The Technology PlayPen

Half-day workshop, Wednesday 20 November 2019, University of Liverpool in London

There is an array of online applications available to support students learning in offline and online learning environments and it is continuously growing and advancing. It can be confusing and overwhelming to choose an application that fits the needs of an educator and those of their students at a particular level and in a particular subject. Working with our event partners, the Centre for Management Learning, participants will explore the usability, suitability, applicability and practicality of such applications for UG and PG teaching in a business school context.

The purpose of this half-day workshop is to introduce a range of platforms and applications, and support academics in their decision making in what, when, how, where and why to use certain applications to enhance online and offline student learning.

This workshop will be delivered by three academics from Surrey Business School's Centre for Management Learning, who all have in-depth experience of various applications at UG and PG level with management students. They will facilitate the exploration of various applications such as: Padlet, Mentimeter, Blippar, Canva, Secure Canvas, as well as alternatives to Kahoot such as Slack, edublogs, and Socrative.

Participants will need to bring a laptop or tablet. Guidelines will be issued in advance.

Learning outcomes and takeaways

  • Get a hands-on introduction to new and innovative teaching apps and platforms
  • Explore the potential and challenges for implementation at module/programme level
  • Understand how to use the platforms to support student engagement and everyday online and offline classroom teaching
  • Learn how to use the technology to gather data to enhance your teaching


Dr Christine Rivers CMBE, Co-Director, Centre for Management Learning
Dr Will Lanhham-New, Programme Director for Entrepreneurship & SurreyIDEA, Surrey Business School
Anna Holland, Programme Director for Degree Apprenticeships, Surrey Business School


This event will allow you to claim up to 4.5 units (hours) towards your annual CPD commitment.

10.00   Introduction

10.15   Exploration Phase Part I – Canva, Padlet, Mentimeter

11.00   Break

11.15   Exploration Phase Part II – Blippar, Outlook forms, edublogs

12.00   Reflection of exploration phase

12:15   Lunch

13.00   Intro to Application & Implementation

13.15   Application & Implementation Presentation Prep & activity planning

13.45   Descriptive or demonstrative presentations & discussion

14.15   Final thoughts and close

This event will take place in London at:

University of Liverpool in London
33 Finsbury Square


CMBE subscribers: £120 (save £50)

Non-CMBE subscribers: £170

Want to apply for CMBE and pay for this event? The total to pay will be £220 (£100 CMBE subscription and £120 event fee). Your application must be approved before you register for the event.

Bringing a colleague?: Groups can book at a 25% discount.

Paying by invoice?: You must provide a valid Purchase Order Number when you make your booking.

If you have any questions about the workshop please email Alex at