TEL Workshops for Semester 1

We’ve had a very busy summer so far, with all of our workshops being fully subscribed. Don’t worry if you missed out though as we’re planning plenty more training opportunities from September and beyond.

We know that many of you are starting to think about how you will be delivering your learning and teaching next year and might be wondering what you can use to support your blended and online elements.

With that in mind we’ve put together a programme of workshops that cover various tools which can help support online learning and teaching and, whilst the focus of the workshops will be on using a particular technology, we will of course include use cases and scenarios of where this will be useful, and provide examples of good practice.

All the workshops will be delivered online and you can sign up for them from the staff development booking page.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s available, and when:

  • 3/9/20 10.15 -11.30, Blackboard made simple
    This workshop is ideal for those of you wo are new to Blackboard, or who may need a refresher.
  • 8/9/20, 10.00 – 11.00, Vevox online polling
    Vevox is our new online voting tool and can be used in conjunction with Collaborate to engage your students in polling and online question and answer sessions.
  • 9/9/20 and 23/9/20, 10.00 -11.00, Collaborate
    Collaborate has become the go-to technology for delivering live online sessions. If you’ve not yet tried it or would like to build a bit more confidence this session is for you.
  • 15/9/20 and 24/9/20, NEW – Recording from your desktop using Panopto
    Panopto is our new video platform which allows you to record presentations from your desktop and make them available to your students via Blackboard.
  • 16/9/20, 10.15 -11.15, Accessibility and Ally
    The new accessibility guidelines come into force in September and Ally is now available in all Blackboard modules for staff and students. This session will show you how you can use it to improve the accessibility of your module.
  • 22/9/20, 10.15-11.30, Using tests, quizzes and surveys on Blackboard
    Quizzes are a great way to engage students and can provide formative feedback on their learning. This session will show you how to set up and deliver quizzes and surveys within your module.
  • 30/9/20 10.00 -11.00, Assessing student presentations online using Collaborate and Panopto
    Assessing student presentation online presents a number of challenges and opportunities. This workshop will look at the options available and discuss the practicalities of assessing student presentations in an online environment.
  • 01/10/20, 10.15-11.30, Camtasia
    Camtasia is a great tool for creating learning resources for your students which can be interactive and engaging, and accessed at a time convenient to the student
  • 7/10/20, 10.00 -11.00, Tracking student engagement in Blackboard
    Retention and engagement is even more critical when students are working remotely. This session will show you how you can use the tools within Blackboard to check how your students are engaging with the module.
  • 8/10/20, 10.15-11.15, Blended Mobile and Flipped learning
    This session will look at how to make best use of Blackboard to facilitate flipped and blended learning. It will also consider how to comply with the new accessibility guidelines which come into force in September 2019. There will also be a discussion regarding how best to structure your Blackboard module to make it compatible with the increasing use of mobile devices by students.

We also now have a fully online, interactive training package for Turnitin which is hosted on LearnUpon. Just login via the staff homepage and work through the package – it should take no more than an hour and covers everything you need to know about using Turnitin for assignment submission, marking and feedback.

If you have any queries, please email tel@worc.ac.uk

Organise Blackboard Modules by Term

Having all of your modules in one long list can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Thankfully, it is now possible to organise your modules on Blackboard by term!

This is very simple to do:

  1. Click the cog icon above My Courses
  2. Under ‘Terms’ click ‘Group by Term’
  3. Click Submit

This will then organise all of your modules into a collapsible list for each period.

Here’s an animation we have prepared to demonstrate this (click to view):

Gif showing how to change to Terms view

Many thanks to Mark Jones for facilitating this.

Using Collaborate for Remote Working

You will be aware of the Covid-19 situation and as a result you may be considering moving some of your learning and teaching online. To support this, you may be looking at using Blackboard Collaborate. The TEL Unit have compiled this guide for your use and consideration.

What is Collaborate?

Blackboard course menuEach Blackboard module is pre-populated with the Collaborate Virtual Classroom tool. This appears as a link in the standard menu which is hidden by default. To activate this just click on the dropdown link at the side of the name and select “Show link”. This is now visible to your students and ready to use.

 

 

Collaborate enables you to share your slides and/or screen and communicate with your students using audio, video or a chat panel. Students can ask questions using the “hand raise” button.

 

Requirements for using Collaborate

  • A good Internet Connection
  • Laptop with built in mic/webcam, or a USB headset (if using a desktop PC), such as the Microsoft LiveChat LX – 3000
  • A recent version of either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox Browser

 Support

The TEL Team are scheduling additional workshops in order to meet demand. These can be found on the Staff Development Workshops web page and a place can be reserved via the booking system.

Additional Support Resources:

Collaborate Help Pages in University Blackboard Manual: https://lttu.uk/support/Blackboard/Manual/virtual-classroom.html

Blackboard’s own “Getting Started with Collaborate” video: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Get_Started

In-Situ help via the burger menu on the top left hand side of your Collaborate Classroom Panel where you can report an issue directly with Blackboard.

We have attached a “Holding Slide” with some instructions for the benefit of your students. You may wish to display this at the start of your Collaborate Session.

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

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.

Newsletters

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.

Finding your Feet with Files

Filing. I know. Snoozefest right? But getting to know the Files area on your Blackboard modules can be incredibly useful. Bear with me.

Locating the Files Area

The files area can be found in the side menu under Course Management. Click on Files and then on the module code (TEST2_BRIA1 in the image below).

Files area located in side menu

This will take you into the files area, which shows all uploaded documents and folders in a list. By clicking on any of the headings you can sort files by this criteria. Clicking once will sort in ascending order. Clicking twice will sort by descending order. This function is particularly useful for viewing all files of a certain type (e.g. identifying all of the PowerPoint files), or for locating the most recently edited or largest documents.

Files list

Removing Unwanted Files

Each Blackboard course area is set up with a standard 500MB of storage space. It is a good idea to regularly audit the files stored on your course areas.

If you copy content over from year to year, you may end up storing files that you no longer need. You may be storing several older versions of the same document. You may even want to remove a particularly large file that is using up a lot of space and replace it with a compressed version.

This is a two step process however. First you need to remove the file from the relevant course area. If you do this, it will still remain stored on the module, taking up valuable space.

To remove files completely, you need to go to the Files area, select the unwanted files using the tick boxes and click Delete. Once you have confirmed the deletion, the file will be totally removed from the module.

Deleting a file from the file list

Be sure to perform both steps, as removing documents only from the files area will result in a broken link remaining in the content area.

Downloading Files

Often staff need to download some or all of the files from a Blackboard module. Luckily this is a simple thing to do.

  1. Go to the course files area
  2. Select the files that you require. Alternatively you can select all files by clicking the tickbox next to ‘File Type’.
  3. Select ‘Download Package’. This will download the files as a zipped folder.

From this area it is also possible to copy or move files, however, this is best to do from the content area. We will show you how to do this in our next post.

If you have any questions, please contact us at TEL@worc.ac.uk