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Archive for 2020

A Summer of Moodle #5: New features in Moodle 3.8

August 12th, 2020 at 03:08

This summer, we upgraded to Moodle 3.8 and there are some new features mainly within the forums, books and the text editor. Here’s a video to give you a tour of the new features. A Summer of Moodle All Summer of Moodle posts A Summer of Moodle #1: Should I add a file individually or [...]

A Summer of Moodle #4: Open Badges in Moodle for enhancing engagement

August 10th, 2020 at 03:08

We’ve talked about Badges in the past on this blog. Open Badges are a form of microaccreditation that also provides motivation for students to complete a module or part of a module. They appear on an individual’s profile in Moodle and can also be exported to display on LinkedIn or a Badge Backpack. Recently, we’ve [...]

A Summer of Moodle #3: Changes in Turnitin Feedback Studio

August 7th, 2020 at 12:08

There are just a couple of changes to Turnitin since we upgraded Moodle – and they are both improvements. Turnitin assignments can now be up to 100 MB (formerly 40 MB) Moodle Assignments with Turnitin check turned on can now also be 100 MB – a good increase from 20 MB which was formerly allowed. [...]

Preparing for next year’s digital teaching: training and support

August 5th, 2020 at 08:08

There are training courses running all summer on a variety of topics and techniques useful for planning and delivering mixed-mode teaching, whether online or in a blended way, in the coming academic year. Find the full training schedule - most courses are available to book on Central Short Courses. Training courses include: Key Moodle Basics * [...]

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 [...]