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Glossary

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Assignment submission

We can use the Formsbuilder system (part of Sitebuilder) to create online assignment submission forms. We usually create a standard form for a department, and then copy it as needed for course programmes, modules and even specific assignments.

A form can contain as many fields as necessary, along with information about regulations and procedures. The form can be set to open and close on a specific date. When a student submits an electronic copy of an essay using such a form, it creates a record of their identity and the date and time it was submitted.

Essays can then be downloaded for marking, or submission to the Turn It In source matching tool for plagiarism checking.

Watch a video demonstrating this process.

Audio recordings (podcasts)

Record and share audio online: lectures, student presentations, interviews etc.

You can create a podcast page using Sitebuilder. When an audio file (mp3 format) is uploaded to the page, it is added to the podcast. It can then be played on screen, or downloaded for use on an mp3 player (iPod).

A podcast can be recorded using a portable recorder, or by adding a microphone to your computer. Sitebuilder includes a tool that will record sound from a microphone (also video from a web cam).

Listen to examples by staff, and examples by students.

Audio recordings can also be added to any other Sitebuilder page. See an example from the English Department.

Podcast pages can also be used to host asynchronous audio discussions. Audio recordings can be made in response to previous recordings.

See the Media Workshop pages for more information.

Arts E-Squad can help with recording, editing and publishing podcasts. AV Services have recorders for loan. Robert O’Toole or Chris Coe for advice. 

Departments with recorders:

  • German Studies (see Sean);
  • French Studies (see Kate);
  • History (see Lisa);
  • English (stored in H234);
  • CAPITAL Centre;
  • Film Studies;
  • CTCCS.
Audiographic Lectures
Create an online lecture or demonstration. Combine audio, images, Powerpoint slides, video and animated screen captures. We have simple to use software that will convert your Powerpoint into an online lecture.

See the Media Workshop pages for more information about creating an online audiographic.

An example from the Medical School

See a briliant audiographic lecture from Giorgio Riello of the History Department.

See an example with commentary.

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Benefits of using a VLE
A VLE should provide the following benefits:
  1. Rapid access to information – an authoritative source of facts about courses and people (dates, policies, requirements, etc).
  2. Efficient administration – simplified and systematised processes (such as assignment submission, tracking student activity and performance, online module registration).
  3. Instant access to resources – a simple mechanism for finding and using text, images, files, video, audio etc.
  4. Making it discursive – using discussion forums, blogs, wikis, page commenting and other techniques, the student becomes engaged in learning as a discursive, constructive and productive process.
  5. Making it reflective – the student is prompted to reflect upon their own knowledge, skills, understanding and progress so that they can effectively plan to improve.
Blog form

A form that can be displayed in a Sitebuilder page. When the form is completed, a blog entry is created from the information that has been entered. The form can be designed with whatever fields are required.

The blog entry could go into the student's own blog, or into a group blog (for example, a module blog).

Blogs

Individual or team online journals recording activities, results, reviews, ideas, progress, plans.

Examples: An excellent individual student blog with theatre reviews. A blog by a Warwick academic. A blog used for an undergraduate module (sign in to see entries), with students contributing. A blog used by the students on the IT PGCE course.

To register for a blog, go to the blogs homepage, sign in and register.

For advice on using blogs in teaching, talk to Robert O'Toole.

A tool for creating deep links into online journals, so that the link goes directly to the required journal article rather than the journal homepage.

Use Build A Link.

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CAPITAL

In 2009-2010, Robert O'Toole will be based in the Creativity and Performace in Teaching and Learning (CAPITAL) Centre, developing the use of multimedia (video and audio) in teaching and learning.

Robert has established a Media Studio in CAPITAL, with iMac editing suites, video cameras and audio recording equipment. Subscribing departments may book to use these facilities, with Robert's support.

Calendar

A type of Sitebuilder page.

Each event can contain a description, with text, images and links.

Events can span more than one day. You can keyword tag and colour code events.

A calendar can be set to display an entire term, providing a neat way of creating a term planner for a course or module.

