E-Learning Newsletter – January 2017 Edition
Welcome back to a new year of learning developments with technology after the festive break! In this January edition of our monthly e-learning newsletter, we report on the launch of a revised edition of our York Technology Enhanced Learning Handbook and provide an update on user interface improvements which have been made to the anonymised assignment tool.
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 email.
In this edition:
- New Edition of the York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook
- User Interface Updates to the Anonymised Assignment Tool
- Recap: Durham Blackboard Users Conference.
- New research – Issues Influencing Student Engagement in high-stakes Computer-based exams.
- Webinar Recap: Creating Video Resources for the Flipped Classroom
- Webinar Recap: Making collaborative online activities work
- New Blog: Screencast Video Feedback Using Replay
- Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training
New Edition of the York TEL Handbook
The Second Edition of the York Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Handbook is now available online at http://bit.ly/ytelhb.
The TEL Handbook continues to highlight the ways in which learning technologies can be employed to support active student learning – consistent with the principles of the York Pedagogy. In the new edition we have included guidance on formative work and approaches to the delivery of feedback to students. Updates have been informed by the comments gratefully received from colleagues and the Learning and Teaching Forum. See the ELDT blog for a summary of changes and new content. Join the conversation on Twitter as each day we’ll post a question with the hashtag #YorkTELchat to encourage you to share your thoughts on technology-enhanced learning.
New Interface Updates to the Anonymised Assignment Tool
In time for the 2016 common assessment period, we have implemented a number of interface design changes to the Anonymised Assignment tool.
Submissions over the maximum file size
Files over 31,454,142 bytes in size will not upload. Attaching a file over this size will now display a modal alert dialog indicating the maximum permissible file size has been exceeded and that the file should be reduced in size. Both ‘Submit’ buttons turn ‘red’ and become disabled in this situation and only go back to ‘teal’ and become enabled again when a file smaller than the limit is attached.
Attempting to submit Word temporary files
A modal dialog is now displayed when attaching a file for submission which starts with the Word temporary file indicator (~$). Instructions are to save work, close Word and reattach the correct file.
Filenames containing commas
A modal dialog is now displayed when attaching a file for upload which contains a comma indicating that they will not be able to download their submission from the submission point.
Students with no Student ID in their VLE record will now get a message indicating the problem and that they should contact vle-support to get it fixed. Students whose sessions have expired are now instructed to login again with a link to login page.
Check your submission reinforcement messages
The submission receipt page now shows the reinforcement message after a successful submission. The submission receipt email now also shows the reinforcement message after a successful submission.
Errors on submission
A modal dialog now indicates that the submission was not successful and there are errors further down the page that need to be corrected before they will be able to submit successfully.
Late submission email (to staff)
The email no longer displays ‘check your submission’ reinforcement message
Recap: Durham Blackboard Users Conference
On Thursday 5th January, members of the E-Learning Development Team attended the 17th Durham Blackboard Users Conference where the principal theme for presentations and discussion focused on e-assessment and feedback practices.
Wayne Britcliffe presented a paper entitled ‘Context is Key: Strategies and Tools for Assessment and Feedback‘. The paper outlined the many ways in which academic staff at York are utilising online tools to support assessment and feedback practices, from computer delivered closed invigilated exams through VLE to use of WordPress or Google Tools, and explored both the affordances and issues of the various platforms being used, driven by the assessment contexts that they were facing.
A round-up of key messages can be found on our E-Learning Blog.
Webinar Recap: Creating Video Resources for the Flipped Classroom
Our December webinar on creating video resources for the flipped classroom teaching model briefly covered flipped classroom pedagogy, before providing some tips for making video recordings at your desk and providing an overview of the Replay ‘At-Desk’ Recorder as one programme that could be used to create resources. The recording and associated resources are available on our E-Learning Blog.
Webinar Recap: Making collaborative online activities work
Our January webinar looked at how effective activity design and facilitation can encourage students to participate in collaborative online learning tasks. The webinar discussed use cases for collaborative work and the barriers to engagement, before moving on to consider the relationship of the online activity to the overarching learning outcomes, addressing the need for alignment between outcomes, task and tools. The webinar concluded with a summary of instructional responsibilities in support of collaborative learning activities. The recording and associated resources are available on our E-Learning Blog.
If you would like us to address a specific pedagogical or technological theme in a future webinar, please do get in touch at email@example.com.
New research – Issues Influencing Student Engagement in high-stakes Computer-based exams.
The ELDT in partnership with Zoe Handley (Department of Education) have conducted research on the issues influencing student engagement with high-stakes computer-based exams. A research paper has been published in Research in Learning Technology, presenting our findings on the key instructional responsibilities in designing and delivering a high stakes computer-based assessment. The article is available at: http://www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/article/view/30083
New Blog: Screencast Video Feedback Using Replay
Video feedback can be used when marking formative work to explain aspects of your feedback in more detail. If you mark up student work, with video feedback you can ensure that attention is drawn to the main issues, helping the student identify which aspects of their work they could focus on for subsequent assessments. You can also use video feedback to talk through non-essay based work, such as spreadsheets, posters and other creative outputs which perhaps are more difficult to provide targeted annotated feedback on.
You can read more on our E-Learning Blog.
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 Blog.
To request a session for either yourself or to make a booking for your department, please contact us at the earliest possible convenience at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.