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Soft toys as instructional technology in Higher Education: The case of Llewelyn the Lynx

Raye, Lee 2017. Soft toys as instructional technology in Higher Education: The case of Llewelyn the Lynx. The Journal of Effective Teaching 17 (1) , pp. 35-51.

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Abstract

Scholarship on instructive technologies in higher education has emphasized the use of high-tech facilitative technologies for long-term use, and low-tech props to illustrate single topics. This paper, on the contrary, discusses the use of a long-term, low-tech instructional technology: Llewelyn the Lynx was a soft animal used to assist with discussions in first year seminars. In-class questionnaires and anonymous online reviews on RateYour-Lecturer show Llewelyn was popular, facilitated equal contribution to discussion, and made seminars less intimidating and more enjoyable. Llewelyn may have functioned as a tactual or kinaesthetic stimulus, and an assistive technology for students with learning difficulties. His use does not seem to have infantilized most of the students although there was some disagreement here.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Publisher: University of North Carolina Wilmington
ISSN: 1935-7850
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 April 2017
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 12:13
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/100038

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