Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Studies
Psychology for social care workers
Group discussions are central to my teaching in covering fields of learning where there often is no definitive ‘right or wrong’. Technology helps in supporting students to inform their positions and video clips are helpful for depicting cases and work practice. However technology can only go so far in assisting students to articulate a position and defend a stance or an approach to a given problem. If my student classes were not as large as 80 then web based discussions might be helpful but it would take too much time facilitating 80 students on a web based discussion around for example domestic violence or child abuse.
I use a mix of Powerpoint and youtube videos, as well as Turnitin Assessments, all through the Canvas LMS
I use these in-class to support learning around specific concepts through readings and youtube clips. I also put material up as well on canvas for them to access in their own time outside of class
Video clips are useful for depicting key issues and theoretical concepts in practice. Canvas makes it easier for students to be able to access key readings as everything is in the same place and can be accessed through a computer or through their phone. Turnitin can help to reduce plagiarism.
A disadvantage to using any technology is the danger of that technology not working when you go to use a room from another department. Also, in some lecture rooms it can be difficult for students to hear anything on video which is a problem if you intend on using specific video clips.
Mainly training which has been provided by the department of TEL inside in CIT.