Quite often, course handbooks or module guides develop into (unavoidably) lengthy Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents that students find quite difficult to navigate or engage.  Cath Turner, a Senior Lecturer from School of Health and Social Care had a similar issue with her course BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy.  So, she decided to change things up!

In addition to the Word handbook in Blackboard, Cath created an interactive course handbook for her students using Microsoft Sway, an online platform part of Future Facing Learning Toolkit. This ‘new’ course handbook not only offer students an alternative way of viewing the content but provides a richer, visual experience – with embedded images and video.

Take a look at the Course Handbook Cath Turner designed, for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course.

Microsoft Sway, a digital story telling platform, accentuate presentations with sleek transitions, and allow users to create visually rich presentations effortlessly. The online platform is available to all Teesside student and staff, accessed via https://sway.office.com/ site using your University login.  Sway is intuitive, easy-to-use and boast features that help users focus on the content creation whilst the platform ‘manages’ of the formatting and presentation style.  It has definitely propelled as a favourite alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint.


Using Microsoft Sway for Course Handbooks
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