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Impact of technologies on education explored

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Photo: Henry Platten, of eTreble9, addresses attendees at Glyndŵr University's Technology-enhanced Learning Symposium

The ground-breaking impact of new technologies on education and learning were explored at Glyndŵr University to kickstart the New Year.

Innovations including a cutting-edge learning dome which has been created by the university’s computing department and Techniquest Glyndŵr came under focus at the university’s Technology-enhanced Learning Symposium.

The dome, which has been used to help teach students on health, digital media and psychology courses, allows users to see, touch, hear and even smell while they’re in the dome using technology, smoke, sound waves and a ‘smell emitter.’

Guest speaker at the event was Mark Stiles, an Emeritus Professor at Staffordshire University, who spoke about his own experiences of using technology in education.

There were also talks on e-safety from Henry Platten, of eTreble9, and the growth of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are providing universities with innovative ways to reach new audiences.

Students from Glyndŵr University’s Broadcast, Journalism and Media Communications degree spoke about the power of student-led learning, revealing how a cross-departmental project led to the production of a new online video taking prospective students on a tour around the university’s Wrexham campus.

A spokesperson for the university’s Centre for Learning, Teaching and Assessment said: “Technology is rapidly changing the way educators teach and at the same time helping to improve the learning experience for students.

“The symposium was a great opportunity for all educators around the university to explore new opportunities for using technology to enhance the learning experience.”
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