E-Learning Newsletter – January 2018 Edition

E-Learning Newsletter – January 2018 Edition

Happy New Year from everyone at the E-Learning Development Team! Welcome to the January 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.

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
  • Blog: Technology-enhanced learning developments across UK higher education (2012-2016) –  new UCISA research article
  • Webinar: Using rubrics to enhance student learning. Wed, January 17, 12:15 (Online)
  • Webinar: Future Teacher 3.0 Webinar, January 31, 13:00 (Online)
  • Webinar: Using Social Media to Augment Teaching. Wed, February 21, 12:15 (Online)
  • Call for bids: Blackboard Catalyst Awards
  • Call for proposals: Blackboard annual Teaching and Learning Conference
  • 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.

Technology-enhanced learning developments across UK higher education (2012-2016) –  new UCISA research article

A new research article by UCISA’s Digital Education Group has just been published on technology enhanced learning developments across the UK higher sector.

The rhetoric and reality of technology-enhanced learning in UK HE’ reviews the investment in TEL tools and services that UK higher education institutions have made over recent years (2012-2016), and considers the impact that this had on teaching and learning practices, updating the picture presented in an earlier article for the period up until 2012.

By drawing on evidence from the biennial UCISA surveys and case study reports (UCISA 2012, 2014 & 2016) as well as other sector publications, the article seeks to explore the reality of TEL developments across the sector –  questioning the extent to which institutional investment in TEL services is leading to transformational changes in learning and teaching practices.

You can read more on our E-Learning Blog. [Web Link]

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.

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

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

Webinar: Using Social Media to Augment Teaching. Wed, Wednesday 21st February, 12:15 (Online)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Glenn Hurst, Department of Chemistry.

In November 2017, Glenn was recognised by JISC for his innovative use of social media to enhance his teaching.

In this Webinar, Glenn will discuss several of his approaches. These include the use of Snapchat to augment induction activities, Twitter to extend the conversation beyond the physical classroom, and Youtube – for the purposes of encouraging students to curate their own video artifacts to enhance communication skills and demonstrate knowledge of taught concepts in practical workshops.

To register to attend, please complete the Google Form.

Call for bids: Blackboard Catalyst Awards

Blackboard is focused on highlighting customer successes and raising awareness throughout the educational industry by celebrating achievements and milestones. Our community centers on educators and administrators who are passionate about using technology in education and collaborating on best practices. The Blackboard Catalyst Awards are an opportunity to celebrate these accomplishments and help raise standard for the entire industry.’

The award categories are as follows:

  • Leading Change
  • Community Engagement
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Inclusive Education
  • Optimizing Student Experience
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Student Success
  • Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award

The deadline for submissions is March 9th, 2018.

You can read more on the Blackboard Community website. [External Web Link]

Call for proposals: Blackboard annual Teaching and Learning Conference

Blackboard is inviting proposals for presentations for its annual European Teaching and Learning Conference.

We invite presentations from users of all our Teaching and Learning solutions, including Learn, Collaborate and Moodlerooms, to submit abstracts and attend the event. We hope to bring together pedagogically great ideas behind teaching and learning technologies where the European community can learn from the ways other institutions have implemented their strategies, whichever the platform. We encourage you to share your strategies and how these will be developed to meet your learner’s requirements now, and in the future.

The deadline for submissions is Monday February 5th, 2018 at 17:00 GMT.

You can read more on the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference (Europe) website. [External Web Link]

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 Materials
We’ve developed a series of short help videos (hosted on YouTube) covering the most common tasks you might need to undertake when developing, preparing or managing your Yorkshare (VLE) site.

This blog post provides a table listing (and individually linking to) all of the short ‘getting started’ help videos we’ve produced.  The table also includes links to equivalent written guides where available too.

The blog post also provides links to three online Prezi files that further contextualise the help videos:

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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