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JRR Tolkien conceived the first words for The Hobbit when staring at a blank page of an exam he was marking. Continuing with that theme, there is a famous scene from the first film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Fellowship Of The Ring) in which Gandalf the wizard is facing a formidable enemy on a narrow bridge.
Whether you’re reviewing your existing employee engagement landscape or creating a new internal communication strategy we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this daunting task.
As the makers of Meetoo App, used for live polling and Q&A to improve employee engagement at meetings and events, what are our internal comms secrets?
Success comes more naturally in the classroom when students enjoy their chosen field of study, feel connected to their studies and feel motivated to learn in lectures/seminars and start to see their hard work pay off in an effort to pursue their chosen career paths. Here are 3 ways a student response system (SRS) can help to achieve this.
Educators spend an enormous amount of time not only planning lectures and seminars but also planning the assessments they will use to track progress. In this blog we look at how apps like Meetoo can help.
Internal communications meetings don’t need to be stuffy - with a plethora of engagement tools like Meetoo available, HR and internal comms managers can bring these meetings to life.
Take our interactive quiz to find out how your meetings shape ups.
Here’s our top 10 ideas showcasing some novel customer examples of how to get extra value from a polling app…
Find out all about our latest product update. This release is all about additions we have made to the Dashboard view including an exciting import/export feature
Student engagement and active learning is important for any lecture as it allows students to retain knowledge more easily and to 'experience' learning rather than being a passive spectator. With this in mind, here are our 6 top tips for unmissable classes.
At Meetoo we believe that the Lecture is not an anachronism that persists solely because of apathy, tradition, and the absence of alternatives. But rather a Live Event that, with the right level of interactivity, remains the most effective platform for learning.
Here are our three takeaways that we feel will become even more significant in improving the customer experience of event tech.
Heather Small’s ‘Proud’ pulsing through the speakers, wildly enthusiastic employees ‘on the bus’ and an enthralling 100 slide PowerPoint presentation with line by line animations interspersed with inspirational quotes and stock images… Sound familiar?
This Meetoo release has been hotly anticipated by the Meetoo team, as well as a large number of Meetoo users, as it contains a highly sought-after feature ...and this feature is...Surveys.
Employee comms meetings can be highly valuable and companies can reap the rewards of them, but only if they avoid these 4 deadly sins.
There are a variety of factors that make for a happy workplace and colleague interactions certainly play a large part. Here are a few approaches to take on board when handling difficult meetings and work situations.
In this guest blog, Dr Emily Farrow from the Royal Free Hospital explains how the use of Meetoo has positively influenced the teaching and learning experience in medical education.
How can you keep students engaged during your lecture? How do you avoid distractions? This blog post offers some great advice on how to get and most importantly keep your students attention in the classroom and beyond.
We’ve all been there – someone asks a question and we know the answer but we can’t quite recall the information. A version of this is often experienced by students where one week they know a topic and can fluently answer questions but the next week, the information has evaporated. Often referred to as a ‘brain drain’ it is frustrating for both lecturer and student. But can interactive learning help avoid this problem?
If you’re looking for ways to improve audience engagement and want to avoid some common pitfalls then read on for 4 helpful tips.
Meetoo’s strategic goal is to attain a dominant global position in the provision of insight and two-way engagement through the mobile device, deploying a market leading product set that is mature, stable, and scalable without the need for significant further investment.
As Europe’s only show dedicated to Event Technology, ‘Event Tech Live’ is a firm fixture in the calendar. For the Meetoo team, taking part in Event Tech Live is a business opportunity naturally but it’s also a chance for the team to immerse ourselves in all the event ‘geekery’ that gets our fingers and grey matter twitching. Read our tips for visiting the show...
The education world has long known that all students learn differently but with the static methods of teaching available, it was always necessary to set the course for the slower-paced learner. This never gives an ideal outcome as that slower-paced learner can feel uncomfortable while quicker learners become bored. However, with the many ways to differentiate learning in the classroom, it is easier to provide an interactive, changeable experience for every student.
As Autumn starts, anyone in education is anticipating the new academic year. Whether they are deciding on how to engage a new group of students, set their key learning goals for their course, rearrange the seminar lecture layout, or wondering what assessment tools to use — there is a lot to think about and prepare. To some, this back to school planning process can be a daunting task.
Event Professionals face the challenge of sourcing and using event technology tools that are reliable and deliver successful results, whilst also working with ever changing requirements and budgets. So, what are the four main considerations you should bear in mind when looking for your next event technology solution?
I was asked by a client of mine to run a “culture, vision & values” workshop recently. The question I faced was how would I deliver this and engage an organisation which includes team members with different skill levels and experiences, varied business functions, new joiners & long termers, multiple nationalities and cultures?
