E-Learning Newsletter – September 2016 Edition

E-Learning Newsletter – September 2016 Edition

As we prospect the horizon of the new academic year, the E-Learning Development team anticipates a productive autumn term in promoting and facilitating technology enhanced learning.

Whilst staff and student support invariably becomes a more prominent fixture of our efforts during this time of year, we nevertheless look forward to continuing with a number of strategic projects.

To navigate through the contents below, you will need to open up the Google Doc for the hyperlinks to work. Otherwise, you can just scroll through the post.

As always, you can stay up to date with us by visiting our website: https://elearningyork.wordpress.com/ or following us on Twitter: @UoY_Yorkshare.

In this edition:

New Member of Staff

Preparing for the Start of Term

Publication of UCISA TEL Survey Results

ALT-C 2016 Blog Post – Learner Analytics: The Current State of Play

VLE Induction Support

Autumn ResponseWare Lunch and Learn: Call for Expressions of Interest

Replay Student Guide Videos

York Technology for the York Pedagogy Briefings

Upcoming Training and Lunchtime Webinars


New Member of Staff

This month, we welcome Amy Eyre, who replaces Rosie Hare in the E-Learning Development Team in the role of E-Learning Support Officer.  Amy is a graduate of the University and previously worked at Nestle as a software analyst.

Preparing for the Start of Term

It is essential that your module sites are up to date and ready to be released to students at the start of term. Our Baseline use of Yorkshare checklist from the York TEL Handbook provides more information about that would be included in an ideal module site.

Publication of  UCISA TEL Survey Results

The results of the 2016 UCISA Survey of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) have now been published and the findings presented on the 6th September at the 2016 ALT-C Conference.

A  summary of the workshop discussing the key findings has been written up as a post on our E-Learning Blog.

ALT-C 2016 Blog Post – Learner Analytics: the current state of play

This year’s ALT conference (‘Connect, Collaborate, Create’) identified learning analytics as one of the key themes for discussion. A wide variety of perspectives were shared on this topic in the parallel sessions on day 1 of the conference.

An overview of the current state of play within the area has been written up as a post on our E-Learning Blog.

VLE Induction Support

With a new academic year comes a period of change and many new faces across the University, as such, it is poignant for us highlight the range of induction support services that we offer to staff.

Sessions that we can run include:

VLE Induction – Getting Started with Yorkshare and Baseline Approaches
This can be tailored to an academic or support staff context, specific to your use of the VLE in your role – ideal for those who are new to using Yorkshare or who may need a refresher on certain tools and functionality. Section 1 of the York TEL Handbook also covers recommended good practice for baseline use of Yorkshare. As well as 1:1 consultations at the modular level, we can tailor this session to programme teams for a more holistic overview.

VLE Induction – Yorkshare Administration
Yorkshare Administration training is for departmental administrators who need to create and manage Yorkshare module sites and content system privileges.

VLE Induction – Self-paced Getting Started Tutorial
Additionally, 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.

You can view a more comprehensive list of the professional development opportunities that we offer on our E-Learning Blog. See also our upcoming Creating Accessible Learning Resources Webinar.

To request a session for either yourself or to make a booking for your department, please contact us at the earliest possible convenience at: vle-support@york.ac.uk


Autumn ResponseWare ‘Lunch and Learn’ – Call For Expressions of Interest

For the coming year, the University of York will renew its license agreement with Turning Technologies for use of the ‘ResponseWare’ interactive polling desktop app and desktop software.

As such, we would like to make a call for any expressions of interest from staff in attending a free ‘Lunch and Learn’ event (tentatively on Wednesday, 2nd November), hosted by Turning Technologies, here on campus.

Tentatively, the event would be scheduled to encompass a baseline introduction to the technology. followed by a provided lunch, and a more in-depth session to follow.

Speculative expressions of interest in attending the event can be made using the Google Form, and will be followed-up in the weeks to come with a firm date.

New Replay Student Guide Videos

As we embark upon the first term where we will be delivering our Replay service with the use of a new lecture capture system, we have developed a number of videos to support baseline student use.

The videos cover core functionality within the system – ranging from playback, downloading captures, searches, note taking and discussions within captures.

The series of videos have been published to the ELDT Youtube page. See also the upcoming briefings for staff.


York Technology for the York Pedagogy Briefings (June – September)

Through the summer months, the E-Learning Development Team has showcased how departments have utilised supported learning technologies, aligned to York Pedagogy principles of structured student work and staff-student contact to enhance and propel student learning.

Seven short case studies have been presented from across the faculties, with opportunities provided for questions and discussion on the transferability of the case studies to teaching practice. Annotated slides from the session are available [PDF].

Going into September, we will be running additional online sessions. Please do register online.

  • Thursday 15th September 12:30 (Online Webinar)

As always, you can access the York Technology-Enhanced  Learning  Handbook or contact vle-support@york.ac.uk with any questions, feedback and suggestions.

Training and Lunchtime Webinars

Replay Staff Briefings

These briefing sessions explain the new Replay Panopto platform, microphones, new in-room pause controls, accessing captures and editing. P/L/001 and P/L/002 are equipped with Replay+ Camera Capture, which is an optional tracking video camera to capture board work. Register to attend Replay briefings.

  • Replay and Replay+ Camera Capture – P/L/001 – 2pm, 22 Sept
  • Replay – LMB/002X – 1.30pm, 28 Sept
  • Replay – D/056 – 10am, 29 Sept

As an alternative, we are also running online webinars to show how captures can be edited with the new system and the additional controls such as sharing to individual students, timed release and making captures unavailable by default. Register for Replay editing webinars.

  • Editing Webinar – Online – 12.30pm, Fri 23 Sept
  • Editing Webinar – Online – 12.30pm, Wed 5 Oct

Accessibility: Creating accessible learning resources

This webinar covers the common barriers that disabled students face when accessing online learning resources and activities. Ensuring disabled students have equal opportunity in learning and teaching activities is a responsibility of all teaching staff. We will show you how to create your Yorkshare VLE sites in an accessible way to enable all students to engage with the learning materials and tasks. Register for Accessibility webinar.

  • Accessibility Webinar – Online – 12.30pm, 22 Sept

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s