Learning Technology

Category: Moodle

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Five minutes with… the Faculty and School Support Learning Technology Consultants

May 23rd, 2019 at 07:05

The Faculty and School Support team are a front line team of Learning Technology consultants who work closely with academic colleagues and students to help embed the use of digital learning tools and online pedagogy across the university. They are part of the Learning Technology Section in University of Nottingham Libraries. What 3 words describe our team? [...]

Top tips to make your learning materials more accessible #1

May 17th, 2019 at 11:05

With new digital accessibility regulations now in force since September 2018, HE institutions are required to be proactive in providing fully accessible websites – which includes VLEs such as Moodle. This provides a real opportunity to review and improve learning materials  for students and others. New websites must be compliant by 23 Sep 2019 and [...]

Show, Hide or Stealth Activities – Moodle for Spies!

May 10th, 2019 at 01:05

Every item, resource, activity or section in Moodle can be: Visible to students (Show)  or Hidden from students (Hide) Now there’s a third option: what I like to think of as “stealth activities”! This shows up in the settings for staff as: “Available but not shown on course page” An item like this is not [...]

Turnitin (& Moodle) assignment submission checklist

May 9th, 2019 at 03:05

We are often contacted by students worried about why their submissions to assignment dropboxes are not succeeding. For best results here are the guidelines: Your document: please check Filename consists of no more than 40 characters (you may get an error message if filename is too long: it will be “XML Response could not be [...]

Using Moodle Assignments for Group Work

March 19th, 2019 at 01:03

Moodle Assignments are really flexible and useful when setting up submission of groupwork. Set up an assignment for groups, and any member of a group can submit, and it will appear against all the other members of the group.  Mark one assignment and the marks and feedback appear against all the others in the group [...]

Anonymous forums in Moodle

February 15th, 2019 at 12:02

We are occasionally asked about how staff can set up anonymous forums in Moodle. At the time of writing there is no official anonymous forum in Moodle. The Moodle space is designed to be, like the classroom, a safe learning community where students feel OK to speak, and there are ways to build that type [...]

Working online more comfortably #3: More accessible ways to use Turnitin Feedback Studio

February 5th, 2019 at 09:02

The Turnitin HelpDesk passed onto me a good tip for those who prefer or need a larger font when creating or reading Bubble comments and general feedback in Feedback Studio. First open Notepad and paste into it the following code: <font size=”+2″>Test</font> Keep Notepad open When marking, each time you create a new bubble comment. [...]

Working online more comfortably #2: What can you do if you’re struggling to read text on the screen?

January 18th, 2019 at 10:01

Sally Hanford writes: We spend an increasing amount of time looking at screens and there is an expectation that processes that were previously carried out on paper will be transferred online in the future.  Many people struggle to read text on screen for prolonged periods of time for various reasons and this can become a [...]

Working online more comfortably #1: Accessibility options in Chrome

January 15th, 2019 at 10:01

Accessibility can be an issue for both students and staff using Moodle. If you are spending hours studying or marking online, then you want it to be as comfortable as possible. If you’re using the Chrome browser then you can add Accessibility extensions to the browser that you’re using to allow you to customise it [...]

Moodle messaging

January 4th, 2019 at 09:01

If you see this red flag next to your name at the top right of your Moodle page it means you have a message that you haven’t read. In Moodle, users can send messages to one another – like a sort of text message or Whatsapp – but people often ignore the notifications when one [...]