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

Exciting new editing software from Avid

Avid is here!!. Our new editing software has now arrived and is up and running.  For those of you who don’t not what we are promoting…It’s the latest industry standard professional editing systems designed and built by Avid, there was a slight delay in getting these installed as we were holding out for the latest software.

The new software has been built from the ground up, and for the technical among you…. this is based on a very powerful PC, with a Windows 7 operating system, running a 64 bit architecture, with Avid Media Composer v. 6.0 software. This allows for multi-layering of complex effects, with added colour correction, with minimum rendering time.

These new systems are based with our other editing booths, 2nd Floor in the LINC building.  Avid media composer has been around in industry for a very long time, and is an established editing platform for media industry editors.  It is packed with high end tool sets that allow professional finishing to be accomplished.  Our systems also have an internal 1Tb media drive, separate from the operating system hard drive, so it’s capable of handling large media projects. It also allows imports of Pro-tools projects, allowing you to finish in surround sound 5.1 or 7.1.

Avid has some amazing opportunities for collaborative working.  Within industry, the large broadcasters have Avid and Pro-tools sitting on large shared media networked storage solutions, for example, the Avid ISIS solution.  Here is an example of how they pull it all together…one or more editors can be working on the same project, while the audio dubbing editor sitting on the pro-tools system, finishes the audio.  When the project is finalised, it can then be colour graded for transmission, and all this is achieved within the Avid ISIS network.

In broadcasting, they will use a totally file based work flow and nothing has to leave the system, unless the customer requires a tape copy.  Media that needs to be kept is then placed into deep archive for retrieval at a later date.  These systems can handle up to 640 Tb of raw storage.

So for the budding editors amongst you, why not come along and take a look at these new systems, and if you want to hone your skills on the latest offering from Avid, the Media Development team based in the LINC, will be able to support you in using our new Avid systems.

If you would like to learn more about what we do or need help with Media or ICT you can contact us at lsmedia@edgehill.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager

 

Emerging Technologies Staff Development Monday 21 November 2011 – The Right Image For Blackboard

Want to learn how to make your images more accessible?

By optimising them you are creating a resource which is both less demanding on Blackboard and eShare storage and also more usable by your intended audience.

Image optimisation is using the most compressed (smallest file size) which remains visually acceptable for the specific role of the image.

This session aims to demonstrate some simple techniques to optimise images using Microsoft programmes.

Book on to this session by emailing Staff Development.

staffdevelopment@edgehill.ac.uk

Log off to allow a log on!

Just a reminder that you need to log off a University PC correctly so that it is instantly available for other students…

1. Close down all desk top applications and log out fully from the ‘GO’ portal.

2. Click on the start icon (bottom left of screen)  – the shutdown menu box will appear.

3. Click on the arrow and choose log off.

If you just leave the PC,  it will automatically become ‘locked’ and will prevent other students from logging on. 

We understand that occasionally you may need to leave a PC to take a comfort break or retrieve books from the shelves, but if a PC is ‘locked’ for 15 minutes or more we will unlock it to free it up for other students.  This will force you to be logged off and any work will not be saved.

If you need any advice or guidance, or want to get access to a PC that is ‘locked’, ask our roving IT staff (based in the Library) or ask staff at any of our help desks.

Helen Jamieson

Customer Services Manager

 

The Mobile Library Catalogue is here!

We currently have a trial of a mobile version of the Library Catalogue. It is from Library Thing and is called Library Anywhere.

It would be great if you could try it and feedback what you think. Ideas for what links should be on the first screen would also be welcomed.

The Catalogue search is our live data and the  link is : http://www.libanywhere.com/m/452

Please send your feedback to Liam Sullivan 
It should work on iPhone, Blackberry and Android.  When you give your feedback, it would be very helpful if you could mention the type of phone you are using. The trial will end on Friday 22nd July.

Make the Web Come to You: Simple tools and techniques that keep you in the loop

Do you want to keep track of the online debates and conversations taking place in your community of practice and beyond? Do you struggle to find time to check what is being said through all the relevant web sites, blogs, journals and social networking sites?

As part of the Emerging Technologies series this 1 hour session is an introduction to using things such as feed readers, RSS feeds, social networking and micro-blogging sites to follow topics, people and conversations on the subjects that interest you.

Although aimed at those relatively new to this way of keeping up to date, if you have already been using these tools feel free to come along and share your own experiences and tips for making good use of them.

The session will be delivered by Peter Beaumont at 1pm, 22nd June.

Edge Hill University staff can book by clicking here.

If there are technologies you’d like to see covered in future sessions of this series please suggest them in a comment.

Mark Ayton

Learning Technology Development Manager

Did You Know…

That Learning Services has a division of highly skilled staff, the Media and ICT Resource Division who look after all of the Media and ICT (Information Communication Technology) resources? It is committed to the enhancement of student learning and the learning environment through a dynamic approach to the support, development, management and exploration of learning technologies.

