Many of you have used the Lynda.com video library to help you learn how to use new software, or perhaps to help you develop your presentation skills.
You might also know that Lynda.com is owned by LinkedIn, who have been developing LinkedIn Learning as a new place to access the video courses.
Edge Hill University will be upgrading from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning on Sunday the 20th of January. You will still have access to the same resources, and LinkedIn Learning will look very similar to what you are used to. Following the upgrade you will be asked to agree to set-up a new account on LinkedIn Learning, and you can even link this to an existing LinkedIn account.
Things to remember:
- The resources will be unavailable on Sunday 20th January 2019, while the upgrade occurs.
- When logging into Lynda.com after the upgrade, you will be prompted to upgrade your Lynda.com account to a LinkedIn Learning account.
Please get in touch with us through Ask Us if you have any questions.
Learning Technology Development Officer
Blackboard’s ‘Social Learning Tools’ form a small scale social networking style environment within Blackboard, which students can use outside of their course areas. They include the Profile tool, People tool, Messages tool, and Spaces tool.
The Profile tool is the one you are most likely to be interested in. This allows you to add a photo of yourself which shows up in other places such as the Blackboard Discussion Board tool, which makes it easier to follow conversations and see who posted what.
When logged into Blackboard, your name can be seen near the top right of the page, as shown in this image. Click on your name and a drop down menu will appear. At the top of the menu is a grey head shaped icon by default, and if you click on this you will see your empty profile page.
Click on the ‘Edit My Blackboard Profile’ to get started adding photos and any information that you might want to share about yourself.
The Spaces tool is one of Blackboard’s Social Learning Tools, and is linked to using the icon that represents a network. We have written a guide to using the Spaces tool in case the tool is useful as a simple discussion space for anyone doing group work.
A recent update to the Social Learning Tools adds important features. The update ensures that you have agreed to Blackboard’s terms of service before you use them, and you will be reminded of the section of Edge Hill University’s IT Acceptable Use Policy that relates to social networking type activity. You will also have more control over your own information, as you will be able to completely delete your profile while you are a student with access to Blackboard. Even if you don’t get round to deleting your profile, inactive accounts will be removed after about a year, so they won’t be there forever.
If you find that your profile picture (and others’!) have disappeared, it may be you added your photo before the terms came in. To ‘reactivate’ all the profile pictures in your account, click back to your profile picture (as if you’re uploading your photo again) and ensure you click to accept the agreement. All the photos will automatically re-appear!
One of the great things about blogs is that you can subscribe to them. This means that you receive notifications when they are updated, rather than having to keep checking the blog yourself.
We’ve just added links to make it easier for you to subscribe to the Learning Services and Learning Edge blogs. You can choose to subscribe to receive email notifications, or if you use a Feed Reader you can subscribe with that.
Go to the blog’s home page by clicking on it’s title near the top of the page. Then just click on one of the links in the section labelled ‘Subscribe’ which is usually found on the right hand side of the screen.
If you need help we have a guide on eShare that will talk you through the process.
The 3D Virtual World ‘Second Life‘ is the location for a small number of tutorials this year, as Edge Hill’s SOLSTICE Gardens opens it’s gates.
Virtual Worlds’s like Second Life offer potentially immersive and flexible online meeting spaces. Where distance prevents face to face contact, Second Life is one of the alternatives that may be suitable in specific cases.
For those who are new to these environments and using them for teaching and learning, why not have a look at our introduction to virtual worlds, the JISC guide to Getting Started with Second Life and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of getting this new Learning Services blog going, we’ve been asked to link to a couple of blogs in our professional area, that we use a lot.
As an overview of the Learning Technology area, I’d always recommend subscribing to George Siemen’s eLearnspace blog. This is a very frequently updated record of most of the major developments in the area.
Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. It’s also the name of Dana Boyd’s blog which focusses on her work around social networks. She knows her stuff, and if you want links to some of her talks on the subject have a look at Dana’s Wikipedia page, and the best of Apophenia page.