York E-Learning Newsletter – June 2015

June is a busy month for workshops and events that the ELDT are running or taking part in, so we look forward to seeing you around campus. In this edition:

  • York Technology for the York Pedagogy – ELDT Showcase Sessions 15th June and 25th June
  • Learning and Teaching Conference – Wednesday 10th June
  • Distance Learning Forum’s teaching practice-sharing event – Tuesday 23 June
  • Teaching and Learning Forum Workshop – 24th June
  • Replay Annual Deletion (2013-14 Lectures)
  • Collaborate for Webinars
  • Summer Upgrade work on the VLE – 14th and 15th July
  • ALT Annual Conference – early bird rates still available
  • Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University – register by 12th June
  • Training

York Technology for the York Pedagogy – ELDT Showcase Sessions, 15th and 25th June

The new York Pedagogy will be rolled out across the institution throughout 2015/16 and “digital fluency” is an expectation of all staff within the current draft of the Learning and Teaching strategy. These short briefing sessions will highlight some of the tools available to enable you to “exploit technology fully and appropriately”. We will look at how supported Learning Technologies can be deployed to support York’s pedagogic drivers, including: supporting independent and formative work, summative assessment design and making best use of contact time. Come along to one of our short showcase sessions to meet the team and ask questions. More information about the technologies we’ll be covering in these sessions can be found on our blog.

  • Monday 15th June, 12-1pm – Heslington East, LMB/044
  • Thursday 25th June, 12-1pm – Heslington West, LFA/144

Please email vle-support@york.ac.uk to book a place. Tea and coffee will be provided and we welcome questions, feedback and suggestions.

Learning and Teaching Conference – Wednesday 10th Juneone-size-does-not-fit-all

Matt Cornock, our Lecture Recording Coordinator, is facilitating a workshop at the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on the 10th June on the use of lecture capture at the University of York. The first part, co-hosted by Martin Smalley from the Physics department, focuses on the pilot project that has been running in Physics involving the filming of lectures and making the videos available via the Physics Lectures York YouTube Channel. The second part of the workshop focuses on the way lecture capture and online resource provision have radically changed the flexibility and accessibility of learning York, drawing on initial findings from a research project exploring students’ use of lecture capture that Matt is currently undertaking. The workshop abstract can be found here and the full conference programme and booking form is on the Learning and Teaching web pages. The conference is on Wednesday 10th June between 9.15am-5.00pm in the Physics Exhibition Centre.

Distance Learning Forum’s teaching practice-sharing event – Tuesday 23 June

The theme of the latest Distance Learning Forum event is: ‘What are the problems and how are we addressing them?’ Lunch will be served from 12.00 and there will be five short presentations, as well as plenty of time for questions and conversation as part of this informal, peer learning event. The event will be held in LFA/144 on Tuesday 23rd June between 12-4pm. Please email alison.mckay@york.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Teaching and Learning Forum Workshop – 24th June

Simon Davis from the ELDT will be running the next Learning and Teaching Forum Workshop on Technology in practice: Impact of online assessment submission on Learning and Teaching. The session aims to cover things such as:

  • some of the obstacles faced when adopting new workflows for online submission and marking,
  • highlighting techniques that support practice, and
  • considering the impact on feedback quality and the student learning experience.

The session takes place on Wednesday 24th June from 12.15-2.00pm in D/L/037 and lunch will be available. Email learning-and-teaching-forum@york.ac.uk to book your place.

Replay Annual Deletion (2013-14 Lectures)

Lecture Capture - Replay Service This is advance warning that Timetabled Lecture Recordings made during the 2013-14 academic year will be deleted during August 2015. Personal Captures will be exempt. Please circulate this to staff in your Department should they wish to download an archive of their content. Advice for downloading recordings is available at: https://vle.york.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/xid-4864813_4

Collaborate for Webinars

We are pleased to be able to support Collaborate again next academic year. Collaborate is the online seminar tool available through Blackboard which can also be used by external participants. Online seminars are useful for supporting students at a distance, as a focal point when students are on placement, assignment drop-ins and for student group work. Collaborate offers tools to support facilitation of remote teaching sessions, beyond what is capable in Skype/Google Hangouts. Further details:

Web Conferencing - Hangouts, Collaborate, Skype

Summer Upgrade work on the VLE – 14th and 15th July

The VLE will be unavailable to staff and students from Tuesday 14th July until Wednesday 15th July (inclusive) for our annual upgrade work. Please contact us at vle-support@york.ac.uk if you have a course running during this period and you and your students will need access to the VLE on these dates.

ALT Annual Conference – early bird rates still available

Members of the ELDT will be presenting at this year’s Association of Learning Technology conference being held at University of Manchester between the 8th-10th September. Early Bird rates for the conference are available until the 29th June and more information about the conference, as well as registration forms, can be found on the ALTC website.

Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University – book by 12th June

Carmen Álvarez-Mayo, who teaches in York’s Languages for All department and is part of our CMALT peer-writing group, is presenting at the 5th annual Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University conference, held at University of Nottingham on 19th June. The theme of the conference is ‘Enhancing participation and Collaboration’ and there are plenty of examples of effective use of learning technologies in the conference programme. Carmen will be presenting on the collaborative e-learning project called ‘TANGO’, which she designed. Registrations are open until the 12th June and more information can be found on the conference website.

Training and Support


We offer one-to-one and group consultations on a wide range of Technology Enhanced Learning issues, such as:

  • Getting the most from lecture capture and personal capture;
  • Use of Google apps to support student led collaboration;
  • Online marking and feedback;
  • Blended learning module design.

Please get in touch with us at vle-support@york.ac.uk to discuss your requirements. We also schedule training sessions every term, which can be booked via the Training link on our website.

Self-paced Yorkshare (VLE) Getting Started Tutorial

You caIcon showing footprints (to indicate self-paced).n self-enrol on a tutorial VLE site that you can work through (or use as a reference source) for your basic VLE site development and maintenance needs. The Tutorial covers the same basic content that our Face-To-Face Getting Started workshop includes using, for the most part, short narrated walk-through videos (hosted on YouTube) contextualised into a logical tutorial framework that you can follow at your own pace. To self-enrol on this VLE site first log-in to the VLE and then hit the following link: Self-paced Yorkshare (VLE) Getting Started Tutorial (click the ‘+Enrol’ button at the bottom of the left menu). All the videos from the Getting Started VLE site are also publicly available and can be accessed via our website: Getting Started with Yorkshare – New Online Support Resources. As always, we welcome any feedback and suggestions on how we can support e-learning and use of the VLE within your departments. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at vle-support@york.ac.uk or fill in our website feedback form.

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