What does this mean?

The division comprises of a Media Development Team, the Media ICT Support Team and the ICT Development Team. The teams support students in our new HD (High Definition) studio and can provide training in all aspects of media/video production from acquisition to the fully edited product. Our skills and facilities are utilised by all areas across the university, as we provide filming for various faculties and departments; from student recruitment, marketing and filming of special events, like the graduation ceremonies, to uploading and streaming these live to the corporate website.

Videos can also be made for specific training needs so if you require a lecture recording get in touch.

We even record off air television programmes that you may require as part of your teaching.

Our teams also provide consultation on the various aspects of operating or connecting media and ICT equipment, either standalone or within classrooms and lecture theatres.

Below are some areas we can help you with.

  • Training in the use of the technical facilities, such as audiovisual technologies in the classrooms and lecture theatres around the campus
  • Advice and expert consultation, on specifying the appropriate Media equipment for your departmental use. The ICT specification would be carried out in conjunction with IT services on your behalf.
  • Training on classroom technologies for students and academic staff, including the use of interactive whiteboards to enhance the teaching and learning environment.

We have an extensive range of equipment for loan that is generally available to students and staff ranging from digital video cameras to cassette recorders. If you are not confident in using the equipment, we can even advise you on how to use it.

Whenever there is a problem with equipment in the classroom or lecture theatres, we are the people to solve your problem.

We also support and manage the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) Skills Test Centre in the LINC building, which provides TDA tests in numeracy, literacy and ICT for national trainee teachers. These are test centres that you would go to for your driving theory tests.

Our teams have the skills to tailor bespoke ICT-based teaching and learning solutions for academic staff. This includes education software user guide production, and multimedia ICT resources to support education software.

We are responsible for the loan of equipment such as laptops, control sensing, video, audio and still imagery devices to support Faculty of Education staff and students during projects and school placement. We can also provide file conversion, for example Microsoft Works and Java Open Office to Microsoft Word. If you are a student at the FOE and you have issues with corrupt files on your pen drives, our ICT Development team can sort these issues for you.

If you would like to learn more about what we do, or need help with Media or ICT you can contact us at lsmedia@edgehill.ac.uk

Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager.

Did you know…

That Learning Services provide support for the AV technology within the classroom or lecture theatre environment.

If you are in a classroom and are experiencing a problem, your first point of contact would be to call the Learning Services helpline on ext 4286.

We provide three operational levels of technical support;

Level 1 – The staff are trained to guide you through any technical or operational difficulties you may be experiencing including PCs, data projectors and visualisers over the telephone.

Level 2 – If we cannot help you over the telephone we will arrange for a technician to attend and resolve the issue for you.

Level 3 – Occasionally there may be a problem we cannot resolve immediately and we would look to provide portable equipment where possible.  You may be required to move to another classroom if the issue cannot be resolved right away.

We monitor faults and resolutions on our RMS service desk software.  All calls are logged at a central point and a reference number given to each caller for tracking purposes. This allows us to be more proactive in identifying faults and trends with an aim of continually improving the service and resources that we provide. 

The Media and ICT Technology teams are highly trained and qualified in their field of expertise. We can help you get the most out of the technology available on campus, anything from classroom or lecture theatre equipment – interactive whiteboards, microphones, projectors etc – to the specialist editing suites. We can provide training either in a group or on a one to one basis. For further information on training please contact mediadevelopment@edgehill.ac.uk

We would welcome your feedback on our service.  Please email us at lsdesk@edgehill.ac.uk

Donald Moffat – Media Technology Development Manager

Helen Jamieson – Customer Services Manager

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

Did you know… We’re keeping up with Emerging Technology

We’ve been using technology in teaching for years, some of it for so long that we don’t even think of it as technology any more. Keeping up to date with delivery techniques helps ensure a good experience for our students.

Here in the Learning Technology Development team we look for up and coming ideas that are attracting the interests of academic staff and students. Although new technology is sometimes seen as the answer to a question that was never asked, after a while someone will attempt to use it to help learning. By following the experiences of these early adopters we are able to assist the uptake of new technology, and the development of techniques to use it for a wider audience.

So where does technology emerge from and how can you keep up to date?

There are many web-sites, and social / professional networks that can provide insight into what’s happening now and what’s coming up…

The Learning Technology Development team have recently been delivering sessions to showcase Emerging Technologies. The first covered applications for QR-Codes, the second shared experiences with Professional Blogs, and we have a third planned for 20th May on using the iPad (Edge Hill University staff can book here). We also have ideas for future sessions including Cloud Computing, Creative Digital Technologies, Assessing On-line and Staying Technology Aware, but what we’d really like to know is…

Are there Emerging Technologies that you’d like a closer look at? Let us know in a comment.

Alternatively contact us directly at ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

Mark Ayton

Learning Technology Development Manager (ext. 7758)