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A turning point in interation

Posted by gazjjohnson on 24 August, 2009

Just come back from a session by Keith on using the voting handsets and software from TurningPoint in teaching sessions.  I must confess to being quite impressed by the ease at which it was possible to set up slides and get responses from the audience, just using the PowerPoint plug in. 

One or two features like the onscreen timer do seem to be a little tempermental, but straight away I can think of some sessions that I’d like to seriously enliven using this coming year.  While we’ve only 50 handsets for now, I can see that there will likely be a strong demand from my collegues for more of the handsets to cope with the larger numbers in some sessions.

So that was a promising session, and while I won’t be teaching as much with the new job, I can still see a use for them in my sessions on 3rd party copyright and etheses.  Thanks to Keith for running the session!

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TAN: Don’t Cheat Your Self

Posted by gazjjohnson on 25 March, 2009

This lunchtime I braved the wind and the rain to attend a TAN session by friend and colleague Stu Johnson from Student Support.  Stu was talking about the Don’t Cheat Your Self plagiarism app that he developed with Adobe Presenter and PowerPoint.  What started as a month long summer project has gone on from a soft launch to be used now in 16 departments.

I was quite impressed by how relatively easy is looked to create such a resource, and naturally myself and Sarah W started talking about what kind of resource could we build in the library along the same lines.  Our best suggestion on the walk down the stairs was something around evaluating websites.  One more idea to hold on the back burner though for now until we have some time available.

I also liked his use of Wordle in creating a tag cloud from his feedback.  I’ll certainly try that with the next bunch of feedback I get. 

It was a good session, even if towards the end of the energised discussion the room was getting somewhat overly warm!  I shall look forward to my next TAN session once they announce it.

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