Turnitin Feedback Studio – Coming Very Soon!

This summer’s upgrade to Learning Edge (due on Monday 24th July 2017) includes a major product update to Turnitin called Feedback Studio which significantly enhances the experience of staff and students when accessing essay papers in the document viewer.

Feedback Studio offers all the functionalities of Turnitin, including Originality Check, GradeMark, QuickMarks, voice comments, rubrics, etc., but with a simplified, more intuitive and responsive interface with significantly improved usability on the mobile devices. This should offer greater ease of use and speed for staff when grading and commenting and for students to interpret similarity scores and receive feedback.

You won’t need to do anything, the change will happen automatically, and we will blog again with more details once Feedback Studio has gone live.

In the meantime you can use the following resources to become familiar with all the new enhancements

View the Turnitin Feedback Studio Walkthrough video (2:56)

View the Comparison of Feedback Studio and Turnitin Classic video (4:24) 

Try the Turnitin Feedback Studio Demo

View this 1 page guide to the Feedback Studio interface
(produced by colleagues at the University of Reading), which gives a simple visual summary of all the new features you’ll need to know about.

Adrian Cain
Adrian Cain
Learning Technology Development Officer

Have you ever wanted to…

  • Find the right online assessment tool?DDE_Blog
  • Learn the essentials to be successful with Learning Edge?
  • Investigate and control your online image?
  • Make rich engaging content for your students?

Over the next month, as part of the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offering sessions to include these topics and more!

For full details and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title.


Electronic Management of Assessment – Using the right tools
Friday, 26 February, 2016 – 14:30 – 15:30
Electronic Management of Assignment (EMA) refers to the tools by which a student submits work online for storage and retrieval by academic, administrative or other staff for marking, feedback or review. One of the key aims of EMA usage is to enhance the student experience……….
EHU’s Baseline: This session addresses all the Baseline and Baseline + elements of the Assessment and Feedback categories.

…….. this is what recent attendees said;
“A supportive session on the benefits and possibilities of electronic submission. marking and data curation”
“Excellent intro to the systems available on Blackboard for EAM. Will take the info to inform my own development sessions for staff in FoE.”

 

Getting Started with Learning Edge – Essential Skills for Tutors Using Blackboard
Thursday, 10 March, 2016 – 10:00 – 11:30
This foundation workshop aims to introduce teaching staff to the essential skills necessary to navigate Learning Edge, upload and create files, set up student content and communicate with students………….
EHU’s Baseline: This session addressed most of the Baseline and some of the Baseline + elements across all seven categories.

…….. this is what recent attendees said;
“A straightforward introduction to blackboard that has given me the confidence to create blackboard pages.”
“another excellent session, well paced and delivered with useful follow up notes.”

 

Collaborate; Find out what it is and how it could help you? (Digital Practitioner)
Monday, 14 March, 2016 – 12:30 – 13:30
Blackboard Collaborate is a real time (live) web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile. This rich platform is available for all Edge Hill staff and students ……..
EHU’s Baseline: This session addressed two elements of the the Baseline ++ Student Participation and Engagement category.

…….. this is what recent attendees said;
“Technology in action – taking the classroom out of the classroom!”
“A truly beneficial resource that could be the future for personal tutors and distance learners. As well as providing virtual work placement experiences and interviews.”

 

Digital Tattoo (Digital Practitioner)
Friday, 18 March, 2016 – 13:00 – 14:00
How we and our students present ourselves online can impact on our reputations and employability. In this session we will find out what is online about ourselves, have conversations about how we can improve our reputations ……….
EHU’s Baseline: This session addressed one element of the the Baseline ++ Student Participation and Engagement category.

…….. this is what recent attendees said;
“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”

 

All sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme can be booked via the HR Staff Development booking system.

You can view our programme and plan your sessions for the next few months by using the booking system. Most sessions are either held in the G2-ICT training room, Ground floor, LINC Building or as online webinar using Collaborate.

