Free Seminar Programme FSP211
Engaging Minds, Capturing Learning: Next Generation Tools to Support Active Learning in the Workplace and Beyond
Date Thursday, Dec 6 Time – Room Learning Technology Hall Theatre 1
When you teach in class, how do you know who is confused, who is bored, who hasn’t even bothered to attend, and perhaps more importantly, who has learnt anything? This session will introduce the next generation of classroom technologies and reveal how they are impacting on engagement and learning. The approach offers a flexible pedagogical platform for instructors to extend their teaching and training, whilst providing timely feedback on how learners are progressing. By also including powerful engagement metrics to capture learning interactions, instructors and senior managers can analyse the effectiveness of teaching formats, of class engagement, and individual learner behaviours. Pedagogical studies confirm that this can have a significant impact on critical learning outcomes, such as early warning of student failure (Freeman et al, 2014; Samson, 2016), and boosting retention (HEC, 2016), while also increasing learning gain and exam scores (Montpetit, 2016). Students also value their ability to control the pace, place and mode of their learning (Gosper et al, 2009; Leadbeater et al, 2012; White, 2016), whilst receiving more immediate feedback on their progress (JISC, 2016). Moving to ‘learning capture’ mindset thus offers new opportunities for educators to empower learners before, during and after class.
John Couperthwaite is an education specialist at Echo360 with a focus on enhancing the educational implementation and growth of active learning in the EMEA region, covering promotions, sales, training and community development. The role involves collaboration with a global team on product development, strategy and support, offering valuable insights into wider educational trends and business relationships with HEIs. Previously, John worked as a learning consultant with the ePortfolio company, PebblePad, and as an Educational Technology Manager for a large health-focused academic college at the University of Birmingham, providing a strategic lead for technology enhanced learning. John is an active member with the Association of Learning Technologists (ALT), including being a lead assessor for their certification scheme (CMALT) and co-leading a West Midlands regional user group.