Dr Samuel Johnson produced an anatomy of Procrastination in an essay of 1751. “The folly of allowing ourselves to delay what we know cannot be finally escaped is one of the general weaknesses which, in spite of the instruction of moralists, and the remonstrances of reason, prevail to a greater or less degree in every mind”, he pithily wrote.
If you haven’t yet experimented with live polling and discussion apps in class, the start of the new academic year is the time to give it a try. There are so many brilliant ways to use it, from energising your lecture to improving student retention and helping your students to achieve learning outcomes.
According to The Mckinsey Global Institute "productivity improves by 20-25% in organizations with connected employees". Productivity and employee engagement has been cited as still being a main challenge for most organisations. With this in mind I will share three essential ways to increase employee productivity.
Making assessments and providing feedback is a significant part of an educators role. Normally, assessments involve a lecturer or teacher assessing a student through assignments or tests and giving feedback at a later stage, with the student a largely passive participant in this feedback process.
If you took part in our first Future Forum or have read the blog ‘What’s next for Meetoo after our first Future Forum’ then you’ll already know that we’re hugely driven by user feedback. Traditionally in the business world August can be a quiet month, with many people taking holidays. As our friends in Education will know, this time of year can be just as busy preparing for what’s coming next.
Workplace training can still carry the stigma of crusty sandwiches and falling asleep at the back of the room. Not any more with our tips...
On August 8 2017, Google CEO Sundar Pichai abruptly cancelled the company’s much-anticipated all hands Town Hall meeting, convened to discuss the gender controversy that has engulfed the company and in turn created the worst kind of publicity from a reputational perspective.
Higher education is presently undergoing a far-reaching transformation, enabled by the deploy-ment of disruptive technology. In the working world, technology has already radically enhanced the ability to connect with colleagues, customers, and clients across the globe at the press of a but-ton or the tap of an application downloaded to a smart phone. Moreover, companies increasingly leverage technology to enhance employee mentoring programmes.
Following on from my previous blog "4 Essential Elements for Effective Training Sessions" which has received lots of comments from Training Managers, I thought I would elaborate on this and write another blog based on the messages I have been sent. Here are 7 valuable tips that have been highlighted as being particularly useful for Training Professionals.
Currently the UK is a leader in terms of the number of students that start and finish a university course. The latest figures offered by OECD for 2014 showed that just over 70% of students who started a course finished it, compared to figures of 49% in the US and just 31% in Australia.
On 14th July 2017, we held our first ever Online Future Forum with some of Meetoo’s most active users, our Product Manager, Matt Kelly and our CTO Marcus Wikars. Find out what was discussed and get hints as to what might be next for Meetoo...
As a technology company and a group of tech savvy people, it’s easy to get caught up and assume that everyone feels the same way about software, apps and cool new ways to use new technology as we do. We pride ourselves on making Meetoo as simple and straightforward as possible. However, a recent Facebook campaign we ran highlighted that for all those people that love classroom technology, there are still a cohort who aren’t fans.
Today, student outcome and educational success depends on great instruction/lecturing practices, supported by the right learning technology. However, choosing the most effective technology at an affordable price is a challenge almost every University is facing. So how can your University make the best use of its available budget?
Emojis have become ubiquitous with 92% of the online population using them. So why are they popular and how are they influencing engagement and interaction?
On June 21 2017, in the UK, the Teaching Excellence Framework (“TEF”) was published to an accompanying cacophony of controversy.
It might have been a tough slog to get to the end of this final semester/term but the end is in sight...oh no, wait...now the planning starts for the next academic year! The summer break may be just on the horizon but whether you’re taking a well-earned break or starting your planning for the next year straight away, we thought we’d pull together some ideas for your welcome sessions for new students.
Our customers often ask us for a top tip when using Meetoo... so, to settle an internal debate we decided to run a webinar based on top tips from the Meetoo Team and asked our customers to vote on what they thought was the best tip.
In trying to please all party’s it's easy for employers to feel overwhelmed with differing strategies to succeed at employee engagement and improving the working environment. In this blog, we look at the three main benefits that managers should prioritise for maximum employee engagement and satisfaction. Eyes on the prize…
Hot on the heels of May’s Meetoo product update which saw the introduction of a new ‘Open Text’ polling option and updated ‘Projector’ display including the ability to see messages automatically sort themselves by ‘Likes’, we’re pleased to announce… there’s more…
The business of colleges and universities is the creation and diffusion of knowledge. The commonplace perception in Western societies, since the end of World War II, has been that completing a college or university course and obtaining a degree equate to better job prospects, higher earning potential, and a comfortable future.
Today, an increasing number of lecturers are integrating social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest into their lessons. Since Facebook originally started in Harvard University before spreading to other colleges in the US, it is interesting to look at the role of social media in education today, a decade on from its creation.