Can’t see what you want?

Beyond the advertised staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) can deliver fully tailored bespoke sessions on Learning Edge (Blackboard) and other online, mobile or classroom technologies. Through discussion LTD will, in partnership with yourself, develop a session to correspond exactly to your department’s and/or programme’s needs and processes.

For further information on anything relating to learning technologies or to arrange a consultation for a bespoke session, please contact either your faculty’s dedicated Learning Technologist or contact our (LTD) central support on LTDSupport@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695  650754 x7754.

 

Learn to produce a screencast ….. or find out how to support, tutor and teach your students online

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During July, through the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offering a range of sessions which can show you how to achieve all this and more!

For full session descriptions and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title below:

Quick and Easy Screencasting
Tuesday 30 June 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Screencasting has become far more accessible to everday users. You no longer need expensive software to capture your screen when doing demonstrations, inductions or in your general teaching and learning materials. This session will show you some of the tools you can download or access for free and once you’ve captured your video, where you can place the file.

Collaborate: Find Out What it is and How it Could Help You
Thursday 23 July 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Blackboard Collaborate is a real time (live) web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile. This rich platform is available for all Edge Hill staff and students.

Collaborate: Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday 28 July 2015 – 13:00 – 14:00
This online session will give you first-hand experience of being a participant on an online teaching webinar using Collaborate software. This virtual training session will give you a general overview of how a Collaborate session looks and feels. You will have the opportunity to interact in demonstrations of the essential teaching tools.

Collaborate: Online Personal Tutoring in a Private Virtual Office
Wednesday 29 July 2015 – 13:00 – 14:00
This online session will give you first-hand experience of personal tutoring in a private virtual office, using Collaborate software. You will have the opportunity to interact in demonstrations of the essential tutoring tools.

All sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme can be viewed and booked weeks in advance via the HR Staff Development booking system.
Most sessions are either held in the G2-ICT training room, Ground floor, LINC Building or as online webinar using Collaborate.

Can’t see what you want?
Beyond the advertised staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) can deliver fully tailored bespoke sessions on Learning Edge (including Blackboard) and other online, mobile or classroom technologies. Through discussion LTD will, in partnership with yourself, develop a session to correspond exactly to your department’s and/or programme’s needs and processes.

For further information on anything relating to learning technologies, or to arrange a consultation for a bespoke session, please contact either your faculty’s dedicated Learning Technologist or contact our (LTD) central support on LTDSupport@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695  650754 (x7754).

 

Isn’t it about time you found out what all the Collaborate fuss was, used the right tool to mark your assignments and learnt what your students really think about in class?

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This post is all about Staff Development in May

During May, through the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offing a range of sessions which can show you how to achieve all this, and more!

For full session descriptions and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title:

 

Building Your Personal Learning Environment (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 30 April, 2015 12:00 – 13:00
A personal learning environment is created by a learner, using the tools that they choose, to manage their learning and communicate with other learners. ……. We’ll look at tools like feed readers such as Feedly, social networking sites such as Twitter ……………

Electronic Assessment Management – Using the right tools (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 07 May, 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Electronic Assignment Management (EAM) refers to the tools by which a student submits work online for storage and retrieval by academic, administrative or other staff for marking, feedback or review. One of the key aims of EAM usage is to enhance the student experience………..

Collaborate; Find out what it is and how it could help you? (Digital Practitioner)
Wednesday, 13 May, 2015 – 13:00 – 14:00
Blackboard Collaborate is a real time (live) web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile. This rich platform is available for all Edge Hill staff and students ……..

Classroom Voting Systems (Digital Practitioner)
Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Classroom voting systems are used in a variety of ways, with aims such as increasing engagement, allowing students to answer questions in class anonymously, to check understanding of concepts, or to start group discussions.

All sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme can be viewed and booked months in advance via the HR Staff Development booking system. Most sessions are either held in the G2-ICT training room, Ground floor, LINC Building or as online webinar using Collaborate.

