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University Campus Oldham wins Technology Innovation Awards
Published:03 March 2014
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Committed to integrating innovation and technology into course design, teaching and learning, University Campus Oldham (UCO) won an Education Innovation Award, which celebrates achievement through innovation.
The winners of each award category were announced on Friday at the close of the Education Innovation Conference & Exhibition (EICE) that took place at Manchester Central. UCO were presented with their award on the central stage following the closing keynote speech by Russell Prue, the award winning ICT Evangelist, Author & Broadcaster at Anderton Tiger Group.
UCO won the University Category sponsored by University Business. This was due to their dynamic team of lecturers encouraging students to use technology in an innovative way, integrating emerging developments and online collaborative learning tools for group support, research and assessment. These include: Prezi, Twitter, Facebook, Moodle and the use of audio feedback in formative work. Prezi is used as a visual research tool on the BA (Hons) Digital Arts.
Students collect information in response to a brief or make drawings and upload them to a group Prezi projected on the screen. This shows live uploads appearing in real time, and also an avatar representing each active student so that every group member can see what the others are doing and can view the pool of information growing on the screen.
Twitter is used for backchannel discussions using hashtags on the Teacher Education courses. Staff and alumni contribute to the conversations, sharing resources and providing mentoring support. Moodle is fully integrated into the Teacher Education courses, providing blended learning opportunities including group chat and discussion fora. Facebook is used to share work in progress and provide peer review and critique. This process occurs naturally on some courses, and is part of the course design on others. It generates vital collaboration and informal mentorships and new friendships between the year groups.
Audio feedback is used for formative and summative feedback as part of electronic submission of work on the Teacher Education courses. External examiners have praised this method as both innovative and inclusive.
UCO’s Director of Learning, Alison Iredale said, “We are delighted to help contribute towards exciting new developments for learning and for this to be formally acknowledged by winning this prestigious award."
University Campus Oldham continues to make a significant difference to students and staff with its innovative approaches towards successfully applying technology to the learning environment.
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