E-Learning Newsletter – May 2017 Edition

E-Learning Newsletter – May 2017 Edition

Welcome to the May 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 blog 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:

  • Reading List Software Update
  • New Blog: CMALT Writing Group Reflections
  • Lunchtime Webinar – Facilitating Equal Interaction Opportunities, Wed 31 May, 12:30
  • TurningPoint/ResponseWare Staff Survey – Feedback Sought
  • Replay 16/17 – Panopto Implementation Survey
  • Blackboard Collaborate – Webinar Tool Updates
  • FutureLearn: Inclusive Learning and Teaching Course in June (Free to Register)
  • Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

Reading List Update 

The University of York will be introducing a new Reading List system in time for the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year to replace EARL.

The Library team are currently in the process of extracting data from EARL and course information from the VLE, which is being used in a test environment to configure the new software. Near the end of the Summer Term we will be holding drop-in sessions and showcases to demonstrate the new system, dates & locations of these will be provided to departments by Academic Liaison Librarians.

The Reading List team will also be visiting departments directly to establish specific training needs. There will be a final data extraction from EARL at the end of term and all lists will be loaded into the new system; these will be rolled over to generate next year’s lists automatically.

Closer to the time you will all be given instruction and information on how to use the new Reading List system. The Reading List team will assist colleagues with setting up new lists and making changes to existing ones.

If you have any concerns or would like any additional information, you can pass this on through your Academic Liaison Librarian, or contact our Reading List team at lib-resourcelists@york.ac.uk

CMALT Writing Group – Reflections

CMALT is a portfolio-based peer-reviewed accreditation, organised by the Association for Learning Technology, for which the University of York is an organisational member. CMALT aims to foster an appreciation of the interplay between learning and technology as well as provide a platform to allow educators and those involved in supporting education to learn from each other.

Colleagues have undertaken writing a CMALT portfolio to:

  • Allow them to reflect on their practice.
  • Allocate time to learning about a new aspect of technology-enhanced learning.
  • Build up evidence of professional development for other accreditation such as FHEA and AFHEA (see the mapping of CMALT to the UKPSF)

Jonathan Ayto from the Department of Health Sciences has shared his thoughts on the process of building his CMALT portfolio as part of the second cohort of the collaborative CMALT writing group overseen by the E-Learning Development Team.

You can view the post on our E-Learning Blog.

You can find out more about accredited membership of the ALT on their official website.


ELDT Lunchtime Webinar: Facilitating Equal Interaction Opportunities. Wednesday, May 31. Online (12:30)

Particularly when faced with large cohorts, providing students with equal interaction opportunities can be challenging for lecturers to facilitate. With the focus on engagement enshrined by the York Pedagogy, this webinar will explore the range of tools which the University of York centrally supports for facilitating equal interaction opportunities and soliciting student feedback.

The session will draw upon case studies which explore the harvesting of online module feedback and also the various technologies available to staff to draw ‘live’ or synchronous electronic feedback from students during class time.

You may register to attend the Webinar by using the following Google Form [UoY Login Required].


Blackboard Collaborate – Webinar Tool Updates

Blackboard Collaborate is our supported webinar (online seminar) software that can be used both for synchronous teaching or student collaborations within VLE sites, and for external speakers to present without any VLE login required. You can learn more on our team’s Collaborate webpage.

Collaborate functionality is updated by Blackboard on a monthly basis. Here’s a quick roundup of some changes since the start of 2017:

  • Collaborate is now fully functional in Mozilla Firefox browser as well as Google Chrome.
  • Collaborate rooms can now hold up to 250 concurrent participants (an increase from 100). The aim is to allow up to 1000 by the end of the year – Watch this space.
  • When entering a Collaborate room for the first time you will be greeted by a quick tutorial on how to use the room, which can be skipped and restarted later if desired.
  • Participants can now share their reaction to what’s happening in the room via a new real-time feedback tool – See here for more information.
  • The participants panel can now be kept open at all times (great for seeing that real-time feedback or who has their hand raised) – See here for more information.

FutureLearn: Inclusive Learning and Teaching Course in June (Free to Register)

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider Futurelearn are offering a free course on Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments. The course will begin on June 5th and last for 3 weeks.

The course has been ‘created for teachers and educators interested in inclusive practices, learning technologists and education design professionals’ and will will feature contributions from Professor Mike Wald from the University of Southampton – an eminent figure in research for accessible technologies

From the course website:

Explore how to make Higher Education more inclusive. According to research by the UK government, disabled people are around half as likely to hold a degree-level qualification than people without disabilities. It raises an important question: how can we make education more inclusive?

On this course you will learn about different aspects of inclusion and digital accessibility experienced by students, teachers and support staff in Higher Education. You’ll explore the barriers experienced by disabled students, the role of inclusive practices and hear firsthand from students about the impact inclusion has had on their studies.’

You can register for the course by visiting FutureLearn’s website. [External Web Link]

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 [UoY Login Required]. 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 [UoY Login Required] to help us gauge how you have utilised the service and how you feel that it has impacted upon your teaching.

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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