Can’t see what you want…….?
Beyond the advertised staff development programme, Learning Technology Development(LTD) can deliver fully tailored bespoke sessions on Learning Edge (Blackboard) and other online, mobile or classroom technologies. Through discussion LTD will, in partnership with yourself, develop a session to correspond exactly to your departments’ and/or programmes’ needs and processes.

For further information on anything relating to learning technologies or to arrange a consultation for a bespoke session, please contact either your faculty’s dedicated Learning Technologist or contact our (LTD) central support on LTDSupport@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695  650754 x7754.

 

 

Ever wanted to flip your classroom, teach students across the world or just sort out a space for your own learning?

DDE_BlogDuring April, through the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offing a range of sessions which can show you how.
For full session descriptions and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title

Flipping Content – Learn how to make Screen and Pod casts (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 09 April, 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Add variety to your course with audio and video. Learn the basics of screencasting and podcasting, and start recording your own episodes to share with your students……..

Collaborate; Find out what it is and how it could help you? (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 16 April, 2015 – 13:00 – 14:00
Blackboard Collaborate is a real time (live) web conferencing platform which allows the facilitation of teaching and learning, offices, conferences and meeting spaces on the web or on mobile. This rich platform is available for all Edge Hill staff and students ……..

Electronic Assessment Management – Using the right tools (Digital Practitioner)
Tuesday, 21 April, 2015 – 12:00 – 13:00
Electronic Assignment Management (EAM) refers to the tools by which a student submits work online for storage and retrieval by academic, administrative or other staff for marking, feedback or review. One of the key aims of EAM usage is to enhance the student experience………..

Collaborate; Online Teaching and Learning (Digital Practitioner)
Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 15:00 – 16:00
This online session will give you first-hand experience of being a participant on an online teaching webinar using Collaborate software. This virtual training session will give you a general overview of how a Collaborate session looks and feels. You will have the opportunity to interact in demonstrations of the essential teaching tools …… 

Collaborate; Online Personal Tutoring in a Private Virtual Office (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 23 April, 2015 13:00 – 14:00
This online session will give you first-hand experience of personal tutoring in a private virtual office, using Collaborate software. You will have the opportunity to interact in demonstrations of the essential tutoring tools ………

Building Your Personal Learning Environment (Digital Practitioner)
Thursday, 30 April, 2015 12:00 – 13:00
A personal learning environment is created by a learner, using the tools that they choose, to manage their learning and communicate with other learners. ……. We’ll look at tools like feed readers such as Feedly, social networking sites such as Twitter ……………

All sessions within the Developing Digital Excellence programme can be booked via the HR Staff Development booking system.
You can view our programme and plan your sessions for the next few months by using the booking system. Most sessions are either held in the G2-ICT training room, Ground floor, LINC Building or as online webinar using Collaborate.

Can’t see what you want…….?
Beyond the advertised staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) can deliver fully tailored bespoke sessions on Learning Edge (Blackboard) and other online, mobile or classroom technologies. Through discussion LTD will, in partnership with yourself, develop a session to correspond exactly to your departments’ and/or programmes’ needs and processes.

For further information on anything relating to learning technologies or to arrange a consultation for a bespoke session, please contact either your faculty’s dedicated Learning Technologist or contact our (LTD) central support on LTDSupport@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695  650754 x7754.

 

Are you appy with your mobile?

Tree with tags editHelping you get the most out of educational apps

In the summer we asked you (our students) about how you use your mobile phones and we received some great feedback. In relation to one particular question of use, you told us that on the whole you used apps, but aren’t sure which ones may help you with your study.

From this we felt it would be great to hear about how students are using apps whilst here at Edge Hill, with a future plan to share this knowledge so that it might help others.

So our first venture was at last Friday’s Get Connected roadshow in the University Library, where we asked you to make our Christmas tree appy. Which you did in your masses, aided no doubt by the offer of a free chocolate or pen. In total 117 students noted on a gift tag, both their favourite app and a study app that they would recommend to other students, and these suggestions decorated our tree. As you can see from our picture, you made our Christmas tree very appy indeed.

