The pen is mightier than the keyboard

Travis Smith, Higher Education Lead with Microsoft, recently spoke at a Tablet Teaching Community of Practice meeting about the importance of hand-written notes, scribbled diagrams, and spontaneous annotation in teaching and learning processes. He argues that the tablet and stylus therefore have a key role to play in the future of technology-enabled learning.

Travis also did a cook’s tour of a range of Microsoft applications demonstrating lesser-known features that could be useful in teaching and learning contexts.

AR/VR in teaching Anatomy

Heath McGowan and Aaron McDonald (Physiology, Anatomy & Microbiology) demonstrate the application of Augmented and Virtual Reality in the teaching of Anatomy.

This video was recorded in the Science Hub where part of the SHE AR/VR/360 Video Community of Practice meeting took place on 4 July 2019.

Launch of the Tablet Teaching CoP

A Tablet Teaching Community of Practice led by Carolyn Bell (Microbiology) was launched on Friday 14 June with simultaneous sessions on the Melbourne and Bendigo campuses. Many thanks to Russ Anderson (Physics) for facilitating the Bendigo session. Over 20 Surface Pros and Gos are now on loan to staff intending to trial them in their teaching later in the year. The following 4 videos cover some of the content covered in the workshops:

Surface Go unboxing

Using the pen as a slide changer


Another 50 devices are on order. Please contact if you are interested in joining the CoP. Those with their own devices, including iPads, are of course also welcome!

Presenting from an iPad via AirMedia

Carolyn Bell (Microbiology) demonstrates how to present from an iPad using AirMedia. AirMedia is currently available in selected teaching spaces: the Agora Theatre, DMB E 223 collaborative teaching, Donald Whitehead Building EBL spaces, Martin Building, and City Campus. See also Carolyn’s post from 4 Sept 2018 on presenting via AirMedia from a Surface Pro, and look out for future posts on other tablet teaching solutions.