Learning Edge Upgrade 20-21 July 2014 – What’s coming this summer

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The summer is on the horizon, bringing with it not only better weather but a better Learning Edge too! We are currently working with Blackboard to introduce a number of new features which will improve your experience and use of Learning Edge.

The upgrade will introduce exciting innovations as well as improvements to core capabilities, some of which are detailed below:

 

Student Preview

This new tool will enable you to quickly view and verify the design of your course Studetn_Preview_Iconcontent and course navigation from the perspective of a student. This means that you will no longer need to manage the creation and enrollment of test student accounts.

Anonymous and Delegated Grading

Anon_Grading_DelWith the Blackboard assignment tool you will be able to grade anonymously and delegate grading responsibilities to other members of staff.

Social Tools and Profiles

Learning gets social

With upgraded social learning tools including calendars, social spaces and improved cloud profiles, both students and staff can stay connected inside the traditional Virtual Learning Environment.

‘My Blackboard’ also provides a convenient one stop location for frequently used tools, such as My Grades for students and the Retention Center for staff.

 

Summer Upgrade Pre-Testing

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In order for us to prepare for the upgrade, we will be carrying out extensive testing throughout May, June and July. The important dates for you to make a note of are the 27th May and 23rd June, as LTD team will be unavailable for general queries.

You can still email us on [email protected] with anything urgent, but LS help desk will be able to assist you on 01695 584286 with your general enquiries.

You are welcome to sign up to the Upgrade Cohort (Service Pack April 2014 upgrade) if you would like to keep updated with developments of the new upgrade: http://bbbb.blackboard.com/LP=35

And the final important date is…

Following successful testing the current target date for the upgrade is July 20th / 21st.

As always, any questions on whats happening please contact LTD Support on 01695 650754 or email [email protected]

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John (LTDSO) & Nina (LTDOC)

Award Winning Staff Development!

Blackboard Catalyst Award

Learning Services have been named a winner of the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award programme for Staff Development, which honours all those involved who have leveraged Blackboard technologies to internally support the ‘Developing Digital Excellence’ program and those who delivered an array of professional and innovative training sessions to Edge Hill University staff.

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The Staff Development Award is part of the annual and global Blackboard Catalyst Awards programme in which Edge Hill University was one of only four winners from the UK. The award was received during the 2014 Blackboard Teaching & Learning Conference – held at University College Dublin.  The conference is the largest of its kind outside of North America, which brings together heads of teaching & learning, educators, course designers, system administrators, and eLearning managers engaged in managing the provision of technology enhanced learning for institutions from over 20 countries.

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This exciting achievement recognises the impressive growth of online session delivery and the blended provision of resources, content and specifically, Learning Services’ strategic approach to promote the educational affordances of Blackboard Collaborate to staff at Edge Hill University.

Why not try the award winning ‘Developing Digital Excellence’ programme this month? We have a number of events in May within the Digital Practitioner and Digital Office strands, including sessions which we are delivering during Learning at Work Week 19th – 25th May.

The Digital Practitioner:

Your Digital Tattoo – What the web says about you! Professional and employable digital identities : 13th May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Future Gazing: Exploring Tomorrow’s Technologies today : 20th May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Learn and Interact at the Touch Of A QR Code : 22nd May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Learn About Campus Pack: ePortfolios : 23rd May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

The Digital Office:

Excel 1 – Getting Started with Formulas using Excel 2010 : 13th May, 9:30am – 11:00am

Excel 2 – Functions and Workbook Management : 29th May, 9:30am – 11:30am

Please book online via the HR Staff Development booking system. You can see the full list of the sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme and book those you would like to attend. Feel free to post a comment on here if you have any questions. You can also get in touch with us at [email protected] or call 01695 650754 if you would simply like to know more!

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Mark Wilcock
Learning Technology Development Officer

Developing Digital Excellent staff development programme

Here is your chance to get involved in our award winning programme.  Sorry couldn’t resist mentioning we have won a prize!. (There will be more news and information in a blog post next week when Mark Wilcock gets back from the Blackboard Conference with the award).

We have a number of events in May within the Digital Practitioner and Digital Office strands, including sessions which we are delivering during Learning at Work Week 19th – 25th May.  Those particular events which we would like everyone to get invovled in, we will promote further in the run up to the week.

The Digital Practitioner

Electronic Assessment Management – Using the right tools                                                   6th May                        12.00pm – 1.00pm 

 

Successfully managing online marking – A guide  to using the Grade Centre in Blackboard 8th May                         12.00pm – 1.00pm   

 

Your Digital Tattoo – What the web says about you! Professional and employable digital identities  13th May      12.00pm – 1.00pm

 

Future Gazing: Exploring Tomorrow’s Technologies today                                                   20th May                        12.00pm – 1.00pm

 

Learn And Interact At The Touch Of A QR Code                                                                     22nd May                        12.00pm – 1.00pm

 

Learn About Campus Pack                                                                                                   23rd May                         1.00pm – 2.00pm

 

The Digital Office

POWERPOINT 1 –Intro to On-Screen Presentations                                                             6th May                          9:30am – 11:30am

EXCEL 1 – Getting Started with Formulas using   Microsoft Excel 2010                                 13th May                        9:30am – 11:00am

EXCEL 2- Functions and Workbook Management                                                                  29th May                       9:30am – 11:30am

Please book online via the HR Staff Development booking system.  You can see the full list of the sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme and book those you would like to attend.

If there are areas of development you feel you or your team would like to discuss, please get in touch with myself or Elaine Czotter

Rachel Bury [email protected]

Elaine Czotter [email protected]