Vevox for Students

In the past month, the university has rolled out Vevox and begun training staff in its use. Vevox combines polls, surveys and Q&As in one interactive software and has integrations with Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint. We are glad to see that staff are already adopting this new software in their teaching and want to encourage students to do the same.
Aberystwyth University’s subscription to Vevox comes with Single Sign-On, meaning students can securely log in with their Aber Uni ID and password. Just as there are multiple ways that staff may use Vevox, so students might find it a useful tool.
For example, students could use Vevox polls and the Q&A function when presenting in seminars or workshops, especially in assessments that feature audience engagement as a criterion. Equally, Vevox offers great opportunities for student research, both in terms of analysing and interrogating survey design (e.g. by using Vevox’s existing sample surveys), and for creating and running their own surveys. Further, Vevox might be used in group work, offering students the opportunity to gather ideas and encourage diverse input from more quiet group members. This is especially useful at the moment, where student groups may include members from different households.
These are just a few examples of how students might use Vevox in their learning and we encourage staff to alert students to the fact that they, too, can access this software for free. Our Vevox guides are here (English and Cymraeg) and How-To videos are here (English and Cymraeg). The Learning and Teaching Unit is at hand alongside the Vevox Team to support any technical queries that may arise, providing student with support that is not available when using free alternatives.

How to make asynchronous recordings engaging and interactive

Pre-recorded asynchronous content has become a key factor in delivering courses and enabling the best learning experience for students at Aberystwyth University. There are several strategies that lecturers can use to make these recordings both engaging and interactive.

The benefits of asynchronous pre-recorded lectures are manifold, and most students – as the so-called YouTube generation – know this mode of learning extremely well (Scagnoli, Choo & Tian, 2019). Benefits include that students control their engagement with the content and value the convenience and flexibility that asynchronous recordings provide them with, in particular regarding the pace of their learning, and the repeatability of their engagement (Dale & Pymm, 2009; Ramlogan et al., 2014; Scagnoli, Choo & Tian, 2019). It is therefore essential that staff outline what is expected of students in terms of engaging with learning materials, both in pre-recorded videos and in-person sessions.

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Advice on managing face-to-face and HyFlex teaching successfully

Advice on managing face-to-face teaching successfully:
All staff should strive to maximise the amount of time that students are working back to back or side to side, wherever possible. However, where this is not possible, students may turn to one another, for example for seminar discussion, provided other mitigating practices remain in place (ventilation, masks, social distancing).

A short (10 minute) discussion among students can then be opened up by using interactive technologies such as polling software to allow students to pool their knowledge and begin a plenary discussion, for which all students will face forward again. The majority of in-person sessions should take place with students positioned back to back or side to side.

Please note:
• Any activities in which students face each other should be in very small groups (pairs or groups of three) to minimise the overall volume and ensure everyone can contribute.
• Reminding students of good conversational etiquette, in which people take turns to speak, is essential to minimising the volume of conversations, and thus the projection of aerosol droplets.
• In rooms with fixed and/or tiered seating, such discussion may prove difficult, as students are not permitted to change seats.
• In rooms with mobile seating, the layout of the room must not be changed, and staff must ensure that students maintain social distancing at all times when turning to others.

Advice on managing HyFlex teaching successfully:
• Set expectations clearly: what can student joining remotely expect? Will they be in an observer role? Will they be active participants? What are the limits of remote participation?
• Enable interactive tasks that bring remote and in situ students together, e.g. interactive polls that all can access synchronously
• If numbers are very uneven and the majority of students is present in one mode (e.g. only one student is joining remotely from quarantine), invite in situ students to the online session using their own devices, to enable peer discussion

Digital Insights 2018/19: Digital tools and apps useful for learning

In Digital Insights 2018/19 survey, we asked students to give an example of a digital tool or app they find really useful for learning. We thought we will share some of the examples on our blog.

