Festival of Learning and Teaching 2017: A blended student/staff perspective

Guest post by Joel Driver


I attended the recent Festival of Learning and Teaching as a staff member of the Learning Technologies Team—with the additional perspective of also being a third-year student.

The chance to hear about some of the pedagogical activities from academics in a variety of fields provided an interesting insight into some of the completed and “in-progress” projects underway across different departments.

Travis Cox and David Wilson delivered the first presentation I attended on the use of learning analytics for the enhancement of teaching and engagement. It was a fascinating presentation discussing the enormous depth of the learning analytics data that is collected and the potential of this data as a tool for uncovering determinants of student outcomes.

PechaKuchas are short, time-constrained presentations (20 slides shown for 20 seconds per slide) and the speakers I saw discussed topics ranging from the use of animations and interactive videos in courses to the benefits of engaging with the online Canvas community. The AdelaideX team delivered a very interesting presentation on their use of students-as-partners in the development of a new MOOC.

Following the presentations, I assisted on a “Byte-size Bazaar” station to show how the use of green screen technology can enhance student engagement and learning. We had excellent attendance and engagement from staff across all faculties.  Many tested the “Live Key” green screen and Learning Glass recording facilities available at the new Barr Smith Recording Studio for the first time.

For more information about the Barr Smith Recording Studio including how to book a time to use the facility, please see

Overall, I found the day to be interesting and rewarding and heard the same sentiment from many of the academics and other staff that I spoke to at the event. Thanks to the organisers for such a great event!

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