E-Learning Newsletter – February 2017 Edition
Welcome to the February edition of our newsletter, which summarises the latest news on technology enhanced learning provision across the University.
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:
- Staffing Update
- Notice: Changes to Blackboard Help Links
- New Blog: CMALT – Supporting Your Development in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching & Call for Expressions of Interest for 2017.
- New Blog: Cross-institutional peer observation: Reporting on our tutors’ experiences
- Event: ResponseWare ‘Lunch & Learn’, Wednesday, 1st March
- Event: Spring Term Show & Tell: Rubrics – Speeding up delivery of Formative Feedback.
- ELDT Lunchtime Webinar: Debunking Myths and Preconceptions about Lecture Capture. Wednesday, February 22.
- New Blog: Launch of York MOOCS
- New Case Studies: Supporting Distance Learning and Online Module Evaluation
- Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training
Matt Cornock has left the E-Learning Development Team to take on a new role as Online CPD Coordinator at STEM Learning Ltd., which is based at the National STEM Learning Centre.
As well as providing dedicated e-learning support to staff across the university, Matt has been instrumental in developing the Replay lecture recording service and leading on initiatives such as the development of the York TEL Handbook and rollout of the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing service, which has been a channel for our monthly lunchtime webinar series. In summary, Matt has a big contribution to the Team and we are very sorry to see him go. We wish him all the best with this next career move and are most thankful for all of his hard work – not least in championing accessibility and usability standards and general good practice in these areas.
Matt’s successor is our current team member James Youdale, who will take on service management responsibilities for the Replay lecture recording service. James has worked closely with Matt over the past year and has been a key member of the Replay service team.
Notice: Changes to Blackboard Help Links
Please be aware that on March 15th 2017 Blackboard are reworking the content on their own help site. As a result of this activity any bookmarks to Blackboard help pages that you have saved in your browser may cease to function, particularly if they reference a version number in the address:
Image snippet taken directly from Blackboard memo.
Blackboard have created this Popular Topics page to help you find similar content on their newly reworked site. You can also use the same site’s search box to find new content.
The ELDT are currently working to update all links to Blackboard help content that appear within our own support documentation, however if you find any links that are broken please Contact Us to let us know.
New Blog: CMALT – Supporting Your Development in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching
Across the sector, a wide range of people, including lecturers, learning technologists, librarians and academic developers, have achieved ‘CMALT’ accreditation.
Organised by the Association for Learning Technology, (of which the University of York is an organisational member) ‘Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology’ is a portfolio-based peer-reviewed accreditation, that aims to foster an appreciation of the interplay between learning and technology. Colleagues write a CMALT portfolio to reflect on their practice and to build up evidence of professional development for other accreditation such as FHEA and AFHEA. Each year, we support a small group of colleagues from across the institution to work towards achieving accreditation.
Carmen Álvarez-Mayo, Associate Lecturer, LFA, is one of our first participants to achieve CMALT after completing her portfolio last year. In a new entry on our E-Learning Blog, Carmen discusses her experience of participating in our CMALT Portfolio Writing Group.
We are inviting expressions of interesting in joining a third York CMALT cohort, which will kick off in March, and work towards the submission of a portfolio at the end September of this year. If you would like to join our next group, please contact Dr Richard Walker (email@example.com) to register your interest. Application to CMALT has a small fee attached and you should arrange this with your line manager. For further details on CMALT and submission deadlines, please see ALT’s official website.
New Blog: Cross-institutional peer observation: Reporting on our tutors’ experiences
The University’s Distance Learning Forum has partnered with the University of Waikato (New Zealand) to deliver two online peer observation programmes, which have brought together distance learning tutors and programme managers to exchange practice on digital teaching and learning methods.
Eight York-Waikato pairings exchanged practice in 2015, with three pairings following suit in 2016. The majority observed teaching techniques through the review of ‘live’ or archived course sites hosted within their institutional virtual learning environment. An evaluative study of participants’ experience has now been published in ‘Innovations in Education and Teaching International’, reporting on the outcomes from this virtual exchange.
You can read more on our E-Learning Blog.
