E-Learning Newsletter – February 2018 Edition

Welcome to the February 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.

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: New Members of Staff joining the E-Learning Development Team
  • Info: Yorkshare Self-Service Dashboard Update
  • Info: New ELDT Brochure
  • New Blog: Durham Blackboard Conference Round-up
  • Webinar Recap: Using Rubrics to enhance student learning
  • Webinar Recap: Interpreting Turnitin Originality Reports (For Staff)
  • Upcoming Webinar: Using Social Media to Augment Teaching. Wed, February 21, 12:15 (Online)
  • Upcoming Webinar: Using Social Media, Future Teacher Talk, Fri, March 23, 13:00 (Online)
  • Call for bids: Blackboard Catalyst Awards
  • Call for proposals: Blackboard annual Teaching and Learning Conference
  • Ongoing call for participation: Pedagogy-based Twitter feed, UoY_TEL
  • Training: Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

Info: New Members of Staff joining the E-Learning Development Team

A warm welcome to Jonathan Ayto and Jan Ball, who have joined the ELDT in new roles which have been created by the University to support the design and delivery of fully online programmes.

Jonathan is supporting application management duties for our online learning programmes and Jan will be serving as an Educational Adviser, offering guidance and support to academic teams on strategies for the design and delivery of fully online programmes.

Info: Yorkshare Self-Service Dashboard Update

The Yorkshare VLE Self Service Dashboard (https://www.york.ac.uk/univ/org/vle/selfserv/index.cfm) has been updated to include an additional area with two reports focused on submissions. Probably the most useful addition is the report to show progress of submissions against all you departmental submission points in a single view, no more having to trawl through the Grade Centre of multiple courses to see how submissions are progressing.

How to access the new features

On the dash home page and navigation bar you will see an additional Submission management option. Choosing this option will allow you to select either of the reports below:

[NEW] View of scheduled Anonymous (York) Assignments

https://www.york.ac.uk/univ/org/vle/selfserv/viewschedanonass.cfm

Shows a departmental view of the next 28 days worth of anon assignment submissions.

Fields displayed are Due Date, Course ID, Course Name, Submission Point Name

Clicking on the submission point name will open a new tab/window taking you to the edit page for the assignment properties.

[NEW] View of scheduled standard Blackboard Assignments

https://www.york.ac.uk/univ/org/vle/selfserv/viewschedstdassignments.cfm

Shows a departmental view of the all standard assignments for the current year modules.

Fields displayed are Course ID, Course Name, Submission Point Name, Due Date, Anonymous, Delegated, Available, Number of Students Enrolled, Number of Students Submitted.

Clicking on the submission point name will open a new tab/window taking you to the edit page for the assignment properties.

In addition to these new items there is also a minor change to the course management ‘all departmental courses’ page:

[CHANGE] All department courses

https://www.york.ac.uk/univ/org/vle/selfserv/mydeptcourses.cfm

Added a year drop down so that users can select courses from previous years, other than the current year default. The drop down year selector also includes a filter for YOPEN courses.

Comments and suggestions for additional features of improvements are most welcome. We will be setting up a Self Service Dashboard users Google group to facilitate this and target further communications to users of the dashboard.

New ELDT Brochure.

We have put together a brochure to provide an overview of the technologies that we cover and services that we offer. This will provide a first step for those wishing to delve deeper into e-learning and the benefits it can bring to enhancing teaching, learning and the student experience.

ELDT Brochure (PDF Document)

For further discussions and advice please contact us at vle-support@york.ac.uk.

New Blog: Durham Blackboard Conference Round-up of Key Messages

Members of the E-Learning Development Team attended the 18th Durham Blackboard Users Conference from 3-5 January 2018.

The theme for the conference was the was ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. If you’re interested in the topics of staff use of TEL, online exams, using videos for learning, online inductions, gamification and open badges, you should find our latest blog post [Web Link] to be of interest.

Webinar Recap: Using Rubrics to Enhance Student Learning

The ELDT hosted a webinar on 17 January 2018 on using rubrics for student learning, with guest speaker Victoria Jack from CELT and key contributions from attendees Tony Ward, Steve King and Judy Page.

Linked to the York Pedagogy in terms of designing student work with independent study and peer assessment, we looked at how creating clear assessment criteria in the form of rubrics could help students improve their work through feedback, critical reflection or peer-review (Nicol et al, 2014). Jones et al (2017)  suggest 5 instructional activities to trigger deeper engagement and understanding of criteria. We added our own suggestion of priming the learner (Brown et al, 2014) to engage with rubrics by setting an exercise to create one before attempting to deconstruct the module’s assessment criteria.

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

Webinar Recap: Interpreting Turnitin Originality Reports (For Staff)

As part of our lunchtime webinar series, our guest speaker on the 29 November 2017 was Stephen Gow, Academic Integrity Coordinator in the Learning Enhancement Team.

The focus of the webinar was on the use of Turnitin. The aim of the session was to give staff more confidence in exploring the Turnitin reports and to make them aware that Turnitin is only one tool to hand in ensuring academic integrity. (A previous webinar looked at Interpreting Originality Reports in Turnitin.)

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

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.

Webinar: Future Teacher 3.0 webinars

The next interactive Future Teacher webinar is also on the topic of social media: Using Social Media’ on Friday, 23 Mar, 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
  • Self-assessment and mastery learning

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

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:

Basics of using Yorkshare (Prezi)
Prezi contextualising the videos relating to advanced use of Yorkshare’s Content Items
Prezi contextualising the videos relating to Tools and Control Panels

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.

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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