E-Learning Newsletter – June 2017 Edition
Welcome to the June 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: 2017 Summer VLE Upgrade
- Info: Replay Maintenance Downtime: Saturday June 6.
- Info: Reading List Software Update
- Recap: ELDT Lunchtime Webinar: Facilitating Equal Interaction Opportunities
- Session: ELDT Summer Show & Tell: Not another essay?!? Student created content – Video and other media projects – Wednesday, June 14. D/L/116 (12:00 – 14:00)
- Session: Technology Enhanced Learning Research Seminar – Facebook: Friend or Foe? June 21 (12.15 – 13:45)
- Session: Enabling active learning through technology: Use cases, instructional design and delivery responsibilities. June 20 (11:40 – 12:40)
- Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training
2017 Summer VLE Upgrade 11th-12th July
This year the VLE Summer upgrade will take place over two days starting on Tuesday the 11th of July and completing on Wednesday the 12th of July. The VLE will be completely unavailable during this time to all users, and we will post upgrade updates on our twitter feed. . Please could you share those dates with colleagues within your department, so that they are aware of the downtime.
We will be upgrading to the latest 2016 Q4 release of Blackboard Learn which includes many improvements and fixes.
Some new features will be introduced, as well as some changes to existing functionality, as a result of the upgrade. Some of the new features and enhancements included in this release are:
- Submission Confirmation Receipts
- Submission Reminders
- Fewer ‘Needs Grading’ Items
- Updated Form Submit/Cancel Button Behaviour
- Drag and Drop Files
- Improved Behaviour for Self and Peer Assessments
- Content Tool Icons
- Course Activity Report Enhancements
- Content Collection Search Permission
There are also many bug fixes and stability improvements which will improve the experience of all users for the next academic year.
We are aware that there may be some teaching programmes which will be affected by the downtime and we apologise for any inconvenience this causes. As always, we will strive to minimise any downtime. Course leaders are invited to contact us if they anticipate any major problems with the downtime and wish to discuss contingency (work-around) measures with us.
If you have any questions please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Replay Maintenance Downtime: Saturday June 10
Due to an upgrade, Panopto – the vendor who supply the software for our Replay Service, will be unavailable for users between 20:00 and 23:00 on Saturday June 10.
Users should be forewarned that the service will be unavailable during this period. This includes access to Replay lecture captures within the ‘Replay Content’ tool link on Yorkshare VLE sites.
To see a full run-down of new features in Panopto 5.4, see the official release notes. [External Web Link]
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 email@example.com
Webinar Recap: Facilitating Equal Interaction Opportunities
Over lunchtime on 31st May, as part our ELDT ‘Lunchtime Webinar’ series, we explored how staff can use technology to provide students with equal interaction opportunities. With large cohort sizes and timetable constraints, this is something which can be challenging for lecturers to facilitate.
With the focus on engagement enshrined by the York Pedagogy, the webinar explored the range of tools which the University of York centrally supports for facilitating equal interaction opportunities and soliciting student feedback.
You can read more and view the recording on our E-Learning Blog.
Technology Enhanced Learning Research Seminar – Facebook: Friend or Foe? June 21 (12.15 – 13:45)
The E-Learning Development Team will be hosting an invited talk by Ms Sara Archard (The University of Waikato, New Zealand) on Wednesday 21st June, in which she will explore the role of social networking sites such as Facebook in supporting staff-student interactions and the development of learning relationships.
The seminar will provide an opportunity for tutors, teacher educators and researchers to come together and share practice on effective strategies for supporting students’ online learning through the medium of formal and informal learning spaces. All staff and research students are most welcome to attend.
You can find out more on our E-Learning Blog.
Enabling active learning through technology: Use cases, instructional design and delivery responsibilities. June 20, 11.40am-12.40pm.
On Tuesday 20th June as part of the Learning and Teaching Conference, Richard Walker and Wayne Britcliffe from the E-Learning Development Team will present a workshop focusing on effective design approaches to support student-led teaching and content creation activities through the use of learning technology.
Further details about the workshop are available here. [Online PDF]
You can register for the conference here. [Online, Web Link]
ELDT Summer Show & Tell: Not another essay?!? Student created content – Video and other media projects – Wednesday, June 14. D/L/116 (12:00 – 14:00)
With the York Pedagogy in mind, innovative ways of both engaging and assessing students as well as supporting the development of transferable skills and career relevant knowledge will almost certainly be on your departmental teaching agenda. Supporting students in creation of their own content can be a particularly effective way to achieve such outcomes; not only can content development work be a powerful learning catalyst, it can also be one that highly engages and motivates students.
Ursula Lanvers (Education) and Noel Jackson (Electronics) have very kindly agreed to share their experience of implementing assessed student project work that in both cases involves students developing multimedia resources (video clips) as a part of their learning. Although both projects require students (in groups) to develop video clips the context and reasons for asking and supporting students to do so are very different and very interesting indeed.
The E-Learning Development Team will also provide further complementary information and advice at the session including supporting students to develop both audio or poster/graphic projects.
Not a session to miss, this one. Not only will it be extremely interesting it will also include vittles!
You may register to attend the Webinar by using the following Google Form [UoY Login Required].
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.