Friday, 6 September 2013

Enabling class interaction using the LearnUCS (Blackboard) Mobile App

As you maybe aware, Blackboard (who provide the LearnUCS software) have upgraded their Mobile App. The latest version is much slicker, and includes more functionality compared to the previous version.

This new version, combined with the improvements in the LearnUCS discussion board software encouraged the Elevate Team to re-think some of the possibilities for enhancing the level of classroom interaction. For instance, we are often asked how classroom based group work can be captured, shared and reflected upon, in particular, are there technologies which will make this process more efficient compared to a flip chart or write on walls?

We'd suggest these new developments will make this much easier. You will need to create a discussion board thread within your LearnUCS module, and ensure when you set up your classroom group activities that at least one person in each group has the Mobile app on their phone or tablet. Each group will be able to answer the question by typing in their response and they can attach photos, docs and other evidence.

After which you can share and respond to the group ideas in the classroom, and encourage groups to further reflect on each others responses. This will make the learning activity more powerful compared to the more traditional model of presenting flip charts.

If you'd like to discuss further how this might work in your teaching, please email the Elevate Team (

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