Google Slides Real Time Questioning

Google’s answer to powerpoint, ‘Slides’ has been upgraded today with an app that allows students to send questions in real time to the presenter.

It looks like a nice feature that allows the audience to post questions via the app.  Other audience members can vote the questions up if they want to hear the answer too.  Anonymous questioning is  possible.

Google Slides Q&A update

Google Slides Q&A – Image from Google Docs Blog –


Google released this video which shows the system in action.

There is also a red dot function that acts like a laser pen when presenting from a computer.

Read more about the app release here:

The ‘Slides’ application is part of the Google Apps for Education.  These apps are available to all Marjon Staff.  Please contact Zac Gribble ( if you would like to know more.



Visual Updates to Learning Space

You may have noticed some visual changes to Learning Space.  In particular to the homepage. With 41,590 page views on the Homepage, in just the last 30 days, LS is clearly a huge tool to our students.

We have been looking at ways to develop the user experience on Learning Space.  The initial steps were to fix styling bugs that were causing some conflictions between headings and title boxes.  These were more obvious on smaller device screens and older browsers.

The later developments have been to replace the quick link buttons and soften the background texture.  This hopefully adds more colour to the homepage and makes the text more readable throughout the system.


We have applied more attention to detail by adding drop shadows to all the boxes within the layout.

While all of these changes may seem small details, the overall outcome should provide a fresh feel to all LS pages.

With these updates, adding video and images to module pages will enhance the pages greatly.  If you would like any help with this, please contact the MeLT team –

We are constantly reviewing the visual and usability side to our VLE.  If you have any feedback on the new updates, please contact Zac Gribble –


Finishing ADP online resources

The MeLT team are finishing off the final elements for ADP resources.

As part of the Academic Development Programme, the MeLT team are developing online resources for Panopto Content Capture, Turnitin and Learning Space.  These resources will be placed on Learning Space and made available for staff to view.


The resources have been developed using the Storyline Articulate 2 package.  If you can see a use for resources like this in your teaching, please contact

We have also filmed elements of the resources.  We have found that adding video to learning resources offers a rich media experience and adds a great deal of value and a personal touch to TEL (technology enhanced learning).



Google Forms is a capable replacement for Survey Monkey at Marjon

You may be aware of Google Forms, you may not.  As a form solution, it covers all the basics and so much more.

At Marjon, Survey Monkey has provided the benchmark for staff and students to produce online forms.  Due to a change in policy and proceedure, this service is now less favourable.

Google Forms is free and (in typical Google tradition) is very intuitive, portable and extremely collaborative.  The process of creating a form from scratch is quick and as simple as any other form editors.  A gmail account is required.  If you have one already, then you can start using forms.  If you don’t, then signing up is also a quick process.  A gmail account also includes cloud solutions such as Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Drive.

This video shows the process of creating a basic form. (updated to the new Google forms March 16)

More complex forms are possible like directing users to different pages depending on their answers.

Reporting is possible using smart graphs as well as CSV exporting for analysis in Excel (or google sheets!).

As with any Google product, there is a wealth of tutorials and supporting video online.  If you require any assistance with finding such content, please contact the MeLT team.

As staff at Marjon, we have access to the ‘Google Apps for Education’ suite.  This includes all the above cloud solutions with no limitation on storage.  The content within a GAFE account is held under the Marjon name and uses your Marjon email for  login. If you wish to have an account, please contact Zac Gribble –

Academic Development Programme

As part of the Marjon Academic Development Programme, the MeLT team will be providing resources and sessions to support the TEL areas.

It is important to stress that the team are always available for support and development across the institution, but these are aimed at providing recognition that the subject has been covered.

Using the latest software and techniques, the online RLOs (reusable learning objects) will be available to complete at the leisure of the academic.  Sessions and workshops will be arranged at times that are more convenient for teaching staff to attend.

The MeLT areas currently planned for ADP are:

Title Sub area Type
Clevertouch NA Session
Replay (panopto) NA RLO
Turnitin Submission


TEL Tools NA Session
Moodle Forums




Video embedding

Layout and topic boxes

RLO – Workshops
Google Apps Google docs

Google Sheets

Google forms

Google drive

Hangouts (possible)


Marjon eTrumps

layout01_04Finding the right or new tools for study, revision, presenting or teaching can be like searching for a needle in a giant… stack of needles!

As part of an initiative to communicate new tools and showcase good practice, a project has begun to provide a one stop shop to compare, search and learn about different learning technologies.  The project is aimed at all types of users at Marjon.


Based on the ‘Top Trumps’ card game, eTools will be compared, searched and rated by users within an online web interface.  It will be designed to work on mobile devices as well as desktop computers.

As more tools are added by the MeLT team, we will ask users of different roles (students, professional services, academics) to recommend what they have found and give any examples of good use.

The project is currently in testing phase and as we get closer to a launch, we will post more details.


TEL Talks and the TEL Forum

The MeLT team will begin sessions called TEL talks.

TEL (technology enhanced learning) Talks are aimed at getting the opinions of students in a forum that is relaxed and free from any formal meeting structure.  We will pose some questions, but the floor is given to the attending students.

Understanding the value of learning technology from a student’s perspective is vital in planning, developing and innovating TEL at Marjon.

We will announce a date for the first meeting  soon.  Working with Helen Heywood (Academic Skills), the MeLT team want to engage with student users and move TEL forward.

logo1The TELForum is being set up with Zac Gribble, Ben Jane and Tim Sayer for university staff to learn, showcase and discuss tools within a pedagogical context.

It’s an exciting time!

Clevertouch Screens

Some teaching spaces have now been equipped with the ‘Clevertouch’ screens to work either alongside or replacing projectors.

These screens can be used in the same way as the projectors using the lectern laptops to manage the content. They can also be used to interact with the content.

Please view the POV video below to see the basic functions of the screens. We are keeping the videos as raw as possible to give the most true to use example.

You will find more videos and a list of rooms with the clevertouch screens installed at


Welcome to the new DIT EduBlog!

Hello and welcome to the new Marjon DIT Team Blog

We have created this blog using the Edublog platform.  This platform is available to all staff and students at Marjon.  Want to know more? Email us and arrange a chat!

This blog is aimed at showcasing TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) across the institution.  We also want to share news of projects and new tools that we think could benefit the Marjon experience.

The team are:

Also in the DIT office is Tony Atkin ( who is the VLE and software administrator.