E-Learning Newsletter – October 2018 Edition

Welcome to the October 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: University Policy for the Recording of Lectures
  • Info: Important Note Regarding VLE Site Readiness
  • Info: “Getting Started with the Yorkshare VLE” One Page Student Guide
  • Upcoming Webinar: Alternatives to Lecture Capture – Online, Wed 31 October, 12:15
  • Upcoming Webinar: Future Teacher 3.0, Thur 25 October, 1pm
  • PLDT Autumn term Show and Tell: Inclusive Practice in teaching and learning. November 14th, 12.30pm, B/B/103
  • Blog Post: Celebrating CMALT Success / New CMALT Cohort
  • Save the date: Future Teacher 3.0 conference, Piazza Building, 9 January 2019
  • Save the date: TurningPoint Responseware lecture: Dr Fabio Arico, 10 January 2019
  • Ongoing call for participation: Pedagogy-based Twitter feed, UoY_TEL
  • Training: Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

Info: University Policy on the recording of Lectures

A university-wide policy for the recording of lectures was approved by University Senate on July 10th, and has come into effect for the start of the 2018-19 Academic Year.

In brief, the policy stipulates that:

  • Where a timetabled ‘Lecture’ occurs within a supported room (List for 2018-19, Google Sheet), it is expected that an automatic recording will be scheduled.
  • Recordings should be published to students studying on the module within a maximum of 3 working days. Departments or individuals may choose to adopt a more immediate release model within this time-frame.
  • Departments must outline their recording itinerary to timetabling@york.ac.uk prior to the start of teaching.
  • Each Department will determine which teaching encounters are not pedagogically suitable for recording (guided by the criteria set out in the lecture capture policy document), and will communicate their recording itinerary to students via a brief statement. This statement should, as appropriate, include a rationale for when particular activities will not be scheduled for recording, outlining what equivalent alternative learning resources will be made available to them.
  • In cases where approval is given for a teaching encounter not to be recorded, the intended presenter or module convenor should provide an alternative and equivalent learning resource.

Departments have been provided with guidance on how they may communicate their recording and publishing itinerary to the relevant service teams.

Whilst the consultation period for the policy has now ended, it will be subject to a yearly review. Any questions about the implementation of the policy may be directed to  vle-support@york.ac.uk

Info: Important note Regarding VLE Site Readiness

We have a “Getting Started with Yorkshare VLE for Students – One Pager” guide available that covers four key things students should know to get started with using Yorkshare VLE:

  • Which web browsers to use for the best VLE experience
  • How to spot when you’ve been automatically logged out due to inactivity
  • What to do if you cannot see the sites you expect on your VLE homepage
  • Where to go to find further VLE help.

These areas cover the main queries that our team receive from students.

This document is available to students on their “Help & Support” tab within the VLE, and we will be advertising it via a banner/box on student VLE homepages throughout Autumn term. Feel free to also disseminate it yourselves however you choose, particularly during Autumn term.

If you have any feedback about this one pager please contact amy.eyre@york.ac.uk

Info: “Getting Started with the VLE” One Pager Guide Available for Students

We have a “Getting Started with Yorkshare VLE for Students – One Pager” guide available that covers four key things students should know to get started with using Yorkshare VLE:

  • Which web browsers to use for the best VLE experience
  • How to spot when you’ve been automatically logged out due to inactivity
  • What to do if you cannot see the sites you expect on your VLE homepage
  • Where to go to find further VLE help.

These areas cover the main queries that our team receive from students.

This document is available to students on their “Help & Support” tab within the VLE, and we will be advertising it via a banner/box on student VLE homepages throughout Autumn term. Feel free to also disseminate it yourselves however you choose, particularly during Autumn term.

If you have any feedback about this one pager please contact amy.eyre@york.ac.uk

Webinar: Alternatives to Lecture Capture (Online), Wednesday, October 31, 12:15

Replay is a powerful means of mass-producing recordings of lectures – but there may be instances where this may not be pedagogically suitable or practical.

