Collaborate Gallery View

Gallery view in Collaborate is now live! From April 2021 if you are the Moderator of a Collaborate session, you can make use of the new Gallery view, which enables you to see up to 25 participant videos on screen.

Click on the View icon in the top right of the screen to switch between views.

Collaborate view menu

Blackboard will extend Gallery view to all participants later in the year.

Find out more from this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2050HbWeBs&t=96s

Collaborate Recordings

Text from Judith Keene’s all staff email dated Monday 15th March 2021

The past twelve months have seen a massive surge in uptake of all of our learning platforms and the way in which staff have engaged with adapting to teaching online has been incredible.

We are now in a position where usage of our platforms is beginning to exceed our allocated quota from suppliers and, whilst we are keen for people to continue to use these technologies, there is a cost and management implication which we need to be mindful of.

With that in mind we are planning on removing all Collaborate recordings from the previous academic year. If you have any recordings you would like to keep please download them from your Collaborate area by 31st March and upload them to Panopto where they will have the added benefit of being automatically captioned. Please see our step-by-step guidance on how to do this. Any recordings made prior to 1st September 2020 will be removed from the system on 1st April. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact tel@worc.ac.uk

We also have some suggestions for best practice to help make the best use of Collaborate:

  • Only record sessions which will need to be accessed again.
  • When recording a long session, stop the recording during breaks or activities offline or in breakout groups.
  • If running a session with little or no interactivity consider using the Panopto webcast feature.
  • Delete any old recordings which are no longer required (statistics show that the vast majority of recordings are only accessed within 30 days of the original event)

Please also refer to our recent blog post about managing files and videos within your Blackboard course.

TEL Training Survey – Closing Soon

The TEL Training Survey will be closing on Friday 5th March, so there is just one week left to respond, if you have not done so already  (and we would be incredibly grateful if you did!)

We at Technology Enhanced Learning unit have been extremely busy this year and have run many workshops and training sessions to help staff get to grips with the technology they need to use to deliver teaching online.

We would like to evaluate the impact of this training by asking staff who’ve participated in our training offering to answer a few questions to help develop our programme of workshops for the future.

Please follow the link below to complete a short survey which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/tel-training-evaluation-and-impact

Video hosting in Blackboard

With the move to online teaching this year, many staff have uploaded video resources to Blackboard to support their learning and teaching. Although this is a good idea – videos can be an invaluable learning resource – the video files do quickly consume the available data quota assigned to each module. Often one video will equal a quarter of the total quota.

A far better solution is to host videos via Panopto. This system was launched at the University in September and is available on all Blackboard modules and organisations. As well as video hosting, Panopto can be used for lecture capture, creation of video learning resources and the submission of video and presentation-based assignments.

Find out more about Panopto on our Panopto page .

When you move recordings to Panopto, you will also need to remove existing videos from your modules in order to free up space for other resources. Be sure to remove videos from both the content areas in which they are deployed and the files area, which is where they are stored.

For more information about file management and optimal usage of Blackboard data quotas, please see our earlier blog post Finding your feet with files.

For more information about the topics discussed in this blog post, please email us at tel@worc.ac.uk

TEL Workshops and Facilitated Discussions

Between now and the end of March, we will be running a series of online workshops to help staff get to grips with a range of learning technologies.  In addition to our familiar sessions, we will also be running five facilitated discussions covering topics such as moving tuition online, student engagement and best practice using PebblePad. Staff will have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn new approaches from colleagues, guided by members of the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit.

 

Blackboard Made Simple  25th January, 10.15 – 11.15 
Collaborate Virtual Classroom  27th January, 10:15  11:15am 
Using Tests and Surveys in Blackboard  3rd February, 10.15 – 11.30 
Blackboard Accessibility and Ally  5th February, 10.15  11.30 
Facilitated discussion – moving to online teaching: what works?  8th February, 11.15  12.15 
Camtasia  10th February, 10.15 – 11.30 
Using Blackboard for Blended and Mobile Learning  12th February, 10.15  11.30 
Recording from your Desktop using Panopto  17th February, 10.15  11.30 
Vevox Polling Software  19th February, 10.15  1130 
Facilitated discussion: Good practice with PebblePad  3rd March, 10.15  11.30 
Assessing student presentations online using Collaborate and Panopto  11th March, 10.15  11.30 
Facilitated discussion: approaches to online assessment 17th March, 10.15  11.15 
Facilitated discussion: recording teaching sessions tips and tricks  25th March, 10.15  11.15 

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please sign up via the Staff Development Workshops pages on the staff portal.

Blackboard Made Simple Workshop

Calling all new staff!

On Monday 25th at 10:15 am, we will be running our Blackboard Made Simple workshop. This session 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.

Please recommend this workshop to any colleagues who are new to the University.

Anyone who is interested in attending this online workshop can sign up via the Staff Development Workshop pages.

TEL Training Survey

TEL Training Survey

We at Technology Enhanced Learning unit have been extremely busy this year and have run many workshops and training sessions to help staff get to grips with the technology they need to use to deliver teaching online.

We would like to evaluate the impact of this training by asking staff who’ve participated in our training offering to answer a few questions to help develop our programme of workshops for the future.

Please follow the link below to complete a short survey which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/tel-training-evaluation-and-impact

Happy 2021!

The team at the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to working with you in the new semester. 2020 was certainly a challenge for us all, in a number of ways. Hopefully 2021 will bring positive changes.

We also have some exciting news to share. We have recruited a new Academic Learning Technologist to help meet the growing need for online learning resources. Louise Davies joined the team just before Christmas and will eventually focus on developing PebblePad workbooks and delivering training.

Academic Learning Technologist Louise Davies

Louise has a wide range of experience in e-learning having worked as a Learning Technologist at Newman University and at HOW College. She has also worked in the commercial sector as an e-Learning Developer and more recently as a Learning and Development specialist at NFU Mutual.

We would like to welcome Louise to the University and to the TEL Unit, and look forward to reaping the benefits of her considerable experience.

Tel Me More – Panopto for Beginners

On Wednesday 16th December, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting our annual ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar. We have been providing more information about the topics that will be covered – see links to the other topics at the bottom of this post.

The final presentation is from Bill Davies, Head of the School of Law, covering the use of Panopto for recording and sharing lectures and other video content.

Panopto for beginners – by a beginner

Bill Davies

This presentation is designed to share experiences of the use of Panopto to support blended learning in Law over the last 3 months.  The session will compare the relative advantages of Panopto with Collaborate and other systems of electronic delivery and discuss experiences of using them simultaneously.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can sign up to attend TEL Me More via the Staff Development Workshops pages. There are now very few spaces available.

You can see details of the other presentations at TEL Me more on the previous posts in this series: