feedback on the work that they do in their student-led tutorials which are used to promote independent learning and team working. The students will also be able to share their work across the group more easily in a format that is more meaningful to them, due to the fact it is contemporaneous it will promote recall and enhance their learning.

Similarly we will use the PaperShow technology in tutorials where students have group work to do which they then feed back to the rest of the group and where staff input to promote wider discussions. The ability to instantly record, review and add to the outcomes of their initial group work will again develop a learning resource that can be put on Moodle in a format that will aid recall of not just the session content but also of the context in which it was covered.

We would try out the Podcasting using a bluetooth device to record sessions which have a lecture element followed by student interaction and discussion. The recording of the session which will include the staff/student discussion/interaction will then be put on Moodle as a resource for the students.

Evaluation of the technology will be carried out by obtaining student feedback and staff feedback.

Update to Session.

The students were introduced to the Papershow technology on the 16/02 during a tutorial led by academic staff. On the 21/02 Papershow was used by during student-led tutorals to capture their work. A podcast of the session is available, see:


KH informed me that students arriving to a future session believed that they would be using the technology again. Peer review was carried out as the session was in progress and it was possible to save the Whiteboard as a PPpoint which could be uploaded to Moodle.