We are pleased to announce the Second Edition of the York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook is available online now:
The Handbook is designed for academic staff looking to develop their practice in the use of learning technologies to engage students and propel learning. It can be used by both new and experienced lecturers looking to understand basic principles in how to create learning resources, make content available to students in a structured and inclusive way, and communicate effectively online.
Throughout there are clear examples, pedagogical explanation and links to guides to extend your practice further in the design and implementation of individual and collaborative online learning activities. The developmental approach to the Handbook will help you go beyond the baseline to create innovative active learning experiences, aligned to learning outcomes.
The updated version includes new content to support the York Pedagogy focusing on formative work, new services we support and additional focus on active learning and feedback approaches. Revisions to the Handbook have been informed by the feedback gratefully received from colleagues and the Learning and Teaching Forum. A summary of changes follows.
Your TEL experiences and Handbook feedback
Feedback on the Second Edition is warmly invited. Please use the Feedback form available in the Handbook and help us continue to improve this resource for the academic community.
We also encourage you to share your experiences and questions on the use of learning technologies. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #YorkTELchat.
Summary of updates
Section 1. Baseline use of Yorkshare
- 1.1.1 Key Accessibility Guidelines – new page with updated guidelines for inclusive teaching practice and link to webinar recording.
- 1.2 Supporting learning – updated to include new video overview of active learning with learning technologies with underpinning conceptual framework used later in Section 4.
Section 2. Module site design, structure and layout
- 2.1.1 Mobile-friendly sites – new page on how to create Yorkshare VLE module sites for use on mobile devices.
Section 3. Creating resources
- 3.4.1 Images, charts and graphs – new page extending previous guidance with new approaches to creating diagrams and infographics.
- 3.7 Mutimedia – rewritten how to upload multimedia into Yorkshare VLE (York streaming tool deprecated) and separated out different forms of multimedia into new pages with detailed guidance.
- 3.7.1 Videos – new page on how videos can support learning, including brief overview of flipped classroom and how to construct an activity with video resources.
- 3.7.2 Screencasting – new page bringing together guides and advice for recording computer screen, including new case study from Education on Screencast Commentary for Formative Feedback.
- 3.7.3 Animations – new page going beyond narrated PowerPoints with links to new video walkthroughs on Visual Digital Presentation.
- 3.7.4 Podcasts – new page with links to guides on uploading MP3 files to Replay for streaming to students.
- 3.7.5 Exploratory resources – new page with new guidance on use of online spaces for digital curation.
Section 4. Embedding online activities within a module
- 4.1 Learning objectives drive online activities – updated with new video on Reconceptualising the Use of Learning Technologies.
- 4.2.1 Flipped classroom learning design – new page summarising the flipped classroom approach with links to the flipped classroom webinar and new case study from Computer Science on Flipped Classroom: Mastery Model.
- 4.2.2. In-class learning technology – new page exploring in-class learning activities with polling and collaborative documents. Includes recording from guest speaker Professor Simon Lancaster (UEA) on Active Learning with ResponseWare, new case studies from our Show and Tell on ResponseWare from Emma Rand (Biology) and Joe Fagan (Education), and the recording of Glenn Hurst’s (Chemistry) webinar on Active Learning.
- 4.2.3 Designing for active learning – new page presenting six mini-walkthroughs of case studies in active learning.
- 4.5 Tools for learning activities – updated with links to current tools, including new guide for WordPress.
Section 6. Assessment and feedback
- Updates to 6.1 and 6.2 to reflect institutional policy.
- 6.3 Formative assessment – Updated comparison table to assist choice of tool.
- 6.3.1 Formative work – File submission – New page exploring options for formative work file submission in detail.
- 6.3.2 Formative work – Group assignments – New page looking at ways to allow group work submission and recording group presentations.
- 6.3.3 Formative work – Digital visual presentation – New page with overview of approaches for creative assignments and tools for digital visual presentation.
- 6.3.4 Formative work – Tests and adaptive release – New page with exploration of automated online assessment and feedback.
- 6.3.5 Formative work – Reflection and peer feedback – New page outlining approaches to reflective logs and options for peer assessment, includes link to webinar recording of Peer Assessment with Yorkshare and Google Docs.
- 6.3.6 Formative work – Audio/video submission – New page with approach to using Replay for feedback on video submissions and recorded practical exercises.
- 6.6 Online formal examinations – Updated with timeline of steps required for using VLE Exam.
- 6.7 Marking work digitally – Updated guides for using the Yorkshare Standard Assignment tool, including delegated grading.
- 6.8 Forms of feedback – Updated with principles of good feedback and new case study from Cathy Dantec (Language and Linguistic Science) on Students in the Feedback Loop.
- 6.8.1 Formative feedback (written) – Updated with link to recording of Marking and Feedback using the Standard Assignment Tool webinar.
- 6.8.2 Audio and video feedback – Updated with guides for new Replay Panopto software.
- 6.8.3 Summative feedback – Updated with note about downloading files from Google Drive and marking files on iPads.
Section 7. Evaluation methods
- 7.2 Evaluating your use of technology-enhanced learning – Updated with video case study of peer observation from John Gray (Centre for Applied Human Rights and York Law School).
- 7.3.1 Questionnaires and surveys – Updated with example end-of-module survey used in Social Policy and Social Work and link to guide for Likert questions.
- 7.3.1-7.3.6 Updated to link to the full case studies.
- Description of the different aspects of the Handbook within the York TEL Handbook Features page.
- PDF copies of the Handbook sections updated to the latest version.
- YouTube versions of recent webinars now published on the ELDT YouTube Channel.
- References to Replay Lecture Capture updated to reflect Panopto software and Personal Capture changed to ‘At-Desk’ Recorder.
- Various links to external resources updated.
- Quick link to the Handbook now at top of every page on the ELDT website.