December 5th, 2013 posted by
What does that actually mean?
Well in short it means that on any given day I could be talking to a client about an idea for a script, or directing a multi-camera shoot, having daily production meetings, helping to hang picture frames, or move sofas, reviewing footage, making new plans for the next day’s shoot, moving camera and grip equipment, asking someone if we could “Do one more take, just for safety?” or simply saying hello to people as they nervously enter a production environment for the first time and trying to get them to relax.
After the shoot I’ll edit the footage from what seems like a jumble of takes and re-takes into something coherent.
For the upcoming course, Sustainability, Society and You, I did all of the above. I hope you enjoy the MOOC – it starts on FutureLearn on 6th January. You can sign up now!
From Simon Barnett
December 3rd, 2013 posted by
It’s always useful to see examples of good practice in using Moodle to inspire your own practice. Anyone who follows this blog will probably also be interested in the Talking of Teaching blog which covers a range of subjects relating to teaching and learning, including sometimes learning technology. Today, the case studies from Magic with Moodle are featured in a post “Making Moodle work for…”
The case studies featured at an E-learning Community event called Magic with Moodle, and more details of these and several other inspiring, innovative or simple effective uses of Moodle can be found at the Magic with Moodle website.
November 29th, 2013 posted by
If you’ve read this blog regularly you probably know that we occasionally blog about matters to do with NOOCs (Nottingham Open Online Courses) and MOOCs (Massive Open Onlne Courses). The date is fast approaching for the launch of the University of Nottingham’s first MOOC on the FutureLearn platform, Sustainability, Society and You - it’ll start on January 6th 2014 but you can sign up now and so can your families, relatives, friends and anyone else anywhere in the world who would like to explore Sustainability issues in our lives (it’s free and open to all).
In honour of this event, we’ve started a new blog relating to Nottingham’s MOOCs, MOOCs in general and our MOOC topics such as Sustainability. Please feel free to join us at:
Recent posts include:
- My family and their rubbish Sarah Speight
- Harm and Climate Change, Part II Neil Sinclair
- Harm and Climate Change, Part 1 Neil Sinclair
- Introducing Sustainability Sarah Speight
- Meet the MOOC Team Sarah Speight
- The University of Nottingham on FutureLearn Steve Stapleton
- Mike the Engineer Sarah Speight
- The award for ‘one-take wonder’ goes to…. Sarah Speight
- My Sustainability Guru Sarah Speight
There’ll be less on MOOCs on this blog in future so don’t forget to check out that one too!
November 28th, 2013 posted by
At the November E-learning community session (Wednesday 6th November), we talked about NOOCS – Nottingham’s cross campus open online courses open to all staff and students – and MOOCs – massive open online courses. The University is developing MOOCs to be offered free worldwide as part of the FutureLearn initiative. Steve Stapeleton, Helen Whitehead and Sarah Speight explored successes and opportunities.
As one of the speakers had to pull out due to ill-health, the talk on the development of the new Pharmacy curriculum will now be heard as part of the April 2014 E-learning community session.
Video is 1 hour 10 minutes in total.
The December E-learning community session will be held on Wednesday December 4th (12.30-2 pm ) in B3, Life Sciences [Biology]. The theme will be Mahara e-portfolios.
The University of Nottingham’s first MOOC, Sustainability, Society and You, runs from 6th January 2014 on FutureLearn, open to all.
November 26th, 2013 posted by
We are pleased to announce that the upgrade to the BoB National system, the Univeristy’s Box of Broadcasts, will launch on 6 January 2014. Please note: the BoB National system will be off-line between 13-23 December 2013 to prepare for the launch on 6 January 2014. The new system will be available over the Christmas period, but will be largely unsupported over the holidays.
The new upgrade is the result of a project between the BUFVC, Jisc and the BBC. It is the most substantial upgrade to BoB National since its launch in 2009 and will see a range of new features and much more content, including access to over 900,000 BBC TV and radio programmes dating from mid-2007 and an extended 30-day recording buffer across all channels.
To see a full list of new content and features, see the BUFVC’s blog post.
Another great way to stay up-to-date with the latest launch is via our Twitter account: @bufvc_bob
November 22nd, 2013 posted by
- Bjarke Liboriussen (International Communications) on doing online marking in Moodle
- Linda Zhang (E-learning) about her experiences from the 3-month exchange in the UK Learning Technology team
- Roger Zhang (E-learning) on the online assessment tool – Rogō
To find out more about the meeting outcomes (minutes, photos, presentations, etc.) please check the UNNC E-learning Community space in Moodle.
Further dates will be scheduled in due course, and we will be holding a joint UK / Malaysia / China E-learning community meeting on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. Watch this space for more details!
With thanks to Rena Yao
November 21st, 2013 posted by
Although Mahara is technically an e-portfolio, it also has significant social media tools. The combination of these two attributes in the one package leads to an unexpectedly wide range of uses. The three speakers will explain how Mahara can be used to benefit employability, feedback, research supervision and managing disparate groups.
