Collaborate Virtual Classroom Survey

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Do you have 5 minutes to spare?
Have you used Collaborate within the past 12 months?
If so, we’d really appreciate it if you could complete our short survey!

We are interested in finding out how the tool has been used over the past year and what sort of impact it may have had. This will help us plan for future support and hopefully develop some specific use cases and success stories.

If you have had a particularly positive (or negative) experience and would like to provide more details in the form of a short case study, that would be fantastic and there is space at the end of the survey to provide this feedback.

The survey can be accessed here: https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/virtual-classroom-follow-up

Thank you!

Learning & Teaching Technology Unit

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Discover your Digital Capabilities!

The University has joined the JISC Digital Discovery pilot together with over 100 other HE and FE institutions to try out a new tool to help staff reflect on their digital capabilities.

It is:

  • A self-administered quiz about professional digital practices (in education)
  • Designed to give useful feedback including ‘next steps’ and links to resources
  • Reflective, informative and developmental

It’s also completely anonymous and purely for your own personal information (although it can provide some high level metadata about skills across the university as a whole). Some sections may be more relevant to certain roles than others so please don’t worry if you find a certain section is not relevant to your role – just answer as best you can.

Take the quiz here: https://jisc.potential.ly

  1. Click on the ‘sign-up’ link just below the ‘Sign in’ box.
  2. This will take you through the sign up process, where you will need to provide your name and email address
  3. You will then need to create your password  (this needs to be at least 8 characters, one capital letter and one number). This is also where you need to use the code dcap17!
  4. Finally you will need to select your institution from the drop down list (note that this is sensitive to any apostrophes in your organisation name) and your department and role before reading the data privacy notice and creating your account.

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Further details about the tool can be found here: https://digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/wp/files/2017/12/Guidance-for-end-users.pdf

Microsoft Forms

formslogoIf you want to carry out a quick survey or poll with your students or with other members of staff you could consider using Microsoft Forms. This is one of the apps that is supplied as part of your One Drive for Business package by the University.

 

 

formsWith Microsoft Forms you can quickly and easily create a poll or survey and see the results available as soon as users respond. You can collaboratively share the poll and results with other staff members and you can deploy the poll via a link in an email or embed the form directly into a Blackboard course or other webpage. Microsoft Forms is fully responsive and works great on both desktop and mobile browsers.

Classroom Voting System – Survey

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As part of our ongoing service evaluation we’re currently reviewing our provision for classroom voting software. If you use, or are interested in using this technology in your teaching could you please take 5 minutes to complete this very quick survey so we can gather some feedback on staff requirements.

Please click here to take the survey

If you have any more detailed feedback about the use of voting tools please feel free to contact us at eos@worc.ac.uk 

PebblePad Update

PebblePad have been working away on numerous improvements to the system, which will be rolled out during an update over the next couple of weeks.

One of the updates with be the new, improved editor. The formatting bar will appear towards the top of the page and will always be visible when editing a text block. It will also provide better copy and paste function and more fonts.

See our example of the new editor here:

Please share this video with any of your students that are using PebblePad.

The update will also include banner improvements, clear indication of submitted assets and accessibility enhancements.

Full details of the update can be found here: PebblePad 1801 Update

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