IATL Bid Success
Great news! We have been successful in bidding for IATL funding to help initiate an Adult Digital Literacy Skills Development initiative in CLL. This will allow us to recruit a number of student digital skills mentors to support other students who need help and support using technology. We hope to recruit these paid mentors by the end of March and get them started supporting fellow students in the summer term. I will be in touch with more details soon but if you are interested in finding out more or think you’d like to recruit a digital skills mentor in your programme area please do get in touch.
In the next few weeks the library will be releasing a new interactive “Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism Skills Tutorial”, that will be available to all staff and students via Moodle. If you want to get a sneak preview follow the link below and select the item marked Plagiarwise Test. If you want to find out more look out for an announcement in the next few weeks or get in touch with Jim Judges or contact Julie Robinson in the library:
WIHEA Funding Applications
The Warwick International Higher Education Academy have announced a call for project proposals, with funding of up to £5000 available to buy out staff time, pay students and contribute to equipment or other modest costs. Proposals should involve a lead academic member of staff and one or more students willing to collaborate to enhance the learning experience. Note you will need to be quick as applications close on Monday 29th February. See here for more details http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/academy/student-engagement/enhancinglearningtogether
Have you seen BOB?
Box of Broadcasts (BOB) allows all staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions. The system allows staff and students to record and catch-up on missed programmes on and off-campus, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into Moodle, MyPortfolio and elsewhere and share what they are watching with others, as well as search a growing archive of material.
This national subscription-based service is free to use for all Warwick account holders and is provided by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC). Please note to use the service and watch clips users must login. Explore the system and find out more here: http://bobnational.net/
If you want to find out more about how MyPortfolio can be used to spark dialogue, encourage reflections and deepen student engagement you can watch and listen to Sara Hattersley discussing this topic and sharing her activity with Rob O’Toole form the Academic Technology team.
Click the arrow to play the video below.
A bug-fix was applied in December that now means an error problem that sometimes occurred during the copying of templates, especially by groups, has now been resolved. In addition a further upgrade is planned for Tuesday January 12th that will resolve a minor journal display bug and also improve options for using images in text boxes.
Moodle is now being used by approximately half of the university including Science (Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology), WMG, Medical School, Sociology & Politics, CPE, CES, IATL, Languages and others. In CLL it is being used by Initial Teacher Training, the 2+2 programme, Transforming Technologies and starting to be developed, considered and piloted elsewhere. If you want help converting content from Sitebuilder to Moodle, want to start from scratch or would like to arrange a training session please get in touch; see the link to contact details below.
Training & Drop-in support
As well as booking a CLL based training session for you, your team or your students there is a range of central Moodle and MyPortfolio training sessions available every month and these can be booked via the following links:
Other drop-in support is also provided by the central Academic Technology team every Wednesday in the library 2-4pm more details here.
Other general IT training sessions from Word Processing to Tabula can be booked here.
Live Classroom Tool - Collaborate Ultra
A new streamlined online classroom tool called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is being made available to all university staff. It is already used by CPE, WBS and the Language Centre and the license has now been extended for university-wide use. If you want to know more or take part in a demonstration please contact Jim Judges.
Since October 2015 all staff and students have had access to a new video streaming service called "eStream". Anyone with a Warwick account can upload video and audio content to the service at estream.warwick.ac.uk. This media can then be shared by using a link or by embedding the content in a web page including Moodle or MyPortfolio. There is even an additional encoder that can be used to create screen capture videos too. Find out more by clicking here or get in touch if you want to know more.
Updated eLearning Pages
The following CLL eLearning pages and content have recently been updated:
Games in the Classroom
Thanks to Ellen Buttler for sharing this clip from BBC Radio 4 Today's programme (8th Jan). A short interview with Paul Howard-Jones professor of Neuroscience and Education at the University of Bristol who suggests that Computer games could have a beneficial effect on learning, according to new research. If the audio doesn't play please follow this link
For further information about any of the tools above please contact Jim Judges