Learning Technology

Moodle training dates: book here

April 26th, 2018

The next Key Moodle Basics are as follows:

*Tuesday 15th May 10 am – 12 noon Hallward Library Room 101

*Tuesday 19th June 2 – 4 pm Hallward Library Room 101

*Wednesday 18th July 2-4 pm, Room A13 George Green Library

*includes School Support training for those who need it.

While the Short Courses booking system is down, please book by emailing learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk

ELESIG webinar: Learners and digital capabilities in the curriculum 2 May 2018

April 9th, 2018

ELESIG webinar: How do learners experience the development of digital capabilities in the curriculum?’

Tunde Varga-Atkins, University of Liverpool http://uni-of-nottingham.adobeconnect.com/elesigmay2018/

The development of digital capabilities has received much attention in education in the last few years. My doctoral study, adopting JISC’s digital capabilities framework, aims to explore how the development of digital capabilities are planned, enacted and experienced in the curriculum in particular disciplinary contexts using multiple-case study methodology. The units of analysis will encompass undergraduate modules from two disciplines (engineering and management), drawing on a range of informants’ data, including academic, employer/professional, student perspectives – and documentary sources. In this webinar, I will focus on reporting students’ experience of their development of digital capabilities. I will also discuss the research methods I have drawn on, such as documentary analysis, interviews, surveys and observation and what I have learnt about using these methods for learner experience research.

12 – 1pm British Summer Time, 2 May

See http://elesig.ning.com/events for the full programme (requires sign in)

Update your Turnitin iPad app!

March 20th, 2018

If you use the Turnitin Feedback Studio app for online marking, please ensure you are on the latest version. This can be found for free in the App Store.

Turnitin have updated the way in which you add classes/modules from Moodle to the iPad app. The app no longer uses an access code: modules are now added using your email address.  This is found in the same location you used to find the access code: the i button. Once you’ve entered your email address (which should be the same email address as in your Moodle profile), then you will be sent an email. Follow the link in this email

Updated instructions are available on the Moodle help website


How to mark with iPad app

Nottingham staff discount at Xerte conference

March 19th, 2018

Plans are well in hand for this summer’s Xerte conference. It’s suitable for both experienced Xerte users and those new to it, and will include workshops, delegates and examples from around the world, reflecting the ever increasing community and use of Xerte worldwide.

University of Nottingham staff to get a discount on the tickets. You can book for 20% off the early-bird rates, which I think is excellent value for what promises to be a really great event. Email learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk for the discount code.

The organisers are still looking for presenters, so if you have a good Xerte story to tell please get in touch!

More information about the conference 

Main conference day Wednesday 27th June 9:00am – 16:30 UK

Pre-conference hands-on training Tuesday 26th June 9:30am – 16:30 UK

Post-conference developer day Thursday 28th June 9:30am – 16:00 UK

ELESIG Webinar: the JISC Tracker. 27 March

March 9th, 2018

ELESIG Webinar: Using the Jisc tracker to research students’ experiences of e-learning

Helen Beetham, consultant

The Jisc ‘Digital student experience’ survey has been developed over three years, originally through research reviews, original research and consultation with students, and subsequently through extensive user trials (ca 30k student users) and factor analysis of the survey instrument. The original aim was to provide credible, actionable data to the institutions that run it. (There was an associated goal of improving student-focused research through guidance and a supported community of practice.) However, the volume and quality of data collected offer huge opportunities for research into the learner experience, nationally and internationally. Which of those opportunities are valid and valuable? What kind of research questions can (and should) be asked?

12 – 1pm British Summer Time, 27 March

See http://elesig.ning.com/events for the full programme (requires sign in)

Formatting assignment submissions for Turnitin assignments

February 8th, 2018

We recommend that students submit PDFs to Turnitin assignments rather than Word or any other format. This is recommended UNLESS module convenors specifically request students submit in Word, PowerPoint or another format.

During processing Turnitin converts documents to PDF. This can (rarely) cause changes to formatting, such as number of pages, or the presence of italics, e.g., in references.

To avoid being marked down, we recommend students use Word to Save As > PDF so that you can view the final PDF and ensure it is exactly as you wish it to appear in Turnitin for marking. Word is available on all University computers and via Office 365 including online access and free apps for all students. (It’s a good idea to use Word and not other PDF converters as they may produce a type of PDF that isn’t compatible with Turnitin).

