Learning Technology

Setting up Moodle Groups for group assignment submission

April 5th, 2017

If you are setting up a Group Assignment in Moodle – where students work in groups and submit one assignment between them – then you need to set the groups up in Moodle before the assignment opens.

There are a number of ways to put students in groups:

  • Use Moodle to assign the students randomly to groups and the students work with whoever they end up with
  • Students choose their own group members and inform the convenor who keeps a Spreadsheet record.
  • Use the Sign Up Sheets activity in Moodle. Note that these then have to be converted into Moodle groups before the assignment is created.

Creating Moodle groups and enrolling students

First Step – Enable groups in your module

  • Navigate to the module you want to work on
  • Find the Administration block and then click on Module administration > Edit Settings
  • Under the Groups heading change Group mode to ‘Separate groups’ or ‘Visible groups’
  • Change Force group mode to ‘Yes’ if you want to ensure that groups are then enabled for each activity/resource you then add to the module (although this sets the default for ALL activities then created, this can be amended in each activity during creation).

Groups can be created manually and students enrolled one by one or a group at a time. See How to create groups and groupings

How to create groups manually

Moodle groups can be created and students enrolled one by one from within Moodle.

  1. Find the Administration block and click on Module administrationUsers > Groups
  2. Click on the Create group button, and give it a Group name (mandatory) and Group description (e.g. who the marker(s) will be).  The rest of the fields are optional.
  3. Click on the Save changes button and the new group will appear in the left-hand column.
  4. Select the new group in the left-hand column entitled ‘Groups:’.
  5. Click on the Add/remove usersbutton under the right-hand column entitled ‘Members of:’.  A new screen will appear where you can add the students enrolled on your course to your new group. These are found in the right-hand column labelled “Potential members”.
  • Search for a student
  • Select the student and click on the Add button.  You will also need to add Teachers if you wish them to take part in the activity and be restricted to that Group.  Editing Teachers can access all Groups.  NOTE:  A student CAN be part of more than one Group.
  • Once finished, click on the Back to groups button.

How to create groups using a spreadsheet CSV file

If you have a lot of students and groups it can be quicker to create the groups by providing Learning Technologies with a CSV file of the students and their groups. (Only Learning Technologies can run this in, not editing teachers – so please prepare the CSV and send it to us at learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk.)

  1. From SATURN or Campus Solutions, search for the module
  2. Download a CSV of the student details by creating a Red Disk report  (SATURN version is below)
  3. Add a column headed group1 and type in student groups OR
  4. Export CSV from Sign Up Sheets – sort by lastname, sort Red Disk Report CSV by last name and combine them (copy the
    ‘TimeSlotTitle’ column and insert it in the Red disk report as column ‘group1′). Ensure there are the same number of studnets in each spreadsheet and check.
  5. You can delete all the columns between auth and course1
  6. Column course1 should be the SHORTNAME of the course/module (not the courseID)

Here’s a typical csv for enrolling students in groups (1 example student)

username password firstname lastname email auth course1 group1
uixer x Ima Student uizer@nottingham.ac.uk ldap BUSI2123-UK-AUT1718 Seminar Group 1

Notes

Notes for CSV file format for the creation of Groups in Moodle

Password needs to be x for all students

firstname must show all first names (incl. middle names) e.g. Emily Laura

email – use username of student@nottingham.ac.uk

auth – ldap for all students

profile_field_ccode = course code (as shown in Saturn)

course1 is the module short name in Moodle

group1 is the name of the group that the student needs to be put in

Tips

  • Lock the Sign-Up Sheet before the submission takes place
  • Ensure students are in only one group, no more OR
  • Create a Grouping (a meta-group) with the name of the assignment, and add all the groups to it that are part of that assignment. Set the assignment to use that grouping. Then, if you wish, you can have a different set of groups for other purposes.

For more information:

 

Moodle downtime Wednesday 12 April 4 – 6.30 pm

April 5th, 2017

Please note that on Wednesday 12 April, Moodle will be unavailable between 16:00 and 18:30. During this time we will be upgrading to ensure the service has the latest security patches.

Please ensure you are logged off in good time. Moodle may be restored earlier, but should be considered at risk for the full time period.

Launch of Jisc supported community of practice for digital capability 9 May

March 30th, 2017

Jisc are launching a Jisc supported community of practice for digital capability with an event in Birmingham aimed to facilitate the sharing of best practice across higher education, further education and skills in the area of digital capability.

It’s on 9th May at Aston University Conference centre, Birmingham.

The event will offer an opportunity of hearing from organisations who are developing a holistic approach to developing digital capability as well as hearing from sector experts on the current research in this area. There will be opportunities to share practice, discuss the challenges which organisations are facing as well as exploring what works well.

Registration deadline is 2nd May: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/digital-capability-community-launch-09-may-2017

For more information on the work Jisc is doing to support organisations with developing staff digital capability please visit https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/building-digital-capability and the project blog https://digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/wp/ and #digitalcapability on social media

Rogō downtime on Monday 3 April 2-6pm

March 29th, 2017

Rogo logoThe downtime for Rogo will likely be at the most 2-6 pm, although the work may finish earlier.  Rogō is being upgraded to version 6.3.0 on Monday 3rd April. It will be unavailable during the upgrade period - starting 2 pm UK (9pm Monday in China/Malaysia).

This is a minor upgrade to implement a number of fixes, security upgrades, and small improvements requested by Schools, including the ability to copy a paper (questions, objectives etc) into another blank paper.

Another chance for Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement in May

March 8th, 2017

Due to high demand we are running a second Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement course.