Access AU core e-learning services



  • Endnote – reference management software (free to download for AU students and staff)
  • Mendeley – reference management software & researcher network


Organize & monitor your progress

  • ApAber– check your timetable, find available computers on campus, see your Aber Card balance, look at local bus timetables and much more
  • GradeHub – a tool to track your progress and predict what marks you need to achieve your degree
  • Asana – is a web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work
  • MyStudyLife – unfortunately this service is shutting down but try myHomework (app) instead, it will help you to organize your workload


Taking notes


Study better

  • Forest App – is an app helping you stay away from your smartphone and stay focused on your work
  • GetRevising – revision tools
  • Anki – software for making flashcards
  • Study Blue – online flashcards, homework help & textbook solutions
  • Quora – a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers
  • Memrise – a language platform which uses flashcards as memory aids, but also offers user-generated content on a wide range of other subjects
  • GeoGebra – an interactive geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus application
  • KhanAcademy – free online courses, lessons & practice
  • Tomato Timers – ‘Pomodoro Technique’ is a time management method, the technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks




[:en]Digital Insights 2018/19 benchmarking data[:cy]Data Meincnodi Mewnwelediad Digidol 2018/19 [:]

[:en]As promised in the previous post outlining some of the key findings of this year’s Digital Insights survey for students we will now present you with the benchmarking data from 29 other Higher Education in UK (14560 responses from students).

Having access to the benchmarking data gives us an opportunity to judge how well we are actually doing and determine which issues are specific to Aberystwyth and which are common to all HE institutions in our sector.

Overall, significantly more students at AU rated the quality of this university’s digital provision (software, hardware, learning environment) as ‘Excellent’.





In many aspects, the ratings of AU digital provisions were higher than the benchmarking data, however with regard to interactive digital activities such as using educational games or simulations, polling software or working online with others the results were lower.

In the next post from the Digital Insights’ series we will present you with examples of useful learning apps and tools given by students.

Significantly more students at AU responded that they have access to ‘recorded lectures’ at university whenever they need them.





Significantly more students at AU agree the university help them stay safe online.






Significantly more students at AU agree that they can easily find things on the VLE.






Significantly more students at AU agree that online assessments are delivered and managed well.






Significantly more students at AU never work online with others as part of their course.






Significantly more students at AU never use a polling device or online quiz to give answers in class as part of their course.







 [:cy]Fel yr addawyd yn y neges flaenorol oedd yn amlinellu rhai o ddarganfyddiadau allweddol arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol eleni i fyfyrwyr byddwn nawr yn cyflwyno’r data meincnodi o 29 o sefydliadau Addysg Uwch eraill yn y DU (14560 o ymatebion gan fyfyrwyr).

Mae cael mynediad i’r data meincnodi yn rhoi cyfle i ni weld yn union pa mor dda yr ydym yn ei wneud a phenderfynu pa faterion sy’n benodol i Aberystwyth a pha rai sy’n gyffredin i’r holl sefydliadau Addysg Uwch yn ein sector.

Yn gyffredinol, gwnaeth cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA nodi bod darpariaeth ddigidol y brifysgol hon (meddalwedd, caledwedd, amgylchedd dysgu) yn ‘Ardderchog’.






Mewn nifer o agweddau, roedd cyfraddau darpariaethau digidol PA yn uwch na’r data meincnodi, fodd bynnag, o ran gweithgareddau digidol rhyngweithiol, megis defnyddio gemau addysgol neu efelychiadau, meddalwedd pleidleisio neu weithio ar-lein gydag eraill, roedd y canlyniadau’n is.

Yn y neges nesaf yn y gyfres ‘Mewnwelediad Digidol’ byddwn yn cyflwyno enghreifftiau o apiau ac offer dysgu defnyddiol a roddwyd gan fyfyrwyr.

Gwnaeth cryn dipyn y fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA ymateb i ddweud bod ganddynt fynediad i ‘ddarlithoedd wedi’u recordio’ yn y brifysgol pryd bynnag yr oeddent eu hangen.






Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno bod y brifysgol yn eu cynorthwyo i gadw’n ddiogel ar-lein.






Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno eu bod yn gallu dod o hyd i bethau’n hawdd ar yr Amgylchedd Dysgu Rhithwir.






Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno bod asesiadau ar-lein yn cael eu cyflwyno a’u rheoli’n dda.






Doedd cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA byth yn gweithio ar-lein gydag eraill yn rhan o’u cwrs.






Doedd cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA byth yn defnyddio dyfais bleidleisio na chwisiau ar-lein i roi atebion yn y dosbarth yn rhan o’u cwrs.


