Category Archives: TEL

Solstice Conference – Edge Hill University – Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th

attended and presented with my former  colleagues from Law,  Gareth Bramley &  Kate Campbell Pilling . (despite the best efforts of the M6 to stop us)

We have been trialling video and audio feedback using screen capture  via Kaltura for additional comments on scripts initially marked through turnitn



Thoughts from TELFEST.

Ill leave the long review to the blog team on here
And the program is here,  if there is anything you would like particular feedback on give me a shout and ill try.
I couldn’t attend everything I wanted as some workshops clashed with when I  was presenting about pebblepad and on the panel for discussing how we reuse MOOC content. Id much rather have been at “pedagogy of 360 degree video” but never mind its nice to be asked to present.
I was impressed with the adobe connect demo and now its been embedded in MOLE I can see it being used on our program for virtual classroom, office hours or online seminars.
Content creation on iPads seemed to be a recurring theme. I did a session on explain everything for creating learning material with staff from Politics and Dentistry. Im doing it again at the flipped learning worksop in engerrimng next week as a hads on session  .
dentistry use it in the classroom as a portable white board to take to the student groups and explain concepts by zooming into images (teeth in this case but I can see ways we might use it).
It must have been reasonably successful as 4 people went and bought copies of the app at the end of the session . guy from materials science called Nick was one
A first for me was adobe spark, once again a great way to create flipped content quickly
This seemed to be the year of padlet, to the point when it was getting used a bit too often
Another recurring them was lecture capture and recording. There was a representative from Manchester University where they have captured all lectures for 3 years now. Lots of talk about pros and cons
Creative media team were present all week and another theme was its all very well creating nice looking material but the students want good sound quality above all else.
I attended the VLE consultation workshop with ideas about features we how we would like in MOLE (blackboard) or its replacement .
A room 101 session. As I remember the suggestions included the university managed PC system, those audience response clickers that have become so popular at events, marking submissions on a computer screen when there is a turnitin app that lets you mark away from the desk (as you would with paper) and the “teacher traps” those being new bits of technology that you just cant seem to turn on (eg projectors that you cant reach)
TEL through students eyes which was basically saying the students want good looking MOLE course with a common feel to them and not too many clicks. Also that they have just about abandoned email
Lastly for this update a session on ways of evaluating practise and toolkit we might use.

AMRC Foundation Degree Update 1

progress on the degree. Ran a blackboard (Mole) exemplar course session with the lecturers at the training centre on Thursday 9th June . Excellent support from Danny Monaghan and Pete Mella and plenty of ideas to incorporate.

Attended the Eng Faculty TEL meeting and EATS session which mostly dealt with Echo360 lecture capture .

Started purchasing our recording equipment for the flipped learning so it feels like we are moving forward a little.

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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

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

TELFEST, Norfolk &the Big Walk

So much went on this week so I’ll say it with  pictures.

TELFEST came and went and I attended as many sessions as I could given that it was the week before student intro week.

The pic below? Well Tim Herrick used a metaphor for the capability of our VLE during a round-table discussion . he said it was OK but not brilliant, a bit like a holiday in Norfolk. So the picture below is actually from my recent holiday in Norfolk. I don’t think it’s too bad…Norfolk that is, the VLE is for a different discussionNorfolk

Then Thursday I walked 19.5 miles (the fitbit said 21) from Edale to Sheffield for the big walk charity event

I ended up walking with Laura from our MOOC team so there was much talk of the future of MOOCs and how our own criminology MOOC will take off

Here is our small group on the approach to Sheffield with about 6 miles to go


And finally, as they say. Introductions from the educators on our MOOC