Hive highlights, July 2020
Here’s a summary of the activity that took place in the Hive this month, in case you missed it.
Live events with guest speakers
Following on from Professor Paul Hibbert’s ‘Live from the Hive’ launch session on ‘delivering teaching in different modes’ last month, we were pleased to welcome three more guest speakers.
I’d like to extend my thanks to Kirstie, Jennifer and Jennifer for agreeing to be our latest presenters, and for delivering such great and insightful sessions.
If you missed any of the sessions, all is not lost. They were recorded and you can watch them online via the links below (internal access only, login required).
Professor Kirstie Ball’s session
Kirstie is a Professor of Management in the School of Management and presented a session called ‘Creating an engaging dual mode learning journey‘ live on Wednesday 1 July.
Jennifer Hamrick’s session
Jennifer is a Web Content Editor in the digital communications team and presented a session called ‘Accessible content for the web‘ live on Monday 6 July.
Jennifer Taylorson’s session
Jennifer is Director of Teaching in the International Education Institute and presented a session called ‘St Andrews good practice in online teaching guide – a current collaborative development‘ live on Wednesday 8 July.
Details of upcoming and recorded events can be found on the CEED support workshops page.
Programme launch with video tutorial
The ‘Take 5 in the Hive’ channel was launched in the Team and we released our first quick fire video tutorial about using technology in learning and teaching into it.
Find out how to create a learning resource with draw.io (now diagrams.net) by watching the tutorial and reading the blog post.
Two further video tutorials have since been created and shared:
- Use a quick poll in a lecture or presentation
- Using breakout groups in Microsoft Teams (work around until breakout rooms come to Microsoft Teams)
Lockdown links continued
Links to articles and resources are posted into the Team regularly. These are designed to spark discussion, so the posting of a link doesn’t always imply endorsement!
Here’s a recap of what’s been shared.
- Five ways to connect with online students
- Guide from colleagues from the University of Edinburgh on teaching with lecture recordings
- Appreciation of active learning predicts positive attitudes towards lecture capture
- How to engage students in a hybrid classroom
- The tyranny of participation
- The tyranny of time
Top 5 hot topic picks
We’ve had a lot of activity in the Hive Team this month, so it was hard to pick only 5 key points raised and talked about within the community. In the end, these are the ones we settled on.
1. Sharing student videos
People were looking for solutions which would allow students to upload videos that could be shared with their peers and the tutor.
2. Microsoft Azure Notebooks
People were interested in using online computational notebooks with students – allowing them to create and share documents containing live code, equations, visualisations and narrative text.
3. Using quizzes in pre-recorded teaching
People were interested in injecting interactivity into pre-recorded teaching by including quiz slides for self-diagnosis or to check understanding.
4. Using tags in Teams
People were interested in ways of signposting and searching better in Teams through the use of Teams tagging.
5. Polling in live teaching
People were interested in tools that would allow for live-polling during a synchronous session for gathering feedback and checking understanding.
Not sure what the Hive is?
It’s an online (Microsoft Team) community for staff and postgraduate tutors interested in technology enhanced learning at the University of St Andrews. Find and join the Hive.