Easier blending & simpler flipping

exploiting web based productivity tools for learning design

UoG SHIFT 2016- Martin Compton

Terms like 'flipped'. 'blended' and 'mobile' learning are now relatively commonplace in HEIs and the broader implementation of digital technology for teaching, learning and assessment has become a major priority. Yet practice is inconsistent and understanding of the how and, perhaps more importantly, the why are often lost in a whirlwind of 'whizzy' gadgets and what many see as technobabble. This session is designed to bring relief to academic staff who want to broaden their use of technology and enhance opportunities for collaboration and co-creation of content but want to use simpler tools and straightforward techniques while maintaining quality and engagement.


This session will look at how two modules (one at level 4 and one at M level) have been delivered using a range of (relatively) easy to use (free) web based productivity tools to create a learning design that works for teaching staff as well as the students. It's less of a 'how to' and more of a 'how you could' or perhaps even a 'why you should'.

Cloud tools used for self study group and flipping

Cloud tools used for blending and supporting in class activity

Martin Compton

Senior Lecturer in Learning, Teaching and Professional Development

All the tools used

smore - online leaflet creator used as a 'host' or portal to resources

Linoit - post it note tool used to present or collaborate

prezi - cloud based presentation tool used to host videos and structure activity

vocaroo - instant MP3 recorder used for quick audio

audioboom - free podcasting tool used for longer audio for flipping

youtube -used to source video as well as hosting video content

box.com - place to store online and to share- nice interface

piratepad - instant collaboration/ no log in for creator or users

google forms - collate feedback

padlet -collaboration or presentation tool

blendspace- excellent curation and presentation tool - great for flipping

twitter - my choice of the many social media

screenr (no longer supported so I now use screencastify extension to Chrome)

storify - curate/ collect web content on a topic (inc. twitter)

google drive - great to create collaborative resources

I can embed Smore and other cloud based tools into Moodle

This is using the embed code in a page - put it in a 'label' to display it on the homepage


This is the even simpler 'external tool' option- basically, add a resource, choose 'external tool' then paste in link


Only I can access these or the students on my programme because of the settings I have used