January 24th, 2017 posted by
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.
January 23rd, 2017 posted by
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/
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January 17th, 2017 posted by
New dates have been announced for the Key Moodle Basics training – a two-hour introduction to Moodle for beginners and those who want to beef up their usage. It’s also suitable for those who are taking up roles where they need access to multiple modules (such as for assessment or to support a School).
The following dates are available to book (all University Park)
- 10am-noon Thursday 9th February
- 2-4 pm Wednesday 8th March
- 10am-noon Tuesday 4th April
- 2-4 pm Thursday 4th May
If you are administrative staff and think you will need access to several modules, more than about 6, then please let us know at email@example.com so we can ensure you get the right kind of training.
January 13th, 2017 posted by
Rogo will be down from Friday 27 January 6 pm until Sunday 29 January 8 pm.
During this period, a version of Moodle for student revision purposes only will be available. Students will be able to look at documents and resources, but staff or students will not be able to make changes to Moodle during this period. Any changes will not be saved.
As an extra precaution, we would recommend that you download any resources that you may need during this period prior to 6pm on Friday 27 January.
This is because The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus will be adopting additional Campus Solutions functionalities throughout January. Campus Solutions is the new software being implemented as part of Project Transform.
In order to implement these functionalities, both Moodle and Rogo need to come offline to allow for data migration. Since we operate one environment of these systems across all three campuses, this means that the systems will also be unavailable to staff and students in the UK and China during this period.
January 4th, 2017 posted by
All technology gives you occasional moments of frustration and Moodle is just like the rest. Here are some strategies to get you over those difficult moments, especially when you’re short of time. Several of them work with websites that aren’t Moodle, too.
To help Moodle work as quickly as possible for users, it keeps a cache, so if you go back to a page it will display the version on your computer. If you’ve just made changes , you may need to refresh the page, to call it up from the server, in order to see those changes. This often happens when returning to the front page of your module or course after adding or deleting an item.
Check the system status
(University of Nottingham only) Keep an eye on the banner on the My Home page in Moodle – where upcoming downtime is announced – on this blog and the University Information Services Status page
Try a different browser
There are various problems using different systems, third party plugins and websites with older browsers and with certain browsers such as Safari (which has issues, for example, with Echo360 and Turnitin). If you have a problem, first try a different browser.
Check you’re in the right mode
As an editing teacher you can view your Moodle page as if you are a student. Don’t forget to change back to your Normal view after doing that, or next time you visit the page you will still be unable to do editing tasks.
Look for a Next button
In many cases there are additional pages – in lists of modules, when looking at tables such as student assignments. One of the most common that people miss is on your My Home page where they may be other modules not visible. Check at the end of your list: if it says “You have X modules not shown” you can click Show all modules to see the rest of them.
Keep your text clear of code
When you’re editing your module page in Moodle, and cutting and pasting particularly, into labels or descriptions, code from Word or elsewhere in moodle can be transferred over and cause issues of formatting. Paste the text in, then select it all, and click the Tx button – that will strip out code and leave you with most of the formatting you want to keep.
This problem can even cause your whole page formatting to go wrong – in which case, strip out everything you pasted in and start again.
The Help button
(University of Nottingham) At the top of every Moodle page is the Help button – this leads to the staff or student Moodle Help website. Use the search on the left hand side to find Help for lots of the tasks, features and issues in Moodle. Let us know if you have any suggestions about this site.
You can often find helpful information about Moodle elsewhere on the Web. Try our Help first – and, if Googling, be aware that in places we at Nottingham use different nomenclature (we say Module, Moodle calls it course) and have customised Moodle with some of our own improvements.
Contact your Learning Technology Consultant
(University of Nottingham) This is not necessarily the last thing to do – it may be the first! Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org – one of our Consultants will normally get back to you within a couple of hours (please be a bit more patient in very busy periods!). Or you may be able to phone us. There’s a Learning Technology Consultant for each Faculty in the UK (and others in Malaysia and China).
December 21st, 2016 posted by
We’d like to advise of some Moodle downtime on Thursday January 5th 17:30 to 19:00 UK time (Fri 6th Jan 01.30-03.00 MY/CN)
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December 19th, 2016 posted by
ELESIG are running a free Learner Experience Research (LER) MOOC is for HE and FE and Skills staff who are interested in undertaking action research into learners’ experiences of technologies within an educational setting. The MOOC starts on 27th February 2017, to register and for further information please visit: https://platform.europeanmoocs.eu/course_researching_learners_experienc
In this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), you will work on a small scale action research project in preparation to write and publish about student learner experience. You will consider why we need learner experience research and follow a series of activities to guide you through research methods to consider. You will plan to carry out a small scale action research project and develop a plan to write and publish. If you want to complete all the activities, you will need 3-4 hours per week. This MOOC has 6 lessons. Every lesson is divided into units, which have a recommended study time of approximately 1 hour each. You can do additional readings and activities to expand upon some of the topics.
