Learning Technology

Upcoming training sessions

May 18th, 2017

Rogo logoLearning Technologies Training Sessions have been organised for Rogō and Moodle.

Rogō: introduction

This introduction to Rogo is aimed at anyone who needs a Rogō account but hasn’t used it before, or anyone who wishes to brush up their knowledge of basic tasks in Rogō

  • Thursday 29th June, 2-4 pm,  A13 Computer room, George Green Library, University Park

To book: visit https://training.nottingham.ac.uk/cbs-notts/Guests/GuestCourse.aspx?CourseRef=TouchIntro

Key Moodle Basics

This introduction to Moodle covers the basics of editing teacher tasks setting up courses, adding and editing resources and activities. Suitable for anyone who has to use Moodle for teaching or providing material to students, including academics, professional services and student services staff.

All A13 Computer room, George Green Library, University Park

  • Wednesday 21st June, 2-4 pm
  • Thursday 13th July, 10 am-noon
  • Monday 7th August, 2-4pm
  • Monday 4th September, 2-4 pm
  • Thursday 21st September, 2-4 pm

To book: visit https://training.nottingham.ac.uk/cbs-notts/Guests/GuestCourse.aspx?CourseRef=STFMOODLE

The new version of Turnitin: Feedback Studio

May 15th, 2017

From 1st August 2017 a new version of Turnitin GradeMark will be available when you are marking Turnitin Assignments in Moodle. The new version is called Feedback Studio and it does the same things you’re used to but with a new interface that’s easier and quicker to use. I’ve already shown it to staff and had very favourable comments.

If you haven’t yet started to use Turnitin then you’ll find Feedback Studio an effective and useful way to start electronic marking to give feedback to students on their work submitted online. Some of the new features of Feedback Studio include:

  • The interface is cleaned up and much easier to use with less clicks to get to commonly used tools. For example, left click once anywhere in the paper to choose an e-annotation tool (QuickMark sets, bubble and text comments)
  • There is some basic formatting now available in text comments (bold and italics)
  • Web links can be added in text comments to direct students to sources of more information (e.g., websites or Moodle resources)
  • Multiple markers can add comments to the same paper: these will appear with initials appended in a separate layer for each marker
  • Layers are also used to show or hide the Similarity (formerly called Originality report) and the Grading (formerly called GradeMark) views rather than, as in in classic Turnitin, using tabs to switch between them and can be viewed at the same time
  • Icons such as Quickmarks access, overall comments, rubric, download etc. are all accessible from a toolbar to the right of the feedback window rather than in different places around the screen
  • Students can view their marks and feedback on mobile devices

More information from Turnitin

We’ll be providing Help, training and support to get to grips with the changes – if you have any questions, please contact your Faculty Learning Technology Consultant or learning-technologies@nottingham.ac.uk


For students: how to download assignment feedback

May 12th, 2017

We regularly get requests from students to access feedback on coursework from previous years.  Reasons can include needing evidence to write an application for a further degree, or having secured a job where they have a use for the information.

As we near the end of the academic year, now is a good time for students to download the feedback received for assignments over the year 16-17. Even if you think you’ll never need to review them again, it’s easy and quick to download your feedback.

In a Turnitin assignment:


  • To download a PDF of your assignment with the feedback and mark received, click on the printer icon which is the last icon located on the bottom left-hand of the screen (see image below).
  • Once you have clicked this icon a pop-up window will appear. Select the option Download PDF of current view for printing. This will then prompt a PDF to be downloaded from Turnitin of your assignment with the feedback and mark.
  • Cut and paste the overall feedback separately. Unfortunately there is no way to download audio feedback.

Turnitin assignments are not accessible to students once archived.

In a Moodle assignment


  • To view your feedback, go to the relevant Moodle site and then click on the submission drop box which you went to when you submitted your assignment.
  • Scroll down the page
  • Cut and paste any comments and download any feedback files.

With Moodle assignments students will continue to have access to previous years’ submissions and feedback for as long as they are studying.

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 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


  • 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