With Daniel Villalba Algas from Politics / Sociological studies I have been successful in a bid to the Learning & Teaching development fund and have been award £500 for a pilot project to “promote production of material for flipped lectures”.
The bid is based around two applications.
Explain Everything is a unique interactive screencasting whiteboard app which we will be able to make use of with the staff iPads to create learning material.
Plickers is a simple tool that lets lecturers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices
First meeting with the central MOOC team about timings for the next run of the Crime Justice and Society course on Futurelearn.
We have already begun to reuse some of the MOOC material in our existing MOLE modules.
The first run of the MOOC had over 5500 active learners from 136 different countries
Small group hands on session to try out explain everything on the iPad. Looks like we will be purchasing a few licences, possibly in conjunction with politics. First impression are it’ll be a useful tool help build learning material for our flipped classrooms
Have also downloaded the version for Surface pro for Window 10
Busy week already and I ended up spending little time at Architecture apart from two meetings to discuss their TEL strategy.
On Monday I attended the Learning & Teaching Strategy Consultation, Developing a flexible approach event,. Great to have discussion with staff from different backgrounds and roles in the University. 2 recurring comments, we dont have time to develop new methods of using technology in our teaching and there is an aversion to risk taking that might impact on module feedback and NSS.
Tuesday was faculty Tec net and report back on TEL developments and try to work out what is going on with all the reshuffles .
Tuesday afternoon saw us set up the dummy assessment points for Law 135 and we still had plenty of students who misunderstood the submission guidance
Well attended app swap breakfast on Wednesday morning, found plenty of new ideas and this was followed by TEL meet in the IC with presentations about the future of Echo 360 lecture capture and the new media hosting solution.
Talked about our iPad management system, 30 apps in 30 days and the need to put on workshops for our staff in Jan 2016
Finally a drive to the empty house in Norfolk to make some HEA portfolio notes.
A quick reshuffle and I’m away to the Architecture School for 2 1/2 days each week till July to cover their Learning Technologist role.
Have had a work experience pupil from a local school for two weeks. William proved to be a very useful and able assistant and helped us finally shift out the bulk of the 75 iPads to staff, all managed by Meraki.
Spent one morning with him at CICS playing with augmented reality.
We were quite taken with “elements 4d”
My first session on the Blackboard exemplar course module. Useful having fresh pair of eyes looking at our course structure. Just have to puck some courses now to run through the check list before January 4.
Preparations are under way for moving to complete EMA for the substantive assessment on 2 of our core first year modules.
WE have used EMA on a number of modules over the last few years but this is the first time we have done it on such a large cohort so it requires carefull of planning , not least to deal with some of the “idiosyncracies” of Turnitin & Grademark.
First task is to set up some dummy assessment points so we can check the students have understood the submission instructions to the letter as previous experience seems to indicate they don’t always read what they have been told to.
Last week I attended the JISC EMA tool kit session in London (remotely by VC). Had a follow-up meeting with James Goldingay and colleagues from Law School Professional Services and Architecture. What is clear is that there is little down approach to EMA at the University. In some ways this flexibility helps but in other ways we need stronger guidance and recommendations.
Busy creating Smart views and groups for the compulsory Law MCQ tests in the Management School course for Engineers (900 plus students)
In other news I now have a licence for Articulate Storyline 2 but sadly no time to start using it yet.
MOOC week 4 and we have gone past 10,000 learners
At last, staged roll outs of iPads to staff using meraki as a management tool. Starting with our Legal Practice Course staff. It all went well till they started using facetime and syncing contacts to the iCloud (which to be honest we thought we had removed) Cue much removal of iCloud from the devices that still had it on. Anyway 20 done, 55 to go
First full week of students using the pebblepad workbooks for EU law and the interface has caused some confusion, not just for the students as it sometimes gives us a hard time. At least one student complete the whole thing in one sitting though!
50 laptops setup for the cafe style learning event the first years are taking part in over in the octagon. In the days of BYOD im not sure how many of the 50 we provided were actually used
And over in MOOC / futurelearn world sign ups are now over 6000