Monday, 20 June 2011

Innovative IT at the Open Day

Last Saturday was a University Open Day, and we’re always looking at innovative ways to engage with prospective students and get them to interact with our services. This time we made a mobile web page, which we had running on iPads and displayed on a plasma screen, and an Asus tablet for students to handle.  We had bookmarks to Google Mail, and our portal and virtual learning environment so we could show them how good our online experience is! The interaction with the Asus tablet and iPad really helped to get our services across to the visitors.

We also had qr coded business cards that linked to the University Facebook page and our open day page - allowing them to leave feedback or ask a question they had forgotten.

The plasma screens in the Information Commons were also utilised, with a welcome playlist for the visitors using a variety of  material  including the video capture shots of the IC being constructed.

All in all a good day, and I’m told it was great to be able to put technology in people's hands and actually show it - rather than just dryly talking around the subject.

Thanks to everyone who helped at the day, and especially Pete who did most of the technical work.

1 comment:

Graham Hill said...

Thanks for posting this.
We got a request today to provide tech support for our Open Day on July 2nd. Having read this post, it seemed to me that we were missing an opportunity to promote our fantastic Learner Support Services here at Bradford to prospective new students. There is no reason why we couldn’t have our people here presenting what we do and as a by-product have people around who can support in the unlikely event that there is a problem.