Learning Technology

Archive for 2020

A Summer of Moodle #2: Quick wins: Collapsed Topics

August 4th, 2020 at 03:08

Collapsed topics are an easy way to avoid the “Scroll of Death” on your Moodle page. They look tidy and clear, All sections (topics) except the top General one have a toggle that displays that section. As the editing teacher you can set it so that: All sections can be displayed at any given time [...]

Microsoft Teams Tips 4: 5 Different Ways to use PowerPoint in Teams

August 4th, 2020 at 01:08

One of the queries we have had many times is ‘How do I share a PowerPoint in Teams?’ The University’s Office365 support team have shared this great video on the different ways to share PowerPoint presentations in Teams meetings. My colleague Simon Barnett points out that these are particularly useful if you have only one [...]

A Summer of Moodle #1: Should I add a file individually or in a folder?

August 3rd, 2020 at 11:08

Files can be uploaded to Moodle as individual File Resources or into folders. There are generally more advantages to adding the files individually. There are lots of things you can’t do with files in folders. Folders in Moodle can only contain files (not any other kind of resource or activity). Folders show alphabetical lists of [...]

Microsoft Teams Tips 2: Teams Top Tips infographic

June 25th, 2020 at 09:06

Here are some useful tips on creating and running a Team from Joe Kenney. This infographic outlines key functionality and set-up to consider when creating your team. All the steps mentioned have been used in live examples within the university. CREATE A ‘READ ME FIRST’ TAB Creating a ‘read me first’ page can be very [...]

Adapt for online: workshop for staff adapting teaching to online

June 22nd, 2020 at 10:06

In this Teams-based workshop, you will use a simple framework and toolkit to learn how to adapt your face-to-face learning activities (lectures, seminars, practical classes etc.) for online delivery. You will have the opportunity to learn how to use a simple, PowerPoint-based drag-and-drop toolkit to plan high-quality, online learning activities in a matter of minutes. [...]

Microsoft Teams Tips 1: Meetings – Sharing your screen

June 22nd, 2020 at 07:06

There have been so many changes in Microsoft Teams recently that I’m restarting my series on Teams Tips. A few tips on screen sharing today: Teams gives you a number of options during a meeting for sharing your screen. You can see these as “columns” when you click Share. Desktop – this lets you share [...]

Starting out with Xerte Online Toolkits

June 18th, 2020 at 03:06

Xerte Online Toolkits is an Open Source content creation tool that allows non-technical users such as academic staff to quickly and easily build rich, interactive and engaging online learning resources with high levels of accessibility already built in. If Microsoft PowerPoint is a specialist program for creating presentations to deliver in the classroom, then you can think of Xerte [...]

Five minutes with… Joe Bell

June 16th, 2020 at 12:06

What is your job role? Video Production Support Officer, Learning Technology, University of Nottingham Libraries In my eyes: helping people create and make sense of digital media. What 3 words describe you? Creative, Technical, Amiable Tell us something ‘unusual’ about yourself I’ve had artistic residencies at London International Festival of Theatre, Man and Eve Gallery, and Galleri Vals. [...]

Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement – online course for staff starts 1st July

June 9th, 2020 at 08:06

The next version of this online course starts Wednesday 1st July for two weeks. This course is ONLINE in Moodle. It is asynchronous so you take part in your own time within 2- to 4-day blocks. This course aims to provide those teaching or planning to teach an online or blended course with ideas, techniques [...]

Practicing “failing safely” in order to succeed – Self-assessment and Mastery learning – free FutureTeacher webinar 26/6/20 at 1300

June 8th, 2020 at 02:06

Anybody involved in teaching wants their students to master the subject. We recognise that failure is an important part of learning and that “understanding” is what is left after “misunderstandings” have been dealt with. But we don’t always give our students enough chances to fail safely or to learn positively from failures. This often has a disproportionate impact on [...]