TEL Workshops Autumn 2021

Baffled by Blackboard? Confused by Collaborate? Puzzled by Panopto? Well fear not. The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be running a series of workshops to help you get to grips with the various education technologies on offer.

The first session, “Blackboard Made Simple” will be of particular benefit to staff members who have recently joined the organisation.

Workshop Title  Date 
Blackboard Made Simple  9th September 10:15 – 11:15 
Using Tests and Surveys in Blackboard  21st September 10:15 – 11:45 
Blackboard Accessibility and Ally  23rd September 10:15 – 11:45 
Camtasia  29th September 10:15 – 11:45 
Collaborate Virtual Classroom  30th September 10:15 – 11:15 
An Introduction to Panopto  4th October 10:15- 11.30 
Using Blackboard for Blended and Mobile Learning  5th October 10:15 – 11:45 
Assessing student presentations online using Collaborate and Panopto  6th October 1:15pm – 2:15 pm 
Vevox Polling Software  12th October 10:15 – 11:30 

If you would like to sign up for any of the sessions, please do so via the Staff Development Workshop pages of the Staff Portal.

Blackboard update and student enrolments

 

Blackboard has now been updated and you will see a new sleek interface when you next log in. Only the login interface has changed, courses will remain the same and you can continue delivering your module resources, activities and assessments as before.

We are now also starting to enrol students onto modules. Enrolment on Blackboard is integrated with the student record system so students will only have access to modules once they have completed registration for the new academic year and have been registered on the modules they wish to take.

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 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.

Blackboard Housekeeping

A little later than usual, it is time for our annual Blackboard Housekeeping.

Please be aware that we will be deleting modules from the academic year 16-17 on 16th November. We will also be deleting all organisations with a 2016 or 2017 date against them. If you have any resources that you need to rescue, please log in and download them (or migrate to a newer module) before 16th November.

Changes in Turnitin

You should all by now be aware of the changes to Turnitin this year (see Judith Keene’s all staff email from 8th September for more information) and we thought it would be useful to go into more detail about a few things that you need to know.

Turnitin has moved

The most obvious change is that the link to add Turnitin has moved from the Assessment tab to the Build Content tab.

The icon has been replaced

When you create a submission point, the Turnitin logo is no longer displayed and has been replaced with a Blackboard link icon. To make it clearer for students, it may be a good idea to include the word ‘Turnitin’ in the title. We would strongly discourage naming a submission point ‘Turnitin’ alone however, as assignment names should always be clearly descriptive.

Adaptive Release

You may notice that, when you create a submission point, you will now see a message like the one below.

Adaptive Release message on Turnitin submission point

There is no need to be concerned by this. As the new installation works slightly differently, this just means that a start date has been set. Contrary to what the message suggests, all students will be able to see the submission point.

You need to hide the assignment in the grade centre

Either at the point you set the assignment up, or before you start marking, you will need to manually hide the Blackboard Grade Centre column from students – otherwise they will be able to access their grades as soon as they have been entered. See the Post Setup Actions section of our Turnitin Guidance for instructions.

Student preview isn’t available

When you try to check your submission point in student preview, you will receive an error message. This is because it is no longer possible to enter a submission point in student preview mode. It does not mean that there is a problem with the submission point.

Error when using student preview

The due date can be altered more easily

Although you enter the due date as normal, should you make a mistake, or if the date changes, the date must be changed from the edit menu rather than from the settings within the submission point. This has been introduced to make it quicker to make such changes.

Editing Turnitin Due Date

It is better for monitoring submissions and reminding students to submit

One of the best features of the new installation of Turnitin is the capacity to monitor which of your students have not submitted. When you look in the assignment inbox, on non-anonymous assignments all students will be listed and it will tell you whether they have submitted or not. You can even send an email reminder to students who have not submitted, including on anonymous submission points.

To do this, go to the Grade Centre, locate the column that relates to the assignment, hover over the column header and click the arrow icon. Then select ‘Send Reminder’.

Send Reminder function in Grade Centre

Some staff have found that the first time they set up a Turnitin submission point, they receive an error message. Clearing your history and cookies will usually resolve this issue. As always, make sure you are using Chrome or Firefox.

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

Blackboard Made Simple – Online Workshop

Thursday 3rd September, 10:15 – 11:30

Are you new to Blackboard? Or do your skills need brushing up a little? Then we have the perfect workshop for you!

Blackboard Made Simple will cover the basics of navigating the VLE, adding content and structuring courses to enhance the student experience. The workshop will also introduce staff to delivering tuition online with blended and mobile learning.

Sign up via the Staff Development Workshop pages.