Judith Wayte (Biosciences) has made extensive use of Mahara over several years in managing two very large groups of M.Sc. students whilst on placement. She also uses Mahara to promote employability information to students and to support them throughout the placement lifecycle. This year, Mahara has been used in the new tutorial module in Biosciences. Judith will show different ways in which Mahara is being used for this module.
Susanna Ison (Graduate School) uses Mahara with research postgraduates in a DTP [doctoral training programme] to monitor their progress through a laboratory rota spread over their first year. During the year, they are also expected to maintain a list of the training they have undertaken; this also can be done in Mahara.
In CELE, Dave Button uses Mahara to record the dialogue between tutors and student to encourage more formative assessment (concentrating more on feedback and less on marks) and the transfer of responsibility for learning to the student.
Date: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Time: 12.30 p.m. with hot drinks from 12.15 p.m.
Location: B3, Life Sciences [Biology]
To be sure we have enough tea and coffee, please e-mail email@example.com if you intend to be present.
After the e-Learning Community session, the Mahara users will remain in the room to discuss their projects in more details. Anyone else present wanting to learn more about Mahara is encouraged to join them.
October 31st, 2013 posted by
- Turnitin file types and word processor compatibility: The types of file you can submit to Turnitin, and where you might run into trouble.
- Making sure you get all your emails How to ensure you or your students are receiving all the right emails from modules and lecturers
- How to ensure students cannot continue to self enrol Preventing students from accidentally enrolling on 12-13 modules and closing a module to self-enrolment when the module selection process is complete
- How do I add a reading list to my module? If you have created a Reading List in your SATURN module you can link to it automatically through Moodle
- I can’t upload my file – Large File (over module limit) — Moodle has a limit on the size of file you can load. This page explains why this is, offers alternatives and tells you how to change it.
Magic with Moodle page updates:
- Magic with Moodle 4 – Hiding and restricting material – conditional release
- Magic with Moodle 1 – Sending a message to students (Announcements or News)
- Magic with Moodle 12 – Using forums with groups
- How to understand metamodules (parent modules) – if you teach modules with the same content — Saving time when you teach the same content to different sets of students
- Known issues in Moodle
- Students can’t see something in my module – I can see it greyed out
- How to move items around the Moodle page — Instructions and a video explaining how to move items around the Moodle homepage.
October 30th, 2013 posted by
- Bas Winkler and Cristina de Matteis (Pharmacy) on designing and developing the new M.Pharm. course
- Steve Stapleton (L&RLR) on Futurelearn and MOOCs
- Sarah Speight (Education) and Helen Whitehead (L&RLR) about the development of the Perspectives on Sustainability NOOC and its associated Futurelearn MOOC Sustainability, Society and You.
Wednesday 6th November
C15, Chemistry Building, University Park Science Area
Tea & Coffee available 12.15
If possible let us know if you’re coming at firstname.lastname@example.org (for refreshment numbers) but feel free to just turn up.
For more information about dates of E-learning Community seminars this year, see our previous post with dates.
October 29th, 2013 posted by
In her talk at the ALT-C conference in September, Suzanne Wright discussed a student-centred investigation exploring maximising the potential of our online learning environment based on Moodle. Since migrating to Moodle in September 2012, we have explored approaches to ensure we maximise the potential of Moodle across the institution, to ensure online learning moves from pockets of excellence (or, more frequently, bolt-on activities) to embedded learning provision, underpinning and forming the core of the student learning experience.
Having moved all staff and students at the University from WebCT to Moodle for the start of the academic year 2012-2013, the Moodle project team, partnering with the Students’ Union, undertook a programme of activities to gather authentic student feedback in a project called “Maximising Moodle: a student centred approach”. The aim was to investigate the student learning experience as provided by Moodle across all schools and all campuses, through benchmarking, focus groups and online surveys in order to help stimulate further engagement activities and development opportunities for enriching the learning experience. From the outset, it has been a strategic aim of the University – through our move to Moodle – not simply to enhance the technological provision, but to facilitate a step change in teaching and learning at the University.
The presentation provided analysis of the results of the investigations after Moodle has been in use for a full academic year by both staff and students in all schools across the University. It explored the conclusions drawn from this analysis as well as strategies devised to address any shortcomings. The strategies explored include potential CPD for academic staff, continued student engagement activities, integration of Moodle with other University systems and curriculum design. We showcased good pedagogical practice identified in the use of Moodle across all campuses and in a variety of contexts. In addition, we discussed how student feedback on features they would like is being explored and used to inform potential future developments. Finally, we addressed how strategic opportunities in Phase Two of Moodle development (2013/14) will support the Teaching and Learning Strategy for the University.
We summarised the process involved, the recommendations that were made and the impact that the exercise has had on our online learning provision.
Delivered at ALT-C on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Suzanne Wright, Andy Beggan and Indre Petrauskaite