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, Canva, Secure Framework, Blippar, Mentimeter, 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.

9:30       Registration, coffee and networking

10:00     Introduction

10:15     Exploration Part 1

During 'Exploration' subgroups will rotate from application to application station and will spend approx. 20 minutes at each station. While at the station participants will collect insights in regards to suitability (level, subject, measurement, assessment), applicability (what kind of task/ activities could you use this for?), practicality (how easy is it to set up as an educator) and usability (how easy is it to use for students) of the particular application for students at different FHEQ levels. Each application station will have an instruction sheet for participants to explore the application and facilitators will support this process.

11:15     Break

11:30     Exploration Part 2

Facilitated exploration of applications, continued from previous session.

12:30     Lunch

13:20     Application & Implementation

Participants will select a suitable application and be guided to consider how they would use it in a particular context. They will design a short activity or presentation using the application. This will allow participants to develop their practice and relate their teaching more deeply to the four aspects (usability, suitability, applicability and practicality) of using applications in offline and online learning environments. 

14:20     Wrap-up and reflections

14:30     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