V-L-Easy! Day 5 – Nureva Span

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As part of the countdown to the festive season, the VLE team and CPED are sharing their ideas for simple tools or techniques that can make life easier for lecturers and their students. So far, we’ve explored some of the extra functionality of Weblearn: CollaborateAlly, Student Preview, and Grade Centre Smart Views.

Today, we consider one of the cool bits of software that is not part of the VLE, but which may be an exciting or interactive addition to classroom teaching.

Nureva Span

If you are in the habit of distributing post-it notes to your students, in order for them to write a note and display or group it on a wall, then you may be interested in a digital platform that can do this, and much more.

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Nureva Span software enables active student collaboration via a shared panoramic canvas. The canvas acts as a surface onto which you can attach notes and photos, as well as hyperlinks, sketches or large text blocks. Watch this video overview for more information.

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Help to raise student awareness of contract cheating

poster by turnitin promoting International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating 2018Turnitin are sponsoring a competition in a bid to raise student awareness of contract cheating. Please tell your students that they have until Friday 2nd November for the chance to win £1,000. To receive the money they need to submit the most creative way of making students aware of the risks / inacceptable nature of contract cheating.

Contract cheating occurs when one person completes academic work (e.g. assignment, exam, test, quiz, exam) on behalf of another person who then submits it for academic credit. This behaviour undermines the quality and integrity of the degree, and it undermines the entire education system.

with the message I don't contract cheat because I'm smarter than that!

A whiteboard declaration ahead of the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating.

The competition is Turnitin’s support for the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating that takes place on Wednesday 17th October. You can take part in the day of action by

 

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Nureva Span: using the collaboration software with students

Psychology lecturers from London Met made use of Nureva Span, London Met’s new collaboration software, in their first lecture with new students.

First year students took part in a ‘Treasure Hunt’ that exploited the real-time, media-rich, collaborative nature of the software’s collaborative canvases. To orientate themselves to the campus, the student teams were tasked with locating their scheduled teaching rooms, and capturing photographic evidence. Each Nureva Span canvas has a ‘Quick-share’ feature which allows participants to easily send a note or photo from their phones. On locating each room, the teams used QuickShare to post their selfies immediately to the shared canvas.

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This team share their photos using the Quick-share feature of Nureva Span.

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Discover your digital capabilities!

The Digital Discovery Tool

The digital discovery tool is an online resource developed by Jisc, the body responsible for the Joint Academic Network. The tool enables you to explore the different elements we call ‘digital capabilities’ and find out more about your own digital practice.

digital capabilities framework

The digital capabilities framework

Through a series of reflective questions, the digital discovery tool gives you an opportunity to reflect on your own confidence and ability in each element of the Jisc Digital Capability Framework (see diagram). There are three kinds of question relating to each element:

  1. Confidence questions – you rate your confidence with a digital practice or skill
  2. Depth questions – you select the one statement  that best describes your approach to a digital task.
  3. Breadth questions – you select all the digital activities that you engage in.
Once you’ve signed up, you will find the discovery tool on your dashboard. If you’ve created an academic profile, you will also have an additional reflective survey about specialisms relevant to your role.
Your personal report
A rose diagram being a summary of your digital capabilities

A rose diagram summarizing your digital capabilities. Each wedge is a percentage score for that element.

When you have answered all questions, you will receive a personal report. For each element of the framework, you will see:
  • A visual summary of your overall capabilities (see diagram)
  • A capability level. corresponding to one of three available levels: developing, capable or proficient.
  • Advice about ‘next steps’ to consider if you want to develop further
  • Links to relevant resources to help improve, consolidate, or gain recognition for your skills in this area.

You can download a copy of your report to review in your own time – we hope it will encourage and inspire you! You might want to share your report with others, for example during appraisals and as part of your professional development process. This is your choice.

Your individual test data is private, and will not be made available to anyone else. Jisc provides London Met with anonymised information about the number of people who have used the discovery tool, and their aggregate capability levels.

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Introducing Ally

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Making digital course content more accessible

 

Ally is a new tool on Weblearn that allows students to access module files in accessible file formats without the need to replace the current files or make any changes to your modules – Ally does all the work!

Ally will scan the files on Weblearn and produce an accessibility score. This score is symbolized by a little gauge next to the document/image which will now appear in your modules.
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