Learning Technology

Moodle update

July 13th, 2018

Moodle will be unavailable on Tuesday 17th July from 9 am – 8 pm (UK time): 4 pm – 3 am (China and Malaysia time). This is to allow us to update and add some improvements. See below for more details: Moodle Update and Downtime

Here is a video that explains the new features:

Thanks to Sally Hanford.

Moodle update and downtime

July 5th, 2018

We’d like to let everyone know that we will be updating Moodle on Tuesday 17th July.

Moodle will be unavailable from 9 am – 8 pm (UK time): 4 pm – 3 am (China and Malaysia time).

The improvements to Moodle include streamlining the look and feel, and some new features.

  • A new Moodle theme that’s clearer and more intuitive to use.
  • A clearer Module Overview where modules in grey are hidden from students – and an option to use an alternative tiled Course Overview if you prefer.
  • Quicker access to notifications and messages.
  • A new hamburger menu replacing the Navigation block as well as the links formerly along the top.
  • Clear icons in your course for editing, including a cogwheel menu replacing the Administration block.
  • Two columns rather than three throughout.
  • Users, including enrolments, are no combined with Participants – find everything in one place in the hamburger menu.
  • Adding more sections to your course page of topics is simpler.
  • A new resource – tabbed content can be used to organise material under up to 5 tabs on your page.
  • Easier navigation within a section – students can navigate more easily through a section using links from one activity or resource to another.
  • Grader report is easier to use with student names fixed on the left.

If you’d like a sneak preview and/or to test the new look for Moodle please get in touch: learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk

We choose our dates as carefully as possible, but do apologise for any inconvenience the update may cause.

Puzzling it out

June 25th, 2018

Helen Whitehead says: I’m presenting at Sheffield University’s TELFest this week, along with Liz Cable from Leeds Trinity University, on Puzzling it Out: Exploring Escape Games for Learning & Assessments

Here are the slides we are going to zip through, and a Case Study printout of the Escape Games we’ll talk about, with some ideas for game formats and puzzles for your own games.

TELFest Case Studies

TELFEST Escape Game June 2018

Examples of Peer Review questions. #Rogō

June 14th, 2018

When students take part in group work, part of the assessment is often for the students to review one another’s participation in the groups.

In Rogō a “Peer Review” paper type is available to support this activity. These consist of Likert scale questions from which students make selections to review selected peers. These can be completed as individual or group reviews.

To set up a Rogo Peer Review paper, create a paper as normal and select the Peer Review paper type. Then create and add Likert scale questions

Possible questions

For each the options will be radio buttons on the scale:

No contribution        Below average contribution       Good contribution         Excellent contribution

Questions will depend on the kind of activity being reviewed, and usually have 4-7 per review. They could include:

  • Attendance at group meetings
  • Contribution to group discussion/decisions
  • Research and information collection
  • Data collection
  • Literature searching
  • Writing the review
  • Design and production of presentation
  • Reliability and completion of tasks on time
  • Communicated thoughts and feelings effectively
  • Quality of work
  • Demonstrates a cooperative and supportive attitude
  • Contributes significantly to the success of the project

More information on Rogo Peer Review papers

Rolling over Reading Lists

May 23rd, 2018

As usual at this time of year our thoughts are already turning to the coming academic year and reading lists.  The Library Team have now created a copy of all the existing online reading lists ready for use in 18-19.

This year, in response to academic demand, all new copy lists have been given a status of “draft” so that they cannot be viewed by students until staff have checked them.

All lists for Semester 1 (including any new ones) must be edited and “published” by 1st August 2018.

How to make an existing list visible to students

  • Login to the reading list system (Talis Aspire).
  • Find your list using either the module code or keywords from the name.
  • If no changes are required – from within the list, simply click on publish under the edit menu

  •   If you want to edit the list or create a new one, see the guidance notes online.

NOTE: The Team also run regular training sessions.

Do contact the team:

  • If you are aware of modules that are no longer running, so that we can archive the list.
  • If you are the convenor of a completely new module so that we can set up a blank list for you to add your resources to.
  • If you need more help with creating a new online list

Reading list support service

If staff also require some assistance with creating a new online reading list, or maintaining an existing one, the team offers a Reading List Support Service via our dedicated email box. They can set up a list and help staff to get readings on to it – or help to amend an existing list for anyone unsure how to edit.

