E-Learning Newsletter – December 2017 Edition

E-Learning Newsletter – December 2017 Edition

Welcome to the December 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.

On behalf of everyone in the ELDT, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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:

  • Info: VLE Inline Grading Changes
  • Info: VLE Christmas Mini-Upgrade
  • Info: Replay Maintenance Downtime (16 December)
  • Recap: ELDT Autumn Show & Tell – Use of Technology to Support the Development of Digital/Employability Skills. November 22nd, 12:15
  • Info: New “One Pager” Student Guide on Holiday VLE/Replay Usage
  • Webinar: Using rubrics to enhance student learning. Wed, January 17, 12:15 (Online)
  • Webinar: Future Teacher 3.0 Webinar (31 Jan)
  • Case Study Revisited: Dr Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer, Department of Psychology
  • Call for participation: Pedagogy-based Twitter feed, UoY_TEL
  • Training: Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

Info: VLE Inline Grading Changes

On Thursday the 7th of December 2017, the Inline Grading tool in the Yorkshare VLE (Blackboard Learn) was migrated from Crocodoc to BoxView. This was necessary in order to allow Inline Grading functionality within the VLE to continue to function after January 2018, when Crocodoc is due to be decommissioned globally.

All submissions marked up with Crocodoc before the transition have been converted and will be rendered in BoxView as read-only PDFs. Although the Box View service is very similar to Crocodoc, there are some differences. Please see the Inline Grading Update for answers to many of the common questions that you may have.

For making and understanding annotations with Box View, please see the following one-pager guidance documents:

Post-transition, some users have experienced that immediate document preview is not available when students upload or when staff attempt to access student submissions within the Grade Centre to mark. Instead of seeing the document rendered on the page, a message similar to the one below is displayed:

We would advise all users who see this message to refresh their page using the F5 key or by using the page reload button on their browser toolbar.

  1. Students who see this message immediately after uploading their submissions should refresh the page to see a preview of their uploaded work
  2. Staff who see this message in the Grade Centre should refresh the page to begin mark/annotation. Staff should not download work and annotate outside of the Grade Centre.

If you have any questions about the change, or experience any issues that are not accounted for in the guidance, please contact us at vle-support@york.ac.uk.

Info: Replay Maintenance Downtime: Saturday December 16

Due to an upgrade by Panopto, access to Replay Lecture Captures will be interrupted for all users between 21:00 and 00:00 GMT on Saturday December 16.

Users should be forewarned that the service will be completely unavailable during this period. This includes access to recordings within the ‘Replay Content’ tool link on Yorkshare VLE sites.

To see a full run-down of new features in Panopto 5.6, see the official release notes. [External Web Link]

Info: VLE Christmas Mini-Upgrade

The VLE upgrade work on Monday the 4th of December was carried out successfully and the system was returned to service by 14:45. The upgrade has enabled continuity of the Inline Grading functionality beyond January 2018, fixed several high priority issues and bugs in the VLE software and improved the stability and security of the system as we move into our busiest periods of high demand over the next two terms.

Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we have upgraded the system and we apologise for any inconvenience this work has caused.

Recap: ELDT Autumn Show & Tell – Use of Technology to Support the Development of Digital/Employability Skills.

From WordPress Womble to WordPress Winner” – Guest Speaker Dr. Jude Brereton, Department of Electronics.

In our Autumn Show and Tell session, Dr Jude Brereton from the Department of Electronic Engineering shared with us her success stories from over 3 years’ experience of developing students’ social media skills on the one-year taught MSc in Audio and Music Technology. Digital and employability skills are embedded into the programme and assessed as part of the programme learning outcomes. Students produced blog posts and websites for self-promotion and used LinkedIn to develop their professional networking skills. Apart from encouraging self-reflection and independent learning, the experience has shown them the value of using social media for career development, as Jude detailed in her session.

Read the full post on our E-Learning Blog. [External Web Link]

Info: New “One Pager” Student Guide on Holiday VLE/Replay Usage

The following “one pager” guide has been created for students who will be accessing electronic learning resources via the VLE or Replay over the holiday season. Please disseminate this as desired. The guide has also been tweeted.

If you have any feedback on these guides please contact vle-support@york.ac.uk

Webinar: Using rubrics to enhance student learning. Wed, January 17, 12:15 (Online)

Marking rubrics can be used to communicate formative and summative assessment criteria to students as well as to help students improve their work through feedback, critical reflection or peer-review (Nicol et al, 2014). However, this is predicated on designing effective activities to help students engage with the rubrics and to use it as a tool for learning (Jones et al, 2017). In our Show and Tell session on rubrics in the 2017 Spring Term, we looked at the functional aspects of using rubrics. [Web Link]

In this webinar, we look at some examples of the use of rubrics for student learning at the University of York and beyond. We discuss the learning activities designed around rubrics that can trigger a deeper approach to learning (Jones et al, 2017). We relate the use of rubrics for feedback to Nicol and MacFarlane-Dick’s (2006) seven principles of good feedback practice and use Jones et al’s (2017) five-step process as a model for discussion.

To register to attend, please complete the Google Form.

Training: Future Teacher 3.0 webinars

The next interactive Future Teacher webinar is on ‘Self-Assessment and Mastery Learning’ on 31 Jan, 2018 at 13:00. This is a good opportunity to experience an interactive webinar on a technology-enhanced learning topic.

(Do run the Zoom webinar test before the day to ensure you can access the webinar.)

Future Teacher Talks are free monthly webinars on various topics surrounding online learning as part of the wider Erasmus+ Future Teacher 3.0 project. Each webinar begins with a short introduction and then in many cases engaging and interactive presentations from guest presenters. The webinars are fully interactive and you will have plenty of opportunity to actively participate and contribute.

You can view previously recorded webinars and access the interactive learning resource from the Future Teacher website. Previous sessions have covered

  • Online learning – what works?
  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Knowing what they know – getting feedback from students
  • Collaborative teaching and learning – inside and outside the classroom
  • Strategies to support reading
  • Strategies to support writing

Case Study Revisited

A new feature on our ELDT website will be updates on case studies. Select to read our interview with Dr Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer, Department of Psychology, where we catch up with her to find out what she’s up to. The interview revisits the key lessons from the original case study and touches on interactive lectures, formative tasks, group work and aligning tasks to learning outcomes.

Call for Participation: Pedagogy-based Twitter account, UoY_TEL

We’ve started a new Twitter account to help us connect with academics who are using technology enhanced teaching and learning. We’ll use this channel to promote ideas, case studies, and share your success stories. Please do connect with us if you’d like to exchange ideas.

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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