If you plan to use materials that have been created by anyone other than yourself, you must consider copyright. Although there is no "fair use for education" exclusion in UK copyright, there are ways in which you can use copyrighted material. See this web page for more information.

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Data Reveal page

A type of Sitebuilder page.

Use a Data Reveal page to release assignment results to individual students.

Create a spreadsheet, with each row containing the university number of a student and their result.

Import the data from the spreadsheet into the data reveal page.

Each student only sees their own result.

Deep linking

Providing a link directly to an online journal article rather than to the homepage of the journal.

Use the Library's Build A Link system to ensure that your link is accurate and does not change over time.

Department contacts

To be revised!

Development project

Example: In 2009, we developed a "first year gateway" page for French Studies undergraduates. This streamlined the information provision, with a simple to use news and events panel bringing together several calendars and news sources.

Subscribing departments may commission one e-learning development project a year for free. Other departments can commission projects for a fee.

Discussion forums

Online discussion forums can be created using Warwick Forums. You can specify who can join a discussion, using the same groups and usernames as used in blogs and Sitebuilder.

A discussion forum, or a single discussion thread from a forum, may be embedded into a Sitebuilde page. To do this, create a new page and change it's page type to Embedded Forum Page.

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E-Squad
A team of students, trained and supported by the Arts Faculty E-learning Advisor (Robert O’Toole).

They can provide help with a range of e-learning tasks, and are currently available free to Arts Faculty staff.

Request help from the E-Squad.

E-learning Advisors

The University of Warwick E-learning Advisor Team.

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Robert O'Toole
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Steve Brydges
Medical School
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Assessment
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Chris Coe
Social Studies
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Assessment

 

ePortfolios for Students
Students creating online portfolios of work and development.

Students present their own work, reflect upon it, and take responsibility. Pages created from a template. Basic editing skills required.

For PhD students, see the Graduate School ePortfolio service. For undergrads, talk to Robert O’Toole.

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Formsbuilder

A Sitebuilder based system for creating online data collection forms. Formsbuilder provides a simple interface for adding fields to the form, and for specifying how data should be handled.

Records can be viewed on screen, or downloaded as a single file to be used in a database or spreadsheet.

Files can be uploaded to file fields. They can then be downloaded in a .zip file.

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Glossary pages

Sitebuilder includes a facility for creating online glossaries. Glossary definitions are added using a simple form. A definition can include text, images, links, audio and video.

You can link to specific definitions in any other Sitebuilder page.

You could create a glossary page and get students to add definitions.

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Images and Galleries

Images can be included in any Sitebuilder page or Warwick Blogs entry. In Sitebuilder you can create image gallery pages and slideshows.

Help on using images:

1. Acquiring images – finding images, making sure you have copyright, digitising images – this is often the most difficult part of the process. Talk to Robert O’Toole for help.
2. Creating image galleries
– Sitebuilder includes a great image gallery page type. Ask the Sitebuilder support team for help.
4. Creating slide shows
– You can embed a slideshow of images in a Sitebuilder page.
5. Searchable image databases
– Robert O’Toole and Lisa Lavender (History) are developing simple tools for creating a searchable image database. 

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Keyword

A simple 'tag' that can be used to classify a web page, file, blog entry, calendar event, video, podcast or other item.

Using good keywords helps your pages to be found by people using search tools.

The Table of Tags type of Sitebuilder page provides key word searching facility.

Using keyords in a coordinated and systematic manner helps you to organise and find content. For example, the History Department have keyword tagged all of their web pages.

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Learning Grid
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Individual study and group working spaces for students in University House. Well equipped with the latest in learning technologies. Supported by student advisors. With video editing suites (including a Media Workshop iMac) and seminar rooms (bookable by students).

More information.

Learning and Development Centre

Training courses in e-learning techniques.

Introductory workshop

PGA: E-learning in Academic and Professional Practice

 

Lecture recordings

Live lectures can be recorded as podcasts or videos, and then distributed online.

Lecture audio podcast examples.

Lecture video example.

Alternatively, we can record a lecture in the studio, to be used online. See this excellent example from Professor Maj Hulten of Warwick Medical School.

See the Media Workshop pages for more information.

