Trialling technology for blended teaching

We wanted to share with you a snippet of one of the ways the University is exploring how we can best work in a hybrid environment.   

The School of Mathematics & Statistics have been trialling the use of interactive white boards within level 1 (110) and level 3 (311B) for tutorials and seminars.   

The whiteboards are large format touch screens with an artificial intelligence (AI) enabled room camera. By using the whiteboards in a teaching setting, students can be remote or within a classroom setting and can equally collaborate/interact with the ‘lecture board’.  All participants (including those physically present) can interact with the content on the board by using a portable device and the whiteboards are compatible with the use of collaboration software such as Miro, Mural, Teams and others.   

The use of this technology has enabled inclusive blended meetings and active collaboration from different locations. It has enhanced the continuity of working and research capabilities by enabling remote or hybrid working scenarios that are accessible, inclusive and provide continuous quality access.   

The benefits of the interactive whiteboards for colleagues are that they are able to feel included by participating seamlessly in blended sessions.

We are conducting a number of pilots through the People First: Enabling New Ways of Working programme. If you would like to learn more about any of the projects on our webpages, or have an idea that we might be able to support, please get in touch with the team at

First published: 13 December 2021