This short online course aims to provide those teaching or planning to teach an online or blended course with ideas, techniques and skills to design and facilitate learning online.

In this course held in Moodle you’ll learn how to design engaging activities that motivate students and promote learning in completely online courses or as part of a blended course. You will practice the essential skills of online facilitation: how to initiate and keep the discussion going with a minimum of intervention.

This entirely online course will take about 6 hours spread (reasonably evenly) over two weeks. You will be expected to engage in online activities which develop and build practical skills.

Starts Wednesday 8th May until Tuesday 24th May.

Contact helen.whitehead@nottingham.ac.uk for more information or book on the course.

Equella service to be withdrawn

March 1st, 2017

Equella is a file storage repository system used by the University, in some circumstances in conjunction with Moodle. Pearson, (the vendor) have announced that Equella will be withdrawn from their product catalogue in the near future and therefore the University needs to move away from using the system.

LRLR are currently making plans to withdraw the Equella service by end of March 2017 (end of current licence). A review of the services that Equella supports found that alternative provision of the most commonly used functionality could be achieved by using other existing university systems. A project to decommission the Equella system has already commenced and as a consequence the following is underway:

  • The Fishbones Archaeological Reference source is being migrated to an alternative repository platform. The site will remain available at: http://fishbone.nottingham.ac.uk/
  • The content that feeds the University of Nottingham Open Educational Resource site ‘U-Now’ is being migrated to an alternative repository platform. U-Now will be withdrawn at the end of March but a replacement service will be provided so those offering Open Educational Resources will continue to be able to do so. A separate communication will be sent to colleagues who have content in U-Now to provide information about the change.
  • Items submitted using the Equella File upload (within Moodle) have been moved to the Moodle filestore and the link within Moodle updated accordingly. The ability to add new files to Equella via Moodle has been withdrawn.

LRLR will carry out all of the work to ensure that the new approaches are in place before the end of March 2017 when the Equella repository is withdrawn.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk if you have any queries.

 

Introduction to and resources about Xerte Toolkits

February 21st, 2017

We’ve had a few queries about how to get started using Xerte Toolkits. Xerte Toolkits is a simple way to create online learning materials. Based on the Xerte software developed here at the University of Nottingham, the template-driven nature of the Toolkits are designed to be an easy way for academics and non-technical staff to create interactive learning objects which are accessible to students. It’s as easy to learn as Powerpoint. Once you have the hang of the interface you can use over 70 page types within your learning objects.

Xerte Toolkits at University of Nottingham

Nottingham staff (and students) can access and use the tool at http://nottingham.ac.uk/toolkits: sign in using your University of Nottingham username and password. You will need to create a new project using one of the available templates (the default ‘Xerte Online Toolkit’ is a good place to start).

  •     Select a template
  •     Give it a name and click on Create Project.

A new Project Editor window will appear (on some browsers you will need to enable pop-ups) where you can start to add pages and content to your learning object.

  •     Start by naming your learning object in the field on the right and set the default text size to 14.
  •     Set display mode to full screen.
  •     Then you can start to build your learning object by using the green Insert button on the left and choosing relevant page types. Most of the page types give you a preview of what the page will look like once you add content.

Getting started resource

To help you get started with Xerte we recommend this resource: Learning Xerte

Good practice examples

Short course in Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement in March

February 17th, 2017

Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement

This short online course aims to provide those teaching or planning to teach an online or blended course with ideas, techniques and skills to design and facilitate learning online.

In this course held in Moodle you’ll learn how to design engaging activities that motivate students and promote learning in completely online courses or as part of a blended course. You will practice the essential skills of online facilitation: how to initiate and keep the discussion going with a minimum of intervention.

This entirely online course will take 5-6 hours spread (reasonably evenly) over two weeks. You will be expected to engage in online activities which develop and build practical skills.

Starts Wednesday 15th March until Tuesday 29th March 2017.

Contact helen.whitehead@nottingham.ac.uk for more information or book on the course.

Designing E-Learning For Health – a free open online course

January 24th, 2017

The University of Nottingham is again running a Health Open Online Course (HOOC) Designing E-Learning for Health.

Designing E-Learning for Health is a free 5 week course aimed at anyone inside and outside of the University who has an interest in designing e-learning resources. Colleagues in the School of Health Sciences will introduce their tried and tested methodology which can also be adapted to other areas of teaching, not just in healthcare education.

The course starts on 13th February 2017 and requires a time commitment of around 3 hours per week from participants. Designing eLearning for Health is open for sign up now via the FutureLearn platform. The course is free to access and anyone is welcome to sign up regardless of educational background or level of knowledge in the area.

Sign up to join in in February

More information

OER17: The Politics of Open 5-6 April 2017, London UK

January 23rd, 2017

OER17 presents an opportunity for open practitioners, activists, educators and policy makers to come together as a community to reflect on the Politics of Open Education. The conference will be chaired by social and educational technologist and Wikimedia UK Trustee Josie Fraser, and Alek Tarkowski, Director of Centrum Cyfrowe, co-founder and coordinator of Creative Commons Poland.

There are confirmed keynotes from:

  • Maha Bali, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Lucy Crompton-Reid, Wikimedia, UK
  • Diana Arce, Activist Artist and Researcher, Germany

This is the 8th Open Educational Resources Conference and like its predecessors the event is a great opportunity to connect with those developing, implementing and leading open educational practices.

Register now at: https://oer17.oerconf.org/registration/. Early bird registration is open until 31st Jan and costs £250 for both days (limited single day tickets are available).

A draft programme has been published at https://oer17.oerconf.org/programme/