[:en]Findings of the Digital Insights survey running at AU for the second time![:cy]Darganfyddiadau arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol a gynhaliwyd yn PA am yr eilwaith![:]

[:en]Last year Aberystwyth University took part in the pilot of JISC Student Digital Experience Tracker – an online survey designed by JISC to collect information about students’ expectations and experiences of technology. The 2017/18 pilot has led to a new Jisc service now called Digital Experience Insights.

Digital Insights survey for students run at AU in January 2019. We were very excited about running this survey for the second time, as it enabled us to compare the findings with last year’s result and track our progress on digital provisions.

Below you will see a short summary of some of the key findings. If you wish to discuss them further or get more information on the project, please contact us at

As you may be aware the Digital Experience Insights survey comes with a benchmarking data from other Higher Education institutions in our sector. The benchmarking data has been now made available and we will share it with you in the next Digital Insights post.

If you wish to read about AU experience of running Digital Insights in academic year 2017/18, take a look at the article published on Jisc website or browse through our previous posts:

Digital Experience Insights 2018/19



Students’ satisfaction with WiFi increased by 7.3% in comparison to last year’s survey. Although WiFi is still the most common theme in students comment, the number of comments regarding WiFi decreased from 66 last year to 38 this year.










E-books & E-journals

7.7% less students responded that they have access to e-books and journals whenever they need them, this issue has been also mentioned in 19 of students’ comments.









The issue regarding a navigation in Blackboard seemed to improve. There were only 3 comments about this issue in comparison to 20 last year and 8.2% increase in the question on Blackboard navigation.










*The question wording has changed since the 2017/18 survey which could have impacted the ratings.


Students are more satisfied with the provisions regarding security issues.


















Mobile devices
The use of smartphone to support learning increased slightly. In the comments, students talked about the need of core services such as Panopto and Blackboard being mobile friendly and about usefulness of apps helping them with their studies. Interestingly, when asked whether they would prefer to be allowed to use their own mobile devices in class only 49% answered ‘At any time’, 45.4% answered ‘Only to carry out class activities’ and 5.6% ‘None of the time’.










Use of technology
There is a shift towards using more technology, there were quite a few comments about staff needing more training on the use of technology and there was an increase of nearly 10% of students wanting more technology to be used on their course.



 [:cy]Y llynedd gwnaeth Prifysgol Aberystwyth gymryd rhan yng nghynllun peilot Traciwr Profiad Digidol Myfyrwyr JISC – arolwg ar-lein a gynlluniwyd gan JISC i gasglu gwybodaeth am ddisgwyliadau a phrofiadau myfyrwyr o dechnoleg. Mae peilot 2017/18 wedi arwain at wasanaeth JISC newydd nawr o’r enw Mewnwelediad Profiad Digidol.

Cynhaliwyd arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol i fyfyrwyr yn PA ym mis Ionawr 2019. Roeddem yn gyffrous iawn ynghylch cynnal yr arolwg am yr eilwaith, oherwydd ei fod yn ein galluogi i gymharu’r darganfyddiadau â chanlyniadau’r llynedd a chadw golwg ar ein cynnydd o ran darpariaethau digidol.

Isod ceir crynodeb byr o rai o’r prif ddarganfyddiadau. Os hoffech eu trafod ymhellach neu gael rhagor o wybodaeth am y prosiect, cysylltwch â ni ar

Fel y gwyddoch efallai, mae’r arolwg Mewnwelediad Profiad Digidol yn dod gyda data meincnodi gan sefydliadau Addysg Uwch eraill yn ein sector. Mae’r data meincnodi bellach ar gael a byddwn yn ei rannu â chi yn y neges Mewnwelediad Digidol nesaf.

Os hoffech ddarllen am brofiad PA o gynnal Mewnwelediad Digidol ym mlwyddyn academaidd 2017/18, edrychwch ar yr erthygl a gyhoeddwyd ar wefan JISC neu porwch drwy ein negeseuon blaenorol:

Mewnwelediad Profiad Digidol 2018/19



Cynyddodd boddhad y myfyrwyr â’r ddarpariaeth WiFi o 7.3% o’i gymharu ag arolwg y llynedd. Er mai WiFi yw’r thema fwyaf cyffredin yn sylwadau’r myfyrwyr o hyd, mae nifer y sylwadau ynghylch WiFi wedi lleihau o 66 y llynedd i 38 eleni.

