UCD EdTECx conference


Yesterday I attended the UCD EdTECx conference at University College Dublin. UCD has recently moved to the BrightSpace Virtual Learning Environment and the day provided the opportunity for people to share their experience of using it so far. There were a range of interesting talks and discussions, and good attendance with about 130 registered. This blog posts summarises some of the key messages.


Shane Foley described his experience of creating an online module and in particular compared his experience of using BrightSpace with Blackboard. Of particular note were the student monitoring function and the intelligent agent feature.


Joe Twist described his experience of using module builder. He suggested a number of ways of making modules look more friendly, such as including a picture, a welcome message (possible audio or video based). He also had some useful tips, such as: ensuring content is organised logically, being consistent with file names, ensuring materials are accessible, providing text alternatives to images.


Suzanne Guerin focussed on strategies for maximising the use of technologies in classrooms. She believes in the importance of creating practical tasks to reinforce skills and the value of providing feedback in different ways. She described the Mentimeter tool which can be used to get classroom engagement and enable students to ask questions and rate their confidence.


A particularly interesting session was given by Sharleen O’Reilly who described her work on the development of rubrics. She also argued that peer- and self-feedback were valuable and should be encouraged.  


David Jennings talked about e-portfolios and argued that they are student centred and give student autonomy. He referenced Cooper and Love’s (2017) definition of e-portfolios.


The afternoon began with a series of practical ‘how to’ sessions on: module design, feedback and annotation of assignments, feedback and grading in quizzes and rubrics for letter grading.


I finished the day with a keynote on ‘A vision for the future of Technology Enhanced Learning: key trends and implications. The slides are available on slideshare.



Cooper, T. and Love, T. (2007), Electronic portfolios in e-learning, in N. Buzzette-More (Ed.), Advanced principle of effective e-learning, Santa Rose: CS, Informing Science Press.


3 Responses to “UCD EdTECx conference”

  1. Niall Watts Says:

    Thanks for a great keynote

  2. Gráinne Says:

    I enjoyed it!

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