E-Learning Newsletter – November 2016 Edition

As the clocks are turned back and we move into the dark nights of November, it seems an appropriate time to look back on a very busy summer of strategic projects – having weathered the tumult that invariably accompanies the start of term!

As well as supporting staff and students in learning, teaching and assessment activities over the last month, we have both hosted and reported back on a range of  learning technology knowledge-sharing events – a sample of which are referenced in this month’s newsletter.

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 article.

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 Blog: Blended Learning 2016.
New Blog: Turning Technologies User Conference : Key Messages.
New Blog: Creating Accessible Learning Resources
Recap: ResponseWare: ‘Lunch & Learn’
Lecture Capture Study Advice For Students
Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

Blog: Blended Learning 2016

Last week, Richard Walker attended a two-day Blended Learning event in London, which brought together senior managers and heads of e-learning services from UK higher education to discuss institutional strategies towards the shaping of blended learning provision for their students.

A shared focus in all of the presentations was on how we foster a culture of innovation in technology usage within our institutions – specifically how we encourage teaching staff to embrace new tools and support students’ formal and informal learning through the medium of learning technology.

The full blog post on the event can be found here.

Turning Technologies User Conference: Key Messages

On 24 October, Turning Technologies, the vendor of the ‘Turning Point’ desktop software and ‘ResponseWare’ electronic voting platform, held a ‘User Conference’ at the Thistle City Barbican in Central London.

James Youdale of the E-Learning Development Team was in attendance and has published a blog that covers the key messages from the event.

Webinar Recap – Creating Accessible Learning Resources

On 25 October, in the latest of our Lunchtime Webinar Series, Matt Cornock presented a short instructional workshop on creating accessible learning resources. The webinar introduced some of the basic practices that we can all adopt to improve the accessibility of online content for disabled users:

These approaches will have benefits to all students – not just those who have disclosed a disability, but also students who also choose not to disclose a disability or wish to use assistive technology for other reasons. By building in accessibility, disabled students are able to participate and engage with learning activities and resources independently.

If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording online from the link on our E-Learning Blog.

Recap: ResponseWare – Lunch & Learn.

On 2nd November, representatives from Turning Technologies,  who are the software suppliers for our ResponseWare service, visited the University of York to help share good practice on interactive lecturing and design for active learning within class-based teaching sessions.

Staff were invited to attend the event over lunch, during which the guest speaker, Professor Simon Lancaster from the University of East Anglia, presented a session on peer-instruction pedagogy and question design for in-class polling.

For those who did not attend but would like to explore the content of Professor Lancaster’s session, a short recap and a capture of the lecture can be found on our E-Learning Blog.

Lecture Capture Study Advice For Students

We have produced videos and study workflows to help students make the most of lecture captures and encourage colleagues to include links to these resources.

The advice comes from how regular users of Replay have adopted lecture capture as part of their study regime, along with our recommendations on how to engage with recordings n an effective way. The videos and guides will help students consider the role of the lecture, how to get the most of of lecture content and different approaches to note-making.

Accessing all your Replay content

We have also included this advice for Departments via a new link that appears within the Community block on the ‘Home’ tab of Yorkshare.

See the following video for an explanation of how to access all your Replay content:

Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

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 BlogTo 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.

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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