Tea with TEL

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Calling all Staff!

Now that term has started and the pace of life is picking up, it is a good time to get quick answers to any questions you have around teaching, using the University learning technologies.

Good news – between 09:00 and 12:00 on 28th September, The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be in reception at St Johns Campus to help you with those niggling queries. Even better news – there will be tea, coffee and cake!

We can help you with: 

  • Editing and adding content in Blackboard
  • Setting up Turnitin submission points 
  • Setting up quizzes
  • Online sessions with Collaborate
  • Making your teaching sessions more interactive with Vevox
  • Any other questions relating to TEL

Pop into reception to sit down, have a chat about using technology to enhance your teaching, and enjoy some tea and cake! 

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Happy new year from the TEL Unit

As we start the new semester the TEL team have been thinking about how we can best support you with your learning and teaching in the coming year.

In the past we have offered a range of workshops which individuals can sigh up to via the staff development booking system – these have included topic such as Blackboard made simple, Collaborate virtual classroom, quizzes and surveys, and accessibility and Ally. We have found however that these workshops are often not heavily subscribed to and often either run with only 2 or 3 participants or cancelled due to lack of engagement.

So this year we thought we would try a different approach and ask what kind of training and support you would like and how you would like that to be delivered.

One model that has worked well has been departmental training where we can come along to a departmental or team meeting and provide a demo or a session on a topic that is relevant to you.

We can also facilitate workshops to support the design of online or highly blended courses and can work with you and your team to develop a storyboard and advise on the best approaches for online delivery of the resources, activities and assessments you have in mind.

If you’re new to the University and would like an induction into the use of our systems we can arrange and one to one session to guide you through the introductory  steps to using technology in your learning and teaching. Alternatively, if you have some ideas about things you would like to do with our systems we’re happy to arrange a consultation to advise you on how to go about turning your ideas into reality.

Please get in touch to let us know your training and support needs and we can arrange tutorials, workshops or departmental briefings to suit your needs.

Contact e.symonds@worc.ac.uk in the first instance and let us help you make the most of TEL this year.

Student Blackboard Modules

Your students should now be busy accessing their resources and activities on Blackboard. If you have any students that do not have access to their modules on Blackboard, please ask them to check that they have registered and selected modules for this academic year on their SOLE page. This will control their student access to Blackboard.

If they are unsure or are having difficulties with their registration, ask them to email studentrecords@worc.ac.uk.

New Learning Technologist Andy Bright

TEL Update

We’re delighted to announce that Andy Bright has been appointed as our new Academic Learning Technologist. Many of you will already know Andy as he’s been our TEL Advisor and first point of contact for the team for the past three years. He has done a fabulous job in keeping our service running efficiently and the promotion is well deserved. Please bear with us while we are working to recruit a replacement TEL advisor.

Libby Symonds
Head of Technology Enhanced Learning

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To all Blackboard users – VLE Review

Our VLE will be changing from September 2024 and we would like to start the conversation with users now to gather feedback, which will inform how we move forward with this important platform.

As an initial step we have created a short survey to gather your thoughts on what features and tools you find useful and how you use the VLE in your learning and teaching. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and we would like to gather responses from as many users as possible so please follow this link to complete the survey https://ucw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/virtual-learning-environment-review-2022

We will also be holding some open workshops for staff to come along to and take part in more detailed discussion. These workshops will be held on June 14th, 17th and 23rd and you can register your interest on the staff development booking system. The workshops will be face to face and facilitated by the TEL Unit and include a range of interactive activities and discussions so please come along and join us if you can.

Libby Symonds

Head of Technology Enhanced Learning Unit

Fix your Content day on May 19th

Ally Training for Fix Your Content Day

Each year, the global accessibility community unites on the third Thursday of May for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) to highlight the need for more inclusive digital content. Blackboard seek to join the conversation by inspiring and motivating institutions across the globe to demonstrate how accessible content is better content.

As part of this initiative Blackboard are hosting a Fix Your Content Day which encourages academics to use Blackboard Ally to help make the content on their Blackboard pages more accessible.

To support this initiative we are hosting an additional Ally and Accessiblity workshop which will give your the tools and know-how you need to participate in Fix Your Content Day and contribute to an overall in improvement of accessibility.

The workshop will tale place on Wednesday, 18th May, the day before Global Accessibility Awareness Day so just in time to support you in fixing your content. You can sign up for the workshop on the staff development booking system and register for the Fix Your Content challenge with Blackboard from this link.


Auto-Captioning in Collaborate

Collaborate Virtual Classroom now offers options for providing captions on recordings, offering far greater accessibility for hearing-impaired students.

How to Create auto-captions

Collaborate is leveraging AI powered speech to text recognition to generate a transcription of what is said during the session. While automated captioning can’t match captions created by humans, it is an easy solution to start with.

The speech to text service and the resulting captions are hosted in the same data center as your Collaborate session.

Use the Auto-generate captions to have captions created for you, as the session owner:

  1. From Collaborate scheduler, select Recordings and find the recording you want.
  2. Select the Recording options menu and select Recording settings.
  3. Select Enable captions, if not already on.
  4. Select Create auto-caption and Save.

It may take time for the auto-captions to generate. You can leave the screen and come back later to view and share them.

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After the captions are created, you’ll see that captions are available from the recording list. The captions will also immediately appear in the recording player for anybody having access to the recording.

Moderators can review the captions. If you want to improve or correct anything in the captions, download the caption file to edit. Upload the new file when you are done.

If you have any queries, please contact the Technology Enahnced Learning Unit at tel@worc.ac.uk