Learning Technology

Join our team: Learning Technology Consultants wanted

April 23rd, 2014

UK Moodle TeamWe are looking for people-oriented learning technology professionals to join our team supporting staff and students at all levels and helping deliver an exciting and engaging online learning experience.

We are seeking experienced learning technology consultants to take a lead on, and be accountable for, successful support services for high-profile, Faculty wide technology enabled learning projects. Working with staff at all levels, this role will assume responsibility for supporting the deployment and use of  a wide range of learning technologies across one of five Faculties at the University. The role will also have a significant liaison responsibility, working with senior representatives in Faculties and Schools in order to deliver an enhanced learning experience.

You will have proven experience of distance and e-learning pedagogies and their application in HE, and be able to work with academic staff to promote and exploit the most effective use of learning technologies. You will be working as part of a team of Faculty based learning technologists, and will therefore be required to work independently and as part of a wider team.

We’re friendly, creative and innovative and no two days will be alike :)

If you are a learning technologist with a focus on people and pedagogy and you think you can really make a difference to staff and student experience, come and join us!

Closing Date Wednesday, 7th May 2014
Job posting for Learning Technology Consultant

E-learning Community session: Wednesday, May 7th

April 22nd, 2014

The May e-Learning Community session will be held on Wednesday, May 7th in A33, Food Sciences, Sutton Bonington and will include three speakers from this campus – two from Biosciences and one from Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS).

  • Steve Wang (Biosciences) will talk about his mGlossary system developed with funding from the University Teaching Development Fund. This provides a multimedia, multilingual and mobile (cross-platform) glossary system to help students (particularly international students) improve their subject-related scientific English.
  • Jon Majewicz (Biosciences) arrived at Nottingham recently as someone already with a keen interest in e-learning. He will tell us of his experiences in finding his way to and through the wide variety of e-learning activities at Nottingham.
  • Liz Mossop (SVMS) has considerable experience of Rogo, the University’s e-assessment tool and she will speak about the review processes (both internal and external) it offers.

Date: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Time: 12.30 p.m. with hot drinks from 12.15 p.m.

Location: A33, Food Sciences, Sutton Bonington

To be sure we have enough tea and coffee, please e-mail is-learning-team@nottingham.ac.uk if you intend to be present.

Transport. Please note that because of the peculiarities of term dates this year, May 7th is OUT of term when the shuttle bus to Sutton Bonington is hourly only. If you would like to use the shuttle bus, then we recommend the service that leaves East Drive at 11.45 (and arrives at Sutton Bonington at 12.10). The matching return service will be the 2.15.  The compensation for the talk being out of term is that motorists will find parking at Sutton Bonington easier than in term.

Free open online course on Moodle

April 4th, 2014

Here’s some information about a couple of free courses that might be interesting to follow:

From Abertay University: a “Performing Magic with Moodle” course is running next week, and open to registrations. You can sign up here:   http://www.telteacher.com/mmm

They say: “On the course we’ll be looking at how to create engaging, usable and effective modules in Moodle, based on my teaching and research on the platform.  Through the week you’ll create a student-friendly module, leading to happier students and an online element for your course that you can be proud of.”

It will include:

  • How to use visuals as signposts to improve navigation
  • How to structure a Moodle module for easy use
  • How to implement multimedia resources easily
  • How to create a good 1st impression & raise engagement
  • How to make navigation much simpler

It’s open and free to attend for anyone working in education.

Another event of interest comes from Manchester University:  The Manchester Distance Learning Network is offering an online webinar, which will be presented by Ella Sherman from Nearpod using Fuze Meeting.

NearPod is an app that allows teachers to prepare lessons that combine presentation, collaboration and assessment and then manage how that information is then shared on a student’s mobile device. Teachers create a slide presentation using NearPod and then embed video and add polls, quizzes and activities. This presentation with all of its interactivity can then be delivered synchronously to a class using NearPod or distributed as homework for asynchronous lessons. The results of any polls, quizzes, etc are stored for retrieval by the teacher later on to monitor student performance, opinion, etc.

To register for this event, go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teaching-interactively-using-nearpod-tickets-11083933343

If you register for this event, you will be sent a Fuze Meeting invitation prior to the webinar, along with instructions.

Elearning community, 2nd April: Dr Who and the Mysteries of Turnitin

March 26th, 2014

The next e-Learning Community will be held on Wednesday, April 2nd at 9 am (UK time) 4 pm (UNNC and UNMC)
**Note the change of time from our usual lunchtime in the UK.**

We are having the session early because it will be held simultaneously on all three campuses, UK, China and Malaysia.

In Nottingham it will be held in in C19, Pope Building, University Park.

Our topic this month is: Turnitin

Speakers across the campuses will cover topics throughout  the lifetime of a Turnitin assignment, and we will be guiding our new module convenor through the workings of this tool used through Moodle.We’ll cover marking on iPads and tips and tricks for anonymous and second marking.

Online submission of assignments is used across the University, but to what extent can you check for plagiarism across the boundaries of time and mark from whatever corner of space you currently inhabit?

We expect participation from the audience!

Date: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Time: 9 am (UK time) with hot drinks

4 pm (Malaysia and China)

Location: C19, Pope Building, University Park

To be sure we have enough tea and coffee, please e-mail is-learning-team@nottingham.ac.uk if you intend to be present.

If you would like to tweet about this and other Elearning Community sessions please use the hashtag #UoNelc

First HEA report on research into MOOCs

March 17th, 2014

The Higher Education Academy has published its research into learning and teaching of Massive Open Online courses (MOOCS) and finds that ‘the teacher persists’.

