Filling the pot: The Edtech challenge and a VLE without a screen

“New ideas pass through three periods: It can’t be done. It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. I knew it was a good idea all along!”  Arthur C Clarke

We started this challenge as a way of filling the pot with ideas, Arthur C Clarke’s assertion of the three periods of an idea in our mind, never mind whether it can be done, let us first establish what would be a good idea.

Over the last few months we have received many applications to our first Edtech challenge. We were looking for inspired ideas, the grains of digital sand that, if technology were available could become an Edtech pearl. The winners and runners up reflected this philosophy in their entries. What would it look like if we could do what we wanted, unconstrained by current thinking and technology.

The winner was chosen because it not only thought about what was possible, but explicitly looked at the end users, their needs and their behaviours and designed a solution based on those requirements.

The runners up all explored new ways to interface and experience learning, thinking outside the box, and in one case building a box, to suggest what might be possible, someday soon.

The winners of the Edtech Challenge on VLEs without screens have now been announced and you can hear from the winner and judges discussing “Could future VLEs spell the end for screen time.

You can see the submitted ideas from the winner and runsner-up below


Runners up

Shortlisted entries

The following ideas gave insights into the future possibilities and also what is already happening in some institutions.We’ll be exploring some of the themes and messages from these challenge ideas in a future post….

  • Immersive collaboration. Delivering future facing learning environments through virtual reality. Karen Coyle, Coleg Cambria
  • See-Through Lectures, Alice Ashcroft, Lancaster University
  • Gesture-based learning, Charlotte Nash, University of Portsmouth
  • Socrobot Artificial Intelligence Tutor and the Voice Learning Environment, Alex Patel, University of Leicester
  • Learn³, Will Moindrot, University of Liverpool
  • Cognitive Assistants, Aftab Hussain, Bolton College
  • Engaging remote students with practical training in STEM subjects, using a VLE, Lois Gray, North Highland College UHI
  • The Intelligent VLE, Tom Foster, The University of Sheffield

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted an idea to the edtech challenge on VLEs without screens.

Look out for further challenge competitions.

By Paul Bailey

Head of co-design, part of a research and development team

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