Once again, the UK are in the throes of dissecting another General Election and social media is ablaze with impassioned discussions about party policies. Despite some fairly frank conversations in the Meetoo office, this blog is not about the political manifesto’s but our own manifesto (of sorts) on finding a better way to obtain and review employee feedback.
Increasing student engagement and lecture participation can be difficult, even for the most experienced of educators. That's why these two issues are the main targets/objectives every educator is after.
We’ve all heard the words, “Communication is key” ad-nauseum, so why then is communication in the workplace one of the biggest bug-bears and how are some employers still getting it badly wrong when we have more technology geared towards communication than ever before?
With telecommuting rapidly increasing, it is essential that employees are communicating well and maintaining high levels of engagement with their employer. So, how do you keep your remote workers informed, engaged and progressing their skills, whilst understanding their needs and assessing their development at a distance?
General election fever is upon the UK. Various polls will be aiming to give the population a projection of how things might go. Contesting parties will be looking for a steer as to what is working, or where focus is required in the lead up to polling day on June 8th. The accuracy of these various opinion polls has rightly been called into question following some recent ‘shock’ results. Fortunately for businesses, there is a much more effective way to gather meaningful insights to base their decisions upon.
In today’s times of political uncertainty, particularly with Brexit looming, the old adage of “change is a constant” has never been truer. For businesses, change can be exciting and can open new opportunities for growth and development but, without effective change management and communication, it can be nothing short of disastrous.
To mark the latest release to the Meetoo platform and app, we thought we’d share a quick run-down of what it means for users and share some links to resources for further information. We’ve also gazed into our crystal ball to predict the most likely FAQ’s. Admittedly relying on psychic ability to predict your FAQ’s is not a fool proof system so we will commit to updating this blog article as we receive any real ones...
With the new Meetoo updates happening this week, I decided to grab a couple of minutes with the Meetoo Product Manager, Matt Kelly, to discuss what this next release means for our customers.
As it’s May the 4th and a large proportion of our team are self-confessed Star Wars geeks, we decided to reflect on what Star Wars has taught our business…
The aim of education is to provide students with the skills they will need for later life. Yet according to a study by the National Careers Service, many employers are seeking candidates with certain soft skills and find them absent.
Meetoo, the real-time messaging and polling app for meetings and educational events, has formed a partnership with audience engagement specialist Crystal Interactive Meetings, that will see Crystal providing a comprehensive customer support service.
The first University in the Western Hemisphere was founded at Fez in Morocco in 1059, followed by Bologna in 1088 and Oxford in 1096. Ever since, lecturing has been the predominant form of teaching.
Town Hall Meetings have become a staple of global management. The purpose of a Town Hall Meeting is to give a voice to the many and to inform the decision making of the few by soliciting the broadest possible range of opinions.
From student research UCLan conducted using Meetoo, we know that all students said they enjoyed using Meetoo in class with 92% feeling their understanding of the lecture improved with the use of Meetoo.
As the millennial generation becomes a much larger part of the global workforce alongside their colleagues of generation x and baby boomers, employers need to consider how they will keep their intergenerational workplace engaged.
On April 4th 2017, Lumi Technologies completed the sale of a majority stake in its operating subsidiary Lumi AGM to the Private Equity Group Vespa Capital.
Research suggests that younger generations are ambitious and will job-hop to find new career challenges. Considering this, it is more important than ever that organisations focus on how they will appeal to future generations and keep hold of talented employees. Can you afford to lose great talent, year on year?
Educators have long known that students learn the most when they are immersed in a subject and that merely presenting them with a textbook or making them listen to a lesson doesn’t get the best results. This is likely at the core of the enthusiastic uptake of new technology in the classroom to offer a better learning experience for students of all aptitudes. But does this new technology mean that the textbook will soon be obsolete?
We have all become vaguely familiar with the term ‘millennials’ to describe the age group in their teens and twenties. But now the term ‘neo-millennials’ is being used to describe those born after 1995.
Things have changed, and whilst yes, some old tech can still ‘do the job’, up to date options are both expected and can offer so much more...
RAID, Europe’s leading Conference on the nature, scale and impact of technological change, was held in Paris between March 13th-15th. Meetoo participated in a debate as to how technological innovation can amplify levels of engagement and insight.
The arrival of polling apps has transformed the landscape meaning that live polling and text based discussion have become an expected feature of the modern training environment. Here’s why…
Keeping students engaged and interested in a lecture topic has always been a challenge, even for the most experienced of the educators. According to the research, generation Z have an attention span of just eight seconds; still, with student engagement being central to student learning and growth, doing it right is vital.
