HNC Agriculture Pest & Diseases Projects


Donald Brown (Agriculture Lecturer) has had the HNC Agriculture students working within their groups within the Kirkmichael Digital Classroom. The four teams have been allocated a category of livestock diseases; bacteria, virus, parasite and metabolic.

The teams carried out research on a minimum of 4 important diseases within their allocated subject while in the Digital Classroom. The teams initially collated their researched digital evidence within team-based collaborative online Padlet walls. See the Green team’s research Padlet wall below:

Made with Padlet

Once the teams had completed their Padlet wall, their lecturer approved the researched information in which the teams exported their digital evidence to their newly created team-based Microsoft Sway presentations. See the Green team’s amazing Sway presentation below:

Each of the teams had to take their turn in presenting their informative and creative Sway presentations, which included the other teams provided with the following paper work to complete:

Barony Campus Kirkmichael Digital Classroom Opening Event

Image above L-R: Jared Ambrozevich (SRUC Forestry student), Ali Hastie (SRUC’s e-Learning Developer), Professor Wayne Powell (SRUC’s CEO & Principle), Emma Harper (MSP), Alistair Mitchell (SRUC’s Vice-Chairman), Professor Nick Sparks (SRUC Barony Campus Dean) Euan Mckelive (SRUC Forestry student), Adrienna Quial (SRUC Forestry Student)

On Friday 15th of February 2019, the official SRUC Barony Campus kirkmichael Digital Classroom opening event took place. Guests included SRUC’s Chief executive and principle, SRUC Vice-Chairman, Dumfries and Galloway College and Emma Harper local MSP.

Professor Wayne Powell

Professor Wayne Powell started the ceremony with welcoming guests and highlighted the importance of innovation to SRUC and the power of internal and external collaboration.

Belinda Haig

Belinda Haig (SRUC’s Group Manager Information and Digital Services) started with the SRUC Learning and Teaching Digital Dream, which began with a visit at Dundee University Learning Space rooms around 20-months previously.

Belinda went onto thank the Digital Classroom committee members, the local team and especially two members of the project team (Julie Parker and Ali Hastie) for their commitment and dedication in producing a state-of-the-art room and facilities for both staff and students.

With the great success with the Digital Classroom project and the Learning Teaching collaborative projects with staff and students at Barony Campus, SRUC officially announced future Digital Classroom installations with similar technologies throughout SRUC.

Alistair Marshall

Once Alistair Marshall (SRUC Vice Chairman) officially opened the Kirkmichael Digital Classroom, with revealing the plaque, he stated: “Collaboration through technology is second nature to students at home and while studying. We need to constantly evolve to support their potential and create a world class teaching environment. The digital classroom isn’t just about today, it also reflects the working practices of tomorrow. Working with staff and students to create our first digital classroom has been brilliant and has offered us a real glimpse into the future”

Ali Hastie – e-Learning Developer

With the Kirkmichael Digital Classroom officially opened, Ali Hastie took to the lectern and presented the Kirkmichael Digital Classroom journey. Practicing what we preach surrounding the use of technologies with the students, Microsoft Sway was used to present the Kirkmichael Digital Classroom journey:

Jared Ambrozevich – SRUC Forestry student

The Advanced Certificate in Forestry students (Jared Ambrozevich, Adrianna Quail and Ewan Kckelvie) took the floor and showcased their ‘amazing’ digital evidence that they have been collaboratively working within their teams in the digital classroom. This included their high quality Tree Identification e-Portfolios within Microsoft Sway and Pests and Diseases of Trees within their team’s Padlets (online collaborative walls).

SQA, Scotland’s Universities & Colleges Meet up in the Digital Classroom

On the 28th of January 2019, the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) e-Portfolio sub-group held their meeting within SRUC Barony Campuses new Digital Classroom. Members from the e-Portfolio sub-group including staff members from SQA, SPARQS (Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland), City of Glasgow College, Forth Valley College and Glasgow University.

First on the meeting agenda was the introduction to Barony’s new Digital Classroom, including how the Teammate tables and Clevertouch screens work within the room.

Second on the agenda was to showcase the work carried out on the new online Forestry Tree Identification course Unit, which has been successfully delivered to both Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Forestry students within the Digital Classroom.

Christine Wood (SQA’s Project Manager, Digital Assessment Services) stated:

‘The SRUC Barony Digital Classroom is a resource which, from demonstrations provided, appears to offer excellent learning and teaching tools, all of which are designed to enhance learner participation and collaborative learning.  The Teammate tables encourage learners to work together in small groups, linking an iPad to the table screen, and allowing individual students to take on active roles by sharing presentations on behalf of their groups.  The Clevertouch screens in the room also allow easy viewing for discussion across the groups.

One very good example of how SRUC Barony students have made use of the Digital Classroom can be found in the Forestry Tree Identification Project.  Students were able to work in teams, and compete across teams, to complete interactive drag and drop and hotspot activities relating to tree identification.  This collaborative work also involved students creating high quality Sway presentations, as formative assessment for the Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Forestry, and presenting these in the Digital Classroom using the resources available to them.’ 

With sharing best practice to the sub-group, Gordon Mcleod (Learning Technologist, Glasgow University ) has access to the Forestry student team’s (with their permission) high quality digital evidence surrounding their Tree Identification e-Portfolios in which he plans to showcase to staff and students at Glasgow University.