With regards to the University’s Policy on the Recording of Lectures, and in the spirit of the University’s Inclusive Learning and Teaching Policy, this webinar will explore how staff can create alternative, equivalent resources for their students.

The webinar will firmly situate the guidance within the York context – drawing upon the core technologies that the University supports and case studies from our departments

You may register for this webinar by completing the following Google Form. (UoY Login Required)

See also below the Future Teacher 3.0 Webinars.

Webinar: Future Teacher 3.0 webinars

The next interactive Future Teacher webinar is on Getting savvy with digital tools and resources.This is on 25 October 2018 at 13:00. The sign up form will be available at http://bit.ly/ft30ukpage.  If you’d like to be a guest on the webinar, please do get in touch with lilian.soon@york.ac.uk.

If you’ve not attended a webinar before, please do get in touch with us in PDLT so we can show you how easy it is to take advantage of this, and many other learning opportunities. You can view previously recorded webinars and access the interactive learning resource from the Future Teacher website. Previous sessions have featured various University of York staff and 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
  • Using Social Media in Teaching and Learning (Glenn Hurst, Chemistry)
  • Inclusive Practice (Emily Brunsden, Physics)
  • Working with Rich Media – Images (Sandrine Devlin, LFA)
  • Working with Rich Media – Audio (David Beer, Sociology)
  • Working with Rich Media – Video (features our Replay guides)

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

PDLT Autumn Show and Tell – Inclusive Practice. 14 November, 12:30. B/B/103

What does inclusive practice in teaching and learning look like? How can we minimise barriers and maximise benefits in the way we organise our teaching, create our resources and engage with learners?

Dr Emily Brunsden, Physics and Dr Mark Egan, Management, provide us with some insights into how we can make our teaching practice more accessible to a wide range of learners. Come away with ideas you can implement in your own lectures and seminars.

This is a good opportunity to reflect on any areas you feel you need extra support in. PDLT will follow this up with workshops and a webinar on designing inclusive materials and vle sites.

Register for the event.

Blog Post: Celebrating CMALT Success / New CMALT Cohort

CMALT is a portfolio-based peer-reviewed accreditation, organised by the Association for Learning Technology, for which the University of York is an organisational member. CMALT aims to foster an appreciation of the interplay between learning and technology as well as provide a platform to allow educators and those involved in supporting education to learn from each other and evidence than they have done so.

We are proud to announce that PDLT team member Amy Eyre has now been recognised as an accredited member in the last round of CMALT assessment, and PDLT team lead Richard Walker has also been accredited as one of the first Senior CMALT Pathway holders in the UK.

Interested in learning more about CMALT, or taking part in our next CMALT cohort? Read our latest blog post: Celebrating CMALT Success.

Future Teacher 3.0 Conference, Piazza Building, 9th January 2019

The University is hosting the Future Teacher 3.0 conference in January 2019. Save the date and register for a place. There are limited free places for staff from the University of York.

Featuring themes from the series and speakers who have featured in our online webinars, this is a chance to try out new ideas with guidance and to spend time exploring where you are on your digital journey. Confirmed speakers include Glenn Hurst (Social Media webinar) and David Beer (Rich Media Audio webinar) and our colleagues from Europe who have worked with us throughout the Future Teacher 3.0 project.

TurningPoint ResponseWare Lunch and Learn: 10th January, 2019. 12:30. Venue TBC

Dr Fabio Arico is a Senior Lecturer in Macroeconomics at the University of East Anglia. His recent publication with Simon Lancaster discusses active learning, peer-instruction, flipped learning and self-efficacy through interactions with Responseware.

Whether you’re a long time user of voting tools, or new to its use, Fabio will provide some insight into how you can maximise these tools to build student self-awareness and confidence and help to propel students to achieve their goals.

Register your interest for the event.

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 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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