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MP3 recorder

A small audio recording device. Can be used with built-in microphone or with external mics. If recording conditions are right, they can make very high quality recordings. Recommended models:

Tascam DR-1 (£200)
Edirol R09 (£300)
Marantz PDM660 (£400)

Recorders can be purchased from Solid State Sound.

See audio recordings in the glossary, for information about how to get recordings online.

Arts E-Squad can help with recording, editing and publishing podcasts. AV Services have recorders for loan. Robert O’Toole for advice. Tom Abbott (Comms Office) – public podcasting.

Departments with recorders:

  • German Studies (see Sean);
  • French Studies (see Kate);
  • History (see Lisa);
  • English (stored in H234);
  • CAPITAL Centre;
  • Film Studies;
  • CTCCS.

 

Mass Mailing

A system for sending an email to a group of people. For example, you can send an email to all students who are registered on a module.

Use Mass Mailing.

Media Workshop

An initiative, run by Robert O'Toole, to make video production easy and accessible to everyone in the Arts Faculty. Our facilities can be booked by staff and students. We can even bring video production suites into a seminar. Short videos can easily be created in under an hour.

We have 3 iMac computers in the Humanities Building, along with 5 video cameras. Each is equipped with great video editing software (iMovie, Screenflow and Videocue).

In addition, we have an iMac in the Teaching Grid (staff) and an iMac in the Learning Grid (students).

More information.

Mind maps

Mind mapping and concept mapping techniques can help with research based learning activities, including:

  • Generating ideas;
  • Surveying a topic;
  • Recording information;
  • Collaboration;
  • Planning;
  • Writing.  

The university has a site license for the excellent MindManager software, installed on all ITS computers. Robert O'Toole teaches a popular introductory session.

More information...

Module web sites

All modules taught at Warwick have their own web pages. Pages are created using the easy to use Sitebuilder system. These pages can include text, images, video and audio (podcasts), files, calendars and many other types of interactive content, such as quiz pages and discussion forums.

We can help you to create, develop and use your module web pages.

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Online module registration

A centrally provided online system for students to choose module options. This data feeds into the student records system and the Single Sign On permissions system.

At the start of the academic year there may be a delay of up to four weeks before data is transferred from OMR to the permissions system.

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Page Commenting
Page commenting can be switched on for any Sitebuilder page. This allows people to leave comments at the bottom of the page. You can control who can leave comments by specifying comment permissions for each page or sets of pages.
Permissions

Access to web content can be controlled, based upon the identity of the person who is looking at it.

Warwick uses a Single Sign On system. When a viewer signs in to the system, they are recognised and their permissions are assessed for every item of content that they access. Individual people or groups may be given view, edit, contribute, comment or admin permissions on a Sitebuilder page.

The system is secure.

Personalisation

Learning content in web pages may be personalised. For example, you could add a section to a web page that is only displayed to staff. Or, you could display different content to different groups of students - for example, a different forum discussion for each seminar group.

See this page for details of how to personalise Sitebuilder content.

Research is currently under way to investigate further means for personalisation. This may include the ability to track the progress of individual students, and to modify the content and activities that are presented to them.

Contect Robert O'Toole for further information.

Plagiarism detection and education

We can provide advice on methods for reducing the incidence of plagiarism.

We have online activities that teach about academic integrity.

The university has a subscription for the Turn It In source matching system.

More information...

Podcast page

A type of Sitebuilder page.

When an mp3 audio file or a mp4 video file (.mp4 or .flv) is uploaded to a podcast page, it gets added to the list of podcasts on the page. Each podcast can be played on screen, or downloaded individually.

Podcast pages also provide a mechanism for allowing software such as iTunes to automatically download new podcasts to a computer or portable player.

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RSS

Really Simple Syndication

Web content (pages, blogs, calendars, news items, podcasts etc) is represented in a machine-readable form. This allows it to be re-purposed and displayed in another location. For example, we can display in a Sitebuilder page all blog entries containing the tag "research".

Robert OToole
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Robert is the Arts Faculty E-learning Advisor, helping all members of the faculty to improve their use of technology in teaching and learning.
Email r.b.o-toole@warwick.ac.uk Telephone 0787 6217960


Robert is a recipient of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence, and is the winner of a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship.

