Announcing the FSE Best in eLearning Competition Winner 2016-17


The annual FSE Best in eLearning competition is designed to highlight resources that stand out as examples of good practice which have positively engaged students, and to reflect the wide range of innovative learning design that exists across the Faculty. This year students made over 500 nominations for 245 course units.

The FSE eLearning team is pleased to announce the results of the FSE Best in eLearning competition 2016-17.

Faculty Winner

  • PHYS30762&63762 Object-Oriented Programming in C++ : Niels Walet (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Comments from students:

“Of four years, these lectures have been the most engaging because they were interactive. It was easy to get involved (just use phone or laptop, etc.) And the format was well organised and thought through, the whole thing ran smoothly.”

“This feels like my most technologically integrated course at UoM. Excellent use of Nearpod for in-lecture interaction and great use of pre-lecture podcasts.”

“The prelectures really helped with understanding, so that we could participate more actively in lectures…going into a lecture with some understanding of the content and structure definitely improves engagement.”

“Assessment online came with marking rubrics and one to one feedback in order to develop mistakes made in previous assignments.”

Comments from Professor Niels Walet:

What was the rationale behind your main eLearning features?

“This course is taught in a rather different way than any other physics course you will have seen before – actually, it is really a programming course! I expect students to take responsibility for their own learning. The taught part of the material is very much delivered in a flipped classroom setting. I provide short pre-lecture videos to discuss the material for each weeks, where students are asked to try out and look at the codes discussed. The lectures themselves are much more interactive and problem based than for other courses. I use Nearpod for presenting the lectures (which contain quizzes). Students are asked to download a Nearpod presentation before coming to the lecture theatre.

All material is accessible through Blackboard, even though for practical reasons part of the material is hosted on external websites; Blackboard is also used for all marking and feedback.”

Commended Finalists (in alphabetical order)

We’d like to thank the students who nominated their course units and provided valuable feedback as well as the nominated course tutors who have recognised and responded to the needs of the learner, developing resources that add real value to their course teaching.

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