Learn to produce a screencast ….. or find out how to support, tutor and teach your students online

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During July, through the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offering a range of sessions which can show you how to achieve all this and more!

For full session descriptions and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title below:

Quick and Easy Screencasting
Tuesday 30 June 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Screencasting has become far more accessible to everday users. You no longer need expensive software to capture your screen when doing demonstrations, inductions or in your general teaching and learning materials. This session will show you some of the tools you can download or access for free and once you’ve captured your video, where you can place the file.

Collaborate: Find Out What it is and How it Could Help You
Thursday 23 July 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Blackboard Collaborate is a real time (live) web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile. This rich platform is available for all Edge Hill staff and students.

Collaborate: Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday 28 July 2015 – 13:00 – 14:00
This online session will give you first-hand experience of being a participant on an online teaching webinar using Collaborate software. This virtual training session will give you a general overview of how a Collaborate session looks and feels. You will have the opportunity to interact in demonstrations of the essential teaching tools.

Collaborate: Online Personal Tutoring in a Private Virtual Office
Wednesday 29 July 2015 – 13:00 – 14:00
This online session will give you first-hand experience of personal tutoring in a private virtual office, using Collaborate software. You will have the opportunity to interact in demonstrations of the essential tutoring tools.

All sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme can be viewed and booked weeks in advance via the HR Staff Development booking system.
Most sessions are either held in the G2-ICT training room, Ground floor, LINC Building or as online webinar using Collaborate.

Can’t see what you want?
Beyond the advertised staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) can deliver fully tailored bespoke sessions on Learning Edge (including Blackboard) and other online, mobile or classroom technologies. Through discussion LTD will, in partnership with yourself, develop a session to correspond exactly to your department’s and/or programme’s needs and processes.

For further information on anything relating to learning technologies, or to arrange a consultation for a bespoke session, please contact either your faculty’s dedicated Learning Technologist or contact our (LTD) central support on LTDSupport@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695  650754 (x7754).

 

Linked Out…

Have you ever come across a broken link to an external website? Annoying isn’t it? Especially if the content you want to access has moved to a different location, requiring you to start searching all over again.

Fortunately in Blackboard this is now a thing of the past!

As a tutor you can check the validity of your external web links in your Blackboard course area.bb_link_checker

The External Links Validator lists all your course content links to external sites and displays whether they are valid or not.

The Link Checker can be launched from the Course Tools section under the Control Panel, on the left hand side of the course page.

Once the Link Checker is selected the tool will load all the external links contained in the course area.

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You can then easily see which links are valid or not. There’s also the option to hide invalid links, to instantly remove them from your course and improve the student experience.

Learning technology Development (LTD) are always looking at ways to add functionality and improve the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard 9.1.

Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions: ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

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John Langford

Learning Technology Development Systems Officer

Blackboard 9.1 summer upgrade 2015

The 2015 Blackboard upgrade will commence from 7:30 pm, 12th July (Sunday) to 7:30 am, 13th July (Monday). Blackboard will be unavailable during this period.

This upgrade will provide the annual updates to back-end functionality and security and ensure an even better stability of the system and its components.

Blackboard will be available from 13th July, 7:30 am, but will be deemed ‘at risk’ whilst we verify the functionalities of the upgraded features. This has been decided with the view of minimising disruption and enabling our users to access Learning Edge with the minimal interruption window.

If you have any enquiries relating to this, please email us at ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk.

Finally, the last date for your diary is the 22nd June, when the LTD team will be undertaking the ‘closed doors’ testing to prepare for the system update and to ensure all the features fulfil their functionality ahead of the live upgrade.

If you have any queries regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact the Learning Technology Development team on 01695 650754 or via ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

Nina Unsworth

Learning Technology Development Operations Coordinator.

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LTD on Location – English and History

Recently, I popped into the Department of English and History to discuss the upcoming academic year (Yes! we really do start that early!) and as a result of a brief conversation about what the department needs from Learning Technology, we came up with a great idea for me to be based in the department for portions of time through the two upcoming busy marking weeks.

Turnitin, Grade Mark, Grade Centre and Learning Edge can become a little overwhelming when all those submissions land.  So the best way to support academics was for me (as the Learning Technology Development Officer for English & History) to be stationed in the department during certain times.

