York E-Learning Newsletter – November 2015

In this edition:

  • IT Systems at risk – Friday 18 December
  • Autumn Term Show and Tell – Wednesday 2 December
  • Lunchtime Webinar recording: Flipped classroom approaches
  • VLE Mobile App campaign – Feedback wanted
  • York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook
  • Getting Started YouTube Help Videos

IT Systems at risk – Friday 18 December

On Friday 18 December IT Services are carrying out a significant business continuity exercise, at the request of auditors and the University. The power to one of the University main data centres will be turned off to replicate a real disaster scenario where the power supply is interrupted (this could happen, for example, in the event of a power outage affecting campus, or if a cable is damaged by contractors).

The purpose is to test the actual resilience and failover of our IT Infrastructure, and to give IT Services staff an opportunity to react and perform in a realistic exercise. It will also highlight any weak areas and identify whether additional infrastructure would improve our preparedness for a similar real event.

During the exercise, which is expected to last all day, all IT systems, including the VLE and connected systems such as Replay and EARL, should be considered ‘At Risk’.

IT Services have been in touch with senior staff in departments, and selected a date which is outside term-time in order to minimise impact on teaching and learning. However, if you do have any concerns or queries about this, please contact IT Services to discuss this (email itsupport@york.ac.uk).

If you do have any VLE activities scheduled for the day of the 18th please consider rescheduling, if you require access to resources contained within the VLE please consider downloading them prior to the 18th.

Autumn Term Show and Tell – Wednesday 2 December

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 12.00pm-2.00pm. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 with speakers starting promptly at 12:30. The session will include Bill Soden from the Department of Education as our guest speaker. Bill is currently using audio to provide formative feedback to students and has also made screencast videos to deliver feedback in previous academic years.

Alongside Bill, members of the ELDT will showcase the tools available both within the VLE and through other technologies that can be used for providing formative feedback online, via text, audio and video.

Those who are attending the ASO workshop on Annotation and Feedback  on 26 November may also find this Show and Tell event particularly relevant. To book a place at our Show and Tell event, follow the link below and log in as a University of York staff member. If you have any problems booking online, please email vle-support@york.ac.uk.

Lunchtime Webinar recording: Flipped classroom approaches

On Monday 2 November we ran a webinar on ‘Flipped classroom approaches’, which was the third session in our Lunchtime Webinar Series for this academic year. This session primarily focused on the learning design aspect of flipped learning. There will be a webinar on the practical, technical aspects of creating online lectures and other resources later this academic year. You can catch up with the webinar recording and find the slides and further resources at the link below.

We’ll be back with more lunchtime webinars in the Spring Term, which will be advertised on our Development Opportunities page on our website.

VLE Mobile App campaign – Feedback wanted

In Week 4 we ran a campaign to promote the VLE app (Blackboard Mobile Learn) via our blog and Twitter. We have seen increased use of the app since the campaign and would love to get some feedback from those who are using it. If you have been using the app you can provide feedback via the banner on the VLE Home tab or through this Google Form.

More information about the app, including how to download it, can be found on the Mobile App page on our website.

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

Getting Started YouTube Help Videos

For those who are new to using the VLE or would like a refresher on some of the tools and functionality, our Getting Started YouTube playlist for staff contains useful narrated videos covering everything from logging in and navigating around a VLE module to more advanced functionality such as embedding YouTube videos. Our Online Support Resources blog post below also contains links to interactive Prezi presentations, which contextualise the help videos in a visual representation of VLE modules.

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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