Technology DemonstratorsThe Technology Demonstrator Projects effort was influenced by a recognition that at the University of Southern Queensland it is imperative that we continue to explore and discover innovative ways to facilitate leading edge teaching pedagogy through technology. By committing to using and supporting the Demonstrator methodology, we are also committing to the assumption that our most creative and practical ideas about teaching and learning, come from teachers and learners.
3D printing enables a lecturer to incorporate engaging and tangible learning experiences through printed models and parts. The use of 3D printing resources can increase knowledge and improve skills by providing tangible modules of various complex concepts and data such as mathematical functions and chemistry molecules. 3D printing allows students to experiment and create working prototypes of various projects within engineering, graphics and many other subjects.
Joomag is a creative solution to share content and information in an interactive and engaging way using a singular web‐based platform. Joomag allows an organisation to brand digital publications and establish a new avenue of recognition through readership. Use of digital technologies is increasing student engagement with the incoming multi‐literate student base. Comprehensive metrics on user behaviour is available including download and link statistics.
The Kubi Tele-Presence device is a way to engage people in a range of settings who typically would not be engaged. It enables connectivity through the use of standards based video conferencing called a 'soft codec' to actually enable people to be connected across distance. The Kubi is able to pan and tilt based on what is taking place.
One of the fundamental aspects of moving forward in a space of how you use assisted technology is a change in culture. The Kubi Telepresence allows a change in the environments in which universities and schools work.
The next step is to go beyond the classroom and curriculum. How do we support staff and students and even communities in rural and remote settings? The Kubi Telepresence offers more than just a once off interaction.
Using the Kubi Telepresence device is not without its challenges. Professor Stephen Winn discusses what obstacles need to be overcome in order to make the most of this technology.
Lightboard allows a lecturer to write on a transparent surface with fluorescent markers during a lecture or while being recorded. This ensures both the text and the presenter remain visible, increasing viewer engagement.
Dr Andrew Maxwell discusses how his 3D printed mobile Zoom rig can be utilised to enable more movement during classroom events, interviews and general meetings.
USQ offers a variety of different technologies in the classroom setting from interactive whiteboards to group table screens.
Dr Andrew Maxwell discusses the use of a paper cast to enhance the learning experience of his students.
Dr Tobias Low, Dr Andrew Maxwell and Dr Stephen Goh discuss how particular robotic devices can assist with understanding concepts and enhancing teaching.
Socrative is a student response system that allows a high number of students to engage with the lecturer in a classroom setting by answering quiz questions without peer judgement. Socrative can be used before, during or after a lecture and collect real‐time, formative feedback. This enables a lecturer to assess their students as learning happens and cover content where any learning gaps have been identified immediately.
The use of virtual technologies as a teaching resource can stimulate student engagement leading to a significant increase in content knowledge and improved skills. Learning engagement and outcomes for students studying at a distance as well as on campus can be improved through the use of online virtual technologies.
The student learning experience was enriched by incorporating a variety of media such as video, audio, images and presentations. Siginificant increase in student engagement and collaboration due to a stronger sense of community and richer discussion via various multi media artefacts. Some students struggle to feel confident discussing various topics or feel they may be judged on their written responses. The ability to discuss a topic face to face provides an opportunity for the student to learn how to engage with peers.
India Bryce discusses how she uses Zoom to even the playing field for online students and the importance of collaboration and discussion between lecturer and student.