Case study: Interactive lectures and richer feedback on assignments: combining OneNote with TurningPoint AnyWhere and Jing

Origin

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
University of Bristol

Tools used

This example uses Jing for the screen capture this can now be produced using Mediasite. If you want to discuss this further please contact us.

Contact

Dr Mike Barton, M.H.Barton@bristol.ac.uk

Objective

Enhancing the student experience and understanding through rich interactive feedback and lecture materials.

Background

Microsoft OneNote is a powerful, yet somewhat underused, programme (part of MS Office) which offers a range of features including the ability to annotate. TurningPoint AnyWhere is a flexible version of the “clicker” e-voting software. Jing is a free screencasting application that allows recording of whatever is on your computer screen. Combining these two with OneNote provides staff with a method to create rich, engaging, detailed, interactive feedback and lecture materials.

What was done

Lectures

Digital Circuits and Systems (EENG14000) is an introductory first year unit in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, with approximately 100 students. Students are directed to sections of the textbook to read in advance of each lecture. Lectures are then used to further explain particularly difficult concepts and work through problems. E-voting tools are used to check student understanding, to identify problem areas and for progress tests. More information on this aspect of the teaching is available in another case study . Prior to the lecture, textbook figures are printed to OneNote, using the “Send to Onenote” print option. This effectively places the material onto a canvas.

During the lecture, OneNote is used in conjunction with a tablet PC and stylus to allow annotation of the figures to aid explanation (illustrated in the screenprint at the top of this page). TurningPoint AnyWhere, through its floating toolbar, allows multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to be presented as required. These can be pre-written into OneNote or created on the fly. At the end of the lecture, the OneNote file is exported as a pdf, complete with annotations, and uploaded to Blackboard so that students have a record of what happened in the lecture. It is possible also to include the e-voting screenshots that are captured automatically by TurningPoint AnyWhere.

Feedback

Student work is submitted online and then printed to OneNote. It is then annotated using a tablet PC with stylus, and audio-visual feedback is recorded using Jing, saved as a Flash video file (.swf), and returned to the student. Jing limits video recordings to 5 minutes, which encourages focussed feedback. The total time taken, including saving to OneNote, annotating, recording and saving, is comparable to conventional marking, but the student receives more detailed and richer feedback. Other useful features of OneNote include a good search facility, the ability to easily insert video and audio, and synching, e.g. after working offline.

Outcomes

Student feedback has been very positive. Comments include:

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