‘TEL’ Me More 2020

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On 24th March, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting their annual ‘TEL’ Me More seminar. Colleagues from across the University will be showcasing their own innovative uses of technology as part of their Learning and Teaching.

The event is a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues from different areas of academia, share great ideas and learn some new skills. You do not need to be a techie to attend; an interest in new approaches to Teaching and learning is all that’s required.

The event runs from 11:00 – 14:00, with a free lunch and refreshments provided.

The full programme will follow but, if you don’t want to miss out, sign up via the Staff Development Workshops page.

Last year’s ‘TEL’ Me More event was the most successful so far. The TEL Unit hope that 2020 will be even better yet!

Beat the floods with Collaborate

It’s a bit wet out, isn’t it? Half the roads have been closed, the rest blocked with traffic jams and the Hive has had its own moat replete with a paddling (the collective noun – thank you Google) of ducks. Heavy rain again today may bring further disruption as the river levels rise once more.

Amid this chaos, staff across the university have been making use of Collaborate Virtual Classroom to deliver lectures and tutorials when they and/or their students are unable to make it onto campus. Collaborate can also be used to attend meetings when your physical presence is not possible.

Due to the floods, I used Collaborate to host an approval event. Seven colleagues in four different venues accessed Collaborate and we were all very impressed with the connectivity, video and sound quality. Much better than other alternatives that I have used in the past.”

Catriona Robinson, College Director Learning, Teaching and Quality

Collaborate is a plugin on Blackboard and can be found in the left-hand menu of any module under Virtual Classroom. From here you can schedule a session, send invites to attendees, or use the generic course room for impromptu meetings.

All you need to operate collaborate is a laptop, pc or mobile device, a decent internet connection and, if you are the speaker, some form of microphone and a webcam, if desired. As with all TEL systems, users should ensure that they are accessing Collaborate via either Google Chrome or Firefox. Other browsers will not work.

For more information about using Collaborate, see our detailed guidance about the system.

If you have any questions or require additional suppoprt in using Collaborate, please contact us at TEL@worc.ac.uk.

Upcoming Workshops

Need to sharpen your skills on Blackboard? Maybe you would like to explore the advantages of marking in Turnitin or using Collaborate to facilitate remote learning? Or perhaps you would like to explore the functions of the Retention Centre to monitor student engagement and identify those who may be struggling.

The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit is running a series of workshops to help get you up and running. There will also be a session covering Vevox, the University’s new polling software. The courses on offer are:

  • Vevox – find out how to use the university’s new in-lecture polling system – 04/02/2020, EE1022
  • Camtasia – learn how to create your own video resources – 17/02/2020, EEG023, 10:15-11:45
  • Running an Online Session in Collaborate – explore remote learning using the Collaborate Virtual Classroom – 18/02/2020, online class, 10:00-11:15
  • Setting up and Using Turnitin – find out how to use Turnitin for online assessment and marking – 03/03/2020, EEG031, 10:30-12:00
  • Using Quizzes, Tests and Surveys in Blackboard – learn how to utilise Blackboard’s extensive range of testing tools – 04/03/2020, EEG023, 09:45-11:15
  • Turnitin Peer Assessment – discover the pedagogical advantages of having students review the work of their peers – 18/03/2020, EEG031, 10:00-12:15
  • Designing Accessible Courses – find out how to ensure that your online content is accessible to all students – 25/03/2020, EEG031, 14:00-16:15
  • Tracking Student Engagement in Blackboard – use the retention centre to track how well your students are engaging and to identify problems before they arise – 23/03/2020, EEG023, 14:15-15:45
  • Advanced Turnitin – learn how to use rubrics and quick marks within Turnitin (you will need to be familiar with the basics of Turnitin beforehand) – 06/04/2020, EE1022 09:45-11:15

Please book places via the Staff Development Workshops page.

Downloading Results from the Grade Centre

Today we’re going to talk about one of Blackboard’s best kept secrets, one that can can save you time and effort.

After you have completed marking assignments, rather than typing results up into a spreadsheet, instead you can download the results directly from the grade centre into a spreadsheet or CSV file.

To do this, first go to the grade centre, which can be found under the Course Management settings near the bottom of the left hand menu. Click to expand the sub-menu.

Course Management menu, with Grade Centre sub-menu displayed.

Select Assignments to see Blackboard and Turnitin assignments, Tests to see the results of tests or quizzes, or Full Grade Centre to see both types of results.

Navigating the Grade Centre

You will see a list of students all of the students who are enrolled on the module, with a column for each assignment or test that has been set. Only assignments that have been graded will show a grade.

You may have to use the scroll bar within the grade centre (as opposed to the window’s scroll bar) to navigate further down the list.

Exporting the Grades

On the right hand side of the screen you will see the Work Offline command. Click this and select Download

Grade centre tool bar, with Work Offline highlighted
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You will be given the option to export the full grade centre or specific assignments, which you can do by clicking on the Selected Column dropdown and selecting the assignment you require.

To export as a CSV, choose the Delimiter type Comma, for Excel, choose Tab.

Export Grade Centre options, with the Selected Column option selected
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Your chosen fileds will be downloaded as a spreadsheet or CSV, depending on the delimiter type chosen.

If you have any further queries, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit at TEL@worc.ac.uk

External Examiner Blackboard Access

With the pre-Christmas assessment period over, it will soon be time for your external examiners to moderate work on Blackboard and Turnitin. This can be tricky for examiners, who may be unfamiliar with University of Worcester processes and applications.

The first step is to ensure that examiners have their University of Worcester single sign-on account set up. They will need this to access all university systems.

Once this is in place, external examiners can request access to modules via the Blackboard Access form.

