Study & Revision Central: 24th April – 12th May

You’re trying to stay on top of your revision and manage to keep a work-life balance.  We know it’s tough and just wanted to let you know that we’re here to support you. That’s why Learning Services will be running a Study and Revision Central promotion for three weeks starting on 24th April.

(Free) Brain food!

During this time we will provide free water and healthy snacks to keep you hydrated and boost your brain power while you study. So take a break and pop along to the Ask desk between 11-3 and collect your goodies. Working online

You can also find plenty of tips and guides on study & revision central at the one stop site available from your ‘My Library’ tab in Learning Edge. Check out the video playlist of revision tips on Lynda.com for help with time management, speed reading, note-taking and much more.

It isn’t too late to book on to some of the remaining Uniskills Workshops which include sessions on academic writing and information skills. You can also get plenty of help at the Ask desk from our academic skills advisors and student advisors.

Don’t forget, you can also find useful resources through our library catalogue including books and ebooks about Study Skills and Revision Techniques

If you are studying off campus, you can access our digital library – all things electronic – from anywhere

Finding a quiet place to work…

The University library is open 24/7 right up until Monday 12th June. Within the library you will find a range of study zones, networked PCs, laptop loans and free Wi-Fi (eduroam), printing and photocopying facilities, access to 200,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources and access to help and support at our library help desk.

To help you find a quiet place to revise, we have a silent study area with easy access to resources or you could book one of the individual study rooms if you want some space to yourself.

There are computers available in LINC building (building number 10 on the campus map) 24 hours a day, all year round which you can access using your student UniCard.

Further help and support

For further help please don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can contact us in a number of ways:

If you need any help, please just ask

Good luck

Learning Services

 

Introducing Service Pack 12: A look at what’s next for Learning Edge – July 2013 upgrade

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Over the years, there have been significant system upgrades implemented to Learning Edge (Blackboard 9.1) which have added many new features as well as an improved overall user experience. The next upgrade to Learning Edge is scheduled for July 21st-22nd 2013, this is when the system will be unavailable for a short time – However we will continue to update you with further information closer to the time. You can follow up to date status alerts of all Learning Edge systems via Twitter @EdgeHillVLE

Once the work is complete, you will be able to log in as normal but will notice a number of enhancements.This upgrade will provide an even more user friendly and modern experience for students and staff alike. Many existing features have been improved and some exciting new features added to make the user experience more efficient.

The following is a quick overview of the tools* that you can expect to be using soon:

*Some of these features are subject to change and agreement of social ‘cloud’ policy and testing.

Global Navigation

The new Global Navigation feature refers to the set of links that appears at the very top right of the Blackboard Learn frame. This set of links has been streamlined and becomes the entry point to My Blackboard and social learning tools. Access points to your courses and other information are organised in one place to provide a consistent, quick, and easy way to find information.

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My Blackboard

The new My Blackboard feature provides information from across Learning Edge for users. Users access My Blackboard via the new Global Navigation Menu at the top of the screen. My Blackboard has a navigation panel that quickly connects to the new My Blackboard tools – Profile, Updates, People, and Posts – as well as courses, organisations, and settings.

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Discussions

With this enhancement, Blackboard have thoroughly revamped the look and feel of this tool. The first thing you’ll notice are the large avatars or profile pictures, so it’s a lot easier to identify tutors or fellow students. And now you can see all threads on one page, but if this gets overwhelming, you have the ability to collapse and expand them.

Highlights include:

  • All posts on one page: The entire discussion thread appears on a single page, thereby maintaining the context of posts and replies to one another.
  • Avatars:  The user profile avatars are more prominent in the new Discussions.
  • Conditional highlighting of instructors’ posts: It is easier for students to find posts from instructors in a sea of other posts.
  • Respond to posts inline: When clicking “Reply”, the content editor appears in the context of the discussion so as not to disrupt the flow of the user.  The full content editor is available for the user to write a reply. When finished, submitting the post adds it directly into the page without losing context.

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Inline Assignment Grading

Inline Assignment Grading is a revision to the workflow for grading submissions via the Assignment tool. Now instead of downloading the files that you need to view, edit and grade, you can view the Word, Excel, PPT docs or PDFs “inline” within Learning Edge.   Instead of downloading student-submitted files to view or edit, you will now be able to view student-submitted files “inline,” i.e. in the web browser, without requiring any plugins, applets, or client-side applications.

Additionally, annotation tools will be made available as part of the inline viewer, enabling tutors to provide feedback including comments, highlights, and even drawings/annotations directly on the inline view of the document.

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Retention Center

The brand new Retention Center provides tutors with an easy-to-use data visualisation and pre-configured rules for identifying at-risk students in a course. Because it requires no set up on the part of the tutor or administrator, it automatically calls out students who may need the tutor’s attention, making it easy for tutors to catch and respond to risk factors quickly, while there is time to help the at-risk students succeed in the course.

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New Calendar

With this new calendar, you can spend less time organising your calendar and more time doing what’s on it. Consolidate your course items into this easy-to-use calendar. Add events, drag and drop to change due dates, input course reminders.

