Welcome to the April 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 blogpost.
In this edition:
- INFO – VLE Leave of Absence Overrides
- Last Call for Participants: CMALT Writing Group
- TurningPoint/ResponseWare Staff Survey – Feedback Sought
- Replay 16/17 – Panopto Implementation Survey
- Webinar Recap: Enabling active learning through technology webinar: Student-led teaching and content creation
- Event Recap: Spring Term Show & Tell: Rubrics – Speeding up delivery of Formative Feedback.
- Upcoming Webinar – Turnitin: Interpreting Originality Reports (For Staff)
- Reminder: Changes to Blackboard Help Links
- Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training
Info: Leave of Absence Overrides
A fix has recently been applied to the VLE data feed that will result in students on a Leave of Absence having their accounts disabled, in this way preventing them from accessing the VLE.
Access to the VLE for this category of students should have been automatically disabled, but due to an error this has not happened for some time. Please note that any students on ‘LoA’ who have been accessing the VLE should not be able to do so, unless they have received an approved override by their department.
There are sound pedagogic reasons for the disabling of student access to the VLE; one such case presented to us relates to students with continued access to the VLE whilst on LoA being able to gain an advantage from observing the activity of other students within a module site, thus influencing their future assessment activities.
Departments who are aware of students with a need to access VLE resources whilst they are on LoA should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we provide an override. If students notice that their account has been disabled, and we determine that this is a result of a LoA, we will be directing them to contact their departments to confirm whether they should have access to the VLE or not. In all cases, please send LoA requests to email@example.com and we will address them.
Last Call for Participants: CMALT Writing Group
We are still inviting expressions of interest to join a third York CMALT cohort, which will kick off in April, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register your interest.
We have fixed the kick-off meeting for lunchtime on Thursday 27th April. You can find out more about the CMALT process on our E-Learning Blog.
Turning Point and ResponseWare Staff Survey
If you have made use of the ‘Turning Point‘ Software or ‘ResponseWare‘ Electronic Voting System in the 2016/17 Academic Year, the E-Learning Development Team would very much value your feedback.
We would like to use your feedback in order to assess the benefits and shortcomings of the platform and thus allow us to make an informed decision about which electronic polling solution we will centrally support going forward.
Please complete the short survey using this Google Form. This should take no longer than 2 or 3 minutes of your time.
Replay 16/17 – Panopto Implementation Survey
Since the start of the Autumn Term, the University of York has been using ‘Panopto’ to deliver our Replay Lecture Capture service.
If you have made use of Replay during the 2016/17 Academic Year, the E-Learning Development Team would appreciate your feedback.
Please complete the short survey via the [Google Form] to help us gauge how you have utilised the service and how you feel that it has impacted upon your teaching.
Recap: Spring Term Show & Tell: Rubrics – Speeding up delivery of Formative Feedback.
The standard Assignment tool allows receipted electronic submission of student work that markers can annotate and grade without it ever having to leave 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 review and mark student work. As well as providing ‘canned’ feedback (such as the criteria themselves) you can also provide specific feedback against the criteria if so desired.
At our Spring Term Show & Tell event, Louise Stringer from the International Pathway College shared both her own practice and her colleagues’ experiences of using the Rubric tool across their entire ‘English Language and Academic Skills’ programme in support of assessment.
You can view a lecture capture of the session by visiting our E-Learning Blog.
Recap: Enabling active learning through technology: Student-led teaching and content creation
Drawing upon case studies of blended courses that have been delivered at the University of York, our March webinar considered how learning technologies may be applied to support active learning opportunities for students – with a specific focus on student-led teaching and content creation.
The session looked at a model of active student engagement, discussed approaches to blended course design that incorporate activities encouraging student to develop their own learning and teaching resources. You can find a summary of the session and view a recording of the Webinar on our E-Learning Blog.
Upcoming Webinar – Turnitin Webinar II: Interpreting Originality Reports (for staff)
Online. Tuesday 25th April 12:30 – 1:30pm.
Stephen Gow (Academic Integrity Coordinator in the Learning Enhancement Team) will be our special guest to host the April 2017 lunchtime webinar on staff use of Turnitin at the University of York. This webinar on ‘Interpreting Originality Reports’ in Turnitin is a follow-up to the May 2016 lunchtime webinar: ‘Turnitin, the basics (for staff)’
In this webinar, Stephen will look at specific features within the Turnitin Originality Report – particularly using the filters and ‘match overview’ to help identify plagiarism. The session will focus on the strengths of using Turnitin, such as using reports as proof of misconduct and using the tool formatively to highlight poor practice.
It will also explore some of the drawbacks of the software, for example – the increasingly complex database and the risk of staff shifting to policing rather than teaching. It is hoped that by the end of the session you feel more confident in exploring Turnitin reports, however will also be aware that Turnitin is only one tool available to hand to ensure academic integrity.
You can register for the Webinar by using the following Google Form.
Reminder: Changes to Blackboard Help Links
As previously reported, Blackboard have now upgraded their Help Site. As a result of this activity some bookmarks to Blackboard Help pages that you have saved in your browser may now not work. For further details please see our February newsletter.
If you use Google Chrome you may be warned that “your connection is not private” when you access the help site for the first time. You can click through this error by clicking on “Advanced” then “Proceed to en-us.help.blackboard.com (unsafe)” to still access the site without issue. Hopefully Blackboard will resolve this soon.
We believe that we have 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.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.