For any training to be justified it must add value to an organization and to individual employee's continued learning and development. Considering the associated costs, tangible results are a must. So what are the effective steps to implementing a kick-ass training session that really delivers?
My husband recently gave me an Alexa (an Echo Dot) for my birthday, I was pretty excited about this, until I found out it doesn’t (yet) connect with my Sonos.
For many corporations the ultimate aim of training is to make more money. Of course it’s also about optimising performance, motivating staff and all the other side benefits. But how do you reduce your costs and improve the outcomes and experience of the training session?
Meetoo, a global leader in real-time audience engagement, has declared an amnesty for ‘Clickers’ the outdated numeric keypads otherwise known as audience or student response systems.
There is a growing demand and trend for everything to become quicker or instant within our lives. But how will this employee behaviour impact your workplace?
I have spoken many times in front of audiences ranging from a few to many 100s of people. So why did I feel so nervous as I prepared to deliver my first webinar?
Large classes present a number of challenges for many lecturers. Students typically sit back in spacious lecture theatres while the lecturer in front of them attempts to impart knowledge and generate enthusiasm for the lecture topic.
The Taoist Lao-Tze wrote, “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." This aphorism is especially pertinent to the current debate concerning education in the West.
Have mobile apps made audience response systems redundant? Will 2017 be your turning point?
As attention turns towards Valentine's Day, I came across 5 interesting facts about the celebration that are quite astonishing...
Keeping in theme with valentine's Day - here are some reasons why our customers fell in love with Meetoo...
Returning to BETT last week, a year on from our launch into the education sector at BETT 2016, I was extremely proud of just how far we’ve come as a team and how much we have learnt in the process.
Is it the convenience of virtual meetings that makes them so appealing? Are face-to-face meetings still valued in the digital age? Read the blog to find out...
The Meetoo team experienced the virtual reality world and discussed the future of VR. The question is, will virtual reality become our reality?
Calling all educators… You are invited to join Meetoo at the world’s leading education technology event in London. We’ve got lots to tell you.
Is your workplace still feeling the January blues? Well, here are our 6 tips to increase the engagement in your workplace and to motivate your employees.
Both our Meetoo and Lumi teams have had a very busy year and have enjoyed every moment of the past 12 months.
I was thrilled to see Ian Livingstone’s keynote speech at this years’ ALT-C conference* since he has been a leading figure in the UK gaming business since the mid-1970s; he established Games Workshop and went on to take a leading role in Eidos, the videogame company that created Tomb Raider.
Webinars are fast overtaking phone and conference calls for meetings of all kinds. Very pleased to see Meetoo included in Liesha Petrovich’s article in the Huffington Post about group meeting tools and trends for 2016.
How 34 speakers and over 150 delegates used an engagement app within their sessions to explore the main themes and barriers to engaging employees.
There is a lively, and intensifying, media debate at present concerning both the mechanics of teaching in High Education and the extent to which students are becoming overly pampered and protected. Meetoo has become involved in this debate as a consequence of its capacity to enable students to ask questions anonymously in the lecture theatre.
Aleksandra Perisic looks at the benefits of exit tickets and why it makes sense to do it via an app.
Many teachers and lecturers find exit tickets are a great safety valve at the end of a lecture or class. They monitor whether students have fully grasped the topic – and at what depth.
In this case study, Inceptive Technical Direction share how any meeting or event can achieve fantastic engagement levels whilst also banishing ‘death by Powerpoint’ in the process.
Pepper meets Meetoo at Event Tech Live 2016. I have done my fair share of events and exhibitions, but this was my first event with a robot.
...Not this year! We’re VERY pleased to report that Meetoo (by Lumi) was awarded ‘Best use of Technology for Analytics, Data Collection & Insight’ at the 2016 Event Technology Awards at the Supernova by London Embankment on Wednesday.
Last month Meetoo Product Manager Matt Kelly explained how customer feedback was so important to the development of Meetoo. True to his word, he’s kept listening to your requests and come up with another addition – this time specifically for our customers in education. To find out more I caught up with Amie Fletcher from the Meetoo Education Team.
Meetoo can be deployed to transform almost any kind of meeting with any number of attendees, all you need to have is a want to get everyone engaged.
The smartphone has become an essential part of everyday life. We use it for everything from keeping in touch with friends and family to monitoring the weather and traffic and reading up on the news or other topics we enjoy.
Back in the early 20th century, the US Army produced a method of determining a recruit’s intelligence. It was called the multiple choice question system. Everyone was quick to embrace the idea and it quickly became the standard approach, used in businesses and within educational institutions all over the world.
October 2016 sees another round of updates to Meetoo, with new feature and changes based on customer feedback. I managed to grab 5 minutes with Meetoo’s Product Manager, Matt Kelly, on release day to ask him what this means for Meetoo users?