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Routemaster2

Are you getting ready to start your dissertation?

Here’s an opportunity to learn some new information searching skills at a time and a place that suits you.

Not finding the results you require when searching online, on the library catalogue or journal databases?

Grab a cuppa and find yourself a nice comfy chair and watch this online session to gain some new skills which will improve your search strategy. You can even watch and listen while travelling on the bus or train to and from university.

The session is called “Finding information for your dissertation” session and ran online using Blackboard Collaborate, on 19 February 2014.

Finding information for your dissertation – next live webinar:

If you would like to attend the next live webinar, view the calendar which details all the sessions coming up in Routemaster – Steps to Success – Semester 2. Click on a date to make a booking. You can book any session up to 2 weeks in advance.

We will look at why information skills are important, systematic planning for conducting a search and managing the search process and results. This will be demonstrated via application sharing and web tours.

Do you have feedback or suggestions about delivering skills in this way?

Are there any other sessions you would like to see delivered as an online webinar?

Helen Miller  Helen Miller

 

Learning how to share

Staff Development: eShare: Making the most of your Digital Repository

What is eShare? Why do we have it? How can it benefit me? Come along for an introduction to our digital repository for teaching and learning and see how you can make the most of eShare.

eShare offers you the opportunity to showcase your work to the world, store presentations, video clips and images in an easily accessible way and find ready-made, adaptable materials for your teaching.

In this hands-on session you will:

  • Create a profile – your profile can then be used for departmental webpages, EHRA and CV creation.
  • Learn how to search the repository for teaching resources, guides to technologies and learning resources.
  • Upload your own items – copyright and creative commons will be explained and demystified.

Book on to this session online via the Staff Development Booking system.

Michelle O'Connell

 

 

 

Michelle O’Connell

To arrange for a bespoke or 1:1 eShare session please contact me on x7229.

Edge Hill has its very own Mobile App!

After some careful time in development the very first dedicated Edge Hill University app is now available on Android as well as iOS!

Available via free download from the Apple Apps or Google Play stores, the new app brings together useful and interesting features, functions and fun – from Flickr and YouTube to Blackboard Mobile and a Mobile (friendly) library catalogue.

 

Lets have a look at what’s included…

 

Events lets you browse what’s coming up on campus – including the Arts Centre, Open Days, Sports events plus much more.  Change the view so you can see what’s coming up over the next few days or browse month by month.

 

Videos lets you view all of Edge Hill University’s videos available on YouTube.  Show your friends and family on your mobile exactly what goes on at Edge Hill!

 

News keeps you up to date with departments’ latest updates and developments – choose from most recent or browse for a particular subject or department.

 

Images allows you to browse through our Flickr gallery – everything from open days to celebrity visits.  Even if you couldn’t make it, don’t miss out on seeing what happened!

 

Blackboard Mobile Learn is our brilliant app for accessing your module or programme info via your mobile.  You can receive updates, announcements, post on discussion forums – plus much, much more! Make studying easy, and take it with you wherever you go!

(iPad users may still wish to install the dedicated Blackboard Mobile app as it displays slightly differently)

Get Help provides every useful number you should ever need for the university – academic support, facilities, IT… the list goes on – you’ll find it all here

 

Library gives you access to the mobile friendly library catalogue.  Use it to search for books or journals, place reservations or check your loans (or fines!)

 

Mail allows you to log in to your student email account.  Most students are now on GMail, so you can access your mobile friendly version of your email, direct from your smart device!

 

The partnership between Learning Technology, IT Services and Blackboard has enabled us to bring you this app, but remember – this is only the first step! We are looking for some innovative ideas on how it can be improved as we have already started work on the next version! So please, leave comments here on what you would like to see included, updated or improved – we would love to hear from you!

