Introducing CV 2.0

THE LEARNING Innovation team have helped a student create what is believed to be the first “augmented reality CV” in Higher Education.

Bella May Leonard, an embroidery graduate from the School of Art, has benefitted from the pilot project, and the team are now looking to open up the service to other students.

Dee Vyas, Classroom Technology Teaching Adviser, is asking tutors to refer students they think might benefit from an augmented reality CV to her.

Dee said: “Augmented Reality (AR) allows the virtual world to integrate into the real world using interactive media, with the aim of engaging the viewer. Traditional passive material becomes immersive, allowing you to view the content on a mobile device.”

Presenting personality

Dee looked at how other Institutions are using Augmented Reality, for example the Creating Augmented Reality in Education project at City University London, which has a focus on nursing in the clinical setting. She then considered how this could be combined with social media.

She said: “Today everyone is using social media to make friends, socialise and find jobs.  Students can link and share their work on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. In order to determine a fuller picture of potential employees, employers are using social media as an alternative to the traditional CV. The time when an employer received hundreds of typed symmetrical CVs may now be the exception.

“A visual CV allows an employer to view your personality and present the person behind the formal achievements. A continuous online presence can be interlinked to other social media sites such as Facebook, Tumblr providing a potential employer to view more of your skills.”

She added that whilst the Augmented Reality CV can be used in all disciplines, the visual nature of it probably suits certain subjects more than others.

Organic development of CV 2.0

Augmented Reality has already been used at the university, for example during the 2013 Open Day where it was incorporated into the Money Matters postcard distributed to students, and in booklets for IT Services and MMU Sport.

Dee said: “In this case, the aim of the visual CV was to represent the design area the student specialised in, her career progression and places she has exhibited. Developing an organic CV, aspects of the content will change as her career progresses and this will maintain an up-to-date visual display of her career.

“The design, layout and content were developed in collaboration with the student to create a visually stunning AR CV. After a number of alterations, the final design provided a detailed outline of her education and career.

“The feedback from the student working on this process has been extremely positive and the completed version can now enhance the showcase of her skills visually.”



Wireless Presentation  with up to 12 devices across all operating systems.


Cost Approx. £1295

Connect Display to Montage unit via HDMI

Supports Wi-Fi

Can connect up to 12 devices (maybe more) using Internet with WIFI or Wired. Access Point also can be used to connect

Connect  iOS, Android, PC & Mac

Teacher can pause session and start session

Users join via Meeting ID

iOS devices join via AirPlay  Android devices join using Miracast**

Macs, PCs and other mobile devices connect via URL or downloaded software

It is possible to push annotation to all devices except iOS (This will be available when the apps are released for Android & iOS)


I qualified for my CMALT qualification after a lot of writing, not enough reflecting and help  from many colleagues.

The CMALT is is a peer-based professional accreditation scheme developed by ALT to enable people whose work involves learning technology to:

  • have their experience and capabilities certified by peers;
  • demonstrate that they are taking a committed and serious approach to their professional development.


Sway is a presentation program from Microsoft. Sway allows users to combine text and media to create a presentable website. Users can pull content locally from the device in use, or from Internet sources such as Bing, OneDrive, YouTube, and Facebook.

To view the features of Sway, check out the Youtube videos: Sway

  • A number of features include:
  • Ability to have more than one author
  • Share on any device
  • Insert content from a number of sources: Youtube, Flickr, OneDrive or Upload from a specific location


Swoodle is a collaborative tool available on iOs which enables the user to share online content via Dropbox, Google Drive or Box for annotation.

Swoodle features:

  • Call
  • Chat
  • Upload, annotate and save files of different format
  • Doodle
  • Upload a image
  • Camera

It is possible to collaborate with invited friends using your contacts.

Collaborating on a File

Open the file in Swoodle and invite users to collaborate. Annotate the file (.doc, .pptx, .pdf) and save to the same location as uploaded from. Dependent upon the type of file it is possible to insert highlights, additional text, drawings and then save on all folders of collaborators or just the person who shared the file. It is possible to integrate Chat, Camera and Sound options whilst working on a Word document. Highlights on the document are saved. The file must be unlocked by the owner for joint collaboration and to allow the student to save a copy.


A quick collaborative online tool which allows a number of users to work on one document simultaneously. Invite users by email and collaborate online, import documents and export  the pad in a number of different formats. All revisions are saved and can be used a s evidence of the collaboration.



Swivl (MMU)

Swivl provides a means of capturing a number of scenarios using a simple technology.  At the MMU it has been  used for:

  •  guest speakers
  • lectures
  • assessment
  • student interviews
  • training sessions and student presentation practice

Swivl comprises of a base, a marker, a recording device and Bluetooth connectivity.  The recording device can be an iPad, phone or camera.  Bluetooth connectivity between the device and the base ensures Swivl follows you as you move around a teaching environment. Mount the device onto the base using a suitable connector and use the marker to record your event.

A training guide is available at:

I am a member of the Swivl Video Pioneers program and aim to be involved in the development of the future developments incorporating Swivl.