York E-Learning Newsletter – October 2015

In this edition:

  • ELDT Lunchtime webinars
  • Making your module sites available to students and checking enrollments
  • In-class polling with ResponseWare
  • ALT Conference 2015 – Presentations and blog posts
  • Staffing news
  • Autumn Term Show & Tell
  • York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook
  • The HEA Technology Enhanced Learning toolkit
  • Self-paced Yorkshare (VLE) Getting Started Tutorial

ELDT Lunchtime webinars

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 next scheduled webinar is for Monday 2 November, 12.30-1.30pm on Flipped Classroom approaches. [click to sign up]

For more information, visit our Professional Development page. You can also consult our Lunchtime Webinar Archive to watch recordings of previous webinars.

Making your module sites available to students and checking enrollments

We had a few issues last week with students being unable to access VLE sites and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Use our quick ‘start of term’ guide to ensure that your module sites are up to date and accessible to students. We also have a YouTube playlist of Help videos for Students that you can show in class or pass on to students.

In-class polling with ResponseWare

Seven lecturers will be piloting ResponseWare for in-class polls using students’ own mobile devices and we will be deploying the software for use from Week 4. The system allows for a range of question types enabling lecturers and students to check their understanding of concepts during a teaching session. In-class polls can also be used to prompt debate and discussion, getting students to justify their responses to hypothetical situations. Whilst numbers for this trial are limited, if you are interesting in using in-class polls or wish to take part in the pilot, please contact us to discuss your options: vle-support@york.ac.uk

ALT Conference 2015 – Presentations and blog posts

ELDT members attended ALT-C last month and Richard Walker, Wayne Britcliffe, Simon Davis and Matt Cornock all presented papers. We have a number of blog posts summarising our reflections from the conference on our website, with links to the conference papers. Click the links below to access the blog posts.

Staffing news

Simon Davis has now joined the Information Directorate’s Enterprise Systems Group in a new role as a project manager. We wish Simon well in this new role and thank him all his efforts to date. Please note that Simon will no longer be available to respond to e-learning support queries and any support requests which are normally sent to Simon should be redirected to other members of the ELDT using the vle-support@york.ac.uk email address.

Autumn Term Show & Tell

Our Show & Tell session for the Autumn term is on the theme of ‘Delivering formative feedback to students, including the use of audio and video feedback’ and will take place on Wednesday 2nd December between 12.30pm-2.00pm. Lunch will be provided.

The session will include guest speakers showing how they have used different forms of formative feedback to support student learning. Those who are attending the ASO workshop on Annotation and Feedback  on 26 November may also find this Show & Tell event particularly relevant. To book your place email vle-support@york.ac.uk. Please advise us if you have any dietary 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

The HEA Technology Enhanced Learning toolkit

The Higher Education Academy have put together a toolkit that contains resources such as case studies and research reports. The toolkit brings together ideas and pedagogies that are influencing academic practice and, similar to our own Technology Enhanced Learning Handbook (above), offers advice on how to embed more technology into your teaching practice.

Self-paced Yorkshare (VLE) Getting Started Tutorial

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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