• 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

  • VLE Presentation Event May 21st

    As I mentioned last week we are making preparations to hold an event here at Edge Hill with two other HEI’s who are going to come along and share VLE experiences!!

     We are holding the presentation event on Friday 21st May 2010 1.00pm – 3.00pm  Lecture Theatre SPS Building

     The two presentations will be from Coventry University and The University of Northampton.   This is going to be an exciting event where colleagues will get an opportunity to see for real two new VLE’s – Blackboard 9 and Moodle.  The presentations will cover the real key areas which we have been exploring with academic colleagues and there will be plenty of time for questions.

     Invitations to the event will be going out from the end of this week and places are limited to 40 and booking will be online. 

    We want this to be as interactive as possible and welcome all your in put and ideas, all comments welcome

  • VLE Evaluation..Phase 2 begins

    Phase 2 now underway….

    As the VLE Review Project progresses through Phase 2 of its life cycle we move into the evaluation of VLE Systems.  The VLE Review Project Board has taken an executive decision to focus this phase of the project on two current latest release VLE Systems, Blackboard and Moodle.

    The VLE Review Group are about to begin work with two universities who are happy to get involved and share their knowledge and experience of their recent projects which involved a transition to a new VLE.  They are able to offer the academic, technology and IT infrastructure perspective which is vital in terms of how we evaluate Blackboard and Moodle.  Visits to the sites have been arranged but there is to be a follow up event here at Edge Hill to allow a wider audience to meet the teams and explore the key components of their VLE’s via a presentation and then question and answer session.

    More information and invitations coming soon..