Qwickly Attendance LTI version launch

Qwickly Attendance is officially switching to the LTI version and will be live from Monday 9th September.

The LTI version uses a more up to date and universally compatible technology. In anticipation of the potential change a link was included in the Baseline template for all new 2019 course instances created.  

If you are using a ‘2019_’ course, you will initially see the two options as shown below.

Image showing 2 menu link options to be used in Learning Edge

As of Monday 9th September the ‘Attendance Register LTI‘ will work, while the ‘Attendance Register B2’ option will no longer function, in fact it should disappear. 

Actions

  • You should show the LTI link if students will need to access it for Check-In, and hide the B2 link if it is not already hidden.
  • If staff are taking attendance in pre 2019/20 Blackboard courses with, for example, the ‘2018_’ prefix, then a new Qwickly tool link will need to be added in the left hand course menu. When adding the menu tool link, please select ‘Qwickly Attendance LTI’ and then give it the name ‘Attendance Register LTI’ for consistency.
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Are there any key differences?  

The main differences are behind the scenes, in how it is set up and works. Any fixes and enhancements will happen seamlessly as Qwickly support will apply them remotely.  

Existing users 

If you have already been using Qwickly, then data added to Tableau will still be available there. We have retained a copy of the full set of data so if any specific queries arise we have this as reference.

New view options 

You will see two new options when viewing the Attendance Record.  

Reverse – reverses the order in which the register sessions are displayed

Image showing 2 new options when viewing the Attendance reord

Totals – shows a count of the different attendance statuses for each student, across all recorded sessions. Click ‘Records’ to return to the normal view 

Image showing new view option, showing totals for each student

Please contact LTD Support with any queries.

Digital Accessibility – Creating Accessible Content

Four images (left to right) representing hearing, braille, cognitive and visual. Image links to Wiki information pages.

New Legislation

New accessibility legislation means that Universities have to make improvements to the information on our websites and VLE.  This includes all of your uploaded documents.  The rules will apply to new online content from Sept 2019 and will be applied to existing content by Sept 2020. 

Basic process chart showing key dates for making content accessible from 2018 to 2021.

As you are setting up new modules over the summer this is a perfect time to check the accessibility of content.   For 2018/19 our content accessibility score was 64% which is a great baseline to start from.  If you would like to check how accessible a course/module is get in touch with ltdsupport and we can provide the information & a summary of the top issues.  

It is essential that all department managers ensure that accessibility is high on the agenda for any departmental meetings so that all staff are aware of their obligation to make their course materials accessible.  

With just a few quick and simple steps you can vastly improve the content you upload to Learning Edge, so that all students are able to use it in a way that suites them and their needs.  We have put together a resource kit in our wiki pages containing lots of information on how to make your content accessible. 

Image shows the different sections of information that the Wiki covers. This includes documents, PDF documents, Slides, Ally & Inclusive Practice, Websites, wikis and blogs and Multimedia.

 

 

 

 

Leah WilsonOperations Coordinator

Staff Development in June

Turnitin & Electronic Marking Awareness with Adrian Cain
12th June 19

Following an overview of all the EMA (Electronic Management of Assessment) tools used at Edge Hill, the session will then concentrate on Turnitin Feedback Studio the most widely used of all the EMA tools. It will look at EHU Guidelines, consistency of set-up and practice, student formative use for academic writing development, and it will offer a hands-on practical where attendees can mimic some of the electronic submissions process from both a tutor and students’ perspective.

Academic Staff Development Fortnight

From the 17th to the 28th of June Library and Learning Services invite you to a fortnight of events designed to update your skills and knowledge of the support we offer – from Research Support to Student Engagement, and everything in between. The full event timetable is available here and sessions can be booked through My View.
The Learning Technology Development (LTD) Team will be running the below sessions:

Give Your Course a Digital MOT with Adrian Cain
17th June 1pm-2pm & 27th June 11am-12pm

Have you booked your MOT?

A supportive peer review session aimed at helping you audit and fine tune your Blackboard course area to maximise its effectiveness and impact on student learning. Gain an objective assessment against critical agendas, such as:
-Inclusion
-Baseline
-Electronic Marking of Assessments
-Consistency of students’ experience
-Retention
Members of the LTD team will help you develop an individual action plan to help enhance your course areas now and in the future.