E-lyfrau ac E-gyfnodolion

Ymatebodd 7.7% yn llai o fyfyrwyr fod ganddynt fynediad i e-lyfrau ac e-gyfnodolion pan fônt eu hangen, mae’r mater hwn wedi cael ei grybwyll yn 19 o sylwadau’r myfyrwyr.



Mae’r broblem o ran llywio yn Blackboard wedi gwella mae’n ymddangos. Dim ond 3 sylw oedd am y broblem hon o’i gymharu ag 20 y llynedd a chynnydd o 8.2% yn y cwestiwn am lywio yn Blackboard.










*Mae geiriad y cwestiwn wedi newid ers arolwg 2017/18 a allai fod wedi effeithio ar y cyfraddau.



Mae’r myfyrwyr yn fwy bodlon â’r darpariaethau o ran materion diogelwch.

Dyfeisiau symudol

Mae defnyddio ffonau clyfar i gynorthwyo dysgu wedi cynyddu rhywfaint. Yn y sylwadau, roedd myfyrwyr yn siarad am yr angen i wasanaethau craidd megis Panopto a Blackboard fod yn addas ar gyfer teclynnau symudol ac am fudd apiau i’w helpu â’u hastudiaethau. Yn ddiddorol iawn, pan ofynnwyd iddynt a fyddai’n well ganddynt gael caniatâd i ddefnyddio eu dyfeisiau symudol eu hunain yn y dosbarth, dim ond 49% a atebodd ‘Ar unrhyw adeg’, atebodd 45.4% ‘I wneud gweithgareddau yn y dosbarth yn unig’ ac atebodd 5.6% ‘Dim o gwbl’.


Defnyddio technoleg

Mae yna symudiad tuag at ddefnyddio mwy o dechnoleg, roedd yna nifer o sylwadau ynghylch y ffaith bod angen i’r staff gael rhagor o hyfforddiant ar ddefnyddio technoleg ac roedd cynnydd o bron i 10% yn y myfyrwyr oedd eisiau i fwy o dechnoleg gael ei defnyddio ar eu cwrs.




[:en]Choosing an online polling tool[:cy]Dewis dull ar-lein ar gyfer arolygon barn[:]


Image of students using polling handsets

In-class polling or voting is great way to increase student engagement and interactivity in the classroom (for example see: Shaw et al, 2015; Boyle and Nicol 2003; Habel and Stubbs, 2014; Stratling, 2015). It is used widely in both higher and further education, and number of staff at AU make use of in-class polling on a regular basis. In addition to physical Qwizdom handsets available in loan stock, staff are more and more using online polling services such as Poll Everywhere, Socrative and Mentimeter (amongst others). These services allow students to use their own devices (such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops) to take part in polls, give feedback, and ask questions.

The E-learning Group can provide a wide range of information and support for anyone interested in using polling in their teaching. This ranges from advice on how to embed polling into your teaching practice successfully, to practical help on creating and using polls in the classroom.

At present AU doesn’t offer a centrally supported online polling tool for mobile devices. However, there are a wide range of services available, many with free or trial versions. This blog post is designed to help you assess which tool suits you and your students’ best.

  1. What do you want to do? As with all learning technology implementation, the first question you need to ask is ‘what do I want my students to do?’ The service you select will depend on the answer you have. For example, if you want your students to submit questions, or provide written feedback, look for a service that offers more than multiple choice questions.
  2. How many students will be in the class? Many of the free or limited versions of paid-for software have a limit on the number of students they can be used it. Look carefully at the details of what the free version does or doesn’t include.
  3. We also strongly recommend that you look at the Privacy Policy of the service to ensure you know what personal data is collected about you and your students (have a look at our blog post on this issue).

The E-learning Group has produced some information on some services which you may want to look at.

