V-L-Easy! Day 6 – Course Sites

V-L-Easy banner

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. We also demonstrated some software suitable for classroom use: Nureva Span.

Today, we consider how you already have a platform at your disposal to increase course cohesion, and minimise repetitive publishing of material across Modules.

Course Sites

Weblearn is not just host to Module areas for distributing learning materials, or receiving electronic submission of assignments. Weblearn is also host to Course Sites –areas dedicated to each London Met course. Membership of the Course Site encompasses all students in all levels of your course. In addition, staff involved in delivering or supporting the course can be added. This means that Course Sites are the perfect channel for communicating with all the course stakeholders.

If you have procedures or guidelines that are common to many modules on the course, you can post these on the Course Site instead of repeatedly uploading them to separate module spaces. You may wish to promote an event or opportunity to all students. Alternatively, you can publish information about careers on the Course Site; it may be of particular interest to finalists. However first and second years can preview this in readiness for later in the course.

By default, Course Sites also include several Help and Support pages that gather the latest advice and guidance for all students. You will never need to investigate the Academic Regulations, or library opening hours, or the contact details of the gym in order to share this with your students, because the information is maintained centrally.

A Course Site can be used to forge a sense of shared identity that extends beyond the level of the module-lecture or seminar-group. It can be used to celebrate the achievements of continuing students and set expectations for new students.

If you would like more information on how to get the most out of your Course Site, please contact vletraining@londonmet.ac.uk .

Share

V-L-Easy! Day 5 – Nureva Span

V-L-Easy banner

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.

Link to Span video

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.

Continue reading

Share

V-L-Easy! Day 4 – Smart Views

V-L-Easy banner

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 posted suggestions about Collaborate, Ally, and Student Preview. Today, the spotlight is on a little-used feature of the Weblearn Grade Centre.

Smart Views

On some modules, there are a large number of students together with multiple assessment points.  This can make the Grade Centre in Weblearn difficult to navigate. A Smart View in Weblearn can be created to display a subset of the Grade Centre The Smart View focuses on students and/or assessments results that meet certain criteria.

Continue reading

Share

V-L-Easy! Day 3 – Ally

V-L-Easy banner

As part of the countdown to the festive season, the VLE team and CPED team are sharing their ideas for simple tools or techniques that can make life easier for lecturers and their students. Each day, we are posting a blog entry with some brief tips for lecturers together with links to further information including video guides or web-based resources.Yesterday, we showed how ‘Collaborate’ can be used for virtual meetings or classes. Today, we focus on another tool that is already integrated directly into Weblearn, but which may be under your radar.

Ally

Ally is an accessibility tool that enables barrier-free learning for all students not just those with recognised additional needs. Ally provides students with more opportunities to engage through being able to download additional alternative accessible versions of Weblearn course documents.

Continue reading

Share

V-L-Easy! Day 2 – Collaborate

VLEasy day 2 banner image

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.
Each day, we are posting a blog entry with some brief tips for lecturers together with links to further information including video guides or web-based resources.Yesterday, we showed how ‘Student Preview’ can imitate the student experience of your Weblearn module. Today, we remind you of a web-conferencing tool that is integrated directly into Weblearn.

Collaborate

As a busy lecturer, you might like to travel less between campuses to attend meetings. You may also like to provide contact-time for students without involving a commute for either party. Collaborate can help with these scenarios and others.

Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that is part of Weblearn. It can be used like FaceTime or Skype: for one-to-one conversations. However, Collaborate can also accommodate many dozens – even hundreds – of simultaneous participants. This makes it ideal for larger virtual meetings, web-conferences, or other online teaching and learning activities. It is not exclusively designed for distance learning. Collaborate can extend your face-to-face delivery as a cloud-based environment for hosting seminars, revision sessions or ‘drop-in’ office hours.

Link to video of a Collaborate MeetingWatch this video (12m30s) of setting-up a Collaborate Meeting, using the chat panel and sharing files on-screen.

Continue reading

Share

V-L-Easy! Day 1 – Student Preview

v-l-easy banner image1

As part of the countdown to the festive season, the Weblearn team and CPED are sharing ideas for simple tools or techniques that can make life easier for lecturers and their students.
Each day for the next two weeks, we are posting a blog entry with some brief tips for lecturers, with links to further information including video guides or web-based resources.
Today we remind lecturers of the ‘Student Preview’ feature of Weblearn, which can be enabled by clicking on the icon at the top-right area of the Weblearn Page, and show how browser tools can also emulate the student view of Weblearn.

Student Preview

Weblearn appears differently to staff and students. You will appreciate this if you are a lecturer who has published some timely content or prompt feedback on Weblearn, only for students to report that they can’t find it.

However, there are a couple of ways in which you can verify that your Weblearn Module is appearing to students as desired, and that content can be accessed.

Continue reading

Share

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

 

Share

Video Based Quizzes

The End of Passive Viewing!

 

Vizia logoVideo-Based Quizzes can really make a difference when it comes to developing content for blended learning. Even in student facing environments cross-linking “flipped classroom” with “in-class” and “extended classroom” activities can really add value in enhancing learning and teaching in H.E settings.

Vizia allows users to import a video from YouTube or Wistia and then integrate questions directly on the timeline of the video.

Users can add a quiz that comes in the form of a multiple choice question, a Poll, a short answer/open ended question that contains an element of self-assessment as well as a “call to action” point that re-directs viewers in another webpage that could contain more content.

Continue reading

Share