Session Feedback

Below is the accumulated feedback from my PGCHE Micro-teach session. A short reflection on the received comments can be found at the bottom of this page.

Key Strengths of the session: 

“Really clearly set out, with well stated learning objectives. A very useful tool for learning”

“Really liked that the learning objectives were set out at the beginning. Really informative – such a useful took both in terms of teaching and work. Covered lots of info in a short space of time but didn’t feel rushed.”

“A good simple introduction to a new concept. Lots of examples of how it works and how it could be used in an academic environment”

“Clear objectively for the session. New and exciting informal tool for learning. Love the fact that you were smiley and happy. Enjoyed your informal style”

“It was clear and interesting. Thank you very much!”

“A very effective use of time. Covering all relevant topics regarding Thinglink. It’s whet my appetite to use in my teaching”

“Really liked it. Very informative. Shows/allows options to enable deeper learning”

“Clear aims and objectives of the session. Very good theoretical perspective on constructivist – collaborative knowledge generation – Vygotsky” 

“A clear introduction into a new piece of interactive software”

“Really well structured and easy to understand. Showed a range of types of embeds which helped to understand the power of Thinglink.”

“Clear understanding – well and clearly presented. Invaluable introduction of fascinating tools to those who would probably take years before finding it themselves” 

“Subject relevant to audience. Clear info. Resources to look at in future. Confident delivery”

“Really friendly delivery and very clear at explaining Thinglink”

“Clear presentation. Very engaging and interesting to learn about a useful tool” 

What I learnt/will take away from the session:

A really good resource which I could use in teaching with images and sound behind”

“Thinglink – a fantastic tool – really keen to use it and learn more!”

“An introduction into something I’d never heard of before”

“How to use technology to inform learning. How useful this will be for students to learn from each other and encourage them to take ownership of their own learning”

“Thinglink: Image tagging. I learnt how to use thinglink”

That I want to learn more about Thinglink”

“Range of cool applications”

“Find a way to use Thinglink as a collaborative learning activity and embed within Learning Space” 

“Knowledge of Thinglink and uses”

“Ways of linking embedded media to images. Ways of pooling linking together different types of embedded media”

“Thinglink – amazing little tool”

“Good knowledge of the functions of Thinglink”

“…about Thinglink”

“A really useful tool for projects – thanks”

Areas for development:

“Excellent”

“Be more confident and don’t feel you need to rush, or cut things out – the content is really interesting, so I wanted to hear more!”

“Be more confident in delivery. Perhaps illustrate it further with more examples of how it could be used. So perhaps it could have been walked through how to set it up.”

Handouts would have been useful. Taking a deep breath and be confident that we do want to hear and see what you’re teaching us. Try to talk to everyone in the room from the beginning.” 

“No areas of development. Though I would have liked to put into practice the knowledge I learned to remember better”

“Can’t think of any sorry”

“Maybe a touch too basic – but difficult to pitch to people with varying literacy 🙂 “

“Would be good to show more examples – but participants could find this for themselves”

“Could have cons as well as pros”

|I would have liked to have seen links that highlight a particular area of relevance on the pictures, for example the on/off switch on a sewing machine”

“Good that you had examples – think the examples could be developed a little more creatively and inspiringly show off the technology”

“Maybe inform people that they can upload their own sounds on Soundcloud”

It was a demonstration rather than a lesson. At first I was freaked out because of all the wealth of software and websites etc – and I don’t know how to utilise it all so it would have been great if Amy could have given it more classroom/teacher context. The demo provoked a lot of questions which Amy didn’t have time to answer so strictly speaking we ran out of time. Too much to take in. “

“Maybe trying to fit in a little too much”

Summary: 

I do really enjoy presenting tools to staff and students within higher education. Usually I teach in smaller groups to accommodate varying degrees of digital literacy. As part of the micro-teach we were asked to present something relevant to our discipline hence choosing a tool people may not have heard of before that can be used within a learning and teaching context.

I wasn’t surprised with the variety of comments I received; some individuals felt there was tool much to take in while others wanted to cover more. This is typical of a large class with different experiences of technological tools.

The main aim of the session was to introduce the class to a tool they could use and I feel this was definitely achieved. My confidence was  something that also came up, some felt I was confident while others feel I could have been more confident. My confidence when teaching is something I have struggled with and so it was nice to have some positive feedback regarding the information I delivered as part of the session. It’s something I am working on and should hopefully improve over time and throughout the period of the PGCHE.

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