York E-Learning Newsletter – March 2016

In this edition:

  • Lecture Capture Lunch – Monday 14 March
  • Replay – New resources for students
  • Replay+ Camera Pilot – Summer Term 2016
  • Staff Development
    • Transforming Assessment Webinar – Wednesday 2 March
    • Lunchtime Webinar – Special Guest Edition
    • CMALT: expressions of interest
    • Event suggestions wanted!
  • Anonymous E-Assignment – formatting issues
  • Conferences
    • Calls for papers
    • Conference attendance
  • Getting Started YouTube Help Videos

Lecture Capture Lunch – Monday 14 March

In this session we will be sharing our latest research on student use of lecture capture and showcasing our new student-facing resources that aim to support the use of lecture captures during independent study.

There will also be an opportunity for discussion and questions for those evaluating lecture capture in their departments. Lunch will be provided and will be available from 12.15pm in LFA/204 & 205, Harry Fairhurst Building. For more information and to register your attendance, visit the link below.

Replay – New resources for students

Based on research conducted by Matt Cornock on student use of lecture recordings, we have created a Replay student advice page on the university web pages that can help students use lecture captures effectively to support studying.

The resources 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.

Replay+ Camera Pilot – Summer Term 2016

We will be piloting automated camera-based lecture capture for recording board work in P/L/001 next term. During a lecture that has Replay lecture capture requested, the staff member will be able to turn the camera on and off using a button on the lectern control panel. This will be in addition to the standard Replay capture recording audio and projection screen content to allow work on the chalkboard or whiteboard to be captured.

We are encouraging staff teaching in P/L/001 to volunteer to be part of the pilot. Please visit our website to find out more about what the pilot would involve and please contact vle-support@york.ac.uk if you want to take part or have any questions.

Staff Development

Transforming Assessment Webinar – Wednesday 2 March

Richard Walker and Zoe Handley (Department of Education) are presenting on ‘Designing for Learner Engagement with Computer-based Summative Exams’ for Transforming Assessment. It’s an early 7am start for participants here in the UK, as the majority of the Transforming Assessment audience are based in Australia. However, the webinar will be recorded and made public afterwards.

To find out more and register, visit the Transforming Assessment website.

Lunchtime Webinar – Special Guest Edition

Creativity in the Classroom – Thursday 10 March, 12.30-1.30pm

This webinar is based on the Forum workshop facilitated by Dr Sara Perry (Archaeology) and Tom Smith (IT Services) on Monday 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.

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.

Anonymous E-Assignment – formatting issues

We’ve recently come across a few problems with Anonymous Assignment submissions not rendering correctly in different versions of Microsoft Word. This has been particularly problematic for documents containing large amounts of diagrams and tables – with some of the items not displaying correctly when the markers open the document in a different version of Word to the one that the document was originally created in.

One way around this is to ask students to convert Word documents to PDF files before submitting. This will keep all of the original source formatting and markers will still be able to annotate, if your department are annotating documents as part of the Anonymous Assignment workflow. The guide below provides more advice on marking on screen in both Word and for PDF documents.


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. If you have an idea for a submission and would like to discuss it with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at vle-support@york.ac.uk. This may be particularly beneficial for those currently working on their PGCAP qualifications to demonstrate the impact of your use of learning technologies on your teaching practice.

Conference attendance

Going to the Polls 2016

Wednesday 20th April, University of Birmingham


The event is intended to showcase use of in-class polling solutions and encourage discussion about its use in teaching and learning. Birmingham are mainly a TurningPoint and ResponseWare campus, but would warmly welcome users of other polling to attend and present. Dr Fabio Aricò, a senior lecturer in Economics at the University of East Anglia is this year’s keynote speaker.  He will talk about how he uses polling data to produce learning analytics and pedagogical research. There will be an opportunity to discuss key themes and issues raised by the presentations.

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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