York E-Learning Newsletter – September 2015

In this edition:

  • Getting ready for the start of term
  • ELDT Lunchtime webinar series
  • York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook
  • Collaborate webinar demonstrations
  • Supported in-class polling tool pilot
  • Update: Tender for 2016-2020 Institutional Lecture Capture Licence
  • Replay Lecture Capture links in Yorkshare module sites
  • ALT Conference 2015
  • Self-paced Yorkshare (VLE) Getting Started Tutorial

Getting ready for the start of term

Use our quick guide to ensure that your module sites are ready to go for the start of term.

ELDT Lunchtime webinar series

This academic year, we’re making some changes to the Professional Development opportunities provided by our team. We’ll be running a series of lunchtime webinars, using Blackboard Collaborate, on a number of themes throughout the year, many of which will have particular relevance to programme-level strategy as part of the York Pedagogy.

Our scheduled webinars for the Autumn term are as follows:

  • Thursday 24 September, 12.30-1.30pm – Baseline use of Yorkshare
  • Tuesday 6 October, 12.30-1.30pm – Creating accessible learning resources
  • Monday 2 November, 12.30-1.30pm – Flipped classroom approaches (design)

For more information and to sign up, visit our Professional Development page.

We are also available to consult with individuals, departments and faculties to arrange training and advice on the use of learning technologies and examples of the themes and topics we can advise on can be found on our Professional Development page. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at vle-support@york.ac.uk to discuss your requirements.

York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook

The York Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Handbook is now available online. The Handbook is aimed at both new staff and experienced practitioners, with emphasis on student engagement and student work that underpins the York Pedagogy. The Handbook includes:

  • Recommended approaches to using Yorkshare.
  • A baseline model for structuring Yorkshare module sites.
  • Advice on digital resource creation, including accessibility considerations.
  • Designing and facilitating online learning activities.
  • Digital assessment and forms of feedback.
  • Evaluation of learning and teaching using technology.

You can access the Handbook at: https://elearningyork.wordpress.com

The York TEL Handbook is aiming to be a resource that will support the whole learning and teaching community at York. As such, we welcome feedback on the Handbook, in particular where we can provide further advice, and comments showing the impact it has made on your practice. Provide feedback and suggestions here: http://bit.ly/ytelhb-feedback

Collaborate webinar demonstrations

Collaborate is the online seminar tool supported by the ELDT. Collaborate offers synchronous discussion through text, voice and video chat, participation through polls, shared whiteboard and screen-sharing, and virtual presentations for distance learners, group presentation practice and guest speakers from other institutions. The next demonstration session is at 11am on 22 September.

Supported in-class polling tool pilot

We are going ahead with a pilot licence of ResponseWare and welcome those who are interested in trying the software. ResponseWare is an in-class polling system that allows students to respond to multiple choice questions during a live teaching session using their own mobile device (mobile app or web browser). Some Departments have already utilised in-class polling using clicker devices or third-party paid for services such as Poll Everywhere (see our blog post), but if you have larger classes this may not always be economically feasible. ResponseWare doesn’t require issuing devices to students, so can also save time during the session. If you are interested in piloting ResponseWare as a polling tool next academic year, please contact us at vle-support@york.ac.uk.

Update: Tender for 2016-2020 Institutional Lecture Capture Licence

At the end of September there will be demonstrations from the short-listed suppliers as part of our tender for lecture capture. All staff are welcome to attend and provide feedback. Further details of the dates and how to register participation will be circulated soon. For full details on the tender exercise, please see:

Replay Lecture Capture links in Yorkshare module sites

If you have Replay EchoCenter links in your Yorkshare site linking to recordings from last academic year, these will not work for the new students on your module. You should hide or delete links to 2014/15 EchoCenters/recordings in your 2015/16 module site if you do not wish to provide them. If you wish students to access last year’s recordings, please contact vle-support@york.ac.uk with the details of your module and we’ll reactivate the links on Replay. Links to 2015/16 EchoCenters will be added for you during September.

ALT Conference 2015

ELDT members are attending the Association of Learning Technology annual conference at the University of Manchester between the 8-10 September. Four members of the ELDT are presenting papers and we will be blogging about our conference experiences on the ELDT website after the conference.

The keynote speeches at the conferences will be live streamed from the ALT Conference website and you can also find out more information about the speakers themselves and see the rest of the conference programme.

Self-paced Yorkshare (VLE) Getting Started Tutorial

Icon showing footprints (to indicate self-paced).

You can 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 comprises of 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, 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 and other technologies within your departments. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at vle-support@york.ac.uk.

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