York E-Learning Newsletter – January 2016

In this edition:

  • Vacancy: E-Learning Support Officer
  • Durham Blackboard Conference
  • Staff Development
  • Lunchtime Webinar: Flipped Classroom Technical – Recording available
  • CMALT: expressions of interest
  • Event suggestions wanted!
  • Showcasing the York TEL Handbook at the ALT Online Winter Conference
  • Getting Started YouTube Help Videos

Vacancy: E-Learning Support Officer

The ELDT are currently recruiting for an E-Learning Support Officer, which is available on a fixed-term, full-time basis until December 2017 to cover a secondment. The salary will be in the range £24,298 – £29,847 a year. Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Dr Richard Walker (tel: 01904 321138; email: richard.walker@york.ac.uk).  

Further details of the post are available at: http://bit.ly/eldt-support-officer and also via the University’s job vacancies page at http://www.york.ac.uk/admin/persnl/jobs/.

Durham Blackboard Conference

Members of our team attended the 16th annual Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference last week. The theme of the conference was ‘Learning from failure’ and there were plenty of worthwhile sessions where those from other institutions were sharing experiences of projects or work practices that hadn’t necessarily gone to plan.

Matt Cornock ran a workshop on Blackboard Collaborate and Richard Walker & Andy Parkinson presented on VLE Exam. Links to blog posts and slides from the event can be found below.

Staff Development

Lunchtime Webinar: Flipped Classroom Technical – Recording available

If you missed our December lunchtime webinar on technical approaches to flipping the classroom, you can catch up with the recording at the link below

CMALT: expressions of interest

In 2015 we ran a peer-writing group for those who were interested in submitting a portfolio for CMALT accreditation – Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology. ELDT members Rosie Hare and Andy Parkinson took part, as well as others from departments across the university. For more information about the requirements for CMALT, visit the CMALT website. To register your interest in joining the 2016 peer-writing group, contact vle-support@york.ac.uk.

Event suggestions wanted!

Are you experimenting with a new tool or approach as part of your teaching that you would like to share with others? Or have you heard about a particular tool or way of using technology in teaching that you would like to learn more about? We welcome suggestions for future lunchtime webinars and Show & Tell events. Let us know via our event suggestion form.

Spring and Summer term webinars will be advertised on the Development Opportunities page on our website. Keep checking the link for updates.

Showcasing the York TEL Handbook at the ALT Online Winter Conference

Rosie and Matt presented the rationale, approach, content and feedback so far on the York TEL Handbook at the ALT Online Winter Conference (9 December 2015) to a warm reception of learning technologists and lecturers from around the world.

The York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook provides pedagogical advice in the use of learning technologies and a way in to the resources and support available at the University of York. One of the main aims of the Handbook is to enable staff to develop their practice using technology. We are keen to get your feedback, in particular how the Handbook has supported or changed your teaching practice.

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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