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Developing my first animated video – 8 steps to academic success

9 October 2017

A post by Anna Sherliker @AnnaSherliker

I recently created my first animated video using Powtoon so I thought I'd share my experience and final product

The video has been received very well by the team and the new group of long course student midwives, which I showed during Induction week.

It took me much longer than expected with a bit of trial and error, and was not aware of 'premium content' on the free sites like powtoon, although I did know there would be a catch somewhere. However once I had completed the video animation by myself I felt very proud of my achievement, learning how to slow sections down by adding seconds so that all the animations didn't start at once. I actually found using powtoon easy (more than Moovly - but I probably need to practice more). Incorporating into Blackboard meant I also had to become proficient in screen casting and using Medial, the University of Salford media server.

Although time consuming I feel much more confident with the online resources and have since made 1 more animation and 3 videos.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

12 April 2017

Update from Neil Withnell, Associate Dean Academic Enhancement, SFHEA

Results from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) submission from the University will be known by the end of May.
The TEF is “rated” according to the aspects of quality below

Aspects of Quality  Teaching Quality  Learning Environment Student Outcomes &    LearningGain
Dataset evidence  Teaching, assessment & feedback (NSS)  Academic support (NSS) & non-continuation (HESA)  Employment / further study, including highly skilled (DLHE)


As can be seen by the table the emphasis is on three key areas – NSS, DLHE and non-continuation (retention). With this in mind we need to focus our attention into these key areas and we have negotiated working with the Higher Education Academy to start to address employability and retention. A small number of colleagues from within the School will be able to attend bespoke workshops that run at the end of May. It is anticipated that actions from these workshops will be deployed across the School.

As a School we need to continue the great work that is already in place, and look at areas that we could improve on.

Suggestions for improvements include:

  • NSS – feedback to be clear and to enable feed forward, assessments that are fit for purpose,
  • DLHE – internships, job-shop, engagement with students to ascertain their destination on leaving,
  • Retention – coaching for personal tutoring, early retrieval, enhanced induction, keeping warm activities, wellbeing support.

Whilst this list is not exhaustive a good learning experience, quality feedback, opportunities for employability and support to remain on the programme are areas that we all have an influence.