E-Learning Newsletter – November 2018 Edition

Welcome to the November 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: Essential VLE Maintenance in December
  • PLDT Autumn term Show and Tell: Inclusive Practice in teaching and learning. November 14th, 12.30pm, B/B/103
  • 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
  • Upcoming Webinar: Future Teacher 3.0
  • Recap: PDLT Webinar: Alternatives to Lecture Capture
  • Info: “Submitting Assignments on the Yorkshare VLE” One Page Guide Available for Students
  • Ongoing call for participation: Pedagogy-based Twitter feed, UoY_TEL
  • Training: Development Opportunities and Bespoke Training

Info: Essential VLE Maintenance in December

Due to the more frequent releases of software by Blackboard, which may include fixes for mobile and/or security issues, we may be obliged to undertake essential maintenance during the academic year and therefore need a protected window (two days) when this work can take place, if it is required.

This is likely to be in the week commencing 16th December 2018.

Please could you ensure that teaching, learning and assessment activities requiring use of the VLE are not scheduled for that last week before Christmas, when the VLE may be unavailable to users.

Please do contact us if you foresee a problem with this proposed maintenance window and we will do our best to work with you to find a solution.

PDLT Autumn Show and Tell – Inclusive Practice
14 November, 12.30pm, 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.

Future Teacher 3.0 conference, Piazza Building, 9 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 lecture, lunch and learn
10 Jan 2019, 12.30pm, Venue tba

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

Webinar: Future Teacher 3.0 webinars

The next interactive Future Teacher webinar is on Designing Appropriate Assessments.This is on 30 November 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)
  • Getting Saavy with digital tools and resources

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

Info: “Submitting Assignments on the Yorkshare VLE” One Page Guide Available for Students

We have a “Submitting Assignments on the Yorkshare VLE – One Pager” guide available that covers six key areas students should familiarise themselves with when submitting assignments via the Yorkshare VLE:

  1. Understanding what they need to do in advance (locate their submission point, understand how to prep’ and format their file and understand how to use a submission point)
  2. Understanding what equipment they should use to submit (Use Chrome or Firefox on a Windows or Mac computer, avoid using mobile devices and other browsers)
    1. Note: This year’s Guide to Assessment specifically refers to the equipment students should use to submit – See section 13.3e
  3. A reminder to allow plenty of time to submit (at least 30 minutes)
  4. A reminder to check the file they’ve submitted (it’s the right version, is legible)
  5. FAQs around subjects such as “how late is late?” (very popular…)
  6. Where to go for further help.

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

This document is available to students on their “Help & Support” tab within the VLE, and is also linked to an animated banner which is currently displaying at the top of all student’s VLE homepages:

Feel free to also disseminate this guide yourselves however you choose, particularly during high assessment periods.

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

PDLT Webinar Recap – Alternatives to Lecture Capture

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, The Programme Design and Learning Technology Team’s October Webinar explored how staff can create alternative, equivalent resources for their students.

You can view a copy of the recording by visiting our E-Learning Blog.

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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