This is what you told us:

Favourite Mobile Apps
Favourite AppsNo prizes for guessing what your favourite app was – Facebook with 25% of all decorations.

Twitter came in second with just over half the votes of Facebook at 13%.

Interestingly, there was a wide range of other favourite apps, with 39 different ones nominated, showing a real diversity to your usage of mobile apps.

Recommended Study Apps
Recommended Study AppsThe most popular app that you would recommend to your fellow students was Google with 11% of all results.

Second was Dropbox with 9%, then ReferenceME at 5% and Dictionary taking fourth place with 4%.

31 different study apps were recommended, however 38% said that they hadn’t ever used an app for study.

Empty chocs edit

 

Not surprisingly 100% of the chocolates were appy’ly consumed!

Following this successful start, we really want to continue hearing of your experiences with apps – especially the ones you use in your studies which you think might be a good recommendation to others. If you want to help, please email adrian.cain@edgehill.ac.uk with the title ‘Are you appy with your mobile?’, or add a comment to this blog post.

Catch further updates and information on study apps through this blog, or our social media.
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Wishing you a very appy Christmas
From the Learning Services Apps Review Team

What’s on your Learning Edge wish list? Extending the functionality of Blackboard with Building Blocks

There are a vast number of tools and features available in Blackboard, but I’m sure you will agree, there are some things you can’t do, at least not yet! The great thing though about Blackboard is that through Building Blocks we can build more functionality into the system.

Perhaps you would like new features which help you manage your course, such as a way to quickly check all web links in a module or a way to maintain an online attendance register. Maybe there are features which you know would help your students, such as a tutorial sign-up sheet or a way for them to send files to their eReader. What other features would appear on your ‘wish list’?

Building the Blocks

To help you come up with some ideas, let’s talk a little bit more about what Building Blocks are and how they work.

Building Blocks essentially allow third-party developers to create customisations and extensions for Blackboard Learn through open APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and web services. The types of building block that can be developed are:

  • Course Tool
  • Course Control
  • Group Tool
  • System Tool
  • User Tool
  • Content Type
  • Module

There are already a range of third party extensions available through Blackboard Extensions that we can try, including tools developed by other HE institutions. Also, we can now explore the viability of new in-house custom developments too!

One such development I recently started was the ‘Course Availability Per User’ system tool – Edge Hill University’s first Building Block! The aim of this Building Block is to assist administration of Blackboard by detailing a selected user’s course enrolments and respective availability.

Building Blocks can be as simple as querying data or as complex as connectors for synchronising data to externally hosted services e.g. Campus Pack. They are developed using a combination of the JDK (Java Development Kit), Building Block APIs and an IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

Developers use IDEs such as Eclipse and NetBeans to assist with the creation of Dynamic Web Applications. A Building Block is a Dynamic Web Application with the addition of one specific file: bb-manifest.xml. This file sets the properties that determine how the Building Block will behave and interact with the Blackboard 9.1 environment. Once the development of the building block is complete it is exported as a .WAR (Web Archive File) file and uploaded into Blackboard.

Community Resources

Edugarage provides a wealth of developer documentation, sample code/tools and user discussion to assist developers with creating building blocks.

Oscelot Projects is another great resource for open source eLearning solutions, developer related collaboration and code/tools.  Take a look at their web pages to see what others are currently developing.

Have your say

So, have you got any ideas? What course tools are missing? What functionality would be really useful for online group work? What could improve your course management or administration?

We’ve already added Building Blocks such as ‘Add Test Student’ and the ‘Paste from Word Mashup’ in response to requests from staff and we’d like to know what you would most value next. Feel free to suggest ideas and leave a comment. We can’t promise to add it all but we can certainly try!

 

 

 

 

John Langford
Learning Technology Systems Officer