 

Using Panopto and Ally with Martin Baxter & Mark Wilcock
26th June 11am – 12pm

This session will review and offer insight into Inclusive/Accessible learning and the tools availability within the institution. We will demonstrate the benefits of Blackboard Ally and Panopto to enhance the student learning experience.

  • Review the level of content accessibility and systematically prioritise where improvements can be made.
  • Auto generated ‘Alternative’ formats and how they can support different learning styles
  • Going beyond lecture capture with Panopto

Catalyst 1st Year Anniversary Celebration

On Wednesday 19th June we’ll be celebrating a full year of Catalyst (already!!) with a celebratory day of competitions, exhibitions, activities and more from all of the teams based in Catalyst.

The LTD garage and show room will be located behind the help desk – visit us and find out why LTD have all your motoring needs covered.

Build the ideal course car (involves lego!), race it and win a prize.

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Leah WilsonOperations Coordinator

Turnitin and Panopto Training

The Learning Technology team are running two new essential training sessions Turnitin & Electronic Marking Awareness and Panopto – Recording and Utilising Video for Learning.

Turnitin & Electronic Marking Awareness
Facilitator – Adrian Cain (LTDO)

Following an overview of all the EMA (Electronic Management of Assessment) tools used at Edge Hill, the session will then concentrate on Turnitin Feedback Studio the most widely used of all the EMA tools. It will look at EHU Guidelines, consistency of set-up and practice, student formative use for academic writing development, and it will offer a hands-on practical where attendees can mimic some of the electronic submissions process from both a tutor and students’ perspective.

21/05/19 13:00-14:00 & 13/06/17 13:00-14:00 in Catalyst Oak Room. 

Panopto – Recording and Utilising Video for Learning
Facilitators – Mark Wilcock (LTDO) & Andrea Wright (Senior Lecturer/CLT)

This session aims to go beyond the generic use of lecture capture, with focus on the other pedagogical ways to develop content that all students can access in a way that enables them to be more effective learners.  We will demonstrate the different ways in which Panopto can be used.  Specifically, around generating media for weekly round ups, general revision, student recordings and online video submission.

Ideally your will have prior experience of setting up and using Panopto to benefit from this session.

20/05/19 10:00-11:00 in Catalyst Oak Room

Book through MyView (can be found under Learning & Teaching Technologies)

Email ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk for more information or to inquire about specific training for your Department.

 

 

 

Leah WilsonOperations Coordinator

The 8th Student Digital Learning Survey (and Amazon Prize Draw)

The 8th Student Digital Learning Survey is now live.  Tell us about your experience, expectations and use of technology-enhanced teaching and learning at Edge Hill.

This is your chance to have your say and make a difference.  We will use your responses to continue to improve existing services and inform new developments.

Over the last 10 years we have listened to your feedback, good, bad & ugly and made positive improvements.  We will publish a report of our findings & recommendations based on the analysis of the survey’s results later in the year.

If you are an Edge Hill student, please complete our survey. We realise that your time is precious – it will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and we have added an incentive of a prize draw of £100, £50 and £25 Amazon vouchers.

You can access the survey via your Blackboard course homepage, or from ehu.ac.uk/LSDigitalSurvey2019

We plan to close the survey on 30th April 2019.

 

 

 

Leah WilsonOperations Coordinator

Ally for Students

“Ally for Students” is a marketing campaign aimed at reminding students what Blackboard Ally means for them. The campaign runs alongside support for staff, helping them fine-tune skills to improve their content so that all students can use that content in a way that meets their needs and in ways they prefer to access it.

Ally for Students digital sign

Ally’s alternative versions mean students can go to Learning Edge, access instructor generated content in their Blackboard modules, in a format they want it. Students are often on the go and may require a version of a document that they can listen to.

The audio version means students can download an audio file (MP3), that they can then playback on a mobile device.

The HTML version allows them to access content through a browser and on their mobile device.

ePub files are supported by many e-readers, and compatible software is available for most smartphones, tablets, and computers.

The “Ally for Students” campaign will run for two months beginning March through to May 2019. Students will start to see information about Ally via the Student Portal and digital display screens across campus, explaining what can be downloaded and how they can download it.

Edge Hill University investment in Blackboard Ally is, in part, to help fulfil its obligation and government accessibility requirements in line with level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1). GOV.UK Digital inclusion and accessibility.

If you would like any further information about Blackboard Ally, and other learning technologies, please contact your Technologist via Ask LTD.

