TUS Midlands organizes a national conference on e-learning
A national online conference was held this week at Shannon Technological University (TUS) on the theme “Lights, Camera, Action! Video: A Teaching and Assessment Tool”.
The conference brought together speakers from TUS, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Sussex, University of Manchester, King’s College London and Washington State University to share their experiences of using video in teaching and assessment.
Over 100 people registered for the event which included speakers from various disciplines including dentistry, education, social sciences, food sciences, engineering and nutrition.
Among the topics covered was the use of video for the “flipped classroom”, a contemporary teaching and learning approach that encourages students to engage with learning materials outside of the classroom by preparation for dynamic classroom interactions, or as an alternative to a traditional written assessment.
Dr Geraldine Cuskelly, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Health at TUS Midlands, said: “The use of video has increased significantly in response to being forced off campus during the pandemic. We all responded using many forms of digital technology, but some of our conference speakers were already using video long before the pandemic hit. »
TUS Vice President for Education and Student Experience, Frances O’Connell, opened the conference by commenting, “At TUS, the student experience is paramount and there is ample evidence in the educational literature that video can enhance the learning experience. Recent work within TUS now captures all the innovative methods and tools that can and are being used by the TUS academic community across a wide range of disciplines to support student learning both in and outside the classroom. »
The event was originally going to be in person, but they decided to hold it to make it easier for more delegates to attend.
Those interested in learning more about these teaching techniques can sign up to receive a recording of the national conference.