Wednesday 5th December 2018, 15.00
Speakers: Lilian Soon, Educational Adviser, Programme Design and Learning Team and Carmen Álvarez-Mayo, Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Location: Room D/N/056, Derwent College, Campus West
An institution-wide license for Padlet was acquired by the University a few months ago, and members of staff can now create unlimited Padlets at http://uniofyork.padlet.org using their UoY Google account.
The main aims of the workshop were to increase the number of University staff using Padlet, to develop more collaborative and diverse work with students and colleagues, ensuring that Padlet is used in an accessible way. In addition to that, I wanted to look into the viability of implementing its use in the Forum Blog to improve its visual appeal and encourage/facilitate interaction during our workshops and at the next annual L&T conference. The session was rather successful and included participation by colleagues from both campuses, showcasing different ways to use Padlet. Furthermore, the workshop marked the start of a University Padlet user group.
The session commenced with an introduction to Padlet by Lilian Soon from the University Programme Design and Learning Technology Team. Lilian shared a Padlet created for the workshop, noted that Padlets can have different users, and more than one person can oversee/lead each Padlet. She also added that students can be collaborators, which means you can put some in charge of moderation, for instance. Then Lilian explained and showed how to join in/access the Padlet to ensure the session was practical, collaborative and engaging, and colleagues shared: pictures, a satellite image, a voice recording, queries, feedback, and some examples of their Padlets.
Setareh Chong from the Department of Biology shared her experience using Padlet with her students, talking about the PAL interaction board she developed: https://uniofyork.padlet.org/setareh_chong/yn5tu6lf8t6b
Mathilde Péron from the Department of Economics continued sharing good practice on her use of Padlet through the VLE. Mathilde uses Padlets weekly — embedding them in the VLE — to introduce new topics that will be discussed in the next class, sharing pre-session homework with students, and, also, using the QR Padlet code in her lectures to allow students to share any questions that may crop up.
When my turn arrived, I showed some of my Padlets to illustrate different types of uses:
- To compile student work and feedback, a student collaboration sharing practice and feedback, and further practice and study resources;
- As a vehicle to easily share conference presentations;
- To develop creativity sharing Kahoots created by students and myself;
- As a tool to share information on our L&T Forum workshops, making them more visually appealing — and interactive when used during the sessions;
- Using the recording tool to engage students in further oral production and practice outside the classroom
As shown in my examples, a Padlet web address can be customised, being able to select a meaningful, easy to remember name for your Padlet.
Dominic Ennis from Social Policy and Social Work also contributed to the session, and Benjamin Poore, from Theatre, Film and Television participated via a pre-recorded video.
Two colleagues from my Department, Language and Linguistic Science, Megumi Bailey and Lorena López shared their Padlets via Lilian, also, Louise Rudd/Sandra Jeffrey from the International Pathway College.
Further reading and resources:
- Guides and practical information: http://bit.ly/ytelpadlet
- Recap — Padlet user group forum: https://elearningyork.wordpress.com/2019/01/03/recap-padlet-user-group-forum-5-dec-2018/
- Two examples of Padlets by Natalie Kopytko:
- Free high resolution images: https://unsplash.com/
A PDF version of the Padlet from the session can be viewed here.