Martin Baxter

 

 

Martin Baxter
Learning Technology Development Officer

 

Accessing LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning logoWe are excited to announce that the LinkedIn Learning video course library is now available to all students and staff.

The courses on LinkedIn Learning cover many things, including using a wide range of software, and personal development skills like leadership and communication.

An easy way to get an account set up is to go to linkedin.com/learning, choose to ‘Sign In’, ‘Sign in with your organization account’, and follow the instructions.

If you already had a Lynda.com account through Edge Hill and want to copy over all your activity and certificates, you can sign in from lynda.com choosing to ‘Sign In’, ‘Sign in with your organization account’, and follow the instructions to move your account over to LinkedIn Learning.

If you have any problems or want to know more, please get in touch with us at ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk.

Once you have logged into LinkedIn Learning you can look through the How to Use LinkedIn Learning course to learn about the features available you you, and there is extra advice in the Gaining Skills with LinkedIn Learning course.

Please see our previous Blogs about Linkedin Learning (and Lynda.com) here:
Lynda.com is becoming Linkedin Learning
Learning with Lynda – Computer Science

Lynda.com is Becoming LinkedIn Learning

Computer UserMany of you have used the Lynda.com video library to help you learn how to use new software, or perhaps to help you develop other skills.

You might also know that Lynda.com is owned by LinkedIn, who have been developing LinkedIn Learning as a new place to access the video courses.

Edge Hill University will be upgrading from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning on Sunday the 20th of January. You will still have access to the same resources, and LinkedIn Learning will look very similar to what you are used to. Following the upgrade you will be asked to agree to set-up a new account on LinkedIn Learning, and you can even link this to an existing LinkedIn account.

Things to remember:

  • The resources will be unavailable on Sunday 20th January 2019, while the upgrade occurs.
  • When logging in after the upgrade, you will be prompted to upgrade your account.
  • Any web links pointing to Lynda.com, will redirect to LinkedIn Learning, however we would recommend updating your links as soon as you have time.
  • Improvements following the upgrade include the ability to add links to external resources to playlists, and we will promote these developments in more detail after the upgrade.

Please get in contact with me if you have any questions.

Thanks


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Peter Beaumont
Learning Technology Development Officer

Blackboard Ally is being rolled out January 2019

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To support our commitment to a more inclusive campus, we’re introducing a new tool called Ally!

What is Blackboard Ally

Ally helps your students get the most from their course resources, and help you make your Blackboard space inclusive for all. Blackboard Ally automatically converts course resources into a variety of formats, from HTML and e-book for reading on mobile devices, to Electronic Braille for the visually impaired, and audio for learning on the go.

Ally also helps you make small changes to resources you upload to make them more accessible, in easy-to-follow steps.

Instructors will see a small dial icon next to any uploaded content giving an indication of how accessible it is. Clicking this icon will detail issues along with helpful guidance and a simple interface to fix them. Students do not see these accessibility indicators, the only interaction they have with Ally is downloading automatically generated alternative formats.

Ally accessible score icons.

Ally is being rolled out in the New Year (January 2019): to find out more, explore these quick guides from Blackboard to get you started.

For Instructors – get to know Ally

For Students – How to access usable resources

Twitter users can also follow #BbAlly to see how others across the HE sector are using Ally.

If you would like any further information about Blackboard Ally, and other learning technologies, please contact your Technologist via Ask LTD

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Mark Wilcock
Learning Technologist

 

 

Inclusive by Design

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

As part of Learning Service’s “Inclusive by Design” initiative and on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Learning Technology Development (LTD) want to mention some of the things we are doing to support staff to generate content and resources that are usable for all.  The team are working with others to improve content across all areas but more importantly for students to be able to use resources in a way that suites them and their needs.

Introducing Blackboard Ally (coming January 2019).

  • Ally provides you guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with your digital course content. Students are able to download a version of the file most appropriate for their device and need.

Social Sites – VLE Skip Link option.

  • Important for keyboard-only users to navigate VLE content without getting bogged down in a seemingly never ending series of clicks before they are able to move on to the next item.

Transcripts and Closed Captions.

  • The latest LTD video productions contain transcripts for those who prefer to follow the action in word form.  Closed captions offer everyone the ability to follow what is being said, especially good for those when English isn’t their first language.

Our Staff Development Programme.

  • Aims to support staff in the production of content that means all students can benefit from your content, in a way they prefer and suites their learning style.

Want to learn more about these and how they and other technologies can support student learning, contact your Learning Technology Development Officer.