Bb Annotate for Weblearn Asignments

On 22 June Weblelarn Assignments (not Turnitin) will transfer to Bb Annotate, the new inline grading tool provided by Blackboard. The transfer will take a few days to complete and you can continue to access and work on assignments during this period.

An example submission in the annotate view

Annotate was created in partnership with institutions across the globe and it will replace the Box View grading tool. The new customisable feature set includes:

  • Selection of document view settings
  • Comments (similar to the Turnitin Bubble Comments)
  • Annotation tools such as free hand drawing, shapes, highlighter pen, customisable stamps/images and text
  • Content library of reusable comments
  • Search feature
  • Print or download annotated submissions
  • Various colour selections, and more.

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Resources and support for students

Weblearn Staff Help (login required) contains a collection of centrally managed resources for students which provides guidance on online submission, using the university IT systems, creating assets for projects and submission and more. These resources have been put together so they can be shared with students across the university without the need for them to be redeveloped for each course.

Below we have listed some examples of the resources available through Weblearn. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the Weblearn pages, maybe LinkedIn Learning could help!

IT Induction information

The IT Inductions area contains information, not just for new starters, but on common tasks students will undertake during their degree. Examples include:

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Student FAQs

Students frequently use Weblearn to complete tasks and access their learning materials and there are some common questions which come up time and time again. We have put together a list for staff and a list for students to answer some of these common questions.

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Staff Common Questions

London Met students and lecturers use Weblearn for learning and teaching purposes and as such there are some common questions which come up time and time again. We have put together a list for staff and a list for students to answer some of these common questions.

For example, have you ever wondered what the black exclamation mark which sometimes appears next to a Turnitin submission means?

 

If you have any questions that you would like answered, please add them to the Staff Common Questions form and we include them in our list.

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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning iconLinkedIn Learning is a platform where you can access thousands of online video tutorials and courses so you and your students can learn to use popular software packages like Microsoft and Adobe. It also features a whole host of professional development topics like leadership skills and time management.

Courses and tutorials can be embedded into Weblearn modules and organisations so students can access them alongside their learning materials. 

The list of videos below is a small sample of training that’s available on LinkedIn Learning and it’s completely free for all London Met students and staff. Simply with your university details. eg:

Staff:
username@staff.londonmet.ac.uk
Password

Student:
username@my.londonmet.ac.uk
Password

Linkedin Learning: http://lil.londonmet.ac.uk

Sample tutorials (login required)

Microsoft Word

Microsoft PowerPoint

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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.

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V-L-Easy! Day 9 – Create simple videos

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As part of the countdown to the festive season, the Weblearn 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 have explored CollaborateAlly, Student Preview,  Grade Centre Smart ViewsNureva SpanCourse Sites, Weblearn Groups and alternative assessment tools.
Today we look at a tool that can be used to record lectures, but also to generate rich media for sharing via Weblearn

Creating simple video using Techsmith Relay

At every desk and in every classroom, lecturers have at their disposal the tools to create lively and engaging videos. Techsmith Relay, available across the network, is software which records the computer display and submits the resulting video to MEDIAL – the London Met media server. Typically, the tool is used to capture lectures, but it used to produce simple videos combining anything displayed on your computer screen with a spoken commentary recorded via the PC’s microphone. If you have a webcam on your desktop computer, you can also create ‘Talking head’ videos.

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V-L-Easy! Day 8 – Weblearn Tools for learning and assessment

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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 have explored CollaborateAlly, Student Preview,  Grade Centre Smart ViewsNureva SpanCourse Sites and Weblearn Groups.
Today, we explore a feature which may be a crucial part of your assessment design, but is also a quick and simple way to manage your assessment, marking and communication with students.

Weblearn Tools for learning and assessment

Essays, presentations and tests are not the only way for your students to communicate what they have learned. Weblearn has several alternative tools that student can use to document or construct their knowledge: blogs, journals, discussion boards, wikis, and portfolios. These are perfectly suited to continuous assessment, and can be used for either formative or summative assessment.

Diagram matching Weblearn tools to types of thinking

For each type of intellectual activity, there is a corresponding tool in Weblearn.

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V-L-Easy! Day 7 – Groups

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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. Last week, we explored CollaborateAlly, Student Preview,  Grade Centre Smart Views, and Nureva Span. Yesterday, we revisited Course SitesToday, we explore a feature which may be a crucial part of your assessment design, but is also a quick and simple way to manage your assessment, marking and communication with students.

Groups

An important aspect of learning in higher education is working in groups.  Group work can improve critical thinking problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills.

Creating groups in Weblearn allows students to work on projects together, where they can communicate via group discussion boards and blogs or use other tools, such as Wiki’s, so  students can on collaboratively.

Groups in Weblearn are often used when there is a group assignment for students.  In such cases, a group is created which allows for the group to submit one assignment for the whole group.  When creating these groups, they are made visible to the students so they can see who else is in their group and collaborate accordingly.

Links to group videoHowever, groups can be created and utilised by staff as a student management tool, where students are unaware that the groups have been created. For example, groups can be created that match seminar classes, research partners, peer groups etc. Watch the video to find out more.

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