TEL Workshops, Semester Two

S2 staff-training

You can sign up for any of the following workshops from the Staff Development Booking pages, here. 

Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, gauge understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

30/01/18 – 10.15-11.45

 

Using Turnitin for Formative Assessment

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, gauge understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

13/02/2018 – 10.15-11.45

 

Blackboard made simple

This workshop will cover the basics of using the Blackboard system from requesting access to modules to changing the basic template and uploading content in various forms. It will also provide participants with advice on effective design to support student learning. Aimed at users who are new to the system or who need a refresher.

22/02/2018 – 10.15-11.45

 

Collaborate Virtual Classroom

Blackboard Collaborate is an online virtual classroom/meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents and view presentations as well as other features. This session will cover the basic functionality, options for setting up your own sessions and guidance on best practice.

06/03/2018 – 10:15-11:45

 

Running an Online session in Collaborate

The best way to get to know a new tool is by using it, so this session will be delivered online using the Collaborate virtual classroom. Guidance on best practice will be discussed and participants will be able to experience the interactive features this tool has to offer. There will also be a chance for discussion and questions

14/03/2018 – 10.15-11.15

 

Camtasia

Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screencasts and interactive learning objects. This tool is easy to use and can produce really professional looking materials which you can make available to your students through the VLE and can support a flipped classroom type approach to teaching and learning. This workshop will cover the basics of using Camtasia and provide hands on practice in the use of the software.

27/03/2018 – 10:15-11:45

 

Managing online group work in Blackboard

The group tool in Blackboard provides a powerful way of setting up and managing group work within the VLE. This workshop will work through the various options for creating online groups and their individual merits and look at the different tools and options that can be assigned to groups. Participant will be engaged both as group members to experience the student view and also as tutors setting up and organising their own groups to gain an all-round appreciation of the group function.

11/04/2018 – 10:15-11:45

 

 

 

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Staff Workshop: Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard Site looking?

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Almost all modules are now making use of Blackboard in some way however, we want to encourage teaching staff to think about their Blackboard sites and consider ways that they might provide a better learning experience for their students.

With this in mind we have designed a self-audit tool which staff can use to appraise their own use of Blackboard in line with the baseline standards, and we have used the bronze, silver and gold categories to mirror the TEF.

This workshop will take you through the levels of Blackboard usage with reference to research that has been undertaken with students to highlight their needs. Participants will then have the opportunity to review one of their modules and make revisions in line with the new standards.

If you have any questions, please email the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit at eos@worc.ac.uk 

Wednesday 15th November 2017
10.15 -11.45am
Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page

TEL Workshops 2017/18

Semester One Workshops

Staff-Training

You can sign up for any of the following workshops from the Staff Development Booking pages here. 

Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, gauge understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

25/10/17 – 14.15-15.45 – EE1022

Collaborate Virtual Classroom

Description: Blackboard Collaborate is an online virtual classroom/meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents and view presentations as well as other features. This session facilitated by Gillian Fielding from Blackboard will include an overview of the product, a number of use cases and examples from other Universities including a range of teaching, learning and assessment examples, as well a host of other non-teaching uses.

30/10/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG031

PebblePad Portfolio

Description: This session will provide participants with the knowledge to construct their own portfolio of evidence using the PebblePad software. It will also include discussion on how this can be used for learning and teaching.

07/11/2017 – 09:45-11:15 – EEG023

Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard Site looking?

Description: Almost all modules are now making use of Blackboard in some way however we want to encourage teaching staff to think about their Blackboard sites and consider ways that they might provide a better learning experience for their students. With this in mind we have designed a self-audit tool which staff can use to appraise their own use of Blackboard in line with the baseline standards, and we have used the bronze, silver and gold categories to mirror the TEF. This workshop will take you through the levels of Blackboard usage with reference to research that’s been undertaken with students to highlight their needs. Participants will then have the opportunity to review one of their modules and make revisions in line with the new standards.

15/11/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG023

Blackboard made simple

Description: This workshop will cover the basics of using the Blackboard system from requesting access to modules to changing the basic template and uploading content in various forms. It will also provide participants with advice on effective design to support student learning. Aimed at users who are new to the system or who need a refresher.

21/11/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG023

Camtasia

Description: Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screencasts and interactive learning objects. This tool is easy to use and can produce really professional looking materials which you can make available to your students through the VLE and can support a flipped classroom type approach to teaching and learning. This workshop will cover the basics of using Camtasia and provide hands on practice in the use of the software.

05/12/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG023

Tracking Student Engagement in Blackboard

Description: Student engagement and progression is key to their success and the retention centre and performance dashboard are tools in Blackboard which can help you monitor your students’ activity within your Blackboard. In this workshop we will look at setting up rules for reporting lack of engagement and/or achievement and discuss strategies for re-engaging students and promoting active learning.

04/12/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG023

Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard Site looking?

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Baseline standards for VLE use were introduced in September 2015 and an audit of modules from the 2016/17 academic year has found that 94% of modules now have a tutor enrolled indicating a minimum level of engagement with the VLE. An increase of 2% from last year.

A further spot check of 50 random courses found that the vast majority were complying with baseline standard requirements with many exceeding the minimum and providing online learning resources and activities which were engaging and attractive and clearly enhanced the students’ learning experience.

With this high level of engagement, we wanted to encourage teaching staff to think about their Blackboard sites and  consider ways that they might provide a better learning experience for their students.

With this in mind we have designed a self-audit tool which staff can use to appraise their own use of Blackboard in line with the baseline standards, and we have used the bronze, silver and gold categories to mirror the TEF.

You can access the Blackboard Module Self Audit here but if you would like us to come and talk to your course team and provide some examples of “gold” standard sites we would be happy to attend a team meeting or provide a bespoke workshop. Please contact eos@worc.ac.uk to arrange.

Blackboard Auto-Collapsing Menu

After a recent upgrade in Blackboard, you may have noticed a few changes. One of these updates includes an auto-collapse function to the course menu, on the left hand side of your page. This was part of Blackboards update to make the application more responsive so that the information sits better on your screens.

So if you have misplaced your course menu, no problem! Here’s how you can access it:

 

Introduction to Blackboard 2017

As a result of feedback gathered from students during a recent SAP Project, the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit has created a video guide to Blackboard.

Take a look at the video below which introduces students to the newly updated Blackboard environment.

Please feel free to share this will your colleagues and students during Induction Week.

Blackboard for Semester 1

Blackboard logo

Blackboard modules starting in Semester 1 2017 have now been available for some time ready for you to start populating with resources and activities for new and returning students.

With effect from 1st September, Blackboard access will become available to students as they register for the new academic year so when they log in they will be able to see any modules that they have registered for and access anything that has been added. By default this will be a blank template with a welcome page saying that it’s not currently being used so please take the time to go in and update the welcome message. Your Blackboard site may be your students’ first taste of the module so it’s great opportunity to make a good impression!

If you have copied content over from a previous year please check that information relating to dates and times has been updated, and that old announcements and other communications have been removed.

We have also given the user interface an update so there is a fresh new look and feel to the system – all the functionality is still the same though so you can continue to use all the tools and features that were previously available.

Guidance on how to meet the baseline standards for VLE use can be found here and students’ top ten tips for designing your Blackboard site can be found here.

If you need any help or advice with getting your Blackboard site ready please contact eos@worc.ac.uk.