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Eight ways that two monitors make your life easier

September 18th, 2018 at 12:09

More and more University staff are acquiring two display screens. If you can get an extra one, the bigger the better, and you can use them to save time and increase your productivity in a number of ways, especially when marking online. Here are 8 of them:

  1. Have your module’s Moodle page open in a window on one monitor, and the marking page, eg Feedback Studio, in the other.
  2. It’s easy to refer to Help files or videos and keep them open while following the steps in another window..
  3. Have your marking page open in one window and Word in the other, either for a personal rubric or notes or a spreadsheet.
  4. Open the assignment in Word if you prefer to read in that, and make general comments in the other window, rather than using annotation.
  5. If you use a rubric in Feedback Studio: you can pop out the rubric to see it in its entirety which is useful for marking.
  6. Useful for second marking: e.g., you can have a webinar window open (or Skype) and view the papers at the same time as you discuss them.
  7. When updating your module for the coming academic year – you can have last year’s and this year’s open in separate windows: tip, have the old one on the left and the new one the right so you always remember to update the correct one!
  8. Have Word or Xerte Toolkits open at the same time as Moodle
  • to create resources
  • to create a Module Handbook

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