The Pedagogy of the MOOC: the UK View by Sian Bayne and Jen Ross from the University of Edinburgh also contains snapshots of five current UK MOOCs with an emphasis on the detail of teacher practice. It concludes that although teaching functions are sometimes delegated to automated processes and community-based social learning in MOOCs, the place and visibility of the teacher remain of central importance.

The Edinburgh report makes three policy recommendations: to continue to investigate what may be most useful regarding the accreditation of MOOCs and the implications for teaching; to encourage innovation and transformation in continuing professional development (CPD) contexts using MOOCs; and to acknowledge MOOCs as representing a significant shift to digital education by implementing policies and practices which support and foster digital literacies. The HEA supports these recommendations.

Tips on question re-use in Rogō

February 21st, 2014

question bank tasksIf you want to re-use a Rogo question you first need to find the question. An easy way of searching for a question from a paper is to choose one of the options under Question Bank Tasks. The first 3 options allow you to search under one parameter (Type, Team or Keyword) but if you want to run a more detailed search you should select the Search option.

The screenshot below shows the results of a Questions by Type search where Fill-in-the-Blank has been selected and this was restricted to my questions only (see tick box top right). A list of questions is displayed that match your search options. If you click on a question once and select the Quick View option under Current Question Tasks you will see a preview of the question which allows you to see if this a question that you want to use.

list of questions from search results

When you find a question that you may want to use, you can look at information about it to see where it has previously been used. Details about re-use will help you decide whether you want to use the question and if you think you may want to make changes to the question you should create a new copy by copying to your paper (Copy onto Paper X…). If you do not need to make any changes you can select the Link to Paper X… option.

e-Learning Community – Wed 5 March – Twitter

February 19th, 2014

TwitterThe next e-Learning Community session will be held on 5th March in C15, Pope, and will be on the topic of Twitter.

Date: Wednesday, March 5th

Time: 12.30 p.m. with hot drinks from 12.15 p.m.

Location: C15, Pope Building, University Park

The micro-blogging service Twitter has existed since 2006 and from the start it has been controversial: some love it, others hate it. Regardless of this, however, does Twitter have any role in higher education? Our three speakers will attempt to persuade us that indeed it does.

  • Liz Mossop (Veterinary Medicine and Science)
  • Peter Kirwan (English)
  • Alison McNab (LRLR)

To be sure we have enough tea and coffee, please e-mail is-learning-team@nottingham.ac.uk if you intend to be present.

The hashtag for these events is #UoNELC

ELESIG Masterclass: The Art of Guerrilla Research

February 18th, 2014

elesig logoDate: 17th March 2014

Location: Open University, Milton Keynes

ELESIG, the Special Interest Group for those interested in the learner experience of technology, will be running a series of masterclasses for staff conducting research into learners’ experiences of using technology for learning.

The Art of Guerrilla Research: use of new tools, open data and easy dissemination means that the research process needn’t always follow the traditional path of funding, extensive research and publication. This workshop will explore new lightweight approaches to research, with the principles of no external funding and no required permission to conduct. It will feature presentations from Martin Weller and Tony Hirst and group activities looking at this approach, possibilities and issues. Cost is £40.

Lunch will be available from 12.30pm then the workshop will start at 1.30pm. 

Full list of ELESIG masterclasses

Book your place now

Xerte Friday webinar 28 Feb: maths, symbols and signs in Xerte Toolkits

February 17th, 2014

The next Xerte Friday session (28 February) will be about using Xerte toolkits to create good-looking (and accessible) maths and science formulae for learning objects.  Barbara Nance  will be leading the session supported by TechDis colleagues.

Maths and science signs and symbols pose one of the biggest challenges in creating accessible resources but Xerte Toolkits is compatible with the key standards for displaying symbols and formulae online so if you know what you’re doing you can create beautifully looking equations that resize when you magnify the page and can even speak with the right browser/plugin combination.

This session will help you know what you’re doing – starting with very simple maths you can enter from the keyboard we will go on to explore copying and pasting from Word’s equation editor and end up showing you how to create MathJax expressions using a simple online tool. We may even throw in a bit of MathML at the end. In all of this we will be playing with different Xerte page types that can be used creatively to make attractive interactive learning.

The Xerte community would like your help! They say:

  • If you never touch maths symbols and signs in your own subject area or your own learning objects they would be grateful if you would let  colleagues know, those who might benefit from Xerte OnlineToolkits in science or maths subjects.
  • If you already use Xerte toolkits to deliver science or maths they would love to see some examples of the learning object you’ve created. Please reply via the XERTEFORTEACHERS list if possible.
  • If you’ve got tips and tricks about working with particular maths or particular page types they’d love to hear from you.

Joining details (free webinar): please book at least two days in advance.

Flexible Pedagogies: preparing for the future – New HEA report launched

February 10th, 2014

The HEA has launched its fourth report as part of the ‘Flexible Pedagogies: preparing for the future‘ series which focuses on key flexible learning themes.

The new report, Flexible Pedagogies: technology-enhanced learning, highlights a number of developments which could, in the future, aid flexibility beyond the typical features of current technology-enhanced learning or virtual learning environments including:

  •  support for personalised learning pathways;
  • development of learning analytics, such as engagement data to replace attendance data;
  • further research into the effectiveness of online, distance and flexible approaches compared to more traditional ones, with a focus on retention and success data;
  • policy development work on the recognition of credits from online courses;
  • research into whether online courses could really replace or just complement in-class interaction

The report is supplemented by case studies of innovative practice demonstrating how technology facilitates, enhances or supports flexible learning.

The report is available here