Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex



Technology Enhanced Learning have recently purchased a number of licences for Nearpod, an interactive presentation tool. Over the 2017/18 academic year TEL will be running a Nearpod pilot scheme in order to evaluate the tool and generate different use cases.

What is Neapod?

Nearpod is a tool which allows you to create engaging, interactive presentations and display them directly on students’ mobile devices. There are various slides to choose from when creating your presentation, from text, image, audio or video slides to interactive activities.

In lectures or seminars, the tutor can control progress through the slides and students can interact via their mobile devices using an app or via a web browser. If required, students can add their own notes during the presentation. Presentations can be controlled from a mobile device (tablet) so that the teacher can move around the room while presenting.

Alternatively, presentations can be set to ‘student-paced’ and worked through outside class time. This allows for creating exciting, interactive lessons, as well as potential distance learning opportunities.

How might I use Nearpod in my teaching?

Part of the purpose of this pilot is to see how teaching staff at Sussex would want to use Nearpod, so we don’t want to limit your creativity, but here are some ideas.

Make your presentation more interactive and increase student engagement by adding open ended questions, polls, quizzes, ‘Draw it’ slides – a whiteboard feature for annotating images or gathering ideas during discussions, Collaborate slides – a space for students to pool and share ideas, images and resources in real time.

Use Nearpod to get feedback on your students’ engagement and progress. View reports stored in your account and view feedback of students’ results during the presentation.

Examples of using Nearpod in education

How will the Nearpod pilot work?

TEL have bought a number of licences for 2017/18 and will be allocating up to 3 per School for individuals who want to try out the tool in their teaching. People involved in the pilot will receive training and ongoing support from a member of the Technology Enhanced Learning team, who will also be carrying out evaluation activities with staff and students.  

When expressing an interest in the pilot please state which term(s) you would be using it so that we can maximise use of the limited number of licences.

To express an interest in taking part in the pilot please complete this quick application form. We are keen to include as many people as possible and will be in touch with more information soon. If you have any queries please contact


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