Once you have decided on which service you are using, here’s some of our top tips on successfully using voting in the classroom

  1. Think about your question/s. There’s lots of resources on designing good questions, particularly multiple choice questions. Don’t feel that you have to ask a question that has a correct or incorrect answer. Sometimes a question that sparks debate or shows the breadth of opinions on a subject can be useful.
  2. Using polling as a discussion starter. There are a variety of ways that you can use polling and group discussions together – two popular ways are Peer Instruction (especially the work of Eric Mazur) or Class-Wide Instruction (Dufresne, 1996)
  3. Practice. Have a practice before the session so that you are comfortable and familiar with using the questions and displaying the results. You can do this from your office using a mobile device such as a tablet or mobile phone.
  4. Make time in the lecture. If you are using polling activities in the classroom, make sure you leave enough time to give students to access on their devices, think about the answers and respond. You may also need time to correct misunderstandings or explain the answers.
  5. Let your students know in advance. Make sure that your students know to bring their devices and have them available in class. You can do this using the announcement function in Blackboard. You can also provide links to relevant FAQs such as how to connect to the AU wifi (Android:, Windows:, iOS: )

There are a whole range of opportunities for using polling – from collecting information on how much the students know at the start of a module, to finding out what topics you need to cover in a revision session. You can also collect opinions, gain feedback on how the lecture is going, or collect anonymous questions. If you’re using polling in your teaching get in touch and tell us more – we may even feature your work on the blog![:cy]

Image of students using polling handsets

Mae cynnal arolwg barn neu bleidlais yn y dosbarth yn ffordd wych i sicrhau bod myfyrwyr yn cymryd rhan ac yn cydadweithio’n fwy yn yr ystafell ddosbarth (gweler er enghraifft: Shaw et al, 2015; Boyle a Nicol 2003; Habel a Stubbs, 2014; Stratling, 2015). Fe’i defnyddir yn helaeth mewn addysg bellach ac uwch, ac mae nifer o staff Prifysgol Aberystwyth yn defnyddio arolygon barn yn y dosbarth yn gyson. Yn ogystal â’r setiau llaw Qwizdom sydd ar gael yn offer i’w benthyca mae mwy a mwy yn defnyddio gwasanaethau ar-lein fel Poll Everywhere, Socrative a Mentimeter (ymysg eraill). Mae’r gwasanaethau hyn yn fodd i’r myfyrwyr ddefnyddio’u dyfeisiau eu hunain (megis ffonau symudol, tabledi a gliniaduron) i gymryd rhan mewn arolygon barn, rhoi adborth a gofyn cwestiynau.

Gall y Grŵp E-ddysgu roi ystod eang o wybodaeth a chymorth i unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb mewn defnyddio arolygon barn wrth addysgu. Mae hyn yn amrywio o gyngor ar sut i gynnwys arolygon barn yn llwyddiannus yn eich arferion addysgu, i gymorth ymarferol ar greu a defnyddio arolygon yn y dosbarth.

Ar hyn o bryd, nid yw Prifysgol Aberystwyth yn cynnig dull pleidleisio ar-lein a gefnogir yn ganolog ar gyfer dyfeisiau symudol. Er hynny, mae ystod eang o wasanaethau ar gael, llawer ohonynt â fersiynau di-dâl neu fersiynau prawf. Bwriad y blog hwn yw eich helpu i asesu pa ddull sy’n fwyaf addas i chi a’ch myfyrwyr.

  1. Beth hoffech chi ei wneud? Fel ym mhob technoleg ddysg sy’n cael ei rhoi ar waith, y cwestiwn cyntaf y mae angen ichi ei ofyn yw ‘Beth hoffwn i weld y myfyrwyr yn ei wneud?’ Bydd y gwasanaeth a ddewiswch yn dibynnu ar yr ateb. Er enghraifft, os ydych chi am i’ch myfyrwyr gyflwyno cwestiynau, neu roi adborth ysgrifenedig, chwiliwch am wasanaeth sy’n cynnig mwy na chwestiynau amlddewis
  2. Faint o fyfyrwyr fydd yn y dosbarth? Mae llawer o’r fersiynau di-dâl neu’r fersiynau cyfyngedig o feddalwedd sy’n codi tâl yn gosod cyfyngiad ar nifer y myfyrwyr sy’n cael eu defnyddio. Edrychwch yn ofalus ar fanylion yr hyn sy’n cael ei gynnwys yn y fersiwn di-dâl.
  3. Rydym yn argymell yn gryf hefyd y dylech edrych ar Bolisi Preifatrwydd y gwasanaeth, er mwyn sicrhau eich bod yn gwybod pa ddata personol amdanoch chi a’ch myfyrwyr fydd yn cael ei gasglu (edrychwch ar ein blogiadau ar y mater hwn).