He is a graduate of Warwick Philosophy Department, and has a PGCE in ICT teaching from the Warwick Institute of Education. He completed an MSc in Knowledge Based Systems at Sussex, and has worked in e-learning at Warwick and Oxford since 1999.

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Screenflow

Video production software that can combine an audio commentary with images, Powerpoint slides, music and recording of on-screen actions.

See the Media Workshop pages for more information. 

Sitebuilder

A simple to use system for creating and managing web content.

  • Calendars;
  • News feeds;
  • Dicsussion forums;
  • Self-assessment quizes (Quizbuilder);
  • Data collection forms (Formsbuilder) - can be used for assignment submission;
  • Slideshows;
  • Image galleries;
  • Podcasts;
  • Glossaries;
  • Resource booking pages;
  • Table of contents;
  • Table of tags.

For more information see the Sitebuilder home page.

 

Slide shows
Slide shows of images displayed online. Powerpoint presentations can be converted into online slide shows by exporting each slide as an image.
Student projects
We can help students to create web sites, glossaries, videos, podcasts etc for use in their studies.
Subscription

Departments and Centres can take out a subscription to the e-learning service. This covers the costs of:

e-learning support;
podcasting and video recording;
assignment submission and plagiarism policy implementation;
one development project a year.

Support is provided by Robert O'Toole and Chris Coe.

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Table of Contents

A type of Sitebuilder page.

A Table of Contents page automatically builds a table listing files and/or web pages (as required).

When new files are uploaded or new pages created they are added instantly to the list.

Table of Tags
A type of Sitebuilder page. Displays a list of keyword tags, each with a checkbox. When the user ticks a box, a search is done for all pages and/or files with the selected tags.
Teaching Grid

Teaching Grid

Experimental teaching spaces in the Main Library. Equipped with the latest in learning technologies, including a Media Workshop iMac. Supported by experienced advisors. Can be booked by staff to use for innovative teaching.

More information.

 

Templating

Creating skeleton templates of web pages, documents, learning activities etc. The template can then be copied many times, with content completed. A template provides a starting point, saving time or reducing cognitive load. For example, when you want students to concentrate on difficult content, and to learn structure over time, use a template.

Sitebuilder does not have a systematic templating system, but you can create skeleton pages and copy them as required.

Use blog forms for templating Warwick Blogs.

Testing - formally assessed

Perception is an online system for creating and running multiple-choice tests.

It is typically used for formal assessment activities.

Perception includes a reporting tool, allowing results to be viewed and analyzed.

More information.

Testing - self-assessment

Quizbuilder is a simple to use tool for creating and running multiple choice assessment exercises.

A range of question types are available, including option matching.

It is typically used for formative self-assessment exercises.

To create a Quizbuilder page, create a new Sitebuilder page and change its type to "Quizbuilder".

See an example.

Find out more.

Tracking student activity and performance

For policy reasons, Warwick does not currently provide a tool for tracking individual student online activity.

Students could be asked to participate in forums, write blogs, edit Sitebuilder pages or complete quizes and forms. However, there is no simple system for tracking and reporting on activity.

This policy was recently changed by the IPSC, and initial work is being undertaken.

Turn It In

An online source matching tool. Can be used to detect instances of plagiarism. Warwick has an institutional subscription.

Turn It In scans electronic documents that are uploaded to it. The content of the document is checked against content on the web, electronic journals, and previously submitted essays. It then provides a report, showing where content in the essay has originated from. This report must be checked manually, so as to assess if plagiarism has occurred.

Watch a demonstration video.

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VLE

Virtual Learning Environment

An online extension of the traditional offline learning environment.

The VLE should not be confused with the toolset used to construct the learning environment. It is the learning environment as experienced by the student (in the case of Warwick, the VLE is not Sitebuilder, it is the sum of the web pages produced using Sitebuilder to support learning).