Quite often a problem or question can be solved so easily by simply saying – “could you just take a look at this?”  Usually at the end of a phone or email it seems like it’s a game of 20 questions just to get to the beginning so that you’re both at the some point.  Being able to quickly pop into a tutor’s office or to quickly bring it up on a PC together cuts out so much description time!

I also had the chance to meet some colleagues who I’ve never had the pleasure to meet before.  We worked through lots of interesting ideas and Learning Edge ‘wish lists’, tackled some little (and some bigger!) problems that staff had had and all in a very timely manner and no hot ear from being on the phone for 20 minutes!

I had the company of Sheila Lewis in the admin department and the staff made me feel very welcome while I was there. I was even treated to a home-made custard cream!  (Thanks Andy!)

As a result I now know the department even better than before!  They know the areas I can help them with and hopefully the marking regime was a little easy.  In addition, I’ve committed myself to a game of ‘Marrying Mr Darcy’ one lunchtime at the end of June!

If you have a particular interest in having a member of LTD stationed in your department at key times during the year, speak to your departmental LTDO (listed below) and find out if they can be on location for you to help ease any technology woes!

David Callaghan
Education
Mark Wilcock
Education CPD and Health PPE
Peter Beaumont
Health
Martin Baxter
Media, Geography, Biology, Business, Social Sciences, Psychology, Law & Criminology
Carol Chatten
Computing, English and History, Sports, Performing Arts, Clinical Education

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Carol Chatten
Learning Technology Development Officer

More peer review = More feedback. What’s not to love?

A SOLSTICE discussion and webinar with Sarah Honeychurch and Gill Ferrell this Friday at 12pm.

Nicol-et-al-2013“Peer review is an important alternative to teacher feedback, as research indicates that both the production and the receipt of feedback reviews can enhance students’ learning without necessarily increasing teacher workload.” (Nicol, 2013:103).

A wealth of literature supports Nicol’s assertion: Zingaro & Porter, 2013; Mostert & Snowball, 2012; Nicol, 2010; Crouch, et al, 2007; Mitra, 2003 as well as experiences documented at Edge Hill (Juss et al., 2010).

Further, Nicol says peer review ‘ … should receive much greater attention in higher education curricula’ (ibid:102).  Hence, I’ve organised an online and face-to-face event at the SOLSTICE conference, where external experts will attend to discuss the technique and illustrate how technology can facilitate peer review.

Please come along to this event – either face-to-face in B004 at 12pm this Friday (please ensure you register for SOLSTICE):

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/solstice/conference/conference-2015/

… or to join us online, following this link:

http://tinyurl.com/EHU-Webinar-Invite

The session will discuss some of the barriers to adoption, such as students’ lack of confidence giving feedback and concern about plagiarisism between students; to tutors disquiet about the quality of peer feedback provided.  The idea is to explore how insurmountable these barriers are and how we might overcome them.

Note that we’d be very interested in hearing from colleagues who are using the technique, especially online, exploring their drivers, approach and outcomes.

So – please come along, either in B004 or online.  Further thoughts sought too (leave a comment at the bottom).

Here’s my SOLSTICE abstract that gives further details:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HEcH5ClrFZvfAOM5Md7hftKmB6BAF1LN-HxvwRPbW8k/edit?usp=sharing

Kindest regards to all, David

 

References

Crouch, H., Watkins, J. Fagen, A.P., Mazur, E. (2007) Peer Instruction: Engaging students one-on-one, all at once in Reviews in Physics Education Research, Ed. E.F. Redish and P. Cooney, pp. 1-1 (American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, MD, 2007). Available from http://mazur.harvard.edu/publications.php?function=display&rowid=537 [Accessed 13th May 2015]

Juss, M., Chamberlain, V. and Callaghan, D. (2010) Moving Assessed Student Presentations Online: How a Change in Practice Brought “…a breath of fresh air” to the Student Experience SOLSTICE Conference 2010, Edge Hill University, ORMSKIRK, 3rd June 2010 [http://www.eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/1265/] last accessed 1st June 2015

Mitra, S. (2003). “Minimally Invasive Education: A progress report on the “Hole-in-the-wall” experiments”. British Journal of Educational Technology, 34(3), 367-371.

Mostert, M.; Snowball , J. (2012) Where angels fear to tread: online peer-assessment in a large first-year class Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education Vol. 38, Iss. 6, 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2012.683770 [Accessed 13trh May 2015]

Nicol, D. (2010) The foundation for graduate attributes: Developing self-regulation through self and peer assessment. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.Scotland,

Nicol, D., Thomson, A, and Breslin, C. (2013) Rethinking feedback practices in higher education: a peer review perspective. Assessment and evaluation in higher education. 39(1),  102-122.

