Learning Technology

Category: Web-based resources

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Word counts and Turnitin

January 22nd, 2019 at 08:01

We are often asked about Turnitin Word counts. Turnitin states that they use a word counting algorithm very similar to that of Microsoft Word but not identical.   Turnitin does not count the words in text boxes, footnotes, and end-notes since these are not included by default.  For example, if the whole paper (e.g., a form) [...]

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

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 serious issue. Even [...]

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 [...]

How to add a Twitter widget to Moodle

September 7th, 2018 at 01:09

Step 1 – Twitter Go to publish.twitter.com Enter the URL of what you would like to embed, e.g. https://twitter.com/LTNottingham   to embed a user’s tweets, or e.g., #UoNFreshers to embed tweets with a hashtag (options are given on the page) Select Embedded timeline Edit  customization options if you wish (size might be most appropriate) Click Copy [...]

AnswerGarden – wordcloud feedback

August 2nd, 2018 at 09:08

AnswerGarden.ch is a brainstorming and quick feedback tool. You can create word clouds from answers given by learners or participants in sessions. It can be used for real-time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.  You create a topic and ask participants to reply – the ideal question would have many one-word answers. You can use [...]

Puzzling it out

June 25th, 2018 at 03:06

Helen Whitehead says: I’m presenting at Sheffield University’s TELFest this week, along with Liz Cable from Leeds Trinity University, on Puzzling it Out: Exploring Escape Games for Learning & Assessments Here are the slides we are going to zip through, and a Case Study printout of the Escape Games we’ll talk about, with some ideas for [...]

Rolling over Reading Lists

May 23rd, 2018 at 09:05

As usual at this time of year our thoughts are already turning to the coming academic year and reading lists.  The Library Team have now created a copy of all the existing online reading lists ready for use in 18-19. This year, in response to academic demand, all new copy lists have been given a [...]

Image Analysis Methods for Biologists – MOOC starts in March

February 5th, 2018 at 11:02

A free four-week course introducing image acquisition and analysis for biologists starts on 5th March 2018. The course from the University of Nottingham, offered via Futurelearn, is aimed at  postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in biological sciences to improve knowledge and understanding of image analysis and develop the practical ability to analyse images. With the significant increase [...]

The University of Nottingham as e-textbook publisher

February 2nd, 2018 at 11:02

Steve Stapleton, Head of Learning Technology, has a post on the JISC blog about e-textbooks, specifically our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSP) and the Applied Ethics e-textbooks.  Students were surveyed on their experience of being provided with these e-textbooks as part of their modules and the data from their responses is analysed in the blog post. [...]

Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement – UoN online course in April

January 29th, 2018 at 10:01

Online Facilitation and Designing for Engagement is a short online course that aims to provide those teaching or planning to teach an online or blended course  with ideas, techniques and skills to design and facilitate engaging activities for learning online. It was well-received by staff in 2017 and we are running it again in 2018 [...]