E-Learning Newsletter – March 2018 Edition

E-Learning Newsletter – March 2018 Edition

Welcome to the March 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:

  • New Release: The York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook (Third Edition) & Related Updates
  • Call for participation: Peer observation programme. (By March 5th)
  • Upcoming Webinar: ELDT Lunchtime Webinar: Creating inclusive learning and teaching environments. Online. 21 March, 12.15pm
  • Upcoming Webinar: Using Social Media, Future Teacher Talk, Fri, March 23, 13:00 (Online)
  • Call for Proposals: ALT-C 2018 (By March 8th)
  • Webinar Recap: Using Social Media to Augment Teaching.
  • Ongoing call for participation: Pedagogy-based Twitter feed, UoY_TEL
  • Training: Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

The York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook (Third Edition) & Related Updates

We have recently been working on increasing and improving the content across our WordPress site, as well as implementing clearer navigation menus between areas.

As a result of this work we’re pleased to announce the release of the third edition of our York TEL Handbook, along with a number of other changes.

Learn More: Blog Post – York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook Third Edition & Related Updates

Call for Participation: Peer Observation Programme

The Distance Learning Forum has issued a call for participants for this year’s peer observation programme for distance learning tutors.

The programme supports the professional development of online tutors and their skills development, with participants owning the observation process and outcomes. There is an opportunity either to share practice with a University of York tutor, or with a participant from our partner institution the University of Waikato (New Zealand). If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, take a look at the blog post (here) and get in touch with Richard Walker (richard.walker@york.ac.uk) if you have any questions about the programme.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 09:00 on the 7th March, 2018.

ELDT Lunchtime Webinar: Creating inclusive learning and teaching environments. Online. 21 March, 12.15pm

Inclusive Teaching or Universal Design for Learning (UDL) encourages us to think about educational practice so that a greater diversity of students is included in higher education, including disabled students. As such, how do we create an engaging and inclusive environment to enable effective learning?

In our March lunchtime webinar, Claire Shanks (Disability Officer) provides an inspirational overview of what it means to be ‘inclusive’, with practical insights from lecturers who have embedded inclusive practice into their teaching and learning.

We welcome your examples as well during this webinar and look forward to engaging with you on this topic.

You can register to attend the Webinar by filling out the following Google Form.

Webinar: Future Teacher 3.0 webinars

The next interactive Future Teacher webinar is also on the topic of social media:

Sign up for ‘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.

Webinar Recap: Using Social Media to Augment Teaching

On Wednesday 21 February, the subject of our ELDT Lunchtime Webinar was ‘Augmenting Teaching with Social Media‘. The session was presented by Guest Speaker Dr. Glenn Hurst from the Department of Chemistry, who has recently been commended by JISC for his incorporation of Social Media into his teaching.

During the course of the Webinar, Glenn discussed several approaches to augmenting contact hours with social media, facilitated both by himself and colleagues within the Department of Chemistry. These include the use of Snapchat to enhance induction activities, Twitter to extend the conversation beyond the physical classroom, and Youtube

You can read more, and watch the recording on our E-Learning Blog. [Web Link]

Call for Proposals: ALT-C 2018

The window for submissions for workshops or presentations at ALT-C 2018 is now open with a deadline of 8th March 2018. The annual conference for the Association for Learning Technology will take place between 11 – 13 September 2018 in Manchester. Registration will open in the Spring.

The themes for the conference are as follows: (From the ALT Website)

  • Participation through Learning Technology: including how to use technology to work in partnership with learners, how to create engagement and built informed consent, critical digital literacy, accessibility and equity;
  • Collaboration for Learning Technology: such as working together on projects, scaling up innovation, the role of staff empowerment and leadership, collaboration or across institutions and countries, how learning technology can enhance (a)synchronous collaboration;
  • Critical perspectives in Learning Technology: critical, historical and political perspectives, research and analysis that question the purpose or impact of technology used for learning, teaching or assessment; learner driven education;
  • Openness and Learning Technology: for example open education practice, resources, policy for openness in education, open data and open governance;
  • Wildcard: if your work doesn’t relate directly to any of the conference themes, then we encourage you to select the wildcard theme when submitting your learning technology research, practice or policy work from any sector including Further Education, schools, vocational learning and training, lifelong learning and work-based learning.

You can read more on the ALT’s official website. [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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