Your Digital Tattoo: What the web says about you! – For Staff

DT_square_smallIs how you present yourselves online important? When people search for information about you what might they find, and how does that affect your reputation and employability? How can you take control of what people can find about you online?

Over the last few years we’ve spoken with hundreds of Edge Hill students about issues these questions bring up, and we’ve helped many to develop their online presence to make it look more professional. Now it’s your turn to look at your own online presence, your ‘digital tattoo’ as some call it, and to think about how you could talk about this important subject with your own students.

We’re running a session on Thursday 5th March 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm, in the LINC ICT Training Room (room G2 on the ground floor).

Please book on the session via the Staff Learning and Development booking system.

Quotes from previous attendees:

  • “I think this is a session that everyone can benefit from and provides useful information that we can pass on to students with regards to developing a positive online presence.”
  • “I really enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the elements of this presentation / session and the potential impact for myself and the student experience. A thought provoking session”

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Peter Beaumont
Learning Technology Development Officer

New Bristol Online Surveys (BOS) is coming this February 2015

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The new version of BOS is coming this February 2015. Please refer to my earlier blog to catch up on the new and enhanced features which are coming with the upgrade: http://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/learningedge/?p=3721 

The migration dates are confirmed as follows:

Wednesday 25th February & Thursday 26th February 2015.

Please note – there will be no access to the BOS survey tool on these dates.

If a survey respondent attempts to access a survey on these dates they will receive an automatic message advising them to return to the survey link later (it will not specify a date).  Consequently, if you have a survey which is open during the two migration dates above, you may choose to notify your survey audience that your survey will not be accessible on these two dates.

Normal service will resume on Friday 27th February 2015.

What to do next:

I would advise you to log into your BOS account to check your contact details are correct. Once your account is migrated you will receive an email invitation from BOS with an account activation link. You will need to complete this step to validate your account and to choose a new password.

The new version of BOS uses email addresses as the username.

Please remember that any unlaunched surveys with a closing date that is two or more years in the past will not be migrated. If you want to keep that survey, you can edit the closing date to ensure the survey is moved across.

It is worth noting that if you are collecting personal information about individuals, you have a number of legal obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998. Principle 5 of the Data Protection Act is particularly pertinent here:

“Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.”

If you don’t have any specific reasons to hold on to the data, then it should be deleted. For more information about your data protection responsibilities see the ICO’s Guide to Data Protection.

 Final points to remember:

All your existing survey links will still work by being redirected to the new location, and do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or via the phone on 01695 650754 for any further questions or support and guidance following the migration.

 

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LTD Operations Coordinator

 

 

Too good to ignore!

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Users of Learning Edge! We have an exciting new addition to the family!

Ok, so it might not be the most exciting thing for some, but we will shortly be switching on a fantastic new tool within Learning Edge to help make your academic communication easier between staff and students.

Qwickly is a tool used to streamline some of those monotonous processes that we’ve heard have been grinding the gears of Learning Edge instructors for sometime…

So what does it do exactly?

Well, this is the good bit… You know all those times that you have to go into each course or module, one at a time, and sometimes create the same announcement? Well, no longer! Qwickly allows you to create one announcement and send it to multiple courses in one click!  Qwickly knows which courses and modules you’re enrolled in and will allow you to select it from a list, create your announcement and send – It’s that easy!

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But wait! That’s not all!

That annoying quirk of trying to remember which course or modules you’ve released to students? Yes! It’s now even easier to do a quick check of which one’s are available and which one’s aren’t and with the click of a button release it to students.

And finally!

You will also be able to send an email to students in multiple courses or modules in the same way as the announcements – super quick for those urgent moments.

So is that it?

Not quite… Additionally, you can ‘qwickly’ see how many papers you have still to mark and also customise the tools that you want to see in the control panel, so if you’re not interested in the email function just remove it from the Qwickly list.

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Wow! I can’t wait! So when can we have it?

On Monday 9th February Qwickly will be launched to all members of staff using Learning Edge.  You’ll be able to see the panel at the bottom of your course list on the Home tab.  Sorry it’s all the way down there but we didn’t want it to interfere with any other panels that you can see in the 1st and 3rd columns of your Learning Edge Home tab.

An important note:

Please use this tool responsibly! Please remember that whatever you do has an instant effect.  If you send an announcement, all those students will receive it instantly, this is the same with email.  Once it’s been sent we cannot retrieve it! So please don’t come crying if you send it to the wrong students.

Remember! Just because you can ‘qwickly’ communicate, doesn’t mean you always should. Before hitting send, ask yourself if an announcement or email is the right way to communicate your message!

Equally, if you ‘test’ the availability button, your students will instantly lose access to that course… so please don’t play with the tools unless you know you definitely want a course released (or hidden!)

If you want to see some previews of Qwickly or would like to learn more take a look at these help videos to get a flavour of how easy it is to use.  You can also find out more information in the FAQ area

*Hot hint*

If you don’t want to scroll down a massively long list of courses to get to the Qwickly panel, do you know about tidying up your course list? You can access the guide on how to do this here or watch a video about it here. You can also eliminate seeing the list of instructors should you wish, which saves vital pixel space on the page!

And if you’re feeling really kind, you might want to let your students know about the course list tidying up – it probably annoys them still seeing their 1st year modules when they’re nearing the end of 3rd year as much as it annoys you!

So that’s it! We’re looking forward to switching this tool on and hope you’re looking forward to it too.  Get in touch with LTD if you would like any further details.  We’re more than happy to answer any queries you may have.

If you like, leave a comment on this blog post so you can share your views.

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David Callaghan
Learning Technology Development Officer (FoE)

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Carol Chatten
Learning Technology Development Officer (FAS)