If staff want to take advantage of this service please contact the service well in advance of 1st August. The work involved in creating the list needs to be completed first so that lists can then enter the workflow for purchasing. At peak times backlogs can build up, sometimes taking several weeks to clear all requests for input.

Scanning Requests

The team can also scan book chapters and journal articles for reading lists under the Copyright Licensing Agency HE Licence. See the Scanning webpage for full details of the service and what can be scanned. All necessary licence checks will be made by library staff on receipt of requests.

Requests for scanning can be made either through your online reading list, by adding a library note “For digitisation” to an extract and submitting the list, or via direct email to our scanning service. Requests are welcome throughout the year and normally take up to two weeks from request.

Again, to guarantee scans are available for the start of Semester 1 please ensure requests reach the team by the 1 August.

Blind double marking with Turnitin

May 16th, 2018

Neither Moodle nor Turnitin goes very far in technically enabling double marking, second marking, moderation, sampling, etc., let alone blind double marking. In most cases, an external document such as a spreadsheet, or two spreadsheets, are still the best way to manage double marking. The two are then compared and an agreed final mark and feedback put into the online assignment, whether Moodle Assignment or Turnitin Assignment.

If you’re using Turnitin Assignments, Feedback Studio now has layers – each marker annotating with QuickMarks gets their own “layer” – a set of comments to which their initials are appended.  A second marker can choose to hide that layer so that they do not see the comments previously made.  Students will see the initials of each marker on the annotations left on release of feedback on the Post date.

However, the grade field and the overall comments field (and any audio feedback) cannot be hidden, and there is only one version.  So one option is for the first marker to put their grade and overall comment into a labelled QuickMark, and the second marker can hide it with the rest. Once both markers have done their work, the layers can be made visible and the feedback and final mark discussed and agreed upon, then transferred to the overall comment and grade fields. The interim QuickMarks can then be deleted before feedback is released to the students (on the Post Date).  By saving off the “Current View” before they are deleted, the process can be recorded.

Notes & Queries 1: Trimming a video in MediaSpace

May 14th, 2018

This is one in a series of answers to questions we’ve been sent. The answers are included here in case they are of use to anyone else.

Today’s question: How do I trim a video in MediaSpace using the MediaSpace tools?

Here’s how: first press the ‘Launch Editor’ button on the right hand side.

This will load the cropping page. You can crop the beginning and the end of the video by clicking on the grey rectangles and dragging and them across the video timeline.

Once you have cropped the video you can either press ‘Save’ to write the original video or you can press ‘Save a Copy’ to save the cropped version and keep the original.

New Moodle course available for Front of House staff

May 11th, 2018

A new Moodle course is now available for Front of House staff such as in Schools or Student Services, and those who work in Libraries or IT support. The course has an emphasis on basic knowledge of Moodle and the kinds of questions that students often ask. It’s brief and engaging and is designed to be practical and relevant.

The course FOODLE: Front of House Moodle is self-enrol and can be found here. The password for enrolment as a participant is SoftChase££

An Open Badge is available for those who complete the course.

MediaSpace video issues in Chrome

May 10th, 2018

If you have the latest version of Chrome (Chrome version 66 or higher) you may find you are unable to play video in Moodle (and anywhere else it’s embedded) from MediaSpace.  This is due to a change Google made to their browser and the way it handles secure certificates.

If you are using Google Chrome version 66 or higher, then videos embedded from MediaSpace will not play.  All other browsers are unaffected (IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Vivaldi) and will play video as normal.

Our video hosting partners (Kaltura) and the Content Delivery Network partner (Akamai) are working on a solution to this issue, but for the moment we suggest using any other browser than Chrome if you need to view video in Moodle.

Future Teacher Webinar – Finding images – 25 May

April 30th, 2018

Future Teacher Talks are free monthly webinars on various topics surrounding online learning as part of the wider Future Teacher 3.0 project. Read more about the wider project on their website.

Each webinar begins with a short introduction and then in many cases engaging and interactive presentations from guest presenters. The webinars are fully interactive and you will have plenty of opportunity to actively participate and contribute.

Working with Rich Media – 1

Images add value for many learners. Digital resources allow you to use more images in more interesting ways. This session starts by helping you find copyright-free images (or making your own). It will then look at how you can use images in a variety of ways from comic strips to interactive resources or creative assessments. Images may create barriers for some students so we offer ways for you to minimise these barriers.

Friday May 25, 2018   -  1:00 pm

Registration if planning to attend

If unable to attend, joining their JISC List will give you access to resources from this and other webinars.