E-Learning Newsletter – March 2017 Edition

Welcome to the March 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 post.

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:

  • Staff vacancy within the ELDT
  • Recap: ResponseWare Lunch & Learn
  • New Blog: Creating The York TEL Handbook Image
  • Reminder: Changes to Blackboard Help Links
  • Webinar Recap – Debunking Myths & Preconceptions About Lecture Capture
  • Final Call: CMALT Accreditation Submission Group
  • Event: Spring Term Show & Tell: Rubrics – Speeding up delivery of Formative Feedback.
  • Upcoming Webinar: Enabling active learning through technology webinar: Student-led teaching and content creation
  • Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

Staff vacancy within the ELDT

A vacancy has arisen within the E-Learning Development Team for the position of Educational Adviser (E-Learning). This post offers an opportunity to provide professional advice and support to academic departments in the development of their degree programmes, with a particular focus on the effective incorporation of learning technologies as part of the overall programme design.

Further details of the post are available at: http://tinyurl.com/Educational-Adviser

The closing date for applications is Thursday 16th March 2017.

Recap: ResponseWare Lunch & Learn

On 1st March 2017, Turning Technologies visited the University of York in support of the ResponseWare platform.

The guest speaker was Dr. Christopher Wiley from the University of Surrey – a Musicology and Musical Theatre lecturer. With a focus on Arts and Humanities and smaller, seminar-sized cohorts, Dr. Wiley delivered a session in which he explored a number of the core pedagogies that underpin his use of Electronic Voting Systems in his teaching.

A short recap, and a link to the recording of the lecture can be found on our E-Learning Blog.

New Blog: Creating The York TEL Handbook Image

As a unit, we have spent a great deal of time developing and curating an extensive suite of resources and information into an online ‘handbook’. With a recent round of amends and additions completed, we wanted to draw attention to the new iteration of the material with a relaunch.

To do this we employed a range of strategies including Tweeting, internal communication channels and blog posts but, in order to reach outside of the online environment and to also illustrate our online communications, we wanted to create a (hopefully) reasonably striking image to draw further attention to the online resources.

In the following blog posts (part 1, and part 2), E-Learning Development Team member Wayne Britcliffe outlines the process of creating the image.

Reminder: Changes to Blackboard Help Links

As previously reported, Blackboard are reworking the content of Help Site on March 15th 2017. As a result of this rework activity some bookmarks to Blackboard Help pages that you have saved in your browser may cease to function after this date. For further details please see our February newsletter.

We believe that we have now updated all links to Blackboard Help content within our own support documentation, however if you find any links that are broken please Contact Us to let us know. If you use the offline, PDF version of our TEL Handbook you can download a fresh version containing updated Blackboard Help links here.

Webinar Recap – Debunking Myths & Preconceptions About Lecture Capture

Our February Webinar sought to explore and debunk prominent myths and preconceptions around Lecture Capture. We drew upon research – including studies undertaken here at York, that explored the impact of Lecture Capture on staff, students and teaching.

With an eye on the tools available at York, the session also considered how staff can make use of their captures to extend and enhance learning, rather than replace class-based attendance.

You can view the webinar recording, and the accompanying blogpost on our E-Learning Blog.

Box of Broadcasts

The library has recently added Box of Broadcasts (known as BoB) to its roster of subscriptions.

BoB is a service which records free-to-air broadcasts from sixty-five TV and radio channels (see the full list) and makes the programmes and films available for educational purposes online.  Recorded channels include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Film4, Channel 5, CNN and Sky News and access is afforded to an extensive archive of programmes going back as far back as the 1990’s.

  • BoB is available for free to anyone at the University after creating an account – you’re prompted to do that the first time you log in;
  • Everything can be shared very easily, by copying the page URL, adding to a reading list or embedding in other sites – See here for guidance on how to embed BoB videos on a VLE site.
  • You can curate the material as well as just linking to it, for example by creating playlists that can then be shared with other people;
  • Clips can be taken from larger programmes, perhaps to grab a small section of it or to clip an advert from the original broadcast;
  • BoB is only available for use within the UK.

The library have also produced a handy web-page of FAQs about BOB that includes a link to the log-in page. Also see the library’s associated blog post on the subject.

Final Call: CMALT Accreditation Submission Group

We are still inviting expressions of interest for 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 (richard.walker@york.ac.uk) to register your interest.

You can find out more about the CMALT process on our E-Learning Blog.

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.

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.

Upcoming Webinar: Enabling active learning through technology: Student-led teaching and content creation

Online. Tuesday 21st March 12.30pm – 1.15pm

Drawing upon case studies of blended courses that have been delivered at the University of York, this webinar will consider how learning technologies may be applied to support active learning opportunities for students, with a specific focus on student-led teaching and content creation. We will look at a model of active student engagement, and will discuss approaches to blended course design that incorporate activities encouraging student to develop their own learning and teaching resources.

You can register for the Webinar by using the following Google Form.

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: 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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