The process for this is:

  1. Navigate to the University of Worcester Staff Portal – the link to this can also be found at the bottom of the University website.
  2. Log in to the portal via the ‘Sign In’ button at the top right of the screen using University of Worcester account username and password.
  3. Click on the relevant Blackboard Access link. Usually displayed are the current year and the previous year. This will take the user to the Blackboard Access form.
  4. Complete the form for each module required. When entering the module code, it is important that there are no spaces before, after or within the code. Under type of access, select ‘External Examiner’.
  5. Access to the modules will be granted within 24 hours.

To access Blackboard:

  1. Navigate to the University of Worcester Staff Portal – the link to this can also be found at the bottom of the University website.
  2. Log in to the portal via the ‘Sign In’ button at the top right of the screen using University of Worcester account username and password.
  3. Under Applications, click the Blackboard 9.1 link.

Accessing Assessments

Once in the system, and the Access Request forms have been processed, External Examiners will see the modules they need to mark under My Courses (highlighted in yellow below) Clicking on the module name will open the course.

An image of the Blackboard home page

Accessing the students’ work for marking/moderation depends on the system the assignment is using. The course tutor can verify this if required.

The finer points of how marking/moderation is to take place should be agreed at a course level.

Turnitin

Turnitin is the most commonly used system for assessment and is the best system for text based assignments such as essays, reports and presentations.

Within the course, unless stated otherwise, Turnitin points can be found under ‘Assessments’. The External Examiner will click into the assessment that they are moderating. This will open the Assignment Inbox. Clicking on one of these documents will open students’ work.

For further information, see our sections of the Turnitin Workflow that cover finding assignments and online grading and feedback.

Blackboard

Blackboard Assignments are used for portfolios and non-text based work.

To moderate Blackboard assignments, External Examiners will need to enter via the grade centre and navigate to the correct assignment. Some guidance from the course tutor may be required for this.

See our guide on Grading and Feedback for further information – please be aware that this guidance is intended for tutors.

Vevox Voting System – Pilot Users Wanted!

Next semester we at the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be piloting a new voting system and we are looking for volunteers to try this out and provide feedback to the project team.

The new tool is cloud based and requires students to respond from their own devices. Full training and support will be provided to academic staff taking part in the pilot and we are currently looking for expressions of interest.

If you would like to be one of our pilot users please complete the form here and we’ll be in touch in the new year with more details.

Please note that the pilot scheme has now closed.

Assessment as Learning using Peer Mark

PeerMark is a peer review assignment tool within Turnitin which allows students to read, review, and evaluate papers submitted by their classmates. Incorporating assessment into the learning process itself has many pedagogical benefits and uses. Reviewing the work of their peers can broaden students’ understanding and enhance analytical critique. Students could even review a sample essay in order enhance their learning. Peer mark may also reduce anxiety around assessments.

The TEL Unit are offering a workshop around PeerMark on the 10th January from 10:00 – 12:15 in EE1022 . If you are interested in utilising this feature within your own learning and teaching, please book on to the workshop via the ‘Staff Development Workshops’ page.

Bespoke Training

At the Technology Enhanced Learning unit we run a range of training workshops for academic staff. However, we understand that sometimes you might like to attend but can’t make the particular time on offer. Sometimes you might need some training on an area not covered in our workshops.

If either of these apply to you, you are welcome to request one-to-one or small group training from one of our Academic Learning Technologists. This can cover topics from our workshops, or be tailored to your individual requirements. We also can arrange team-based workshops by request.

Systems that we support:

  • Blackboard
  • Turnitin
  • Pebblepad
  • Camtasia
  • Collaborate Virtual Classroom
  • Medial for video assessment

Topics that we can cover:

  • Learning design
  • Mobile and blended learning
  • Online assessment
  • Online accessibility

If you are interested, please email TEL@worc.ac.uk with details of your training needs and we will get back to you.

Autumn Workshops

The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be running a series of workshops throughout the Autumn and into the new year to help staff hone their TEL skills.

As well as many of the old favourites, there will be new courses on offer covering advanced Turnitin functions for more confident users, and using Turnitin for student peer assessment.

The full course details are:

  • Camtasia – 06/11/2019, 14:00 – 15:45, EEG031 PC. Tutor: Pete Thornton
  • Blackboard made simple – 08/11/2019, 09:45 – 11:15, EE1022 PC. Tutor: Pete Thornton
  • Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard – 13/11/2019, 14:15 – 15:45, EE1022 PC. Tutor: Pete Thornton
  • Designing Accessible Blackboard Courses – 22/11/2019, 10:00 – 12:15, EEG031 PC. Tutor: Dave Wager
  • Setting up and Using Turnitin Online Assignments – 28/11/2019, 14:00 – 15:30, EEG031 PC. Tutor: Nisha Sharif
  • Running an Online Session in Collaborate – 05/12/2019, 10:30 – 11:45, online session. Tutor: Nisha Sharif
  • Using Blackboard for Blended and Mobile Learning – 06/12/2019, 10:00 – 12:00, EE2010. Tutor: Libby Symonds
  • Advanced Turnitin – 12/12/2019, 10:45 – 12:15, EEG031 PC. Tutor: Libby Symonds
  • Peer Mark for Turnitin – 10/01/2020, 10:00 – 12:15, EE1022. Tutor: Dave Wager

Please book places via the Staff Development Workshops page.

Join the TEL Ideas Exchange

The TEL Ideas Exchange group brings together colleagues from all schools with an interest in technology enhanced learning to promote and disseminate best practice. After a very successful initial launch by invitation in May, we are are now extending the opportunity to all academic colleagues to participate in the group.

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There is another meeting coming up in November. If you are interested in taking part, please email TEL@worc.ac.uk and we will provide full details.