We’ve Moved!

Following our recent office move to WB073, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit (formerly LTTU) is delighted to launch our new website.

There have been a number of developments in the field of TEL over the past few years, to reflect these changes and provide a more relevant identity for the team we have completely updated our web pages and changed our name to the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit (aka, TEL Unit).

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Please visit our website www.uwtel.co.uk to find information about the team, the services we offer and our current projects.

Here you’ll be able to access current information around the University’s technologies that we support in your learning and teaching practice, such as Blackboard, PebblePad and Turnitin.

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The website is still a work in progress so any comments or feedback would be welcome – please note our new email address – tel@worc.ac.uk

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Upcoming Staff Workshops from the TEL Unit

workshop-1605988_1920We now have a series of technology enhanced workshops available over the next few months. For further details and to book your place, head over to the staff development workshops page.


Camtasia

Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screen casts 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.

Managing online group work in Blackboard

The group’s 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.

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.

Setting up Turnitin for Assessment

This workshop will cover setting up Turnitin assignments for summative submission, marking and feedback.

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.


If you have any questions about any of these workshops, please contact us by emailing TEL@worc.ac.uk

ALT West Midlands regional group meeting

Booking is now open for the ALT West Midlands regional group meeting at the Aston University on Tuesday 16th of October.

The meeting will be held at Aston University and hosted by Adam Warren (Teaching Fellow in Technology Enhanced Learning).

The topic of this meeting is: Working Together to Design Modules.

This meeting will be an opportunity to share and discuss the processes that we use to engage with academic staff when helping them design modules and activities that make good use of learning technologies. What works well in your institution? What have you tried that was not successful? The format will be a series of short 10-minute presentations followed by round-table discussions under Chatham House rules, allowing us to dig into some of the challenges and hopefully find some innovative solutions. There will also be a longer activity based on the ABC Learning Design method developed by UCL and now extensively used at Aston.

Registration is free, but places are limited, so dont miss this opportunity.

We invite you to contribute by proposing a presentation, discussion or other activity of your choice to engage participants on this topic. To register your interest in giving a session, get in touch with John (johncouperthwaite@gmail.com) or Libby Symonds e.symonds@worc.ac.uk). Please provide a title, a very short description, and outline whether the session would be a presentation (5 or 10mins), activity, or discussion.

Electronic Marking and Feedback Session

A number of courses are now using Turnitin  through the Blackboard VLE for end to end submission, marking and feedback for student assignments and following a well attended briefing session held in July, we are repeating the session for colleagues who are interesting in finding out more.

This session will provide an overview of the University project to implement end-to-end electronic management of assessment through the Blackboard VLE and  Dr Helen Scott, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who has been successfully using this system for the past two years will provide input from the academic perspective.

Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any issues they may have.

 

Support for Technology Enhanced Learning

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The LTTU – team that support the use of Blackboard, PebblePad, Turnitin and other technologies for Learning and Teaching have moved office and can now be found in Woodbury 73.

We’ve also changed our name to the TEL Unit to reflect the terminology that’s commonly used in this field and our email address is now tel@worc.ac.uk.

Other changes in the pipeline are a new website and new staff development opportunities both online and face to face so watch this space for further details.

Removal of Blackboard Organisations

Important Changes to Blackboard Organisations

Blackboard Organisations behave like courses and contain tools that enable members to communicate efficiently. You can post information, have discussions, and share documents. Organisations are an ideal place to connect with other users with whom you share interests or extra-curricular activities.

Following the changes in data protection law, the LTTU are revising the way in orgswhich Organisations are set up and administrated in Blackboard and as part of this we are conducting some housekeeping to remove old, unused organisation sites.

If you currently have a Blackboard organisation that you are still using, please let us know by Monday 9th July, otherwise these will be all be removed after that date.

Modules for course delivery are automatically created through the integration with the Student Records System, however Organisations need to be set up manually and participants enrolled as a separate process. As Blackboard is primarily a system for learning and teaching, from now onward we will only be setting up organisation areas for the following purposes:

  • Course/programme wide sites
  • Research projects
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Community engagement

Blackboard should not be used purely for document sharing as the University system for this purpose is Microsoft One-Drive which is supported by ICT. If you have a Blackboard site currently used for this purpose please ensure you back up any documents you wish to keep before Monday July 9th 2018.

Please notify us of any organisations you with to keep by emailing us at eos@worc.ac.uk

TEL Summer Workshops

Technology Enhanced Learning Summer Workshops now available!

A range of summer workshops from the Learning and Teaching Technology unit are now available to book via the Staff Development Workshops page, here.

Setting up Turnitin for Assessment

This workshop will cover setting up Turnitin assignments for summative submission, marking and feedback.

25/06/18, 10.00 – 11.30am, St Johns Campus

 

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.

04/07/18, 9.45 – 11.15am, St Johns Campus

 

Electronic marking, what’s in it for you?

This session will provide an overview of the University project to implement end-to-end electronic management of assessment through the Blackboard VLE. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any issues they may have.

04/07/18, 11.30 – 12.30pm, St Johns Campus

 

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.

05/07/18, 10.15 – 11.45am, St Johns Campus

 

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, guage 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.

10/07/18, 9.45 – 11.15am, St Johns Campus

 

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.

17/07/18, 9.45 – 11.15am, St Johns Campus

If you would like any bespoke training for you or your team over the summer, please email eos@worc.ac.uk