VLE Presentation Day – a great success


We have just been wrapping up the end of the presentation day .. 

The afternoon session was very well attended, many thanks to everyone who came, there were over 70 academics and students, which is excellent for a sunny Friday afternoon! thank you all for putting the time aside to come and get involved.  We had two very interesting presentations which really did give the warts and all for Blackboard 9 and Moodle.  There was good interaction and we had a chance to see courses and tools in action. 

We had been keen from the out set to ensure that everyone’s thoughts and views were captured and we have asked everyone who attended to complete and answer a number of questions, as well as overall feelings and views.  We are reading the feedback as I type so will be in touch next week with the headlines 

If you were not able to come this afternoon the event was videoed so we will make it available, I will be in touch next week with info of where you can access it. 

Any feedback you would like to share with everyone, please get in touch via the blog 


What staff would like to see in a future VLE….

At the event on Friday staff and students will have an opportunity to discuss with our partner universities the tools they are using in their new generation VLE’s

From the staff survey last month, these things came out on top…

What staff would like to see in a future VLE %
Ability to change  look & feel  of VLE 55.9
Customisable home page 53.9
Drag and  drop interface 73.6
Templates can be used to generate consistent look & feel 80.9
VLE to have a variety of assessment tools 74.4
Student ability to submit assessments in a variety of formats 81.7
Online marking 70.7
Will support 2nd marking online & both markers comments made available 68.6
VLE supporting resits and special requirements 64.7
Ability to share quizzes over modules 50


We also asked what other technologies staff would like to use in their teaching. There was no overwhelming response to any single technology but blogs, wikis and teaching content delivered by mobile devices scored highest. Similarly wikis, blogs and lectures available on mobile phones and other devices such as iPods were the most popular tools for learning identified in the student survey along with interactive Flash-based activities.

If you would like to see some of these tools in action, please sign up for the Friday afternoon event, its not too late and also put your name down to get  involved in sample courses we are going to set up on Blackboard 9 and Moodle

Please get in touch via the blog ASAP

VLE Review: Some headlines from the Staff Survey

To help with preparation for the evaluation event next Friday we thought we would share some of the feedback we have had from the recent staff survey.  We were very pleased with the response – the survey was completed by 166 members of academic staff.

The data yielded by the survey has produced a vivid snapshot of how staff are using Blackboard, including the highs and the lows.  A key part of the survey was around the tools in Blackboard that staffs sees as important, and the responses have given us some important insight and will be helpful when staff look at what Blackboard 9 can offer and what tools University of Northampton are using.

Important Blackboard features & tools Staff % Student %
Submission and collection of assignments 69.9 75.4
Turnitin (plagiarism detection software) 78.9 64.5
Setting up group work 77.1 50.1
Using Blackboard email 61.4 79.2
Online discussion 64.4 60
Using audio and/or video clips 75.9 62.4
Capturing reflection on one’s learning 75.9 54.5
Self-tests and quizzes 45.7 43.4
Providing course and module information 97.6 97
Uploading lecture notes and presentations 90.4 92.6


The matching student responses are from the 2009 EHU Student eLearning Survey and in some respects mirror staff feedback but also highlight what students see as important features.

There will be opportunities on the 21st of May to discuss these features and tools in Blackboard 9 and Moodle, and see how the universities have worked with academic staff to support them in the development of their TEL skills to embed these tools.

For all those attending on the 21st, we are keen for you to start thinking about these features but also what you want to see in a new VLE, there will be lots of opportunity for you discuss this with our Blackboard and Moddle partner at the event.

Places are still available for the event, but there are only 16 places remaining

Please book online http://vlepresentation.eventbrite.com


Any questions or comments about the up and coming event or the staff survey, please get back to us via the blog