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Preprint: Computer Science Courses Using Laptops

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A preprint of paper to be publish in the next edition the journal Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Information and Computer Sciences (ITALICS) is now available at http://journals.heacademy.ac.uk/doi/abs/10.11120/ital.2014.00011
Computer Science Courses Using LaptopsGaryHill, EspenSvennevik and ScottTurner Department of Computing & Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton, UK Corresponding author: Scott Turner, Department of Computing & Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton, UK Email: Phone: +44 (0) 1604 893028 AbstractTraditionally computer sciences courses have been taught using laboratories full of expensive desktop computers. Although this approach may have been valid in the 80, 90s and even the early part of this decade, this paper suggests that buying, maintaining and replacing laboratories full of computers is no longer required. This paper raises the issues associated with attempting to use laptops – as thin/thick clients using virtual machines – …

OER update for Science and Technology

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Recap on what the Open Educational Resources (OERs) so far released for the School of Science and Technology are and the statistics on their views an downloads.

Problem-SolvingAuthor: Dr Scott Turner http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19001

Details
These mini lectures are intended for undergraduate computing students, for providing simple steps in problem solving before the students learn a programming language. Problem-Solving and Programming is a common first year undergraduate module on the BSc Computing Programme at the University of Northampton. This material was taken from the problem solving part of the module and provides an introduction to five topics in problem-solving.

The resource can be found at: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19001 Statistics are:




Pollution And PollutantsAuthors: Paul Cox and Nigel Freestone http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/18529
Details Pollution is the undesirable introduction of pollutants (contaminants) into the natural environment (land, air and water) and…

Innovative Teaching in Science and Technology

Two posters were present from the School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton's Innovation Fund Dissemination Event at Park Library.



MApping: integrating mobile technology into geography fieldwork learning and teaching

Oculus rift poster may 2014 from Scott Turner

Open Educational Resources: Problem solving

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Another new Open Education Resource (OER) has been made available by the School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton.


Problem-SolvingAuthor: Dr Scott Turner http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19001

Details
These mini lectures are intended for undergraduate computing students, for providing simple steps in problem solving before the students learn a programming language. Problem-Solving and Programming is a common first year undergraduate module on the BSc Computing Programme at the University of Northampton. This material was taken from the problem solving part of the module and provides an introduction to five topics in problem-solving.

The resource can be found at: http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/19001
After one week on JORUM 93 downloads and 12 views of the OER.



Opinion: Using the Turnitin iPad app.

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What is it?
An iPad app that allows you to download Turnitin submitted assignments on to an iPad for offline marking. 

Why did I use it?
I knew I was going to be in a situation (travelling) when I wouldn't have internet access and there was a lot of marking to do and the time to possibly do some of it.

How?
Roughly
- Downloaded the app from the apple app store;
- Went to my Blackboard account and the module and set of assignments I was to mark;
- Went to one of the student's submissions and in Grademark, clicked on an icon that looks roughly like an iPad as an icon and that produce a code;
- Went to the ipad app, selected the LMS option and typed in the code from the last stage;
- Pressed accounts on the app;
-Synchronised the submissions (needed to be online still for this) by pressing the cloud symbols and waited for it to be finished;

Now I can be be offline and essentially you just select the assignment you want to mark and use it pretty much like Grademark.



Thoughts?

So far it seems to…

MApping: integrating mobile technology into geography fieldwork learning and teaching

MApping: integrating mobile technology into geography fieldwork learning and teaching

Who is your project team? Naomi Holmes and Adel Gordon

How much funding did you receive? £3,000

What is your project: Using mobile technologies in geography field work learning and teaching. The focus of the project was to use an iPad mini to collect data for a Habitat Survey assignment based at Delapre, Northampton.

Do you have any outcomes you can report? There was successful use of the iPad mini in ENV2123 for the Habitat Survey assignment. Students used the apps Fieldtrip GB and Skitch to collect data in the field.

Also used in other modules to facilitate learning including: Producing group presentations on ‘Citizen Science’Making iMovie trailers on ‘Conservation Biogeography’Working in small groups to research and present a research proposalVarious apps were used by the students and Apple TV was used to allow the students to present their work immediately in class. Students engaged well with the techn…

Immersive technology devices and field work: Oculus Rift

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Who is your project team? Scott Turner and Naomi Holmes, School of Science and Technology, Adel Gordon, Learning Technology- all University of NorthamptonHow much funding did you receive? £1,200

Poster available at: http://slidesha.re/1kvvUuX or http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1054675

What is your project? The aim was to investigate the potential use and the student experiences of using virtual reality (Oculus Rift) devices for field trips. Virtual reality field trips have been used by a number of HE institutions for a number of reasons:
To give students the opportunity to prepare for a ‘real-life’ field trip (risk assessments, kit selection, project preparation etc)To allow students to reflect on a recent field tripTo provide an additional field trip experience without incurring extra costs for the student or institutionTo improve accessibility to field work experiencesTo allow distance learning students to participate in field workComputer-based (virtual reality) field trips have…

Call for papers: Higher Education 2018: the way forward

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We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the forthcoming edition of 'Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education'.
ELEHE is an open-access international peer-reviewed online journal, addressing the challenge of enhancing learning in Higher Education.
We are inviting submissions for our Autumn 2014 special edition:
Higher Education 2018: the way forward Guest editor: Professor Alejandro Armellini
The deadline for submissions for the next edition is 1st August 2014.
More information, along with article types and author guidelines are available at www.northampton.ac.uk/elehe


The Journal Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education can be found at: http://journals.northampton.ac.uk/index.php/elehe/index