This guide has been produced by the Academic Support Technology and Innovation team (ASTI) at Plymouth University, specifically for staff working within academic partnerships at Plymouth University. In addition to the tools available to you at your own organisation there are others provided by the university you and your students are able to use.
A Personal Response System (PRS), also known as Audience Response System, allows you to “ask the audience” and get them to vote or answer questions whilst attending a lecture/presentation. TurningPoint is one such system used at Plymouth University. This system was chosen due to its quick and easy configuration and the ability to add question into preexisting PowerPoint presentations.
Podcasts (audio) and vodcasts (video) are resources made available to download via the Internet and designed to be used on mobile devices or computers.
Podcasts can take learning beyond the classroom encapsulating a wide range of content for example traditional broadcast media, whole lectures, short project updates or personal reflections after a conference. Tutors can communicate ideas effectively and students can even create their own podcasts to record placement logs, conduct interviews for research projects or to use in their assessment submissions. Podcasts are also great revision aids giving students the opportunity to reuse them as often as required. This can be especially helpful for international students.
An e-portfolio is a great way to collect your plans, ideas, and experiences in one place. You can store thoughts, documents, images, plans and just about whatever you want. The documents are then ready to be compiled; for example to make a CV. You can then share them with others to see online; for example to impress a potential employer.
This guide has been produced to highlight a number of ‘free to use’ tools available via the
Internet that can be used within teaching and learning.
Digital skills, knowledge and practices are increasingly important in enabling us to effectively and safely understand and interact with the digital world.
Being digitally literate allows us to consume and produce digital content and enhance how we operate in our professional, academic and personal lives.