 

Carol Chatten

Learning Technology Development Officer

Campus Pack: more than just an ePortfolio

Over the past few months we have been evaluating Campus Pack: a powerful ‘building block’ to further extend the potential of Learning Edge. It offers all students a personal area where they can create blogs, wikis, journals and podcasts, and allows us to build templates for things like CVs, ePortfolios, and PDP.

As students own the content within their environments, they have full control over who can view and edit – they can choose to share elements with colleagues across the University, as well as externals such as mentors in work placements and even potential employers. Viewers/collaborators then have the ability Rating tool in Campus Pack to leave comments, discuss and ‘rate’ items; offering exciting opportunities for ongoing feedback and dialogue.

Other interesting features include the capability for tutors to embed Campus Pack content directly within their courses, and where necessary, link these to the Grade Centre for assessment. There is also the potential for mobile access to Campus Pack, which will add further flexibility to learners.

We are holding a number of awareness-raising sessions over the coming weeks – it is envisaged that the range of options through Campus Pack will be of interest to colleagues across the University, with direct benefits to teaching and learning, as well other areas such as Careers and Learning Services.

These sessions provide opportunity for staff across the University to give us direct feedback, and influence any decision regarding the purchase of a license. Please get involved, it would be great to see and hear from as many staff as possible.

Tuesday 24th May – 12:00 – 1:00 (SOLSTICE Green Room)

Thursday 26th May – 12:00 – 1:00 (H203)

Wednesday  1st June – 1:00 – 2:00 (SOLSTICE Red Room)

Sign up for one of the sessions here – http://campuspack.eventbrite.com/

 

If you are interested in Campus Pack and want to learn more about mobile access, contact Peter Reed (reedp@edgehill.ac.uk, #7756) for details about an upcoming webinar on Tuesday 24th May

Students – last chance to win Amazon vouchers!

We now have 740 responses to our third annual students e-learning survey and only need another 35 to match the number of responses we had last year…..so please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you’ve not already done so.  A grand prize of a £50 Amazon voucher and two runner up prizes of £25 Amazon vouchers will be awarded to three lucky winners.  The prize draw will take place shortly after the survey closes which is midnight tomorrow, Friday 28th January!

You can access the survey here

You have one day left!

Students, time is running out! Have your say with the EHU students e-learning survey…

We’re now in the last week of our third annual EHU students e-Learning Survey and would like to encourage any student who hasn’t already completed it to do so before it’s too late!  692 students have already responded (thank you!) and last year we had a total of 775 respondents so we would love it if we were able to come close to matching that this year.  The more responses we have, the more powerful the survey will be when thinking about developments for Edge Hill’s VLE, and with the new version of Blackboard coming soon, these developments are important for all students.

Looking at the results so far, we can see how important Blackboard still is for students.  We can also see that many of you have ideas about how certain tools, for example facebook (or other social networking sites) and text messages could be used to support your learning. The last 12 months has seen a huge change in the market for Smartphones and other devices (such as iPads) and the survey is giving us lots of information on how you would like to use them in your learning. It’s ideas like this that can help us to really improve your student experience so if you are an EHU student please complete our survey if you’ve not already done so…time is running out! To thank you for sparing the time to help us we are offering a prize draw of one £50 and two £25 Amazon vouchers for three lucky winners (the draw will take place after the survey has closed).

The survey is open until Friday 28th January and can be accessed from Blackboard, from email or from the link here.

Thank you!

Two e-learning blogs I sometimes use.

Hi

Here are a couple of blogs which I’ve found interesting and or useful over the past few months.  The first is Janes e-learning pick of the day: http://janeknight.typdpad.com.  Jane’s “Top 100” has signposted to unknown and reinforced known technologies and services.

The second is one I stumbled apon – and then got more interested as she wrote about virtual reality in health education – very interesting stuff:  “Sarah’s Musings” at: http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com/.  Posts cover not only the technical aspects of using technology to teach, but also discuss pedagological issues, sometimes overtly, sometimes perhaps unconsciously.  More recent discussions are around e-mentoring, and this is an area of great interest to myself in my daily work.