Thursday, 16 June 2011

Presenter profile - Tracks I, K & O: Paul Smith, John Parkinson

Paul Smith: Personal Response System (PRS), Grademark & PowerPoint Narration

Paul is an Educational Technologist in the Educational Development Unit, CLTE at Middlesex University. His interests are in web-based learning systems, Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning, classroom technologies and games-based learning.

Paul Smith
The sessions Paul is in involved in running explore varying themes within e-assessment and e-feedback.
  • The Personal Response System workshop will offer colleagues the opportunity to experiment with an engaging classroom technology which can help to provide immediate feedback to students based on their answers to quiz questions, and discuss the pros and cons of the use of such technology for formative assessment.
  • The Grademark workshop (led by John Parkinson) will give attendees a hands-on experience of an extremely useful online tool which allows academics to read, manage, and leave comments on students’ electronically submitted work.
  • The Adobe Presenter session will demonstrate one of the many methods of enhancing your presentations by adding audio to the slides. Participants will be encouraged to relate their own experience of using similar tools and to discuss features that they feel would be useful in the context of using this kind of software to assess and provide feedback to students.

Paul’s experience with various e-learning technologies has proved to him one thing above all else: there is no substitute for practice. Whether you are asking students to submit electronically, or expecting colleagues to mark using certain technology, always make sure you have a trial run before the deadlines are looming. This way both students and staff can concentrate on the tasks at hand rather than struggling with new technology.

Paul's co-presenter: John Parkinson

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