Mae’r Grŵp E-ddysgu wedi llunio rhywfaint o wybodaeth ar rai gwasanaethau a allai fod o fudd ichi.

Pan fyddwch chi wedi penderfynu pa wasanaeth i’w ddefnyddio, dyma gynghorion ar ddefnyddio pleidleisio’n llwyddiannus yn y dosbarth.

  1. Meddwl am eich cwestiwn/cwestiynau. Mae llawer o adnoddau ar gael ynghylch llunio cwestiynau da, yn enwedig cwestiynau aml-ddewis. Peidiwch â theimlo bod rhaid ichi ofyn cwestiwn sydd ag ateb cywir neu anghywir. Weithiau gall cwestiwn sy’n ennyn trafodaeth neu sy’n dangos ehangder y safbwyntiau ar bwnc yn fuddiol.
  2. Defnyddio arolwg barn i ddechrau trafodaeth. Mae amryw o ffyrdd ichi ddefnyddio arolygon barn a thrafodaethau grŵp gyda’i gilydd – dwy ffordd boblogaidd yw Cyfarwyddyd Cymheiriaid (yn enwedig gwaith Eric Mazur) neu Gyfarwyddyd Dosbarth Cyfan (Dufresne, 1996)
  3. Ymarfer. Gofalwch ymarfer cyn y sesiwn fel eich bod yn gyffyrddus ac yn gyfarwydd â defnyddio’r cwestiynau a dangos y canlyniadau. Gallwch wneud hyn o’ch swyddfa drwy ddefnyddio dyfais symudol megis tabled neu ffôn symudol.
  4. Neilltuo amser yn y ddarlith. Os ydych yn defnyddio gweithgareddau arolygon barn yn y dosbarth, gofalwch adael digon o amser i’r myfyrwyr gael gafael ar eu dyfeisiau, meddwl am yr atebion ac ymateb. Efallai y bydd angen amser hefyd i gywiro unrhyw gamddealltwriaeth neu esbonio’r atebion.
  5. Rhoi gwybod i’ch myfyrwyr ymlaen llaw. Gofalwch fod eich myfyrwyr yn gwybod bod angen dod â’u dyfeisiau a bod y rhain ganddyn nhw yn y dosbarth. Gallwch wneud hyn drwy wneud cyhoeddiad yn Blackboard. Gallwch chi hefyd ddarparu cysylltiadau â Chwestiynau Cyffredin perthnasol megis sut i gysylltu â wifi Prifysgol Aberystwyth (Android:, Windows:, iOS: )

Mae yna ystod eang o gyfleoedd i ddefnyddio arolygon barn – o gasglu gwybodaeth am faint mae’r myfyrwyr yn ei wybod ar ddechrau modiwl i ddarganfod pa bynciau y mae angen ichi ymdrin â nhw mewn sesiwn adolygu. Gallwch hefyd gasglu barn, cael adborth ar sut mae’r ddarlith yn mynd, neu gasglu cwestiynau dienw. Os ydych chi’n defnyddio arolygon barn wrth addysgu, cysylltwch â ni i sôn mwy – gallen ni hyd yn oed gynnwys eich gwaith ar y blog![:]

Webinar: Instilling Self-Regulation in Learners & Using Sway for Online Learning

[:en]Academy Showcase is a space for sharing good practise among staff from Aberystwyth, Bangor and other Higher Education institutions. Every year we run two sessions with two presentations each, one from Aber and one from Bangor. Anybody can join Academy Showcase from their own machines using the link available here

We look forward this year’s presentations and we hope some of you will be able to join us.


