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Successful bid in partnership with Politics / Sociological Studies

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

Teaching Strategy Event, App Swap & TEL meet

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.


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EMA – first big module

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.



JISC follow up, Law for management & Storyline

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



iPads, Pebblepad & cafe style learning

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