• Check out the presentation and Moodle showcase from Coventry University

    We have had an busy and interesting  two weeks analysing the feedback from the presentations and demo’s from the 21st May event.  For those who couldn’t make it or anyone who would like to have a good look at some of the Moodle resources Coventry are using, the Coventry team have put together a web resource for us.  They were keen to ensure that it was shared with as wide an audience as possible.

    If you couldn’t make on the 21st May but have any questions or comments about this Moodle example please feed your thoughts through the blog..


    Rachel and the team


  • 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