Learning Technology

Blind double marking with Turnitin

May 16th, 2018

Neither Moodle nor Turnitin goes very far in technically enabling double marking, second marking, moderation, sampling, etc., let alone blind double marking. In most cases, an external document such as a spreadsheet, or two spreadsheets, are still the best way to manage double marking. The two are then compared and an agreed final mark and feedback put into the online assignment, whether Moodle Assignment or Turnitin Assignment.

If you’re using Turnitin Assignments, Feedback Studio now has layers – each marker annotating with QuickMarks gets their own “layer” – a set of comments to which their initials are appended.  A second marker can choose to hide that layer so that they do not see the comments previously made.  Students will see the initials of each marker on the annotations left on release of feedback on the Post date.

However, the grade field and the overall comments field (and any audio feedback) cannot be hidden, and there is only one version.  So one option is for the first marker to put their grade and overall comment into a labelled QuickMark, and the second marker can hide it with the rest. Once both markers have done their work, the layers can be made visible and the feedback and final mark discussed and agreed upon, then transferred to the overall comment and grade fields. The interim QuickMarks can then be deleted before feedback is released to the students (on the Post Date).  By saving off the “Current View” before they are deleted, the process can be recorded.

Notes & Queries 1: Trimming a video in MediaSpace

May 14th, 2018

This is one in a series of answers to questions we’ve been sent. The answers are included here in case they are of use to anyone else.

Today’s question: How do I trim a video in MediaSpace using the MediaSpace tools?

Here’s how: first press the ‘Launch Editor’ button on the right hand side.

This will load the cropping page. You can crop the beginning and the end of the video by clicking on the grey rectangles and dragging and them across the video timeline.

Once you have cropped the video you can either press ‘Save’ to write the original video or you can press ‘Save a Copy’ to save the cropped version and keep the original.

New Moodle course available for Front of House staff

May 11th, 2018

A new Moodle course is now available for Front of House staff such as in Schools or Student Services, and those who work in Libraries or IT support. The course has an emphasis on basic knowledge of Moodle and the kinds of questions that students often ask. It’s brief and engaging and is designed to be practical and relevant.

The course FOODLE: Front of House Moodle is self-enrol and can be found here. The password for enrolment as a participant is SoftChase££

An Open Badge is available for those who complete the course.

MediaSpace video issues in Chrome

May 10th, 2018

If you have the latest version of Chrome (Chrome version 66 or higher) you may find you are unable to play video in Moodle (and anywhere else it’s embedded) from MediaSpace.  This is due to a change Google made to their browser and the way it handles secure certificates.

If you are using Google Chrome version 66 or higher, then videos embedded from MediaSpace will not play.  All other browsers are unaffected (IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Vivaldi) and will play video as normal.

Our video hosting partners (Kaltura) and the Content Delivery Network partner (Akamai) are working on a solution to this issue, but for the moment we suggest using any other browser than Chrome if you need to view video in Moodle.

Future Teacher Webinar – Finding images – 25 May

April 30th, 2018

Future Teacher Talks are free monthly webinars on various topics surrounding online learning as part of the wider Future Teacher 3.0 project. Read more about the wider project on their website.

Each webinar begins with a short introduction and then in many cases engaging and interactive presentations from guest presenters. The webinars are fully interactive and you will have plenty of opportunity to actively participate and contribute.

Working with Rich Media – 1

Images add value for many learners. Digital resources allow you to use more images in more interesting ways. This session starts by helping you find copyright-free images (or making your own). It will then look at how you can use images in a variety of ways from comic strips to interactive resources or creative assessments. Images may create barriers for some students so we offer ways for you to minimise these barriers.

Friday May 25, 2018   -  1:00 pm

Registration if planning to attend

If unable to attend, joining their JISC List will give you access to resources from this and other webinars.

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)