When creating your document, please also adhere to the other requirements for Turnitin submissions which can be found in Student Moodle help at “Turnitin (& Moodle) assignment submission checklisthttp://bit.ly/TurnitinFiles

For staff: if an assignment has been submitted in Word or other format, you can mark the PDF version in Feedback Studio, but before penalising formatting errors, please check the formatting by downloading the original file from Moodle. The screenshot below shows where you need to press to download the file in its original format.

Image Analysis Methods for Biologists – MOOC starts in March

February 5th, 2018

A free four-week course introducing image acquisition and analysis for biologists starts on 5th March 2018.

The course from the University of Nottingham, offered via Futurelearn, is aimed at  postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in biological sciences to improve knowledge and understanding of image analysis and develop the practical ability to analyse images.

With the significant increase in the use of automatic image analysis in the biological sciences in recent years, especially with automated image capture and the rise of phenotyping, this course is timely and appropriate. Learners will explore the process of image acquisition, through to segmenting regions, counting objects and tracking movement. Importantly, the course will  also try to highlight what to watch out for when using different image analysis approaches.

Find out more at Futurelearn

The University of Nottingham as e-textbook publisher

February 2nd, 2018

Steve Stapleton, Head of Learning Technology, has a post on the JISC blog about e-textbooks, specifically our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSP) and the Applied Ethics e-textbooks.  Students were surveyed on their experience of being provided with these e-textbooks as part of their modules and the data from their responses is analysed in the blog post.

The blog post Data from the Applied Ethics e-textbook and the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability in Practice e-textbook can be accessed at ji.sc/2EmbuYo

The Applied Ethics e-book can be accessed at Smashwords and iBook store.

Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement – UoN online course in April

January 29th, 2018

Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement is a short online course that aims to provide those teaching or planning to teach an online or blended course  with ideas, techniques and skills to design and facilitate engaging activities for learning online. It was well-received by staff in 2017 and we are running it again in 2018

In this course – which takes place completely within Moodle – you’ll learn how to design engaging online activities that motivate students and promote learning in completely online/distance courses or as part of a blended course. It has a little theory but is mostly a very practical course, during which 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 6-7 hours spread (reasonably evenly) over two weeks. You will be expected to engage in online activities which develop and build practical skills.  It’s suitable for those teaching courses within or outside the University including blended on-campus courses, online courses, NOOCs and MOOCs. There will be an emphasis on using Moodle but the skills are transferable.

Starts Wednesday 11th April until Tuesday 24th April 2018.

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

Sign up for a MOOC from the University of Nottingham including The Qur’an and E-learning for Health

January 11th, 2018

The University of Nottingham has some interesting MOOCs – free online courses – coming up in the near future.

The Qur’an Between Judaism and Christianity. Starts Monday 15th January

Get an introduction to the history of the Qur’an, and its relationship with Judaism and Christianity. This online course will illustrate how the Qur’an situates itself as part of, and as a correction to, the religious discourse of the Jewish and Christian communities of Late Antique Arabia.  The course will use the Qur’an, as well as Jewish and Christian historical documents, to reconstruct the religious landscape to which the Muslim scripture reacts in a pointed, precise and nuanced way.

This will give you a historically more informed understanding of nascent Islam, and will allow you to reconsider many of theological and cultural tenets of Late Antique Judaism and Christianity.

Designing E-Learning For Health – starts Monday 12 February

The Health E-Learning and Media Team (HELM) at the School of Health Sciences  are re-running the open online course Designing E-Learning for Health. Designing E-Learning for Health is a free 5 week course aimed at anyone who has an interest in designing e-learning resources. The team 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 12th February 2018 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.

The Politics of Economics and the Economics of Politicians: Starts Monday 12 February

Investigate links between economics and politicians with Sir Vince Cable and leading economists at the University of Nottingham.

How does economics impact on politicians? And how do politicians impact on economics? You will study both contemporary economics and the political leaders who have put key economic theories into practice throughout history. Learn from experts in the field. The course is led by Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham. You will also learn from leading economists at the University of Nottingham, including Head of School Professor Kevin Lee and Professor of Political Economy Cecilia Testa.