20 March 2019 at 1pm -2pm

Instilling Self-Regulation in Learners by Dr Simon Payne (Aberystwyth)

We asked AU students and staff questions such as, “Why do students underachieve or even drop out?,” “What distractions do students face that interfere with their best intentions to study and improve?,” and “What happens to ‘turn students off’ from learning and striving to achieve?” The answers were remarkably similar from both groups, suggesting agreement on the problem and potential alignment on solutions. Self-regulation is the voluntary control of impulses which can facilitate or hinder us from achieving our goals. Hence, self-regulation includes the ability to regulate cognitive processes and activities, e.g. to plan, monitor and reflect on problem solving activities. Self-regulation also includes the control of one’s competing/conflicting motivational and emotional impulses and processes, e.g., overcoming social anxiety to contribute in class. Clearly, the development of self-regulation skills will help students achieve their objectives for entering HE. This presentation will provide techniques for tutors to help their students and tutees to be better self-regulators, and introduce and rationalise an ambitious AU-wide programme of studies that target student self-regulation ability.

Using Sway for Online Learning by Helen Munro (Bangor)


Sessions will be provided in English.[:cy]Mae’r Academi Arddangos yn lle i rannu arferion da ymhlith staff o Aberystwyth, Bangor a sefydliadau Addysg Uwch eraill. Bob blwyddyn rydym yn cynnal dwy sesiwn gyda dau gyflwyniad ym mhob sesiwn, un o Aber ac un o Fangor. Gall unrhyw un ymuno â’r Academi Arddangos o’u peiriannau eu hunain drwy ddefnyddio’r ddolen sydd ar gael yma

Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at y cyflwyniadau eleni a gobeithio y bydd modd i rai ohonoch ymuno â ni.


20 Mawrth 2019 am 1yp-2yp

Instilling Self-Regulation in Learners by Dr Simon Payne (Aberystwyth)

We asked AU students and staff questions such as, “Why do students underachieve or even drop out?,” “What distractions do students face that interfere with their best intentions to study and improve?,” and “What happens to ‘turn students off’ from learning and striving to achieve?” The answers were remarkably similar from both groups, suggesting agreement on the problem and potential alignment on solutions. Self-regulation is the voluntary control of impulses which can facilitate or hinder us from achieving our goals. Hence, self-regulation includes the ability to regulate cognitive processes and activities, e.g. to plan, monitor and reflect on problem solving activities. Self-regulation also includes the control of one’s competing/conflicting motivational and emotional impulses and processes, e.g., overcoming social anxiety to contribute in class. Clearly, the development of self-regulation skills will help students achieve their objectives for entering HE. This presentation will provide techniques for tutors to help their students and tutees to be better self-regulators, and introduce and rationalise an ambitious AU-wide programme of studies that target student self-regulation ability.

Using Sway for Online Learning by Helen Munro (Bangor)


Cynhelir y sesiynau yn Saesneg.


[:en]Polling software: Mentimeter and Poll Everywhere[:cy]Meddalwedd pleidleisio: Mentimeter a Poll Everywhere[:]

[:en]The E-leaning Group is looking into how polling software can be used in lectures and seminars. Polling software is a great way to increase classroom engagement as it provides interactive presentations ranging from multiple choice questions to live word clouds. With their personal devices (such as mobiles, tablets etc.), students will be able to answer questions, vote and ask queries,which will appear on the presentation slides.  The recent Digital Insights survey, overseen by Information Services, showed that fifty-seven percent of lectures already use some sort of polling software in the classroom.

Some examples of positive comments from students include:

 “Provided quick feedback on what lecture we needed help with”

“Online poll, on parts of the subject asking the class how much they understood. This made it so people put how they actually felt as they didn’t have to speak in class”

“Polls in lecturers keep the students interested”

“It was fun last year when we did online quizzes in the lecture, interactive with each other and then went through the answers question by question on the big screen”

“Method of reviewing prescribed reading material”

The E-Learning Group has found Mentimeter and Poll Everywhere to be especially accessible and reliable:

  • Mentimeter is best used for lectures with larger audiences as it has no limit on participants. With Mentimeter you can create: quick slides, questions and quizzes. There is no limit on the number of quick slides, however with the free version you only be able to create two questions and five quizzes.
  • Poll Everywhere caps its audience at twenty-five so can best work in seminars and workshops. Poll Everywhere provides much of what Mentimeter does with the benefit of having no limit on the number of questions/activities.