Event: ResponseWare ‘Lunch & Learn’, Wednesday, 1st March
Following up from Turning Technologies’ visit in November, we would like to invite staff to a free ‘Lunch and Learn’ event to support the ‘ResponseWare’ platform. The event will be held on Wednesday 1st March on Campus West. (LFA 204/205)
The guest speaker will be Dr. Christopher Wiley from the University of Surrey – a Musicology lecturer, who champions the use of Electronic Voting Systems for teaching in the Arts and Humanities. Chris’ session will explore using ResponseWare in smaller, seminar-sized groups, and look to dispel misconceptions which may surround the technology. The event will include a provided lunch.
12.25pm: Welcome and outline of the workshop
12.30pm – 1pm: Guest Speaker – Dr. Christopher Wiley pt.1
1pm – 1.15pm: Break
1:15pm – 1:45pm: Guest Speaker – Dr. Christopher Wiley pt.2
1:45pm – 2pm Q&A and next steps
2pm – 2.30pm: Open floor for networking
Expressions of interest can be registered in the following Google Form.
Event: Spring Term Show & Tell:
Rubrics – Speeding up delivery of Formative Feedback. Wed, 15 March, 12:00 – 14:00, LFA 204/205
As you may already be aware, the standard Assignment tool allows receipted electronic submission of student work that you can annotate and mark without it ever having to leave Yorkshare (the VLE). Students can similarly view your annotations, their feedback and their mark via Yorkshare too. What is less well used however, is the Rubric tool. This allows the attachment of a user definable criteria matrix to a submission point which you can then use to quickly position and mark student work with. As well as providing ‘canned’ feedback (such as the criteria themselves) you can also provide specific feedback against the criteria if so desired.
Louise Stringer (IPC) has kindly agreed to share both her and her colleague’s experience of using the Rubric tool across their department’s entire ‘English Language and Academic Skills’ programme in support of assessment.
The E-Learning Development Team will also provide further complementary assessment and feedback related information and advice at the session.
With the York Pedagogy in mind, a shift to provision of more timely formative feedback will likely increase, so this is a session you may not want to miss.
Expressions of interest can be registered in the following Google Form.
ELDT Lunchtime Webinar: Debunking Myths and Preconceptions about Lecture Capture. Wednesday, February 22. Online (12:30)
Drawing upon impact studies undertaken here at The University of York, the webinar will explore a number of the prevalent misconceptions that surround ‘Lecture Capture’. Additionally, the session will look at ways in which staff can make use of their captures to enhance their learning, to extend rather than replace class-based attendance.
Attendance can be registered in the following Google Form.
New Blog: Launch of York MOOCS
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been making headlines in the world of education in recent times, and York has recently engaged with the agenda.
As such, over the course of 2016/7, the University will be developing a suite of such short online courses – all of which are free, and offer the chance to collaborate and share ideas with learners from across the globe.
Delivered in partnership with FutureLearn, the first two York MOOCs available will be ‘Everyday Chemistry’ and ‘Becoming a Digital Citizen – both of which launched on 23 January 2017.
You can read more on our E-Learning Blog.
New Case Studies: Supporting Distance Learning and Online Module Evaluation
We are happy to announce that two new case studies are now available on our WordPress site:
Bringing Professional Expertise Into the Virtual Classroom
Case study courtesy of John Blase, Health Sciences e-Learning Development Lead.
Blackboard Collaborate is our supported webinar (online seminar) platform, allowing for synchronous text, voice and video chat, remote delivery of presentations and real-time discussion activities. In this case study, we look at the way that the Department of Health Sciences has used Collaborate to enable distance learners to interact with module tutors working in professional contexts. See the full case study here.
Module Evaluation with Online Tools
Case study courtesy of Dominic Ennis, SPSW Web and VLE Coordinator.
The Department of Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW) has been trialling two ways of running end-of-module evaluations. Google Forms and Qualtrics were trialled to allow students to provide feedback on the learning and teaching approaches in their modules. Here Dominic presents a workflow for running evaluations whilst considering these tools. See the full case study here.
You can find more Case Studies on our WordPress Site.
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.