Students and tutors can view items that are past due, due today, or due this week by navigating to the overview capability in My Blackboard. From the image below you can see that it’s much more modern, in terms of both look and functionality.

You can select views (month, week, and day) and color-code the events to differentiate courses and personal items. Items with due dates automatically appear on the new Learning Edge calendar.  If you change a due date within a course area, the calendar gets updated for students as well.

Calendar events may be viewed at once– or filtered to show only the desired mix of class and personal events. Users can select which calendars to view, ranging from personal to institution to individual course listings.  These calendar items can also be exported via an iCal feed to Outlook, Google or other 3rd party calendars.

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Assessment Item Analysis

The new Item Analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and on individual test questions. This data helps faculty recognise questions that might not adequately discriminate between students who understand the material and those who do not. Faculty can use this information to improve questions for future tests or to adjust marks on current attempts. Ineffective or misleading questions are identified easily, corrected in the Test Canvas, and are re-graded automatically.

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We hope you like the look of these new features and would be happy to hear your thoughts via the comments section below.

If you have any queries regarding this upgrade please don’t hesitate to contact the Learning Technology Development team on 01695 650754 or via ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

 

Mark Wilcock
Learning Technology Development Officer

 

 

A Hub of Activity!

Technology Roadshow & Mobile Clinic

On Thursday 31st of January, Learning Services and IT Services will be running an open event in the HUB showcasing everything you might need to know about the latest technology developments with Learning Edge, the campus wifi, mobile apps and electronic library resources.

With the ever growing range of services targeted at mobile users we will be on hand to help you get the most from your smartphones and tablet devices at the first #EHUmobileclinic! You might think you know all there is to know about your mobile device and how you can use it to help you with your studies, but as Rumsfeld says,

There are known knowns; there are things we know we know.
We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

—United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld

So, come along to the HUB and talk to us about technology; let us demystify some of the things you’ve heard about but don’t know how to use, and let us help you get started using technologies you haven’t even thought of yet!

We’ll be talking about, Learning Edge, Campus Pack, Mobile Learn, the PC Availability Finder, Library Anywhere, Ebrary, Collaborate, and much, much more.

Here are just a few examples of questions we can help you with:

In the library how can I…

  • search for resources?
  • find online journals and articles?
  • access my reading list?
  • reserve a book?
  • build a reference using the Discover More ‘cite’ tool?
  • save a link to an eResource so I can go straight back to it later?
  • work out which databases are right for my subject?

On my mobile (eReader/laptop/phone/tablet) how can I…

  • sync my emails?
  • easily log into Learning Edge?
  • get the course notifications I want?
  • access my lecture notes?
  • search the library catalogue?
  • download journal articles and eBooks?
  • annotate journal articles or lecture notes?
  • save shortcuts to the library and my subject pages?
  • watch videos or listen to podcasts?
  • find usful apps?

In Learning Edge how can I…

  • change the way my course list is displayed?
  • subscribe to discussion forums/threads so I know when a post has been made?
  • set up my own online blogs/discussion forums/podcasts/social or study groups?
  • find my grades and feedback?

In general how can I…

  • connect to wifi on campus?
  • find a PC to use?
  • book a study room?
  • forward my Edge Hill emails to a personal account?

Hopefully this list will give you some ideas, but we’re sure you’ll have other questions of your own. Come and find us; we want to help.

Finally, if you can’t get on to campus but want to get involved, you can contact us during the event (and beyond) via our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be using the #EHUmobileclinic and #LSRoadshow hashtags so if you have something to say or a question to ask about using technologies for your studies please get in touch.

See you in the HUB!

Meg Juss, Learning Technology Development Manager

 

 

 

 

Meg Juss
Learning Technology Development Manager

Learning Edge Maintenance: System Unavailable Overnight – 29th & 30th December

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Advance Notice

Blackboard Managed Hosting will be carrying out essential maintenance in their AMS datacenter in the run up to the New Year and would like to set expectations for two overnight maintenance windows: one on December 29th and a second on December 30th (both between midnight and 8:00 a.m.) The Learning Edge system will be unavailable during this time.

We are advised that Blackboard engineers have successfully completed the same type of maintenance before in two other datacenters and hope to complete their work within the first maintenance window (29th December) but have reserved the second window (30th December) to ensure they can complete the maintenance without any unscheduled disruption.

Please note this work is in addition to the Learning Edge Upgrade which took place between 19th and 21st December.

We apologise for the inconvenience this set of maintenance windows may cause to you.

If you have any queries regarding this work please don’t hesitate to contact the Learning Technology Development team on 01695 650754 or via ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

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Meg Juss, Learning Technology Development Divisional Coordinator.

Learning Edge Available: System Upgrade Complete

 

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The Learning Edge system upgrade to Blackboard Learn Service Pack 7 has been completed ahead of schedule and the system is now available.

Blackboard Managed Hosting and ICM have worked with the Edge Hill University Learning Technology Development team to support this upgrade. We have conducted thorough system testing and are happy with the success of the upgrade but encourage you to email ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk if you notice any problems.

We thank you for your patience during this upgrade.

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Meg Juss, Learning Technology Development Divisional Coordinator.