There is a guide to creating presentations with both Mentimeter and Poll Everywhere available on our webpages.[:cy]Mae’r Grŵp E-ddysgu’n edrych ar sut y gellir defnyddio meddalwedd pleidleisio mewn darlithoedd a seminarau. Mae meddalwedd pleidleisio’n ffordd wych o gynyddu ymgysylltiad y dosbarth oherwydd mae’n darparu cyflwyniadau sy’n amrywio o gwestiynau amlddewis i gymylau geiriau byw. Gyda’u dyfeisiau personol (megis ffonau symudol, llechi ac ati), bydd modd i fyfyrwyr ateb cwestiynau, pleidleisio a gofyn cwestiynau, a fydd yn ymddangos ar sleidiau’r cyflwyniad. Dangosodd yr arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol diweddar, a oruchwyliwyd gan y Gwasanaethau Gwybodaeth, bod hanner cant y cant o ddarlithoedd eisoes yn defnyddio rhyw fath o feddalwedd pleidleisio yn y dosbarth.

Dyma rai enghreifftiau o sylwadau cadarnhaol gan fyfyrwyr:

 “Darparu adborth cyflym ar ba ddarlith yr oedd arnom angen cymorth gyda hi”

“Pleidlais ar-lein, am rannau o’r pwnc yn gofyn i’r dosbarth faint oeddent yn ei ddeall. Roedd hyn yn golygu bod pobl yn gallu dweud yn union sut yr oeddent yn teimlo heb orfod siarad yn y dosbarth”

“Mae pleidleisio mewn darlithoedd yn cadw diddordeb y myfyrwyr”

“Roedd hi’n hwyl y llynedd pan wnaethon ni gwisiau ar-lein yn y ddarlith, rhyngweithio â’n gilydd, ac yna mynd dros yr atebion fesul cwestiwn ar y sgrin fawr”

“Dull o adolygu yn pennu deunydd darllen”

Mae’r Grŵp E-ddysgu wedi canfod bod Mentimeter a Poll Everywhere yn arbennig o hygyrch a dibynadwy:

  • Mae Mentimeter yn well ar gyfer darlithoedd sydd â chynulleidfaoedd mawr oherwydd nad oes cyfyngiad ar gyfranogwyr. Gyda Mentimeter gallwch greu cwisiau amlddewis, cymylau geiriau a siartiau i’ch cynulleidfa ryngweithio â hwy. Fodd bynnag, gyda’r fersiwn rhad ac am ddim dim ond dau gwestiwn a phump cwis y cewch eu creu. Nid oes cyfyngiad ar nifer y sleidiau sylfaenol.
  • Mae Poll Everywhere yn capio’r gynulleidfa ar bump ar hugain felly mae’n gweithio orau mewn seminarau a gweithdai. Mae Poll Everywhere yn darparu’r rhan fwyaf o bethau y mae Mentimeter yn ei wneud gyda’r fantais o beidio â chael cyfyngiad ar nifer y cwestiynau/actifadau.

Mae canllawiau  i greu cyflwyniadau gyda Mentimeter a Poll Everywhere ar gael ar ein tudalennau gwe.[:]

[:en]Digital Experience Insights 2018-19: How do you rate technology at Aberystwyth University?[:cy]Arowlg profiad mewnwelediad digidol 2018-19: Beth yw eich barn am dechnoleg ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth? [:]

[:en]For the second time Aberystwyth is taking part in the Digital Experience Insights project aiming to explore our students’ experiences of technology. The project is based on online surveys designed by Jisc and used by different institutions across UK.

It allows us to get better insights on how students use technology and benchmark our results against other HE intuitions in our sector.

We would greatly appreciate your help in promoting this survey to all students:

[:cy]Am yr eildro mae Aberystwyth yn cymryd rhan yn y prosiect Profiad Mewnwelediad Digidol sy’n ceisio ymchwilio i brofiadau ein myfyrwyr o dechnoleg. Mae’r prosiect yn seiliedig ar arolygon ar-lein a gynlluniwyd gan Jisc ac a ddefnyddir gan sefydliadau gwahanol ledled y DU.

Mae’n galluogi inni gael gwell syniad o sut mae myfyrwyr yn defnyddio technoleg a meincnodi ein canlyniadau yn erbyn sefydliadau Addysg Uwch eraill yn ein sector.

Byddem yn gwerthfawrogi eich cymorth i hyrwyddo’r arolwg hwn i’r holl fyfyrwyr.