The course has a series of digital badges to be awarded throughout the duration. The MOOC will be delivered through the EMMA platform and will be delivered by experts in learner experience research from the ELESIG community. It will make use of a range of digital tools including live webinars, podcasts, video and presentations.
Participants in this MOOC are able to join ELESIG, the international community of researchers and practitioners from higher and further education, the skills sector, work based learning and adult community learning; who are involved in investigations of learners’ experiences and uses of technology in learning. Please visit us at http://elesig.net
Please share this invitation widely with any colleasgues who may be interested.
December 8th, 2016 posted by
Join us for our Webinar for the ALT Winter Online Conference today. Titled Steering the bandwagon: online coursework submission and marking across the institution
Today: Thursday Dec 8 2016, 12:15pm – 1:00pm
A number of drivers both practical and pedagogical have been moving our University towards electronic submission of coursework and online marking. Schools vary in how far they are along this path towards all online submission and marking.
Our Faculty and School Support Team, within Learning Technology, has five Learning Technology Consultants each of whom works with a Faculty. These drivers have been an opportunity for us to approach Schools and work with them on e-submission and online marking. They have made many staff more likely to engage (and sometimes the opposite). We support, train and influence staff who set up drop-boxes and manage the processes. We work with academic staff to develop standards and best practice for online marking and feedback, informed by research and surveys. We are also initiating some work with students to find out their views and design the best support mechanisms for them.
In this 30 minute webinar we will describe our approach to these changes, discuss some of the barriers and challenges we and the staff we work with have encountered in implementing e-submission and e-marking. We will briefly talk about the ways in which we have worked with staff so far and the most successful approaches for staff making the move.
Following these short contributions from Helen Whitehead, Alvaro Roberts and Claire Chambers we will elicit from the audience further approaches and practices that have worked for them and could inform our strategy going forward as well as being useful for application in other institutions.
November 22nd, 2016 posted by
There are two types of assignment dropbox available in Moodle: Turnitin assignments or Moodle assignments. When choosing which to use in your module, first check what your School recommends. We now have recommendations across the whole of Social Sciences and many other Schools also have preferred suggestions. In both types of dropboxes, the excellent Turnitin text-matching system can be used to get similarity scores and originality reports, but each has other advantages and disadvantages.
So what are the main advantages of each type of dropbox?
- Using Grademark to do your marking online (a lot of people like this)
- Grademark has the Quickmark sets (ditto)
- Marking offline if you have an iPad
- Straightforward release marks for everyone on the post date, no extensions
- PeerMark peer assessment
- Can download marked versions of papers in bulk for archiving (essential, as otherwise papers are not held on University servers)
- Offline marking (using grading worksheet, file annotation in Word etc. and bulk file upload)
- Good on a Surface Pro, not so much on an iPad
- Group assignments
- Flexible control of release of marks, can hold some back while releasing the rest
- Can submit drafts and get feedback
- Upload of feedback files (e.g., annotated scripts and feedback forms)
- Can give individual students extensions
- Can still mark even if Turnitin side of things goes down
- Moodle reliability and performance is under University control (Turnitin is a third-party service)
Online annotation similar to Turnitin is coming in the next version of Moodle. Meanwhile Turnitin is moving on to Feedback Studio which is a new improved interface for marking that I predict will also win fans.
Neither type copes well with second marking (there are workarounds which we’ll cover in a later blog post).
The main thing is to think about how you prefer to do your marking, especially if you’re only starting to do online marking.
Your Learning Technology Consultant for your Faculty can offer advice on the best choice for your needs. Contact us any time on email@example.com
October 27th, 2016 posted by
There has recently been a change to the way staff and students access lecture capture recordings from the Echo360 system through Moodle. Previously, a block could be added to the left or right column of a module’s Moodle page which linked to all lecture and other recordings for the module. It’s still possible to link to all recordings but the block is no longer in use with the latest version of Echo360 and users now access recordings in a different way.
To save time for staff, during September we went through each module that used the block and replaced it with a hidden link at the top of each module. This link was invisible by default and staff were encouraged to move it to wherever they wanted in their layout, rename it, and make the link visible to students.
We’ve noticed now that staff have been putting the Echo360 block back in, and this has caused problems for many students and staff who cannot view the recordings any longer via the block (especially when using Mac or Win 10 devices). As a result it’s no longer possible to add the block into a module.
To add a link to recordings for a module, click ‘+Add activity or resource’ and choose External tool – see the Help page for How+to+add+the+Echo360+link+in+Moodle
Lecture recordings link automatically from a SATURN coded module, but to link to recordings in a non-SATURN module such as a parent module, a little more set up is needed. Please email the details of the module (full name and SHORTNAME) to firstname.lastname@example.org – please go to the Help page Instructions+for+non-SATURN+modules for more information.
Feedback from students over the summer was that they rarely notice anything that is not in the main section and prefer items to be there, so this should make lecture recordings more visible to them.