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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 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:

TEL Me More – Vevox Polling for Interactivity and Feedback

On Wednesday 16th December, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting our annual ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar. Over the coming days we will provide more information about the topics that will be covered.

In the next presentation, Dr Des McDougall, Principal Lecturer of Physical Geography in the School of Science and the Environment, will discuss his use of the polling software Vevox in his teaching.

Using Vevox to promote interactivity and obtain feedback during classes

Dr Des McDougall

The Vevox add-in* for PowerPoint provides a seamless and effective means of engaging with an entire class, whether face-to-face or online. Live polling can be used to test understanding (via multiple choice, open text, numeric, and star rating questions), with the results presented in the following slide – if desired. It also has a free text function, useful for more complex questions as well as obtaining feedback. As such, Vevox is presented here as a valuable addition to the lecturers’ toolkit. What sets it apart from other, more traditional approaches (e.g. informal Q&A) is its more inclusive nature; everyone can participate, as long as they have access to an internet-connected device.

* The Vevox add-in is currently only available for Windows. Those without access to the add-in can still use Vevox within a browser.

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

Video Content Management – Important Changes

The implementation of Panopto is now well underway. As part of the roll-out plan we are reviewing legacy video content in other systems.

Planet estream/Uniview

We are planning to migrate any video still in use from Planet eStream/Uniview to Panopto. Before undertaking this work we will be purging the system of any content that has not been viewed within the last 12 months.

If you have video content on eStream that you want to keep, please go to the item in the system and play it. This will ensure it doesn\’t appear in the not accessed list which we will be removing.

If you have any queries about Planet eStream content please email paul.baker@worc.ac.uk

The system will be purged on 14th December 2020 and any videos that have not been accessed for over 12 months from then will be permanently deleted.

We will also be disabling the ability to upload new content to Planet eStream from Monday 7th December. Any new content will need to be uploaded to Panopto, for more information on this please go to https://uwtel.co.uk/tel-tools/panopto/.

More information will follow on the migration process.

Collaborate Recordings

We are also looking to remove recordings from Collaborate that are over 12 months old.

If you have a Collaborate recording over 12 months old that you wish to keep, please download the file and upload it to Panopto. This will preserve the recording and add automatic captioning. Again for more information on how to do this please go to https://uwtel.co.uk/tel-tools/panopto/.

Any recordings over 12 months old will be removed on 14th December 2020.

TEL Me More – Using Blackboard for Distance Learning

On Wednesday 16th December, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting our annual ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar. Over the coming days we will provide more information about the topics that will be covered.

The first of our presentations will come from Isabelle Latham and Jennifer Bray from the Association for Dementia Studies and will cover the use of Blackboard for delivering a PG Cert entirely online and how the principles of this can be introduced to your own teaching and learning.

Person-Centred Dementia Studies on Blackboard – Delivering a PG Cert at a Distance

Isabelle Latham and Jennifer Bray

\”The course is entirely delivered online via the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment. Students engage with online lectures, videos, research literature and discussions to facilitate their independent study. This course provides regular interactive learning opportunities via seminars in the Collaborate virtual classroom and engagement with students and tutors via unscheduled discussion forums.\”

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

Technology Enhanced Learning Support Sessions for Academics

Following the government announcement that Universities should move to online teaching by 9th December, we thought it would be a good time to reinstate the TEL drop-in sessions for academic staff via Collaborate.

 We know that it can be daunting moving your tuition online and sometimes it’s not always clear where to begin, or how to effectively adapt your materials for online delivery so that your students still get the most out of your sessions.

That’s why the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be offering drop-in sessions over the next four weeks for academics to pop in and speak to us. We’ll be there to listen to your requirements and help you bounce ideas around for moving your sessions online successfully. We’ll be able to offer suggestions on various tools that you can use to achieve your learning objectives and offer expertise on how to adapt your existing face to face sessions so that they run smoothly when you come to delivering them online.

Sessions will run from 10am-11am every Tuesday and Thursday, with the first taking place on Tuesday 24th November and the final session on Thursday 17th December. There\’s no need to book. Just click on the link below to access the sessions:

Join Drop-in Session

As ever, make sure that you are using either Chrome or Firefox to join.

Save the Date! – ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar

On Wednesday 16th December, the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting their annual ‘TEL’ Me More Seminar.

The event, which was originally planned for March, will be fully online and colleagues from across the University will be showcasing their use of technology as part of their learning and teaching.

With the current environment, online teaching has grown significantly over the past several months and this event will provide a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues from different areas of academia, generate ideas and learn new skills, which you can take forward in to your own learning and teaching.

To secure your place, sign up via the ‘Staff Development Workshops’ page.

Full programme details will be released shortly.

Are you interested in presenting at the seminar? We currently have one slot available. If you would like to present (no more than 10 minutes), please email tel@worc.ac.uk with a short summary of your presentation.

TEL November Workshops

Following the fantastic response to our September workshops, we will be running another series of online training sessions throughout November.

All sessions run from 10:15 to 11:15 and will take place online via Collaborate. Guest links will be emailed to the attendees before the session.

  • Thursday 5th November – Using tests and surveys in Blackboard
  • Monday 9th November – Recording from your desktop using Panopto
  • Tuesday 10th November – Blackboard accessibility and Ally
  • Wednesday 11th November – Camtasia
  • Tuesday 17th November – Collaborate Virtual Classroom
  • Thursday 19th November – Vevox polling software
  • Tuesday 24th November – Using Blackboard for blended and mobile learning
  • Thursday 26th November – Assessing Student Presentations online using Collaborate and Panopto

If you are interested in attending, please sign up via the Staff Development Workshops pages on the Staff Portal. Places are set at 20 but, if overbooked (within reason), will likely be extended to include the waiting list.

Collaborate Attendance Reports

In recent months Collaborate has moved from the chorus line to centre-stage as online tuition itself has gone from niche to mainstream.

By its very nature, teaching online is a very different experience for both tutor and student. One key difference that you will no doubt have noticed is that it\’s much harder for you as a tutor to see all of your students. They may switch their cameras off; even with cameras turned on, Collaborate only displays four faces at a time and, in groups larger than five members, defaults to follow the speaker mode.

A number of  you have asked about obtaining a register from Collaborate. Happily, this is quite straightforward, so we thought it would be a good idea to share this advice more widely.

How to Access Reports

  1. Go to Virtual Classroom and locate the session you would like a report for by going to the burger menu, then Sessions.
  2. Hover over the session and click the circular icon to the right to bring up the Session Options Menu
  3. In this menu, click View Reports. This will take you to a list of all the reports associated with this session. On an open-ended session there will be a report for each time anyone logged in to the room.
  4. Click the View Report to bring up your register.

Additional notes

  • Please be aware that reports do not appear immediately after a session. It can be a little while before they are accessible.
  • You can export your reports to a CSV file, which can then be saved as an excel file. Alternatively, you can download in a printable format. You will see both options to the left of your report.

If you have any further questions, please email us at tel@worc.ac.uk 

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

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