Zingaro, D., & Porter, L. (2014) Peer instruction in computing: The value of instructor intervention. Computers & Education, 71 , 87–96.

iSpring: Video Case Study 3 of 3

iSpring Early Adopters Project: Video Case Study 3

In the Learning Technology Development team we’ve recently completed the early adopters’ project in the use of iSpring. Following on from Sertip and Maggies previous videos, we would now like to introduce Carl Simmons from the Faculty of Education.

Carl shares his experience and advice from the iSpring Early Adopters project. He tells us how his department uses iSpring to transform their existing traditional external facing resources into a format that supports accessibility for students out on placement. Carl also describes how support from Learning Technologists can help you overcome any obstacles and enhance the students’ learning experience. Take a few moments to view our third and final video case study.

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iSpring Early Adopters Project: Video Case Studies 1 & 2

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Case Study 2

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The video case studies powerfully illustrate the positive effect that technology can have.  Their words describe how the use of iSpring can offer huge benefits to the student learning experience. 

At Edge Hill we have built up a critical mass of good practice that can be accessed by staff who are thinking of incorporating these technologies into their courses. If you have been inspired and would like to learn more your Learning Technologist can help.

…and you have access to a wide range of user guides on eShare and beyond:

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Mark Wilcock
Learning Technology Development Officer

 

 

Come and join us for a Nepal Earthquake Mapathon!

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Monday 18th May 12-2 pm E4

Saddend by the suffering in Nepal, and inspired by stories of ‘crisis mapping’ – where volunteers all over the world are helping to digitise satellite imagery to provide maps and data that can be used by rescuers and aid groups on the ground, I organised a lunchtime mapathon with my team yesterday.

Learning Technology Development got together in an IT room over lunch to learn how to map and contribute to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap inititative.

In just 30 minutes we had created accounts, worked through the training videos, practiced adding and editing points, lines, shapes and custom information to the OSM (used to mark locations, roads, paths, rivers, buildings, lakes, fields, etc), and were ready to begin contributing to the international relief effort. We then spent the rest of our lunch working on the, ‘Gorkha, residential areas and buildings’ task, examining satellite imagery to look for hamlets and trace any buildings and paths or roads that connect to these residential areas.

Blake Girardot, activation coordinator of the initiative says, “Any mapping that people can contribute helps,” he adds. “It matters. It’s surprising that it matters so much, but it matters. People can feel good about half an hour of mapping, or 10 minutes. Every click turns into a data point. You do 20 clicks, that’s three buildings that nobody knew about, nobody had access to until you put it in there. Now suddenly those things are on the map.”

As a learning technology team this seemed like a fitting response to the terrible news of a second earthquake – working together and doing something to help.

9 people x 1.5 hours = ‪#‎contributing‬

We’ll be volunteering our time again on Thursday and Monday over lunch, and you are very welcome to join us. No experience necessary! We’d like to see you there.

Meg Juss, Learning Technology Development Manager

Meg Juss
Learning Technology Development Manager

Isn’t it about time you found out what all the Collaborate fuss was, used the right tool to mark your assignments and learnt what your students really think about in class?

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This post is all about Staff Development in May

During May, through the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offing a range of sessions which can show you how to achieve all this, and more!

For full session descriptions and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title:

 

Building Your Personal Learning Environment (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 30 April, 2015 12:00 – 13:00
A personal learning environment is created by a learner, using the tools that they choose, to manage their learning and communicate with other learners. ……. We’ll look at tools like feed readers such as Feedly, social networking sites such as Twitter ……………

Electronic Assessment Management – Using the right tools (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 07 May, 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Electronic Assignment Management (EAM) refers to the tools by which a student submits work online for storage and retrieval by academic, administrative or other staff for marking, feedback or review. One of the key aims of EAM usage is to enhance the student experience………..

Collaborate; Find out what it is and how it could help you? (Digital Practitioner)
Wednesday, 13 May, 2015 – 13:00 – 14:00
Blackboard Collaborate is a real time (live) web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile. This rich platform is available for all Edge Hill staff and students ……..

Classroom Voting Systems (Digital Practitioner)
Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Classroom voting systems are used in a variety of ways, with aims such as increasing engagement, allowing students to answer questions in class anonymously, to check understanding of concepts, or to start group discussions.

All sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme can be viewed and booked months in advance via the HR Staff Development booking system. Most sessions are either held in the G2-ICT training room, Ground floor, LINC Building or as online webinar using Collaborate.

Can’t see what you want…….?
Beyond the advertised staff development programme, Learning Technology Development(LTD) can deliver fully tailored bespoke sessions on Learning Edge (Blackboard) and other online, mobile or classroom technologies. Through discussion LTD will, in partnership with yourself, develop a session to correspond exactly to your departments’ and/or programmes’ needs and processes.

For further information on anything relating to learning technologies or to arrange a consultation for a bespoke session, please contact either your faculty’s dedicated Learning Technologist or contact our (LTD) central support on LTDSupport@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695  650754 x7754.

 

 

iSpring: Video Case Study 2 of 3

iSpring Early Adopters Project: Video Case Study 2

In the Learning Technology Development team we’ve recently completed the early adopters’ project in the use of iSpring. Following on from Sertip in last month’s case study, we would now like to introduce Maggie Webster from the Faculty of Education.

Maggie shares her experience in the iSpring Early Adopters project and tells us how she uses iSpring to transform her traditional resources into a format that supports formative assessment for online and blended delivery. Maggie also describes how support from Learning Technologists can help you overcome any obstacles and enhance the students’ learning experience.

Take a few moments to view our second video case study. Look out for the third and final video coming later this month.

Case Study 2

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Maggie’s video illustrates powerfully the positive effect that technology can have.  Her words describe how the use of iSpring can offer huge benefits to the student learning experience. 

At Edge Hill we have built up a critical mass of good practice that can be accessed by staff who are thinking of incorporating these technologies into their courses. If you have been inspired and would like to learn more your Learning Technologist can help.

…and you have access to a wide range of user guides on eShare and beyond:

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Mark Wilcock
Learning Technology Development Officer

 

 

Ever wanted to flip your classroom, teach students across the world or just sort out a space for your own learning?

DDE_BlogDuring April, through the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offing a range of sessions which can show you how.
For full session descriptions and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title

Flipping Content – Learn how to make Screen and Pod casts (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 09 April, 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Add variety to your course with audio and video. Learn the basics of screencasting and podcasting, and start recording your own episodes to share with your students……..

Collaborate; Find out what it is and how it could help you? (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 16 April, 2015 – 13:00 – 14:00
Blackboard Collaborate is a real time (live) web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile. This rich platform is available for all Edge Hill staff and students ……..

Electronic Assessment Management – Using the right tools (Digital Practitioner)
Tuesday, 21 April, 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Electronic Assignment Management (EAM) refers to the tools by which a student submits work online for storage and retrieval by academic, administrative or other staff for marking, feedback or review. One of the key aims of EAM usage is to enhance the student experience………..

Collaborate; Online Teaching and Learning (Digital Practitioner)
Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 15:00 – 16:00
This online session will give you first-hand experience of being a participant on an online teaching webinar using Collaborate software. This virtual training session will give you a general overview of how a Collaborate session looks and feels. You will have the opportunity to interact in demonstrations of the essential teaching tools …… 

Collaborate; Online Personal Tutoring in a Private Virtual Office (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 23 April, 2015 13:00 – 14:00
This online session will give you first-hand experience of personal tutoring in a private virtual office, using Collaborate software. You will have the opportunity to interact in demonstrations of the essential tutoring tools ………

Building Your Personal Learning Environment (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 30 April, 2015 12:00 – 13:00
A personal learning environment is created by a learner, using the tools that they choose, to manage their learning and communicate with other learners. ……. We’ll look at tools like feed readers such as Feedly, social networking sites such as Twitter ……………

All sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme can be booked via the HR Staff Development booking system.
You can view our programme and plan your sessions for the next few months by using the booking system. Most sessions are either held in the G2-ICT training room, Ground floor, LINC Building or as online webinar using Collaborate.

Can’t see what you want…….?
Beyond the advertised staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) can deliver fully tailored bespoke sessions on Learning Edge (Blackboard) and other online, mobile or classroom technologies. Through discussion LTD will, in partnership with yourself, develop a session to correspond exactly to your departments’ and/or programmes’ needs and processes.

For further information on anything relating to learning technologies or to arrange a consultation for a bespoke session, please contact either your faculty’s dedicated Learning Technologist or contact our (LTD) central support on LTDSupport@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695  650754 x7754.