York E-Learning Newsletter – February 2016

In this edition:

  • Staff Development
    • Workshop: Engaging learners with computer-based testing – Monday 8 February
    • Lunchtime Webinars  – February and March
    • CMALT: expressions of interest
    • Event suggestions wanted!
  • Replay – New resources for students
  • York TEL Student Survey: invitation to contribute ideas to the design of the survey
  •  Conferences
    • Calls for papers
    • Conference attendance
  • Showcasing the York TEL Handbook at the ALT Online Winter Conference
  • Getting Started YouTube Help Videos

Staff Development

Workshop: Engaging learners with computer-based testing – Monday 8 February

This Learning and Teaching Forum workshop is an opportunity to learn about VLE Exam from the perspective of tutors and students in the Department of Education. VLE Exam is a way of providing high-stakes, summative assessment through the Yorkshare VLE. Working with IT Services, we lock down selected PC Classrooms on campus providing a limited desktop and VLE interface that allows students to complete online tests in a secure environment.

The workshop takes place on Monday 8 February at 12.30-2.30pm in room HG/21. To book a place, click the link below.

Lunchtime Webinars  – February and March

We have two upcoming Lunchtime Webinars over the next couple of months, including a Special Guest Edition with Dr Sara Perry from Archaeology and Tom Smith from IT Services’ Learning and Teaching team.

Friday 12 February, 12.30-1.30pm – Using Tests in the VLE.

This session focuses on the use of the VLE test/quiz tool to support student learning. There will be examples of successful case studies and good practice of deploying formative quizzes to encourage self-directed learning and providing timely feedback with automated marking. Those attending the Forum workshop on the 8th may find this webinar useful (see item above). Click this link to register.

Thursday 10th March, 12.30-1.30pm – Special Guest Edition: Creativity in the connected classroom

This webinar is based on the Forum workshop being ran by Dr Sara Perry (Archaeology) and Tom Smith (IT Services) on Monday 22nd February and will provide an overview of tools such as Blogger, YouTube, Google Groups, Google docs and other social media tools that can be utilised for teaching and learning. There will be an opportunity to ask Sara and Tom about a number of creative ways that technology can be used in the classroom or for blended learning. Click this link to register.

Future webinars will be advertised on our Development Opportunities page, where you can also find an archive of recordings of previous sessions.

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. ALT have also mapped their CMALT criteria to the HEA’s UK Professional Standards Framework so that evidence submitted for CMALT could also be used further down the line to submit towards HEA Fellowship. More information about how the criteria for the two qualifications are mapped can be found in this Google doc.

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.

Replay – New resources for students

Based on research conducted by Matt Cornock on student use of lecture recordings, we have created some student advice videos that can help students use lecture captures effectively to support studying. The videos include advice on making the most of lectures, effective note-making and utilising lecture captures to support independent study throughout term-time and not just during revision periods. The videos can be shared with students via the VLE or played in class. Access the videos via the link below.

York TEL Student Survey: invitation to contribute ideas to the design of the survey

The ELDT are planning the design of our 2016 technology enhanced learning (TEL) survey for students to complete over the summer term (weeks 3-5). We have been running the survey on a biennial cycle, researching how students are engaging with all key centrally supported TEL services (e.g. VLE, lecture capture, e-assessment…). Our last survey in 2014 was designed in consultation with student reps and included questions raised by them – such as the one on consistency of VLE provision across study programmes.

Report of the results from the 2014 survey

We also created departmental reports, where responses exceed 20 per department.

For this year’s survey we would also like to invite contributions from staff as well. Please contact Richard (richard.walker@york.ac.uk) if you have any views on the question-set for the survey.


Calls for papers

ALT Annual Conference 2016 – Connect, Collaborate, Create

6-8 September, University of Warwick, UK


The themes for the conference are:

  • Connecting data and analytics to enhance learning and teaching: exploring possibilities and making links.
  • Collaboration and innovation in the open: taking risks, sharing lessons and the importance of open practice.
  • Creating new learning, teaching and assessment opportunities: play, experiment, discover, embed to enhance learner experiences.

Deadline for submissions is Midnight, Monday 21 March 2016.

IFIP TC3 Joint Open Conference – Stakeholders and Information Technology in Education

6th to 8th July 2016, Guimarães, Portugal

5th July 2016 – doctoral consortium


Deadline for submissions: 5 February 2016

Europe, Middle East and North Africa Conference on Technology and Security

to Support Learning.


October 3-5, 2016, Saïdia, Morocco


Submit Your Manuscript <https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=emenatssl16>

The Conference Topics of interest are (but are not limited to):

  • *Track 1: Educational Technology*
  • *Track 2 : Artificial Intelligence in Education*
  • *Track 3 : Networks and Web Technologies Applications*
  • *Track 4 : Security, Privacy and Data Forensic*

For more details about topics please visit Website: www.emena.org

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: April 5, 2016

Notification of paper acceptance: May 5, 2016

Conference attendance

DEANZ2016 – ‘There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education’

17 – 20 April, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand


The biennial DEANZ conference is hosted by our peer observation for distance learning partners, the University of Waikato. The conference showcases best practice and theory in the broad field of open, distance, flexible and mobile learning across all aspects of the education sector including the compulsory, tertiary, and professional development settings. The conference dinner is also taking place on the Hobbiton Movie Set!

Deadline for Early Bird rate – 15 February 2016

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 into 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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