York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook Third Edition & Related Updates

York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook

We have recently been working on increasing and improving the content across this site, as well as implementing clearer navigation menus between areas. This page summarises the changes that we have made, to:

Feedback is welcomed, you can email us comments at vle-support@york.ac.uk or complete our feedback form (specifically for the TEL Handbook). We also encourage you to share your experiences and questions on the use of learning technologies – Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #YorkTELchat.

Updates: York TEL Handbook

We are pleased to announce the Third Edition of the York Technology-Enhanced Learning Handbook is available online now:

Standalone PDF versions of the Handbook are also linked on the first page of each section.

The Handbook is designed for academic staff looking to develop their practice in the use of learning technologies to engage students and propel learning. It can be used by both new and experienced lecturers looking to understand basic principles in how to create learning resources, make content available to students in a structured and inclusive way, and communicate effectively online.

Throughout there are clear examples, pedagogical explanation and links to guides to extend your practice further in the design and implementation of individual and collaborative online learning activities. The developmental approach to the Handbook will help you go beyond the baseline to create innovative active learning experiences, aligned to learning outcomes.

Specific details of all changes can be found further down this page: Specific Update Details.

Updates: Key Areas

As a team we have a number of strategic projects that we lead or are heavily involved with. In addition to our pedagogically-driven advice on the use of technologies to support learning, teaching and assessment, we have a number of additional Key Areas of work: e-assignment, e-portfolios, lecture capture, mobile learning, in-class polling, supporting student project work, the Yorkshare VLE, VLE Exam and webinars.

Pages detailing our responsibilities in these key areas -along with technical resources and guidance- can be accessed via our Key Areas homepage, which sits alongside (and complements) the York TEL Handbook portion of this site.

In this update we have added new content to the following Key Areas: Electronic Voting Systems, Mobile Learning, Supporting Student Project Work and Webinars.

Specific details of all changes can be found further down this page: Specific Update Details.

Updates: Case Studies

As a team we collect and publish TEL-related case studies, demonstrating and reflecting on practice here at the University of York. You can access our case studies homepage by clicking on “case studies” in the horizontal menu that runs across the top of every page on this site, or by following a direct link: Case Studies Homepage.

In this update we have added the following three new case studies to the site:

  1. Engaging Big Cohorts in Large Learning Spaces with ResponseWare – A module level overview of introducing engagement activities into live lectures.
  2. Crowd-Sourcing Responses using MentiMeter – Using an Electronic Voting System to crowd-source student questions during induction sessions.
  3. Facilitating “hybrid” workshops via webinar – A look at the way that the Education Department used Collaborate Ultra to enable both remote participants and a remote presenter to interact with an on-campus workshop.

Updates: Technical Help & Support

The elearningyork.wordpress.com site is home to a large array of materials, organised into a number of different areas.

  • The York TEL Handbook is primarily a provider of pedagogical materials, rather than button clicking “how to” guides.
  • Our Key Area pages tend to be summaries of our involvement with various projects, but do also link out to a mix of related materials, both pedagogical and “how to”.

To make it easier for both staff and students to quickly locate technical help for our key supported tools (the Yorkshare VLE, Replay lecture capture and Responseware) we have now created a “technical help & support” area on this site. You can access this new area via the horizontal menu that runs across the top of every page, or via this direct link: Technical Help & Support.

This new section is split into help for students and help for staff.

Specific Update Details

TEL Handbook

Section 2. Module site design, structure and layout

  • 2.8 Mobile-friendly sites Updated – our page on how to create Yorkshare VLE module sites for use on mobile devices, now revisited and refreshed. New content added around Padlet.

Section 3. Creating resources

  • 3.6 Reading listsUpdated – Now reflects EARL’s end of life in 2017 and the implementation of its replacement tool, simply known as “Reading Lists”.

Section 4. Embedding online activities within a module

Section 6. Assessment and feedback

Section 7. Evaluation methods

Key Areas

The following Key Areas have been reworked and updated:

Electronic Voting Systems

  • Now updated to include links through to the new TEL Handbook section 4.2.3 and our TurningPoint guidance.

Mobile Learning

  • Now updated to include information on our stance on assessment activity and mobile devices.

Supporting Student Project Work


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