A VLE uses technology to provide the following efficiency gains:

  1. Rapid access to information – an authoritative source of facts about courses and people (dates, policies, requirements, etc).
  2. Efficient administration – simplified and systematised processes (such as assignment submission, tracking student activity and performance, online module registration).
  3. Instant access to resources – a simple mechanism for finding and using text, images, files, video, audio etc.

The VLE organises information so that it can be created, located, accessed and used by the right people at the right time. Information is organised in a meaningful way, mirroring the offline learning environment. Permissions to use information are based upon standard group memberships (department, course, module, seminar group etc).

In addition, a VLE provides facilities  for enhancing the quality of learning activities in two key ways:

  1. Making it discursive – using discussion forums, blogs, wikis, page commenting and other techniques, the student becomes engaged in learning as a discursive, constructive and productive process.
  2. Making it reflective – the student is prompted to reflect upon their own knowledge, skills, understanding and progress so that they can effectively plan to improve.

See VLRE (Virtual Learning and Research Environment).

VLRE

Virtual Learning & Research Environment

An online extension of the physical learning and research environment. Typically, a VLE is used to provide:

  • Resources for students to use (text, images, podcasts, videos, slide shows etc);
  • Activities for students to undertake (discussions, quizzes etc);
  • Information about events (calendars, news).

At Warwick, each department, course programme and module has a web site that can contain this content. In addition, you can set up pages for any other teaching and research related purpose (for example, pages for a seminar group). These web pages are created and managed using Sitebuilder. You can allow people to comment on a page. Content can be secured using permissions, so that specific people may view, contribute, comment on, edit and administer it. Content in web pages may also be personalised, so that different content appears for different people.

Research based learning

In addition, students can make an active contribution to web content. This fits with the 'students as producers' pedagogy of a research-led university. They can be given permission to edit existing web page, or to create their own pages. They could, for example, create audio or video podcasts within a module web site. Sitebuilder includes a glossary tool. Students could create definitions in a glossary page, and then use those definitions in other web pages. All of this can be done collaboratively, in the style of a wiki.

Warwick Blogs provides a different (complimentary) approach to research based learning. Students and staff contribute entries to a blog, which accumulates a record of ideas, events, and activities over time. Blogs can be created for individuals or for groups.

Videocue

Create video presentations using Videocue:

  1. Write a script in Word;
  2. Copy the script into the autocue window;
  3. Add titles;
  4. Add images, aligning them to points in the script;
  5. Rehearse your talk, adjusting the speed of the autocue;
  6. Record your talk, following the autocue;
  7. Save your video to file.
See the Media Workshop pages for more information.
Videos

The Arts E-Squad can help with recording, editing and publishing. See examples.

See the Media Workshop pages for more information. 

Talk to Robert O’Toole for advice on creating programmes, video production as research based learning, buying equipment and software, and advice on using clips from commercial movies.

Tom Abbott (Comms Office) for advice on creating videos for the public.

Audio-Visual Services have cameras and microphones for loan.

The following departments have their own equipment:

  • German Studies (see Sean). 
  • Theatre Studies.
  • French Department (see Catherine).

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Web pages

Warwick staff and graduate research students can create and edit web pages using Sitebuilder. Departments, courses, modules and individuals have their own web pages. Sitebuilder is a simple to use system, that provides word-processor style editing. You can add images, text, links, slideshows, audio and video to pages. Sitebuilder also provides more interactive types of page including:

  • Calendars;
  • News feeds;
  • Dicsussion forums;
  • Self-assessment quizes (Quizbuilder);
  • Data collection forms (Formsbuilder) - can be used for assignment submission;
  • Slideshows;
  • Image galleries;
  • Podcasts;
  • Glossaries;
  • Resource booking pages;
  • Table of contents;
  • Table of tags.

For more information see the Sitebuilder home page.

 

Wikis

A Wiki is a collection of web pages that have been created through the collaboration of a group of editors. Typically, each page covers a single topic. The Sitebuilder web publishing tool can be used to create a wiki. Students can be given permission to edit pages in the wiki.

In addition, the wiki can have a glossary, with definitions used in the wiki pages. Readers can comment on pages, using Sitebuilder page commenting. Sitebuilder tracks the version history of its pages. You can view this history, comparing versions.