V-L-Easy! Day 10 – Weblearn Resources for Students

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We have come to the end of our fortnight of blog posts about simple tools or techniques for simplifying teaching and learning. Although we will not be continuing to blog each day about ways to make life easier for you and your students, there are still many other useful resources created by the Weblearn team and CPED that you can continue to use all through the year; these are the topic of our concluding post.
Today we look at a tool that can be used to record lectures, but also to generate rich media for sharing via Weblearn

 We appreciate that creating online resources can be time-consuming, and the outcome can be short-lived if the content goes out of date quickly.

That is why using a centrally managed resource can take the pressure off academics. It means you direct your students to it in the knowledge that you don’t need to verify, maintain or update the content. Weblearn plays host to a number of student resources which can be repurposed within your learning and teaching.

Weblearn help and support pages

The Weblearn help and support pages for students contain the student user guides and ‘how to’ videos for Weblearn that we keep up-to-date.

If your students keep asking the same questions or have the same problems with Weblearn each year, let the Weblearn team know – we can put together a resource that can be shared with students.

Online Submission Help

Online Submission Help includes all the how-to videos and guidance for online submission. If submission processes change on Weblearn or Turnitin the guidance will be updated here first. The Online Submission Help area also contains a practice area for students. Students can rehearse uploading assignments without tainting their originality scores. Staff can use this area too, and experience Turnitin from a student perspective.

IT Induction Area

The IT Induction area includes helpful videos and other interactive resources. These are designed to familiarise students with the IT systems they will be using during their studies, such as Weblearn, Evision and their London Met Email.

Course sites

As described in the Course Sites post, these Weblearn areas contain centrally maintained help pages which are verified with the relevant service area and then updated each academic year.

Lynda.com

If you tend to spend too much time teaching students how to use a particular software package in your workshops, maybe Lynda.com can help. Lynda.com contains thousands of video tutorials for basic skills which can be embedded into your modules.

Links to each of the resources above can be integrated into your Weblearn Module. You will find that many of them are already present in your Course Site. Let your students know they are there, and perhaps consider demonstrating to students in class how much useful content is available in the VLE.

We trust there has been something of interest in this series of posts. If you would like more support or guidance on any of the tools discussed, please contact vletraining@londonmet.ac.uk.
Best seasonal wishes to you and your students from the Weblearn team and CPED.
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