Festive fun & mobile learning with the 12 Apps of Christmas!

As the festive season approaches, there’s another opportunity to take part in a revised 12 Apps of Christmas activity – a free, short, online Continuing Professional Development course in which an app is released each day for the first 12 weekdays of December. Log in for 10 minutes a day and get a quick outline of different ways that you can integrate particular apps into teaching and learning.

12 Apps of Xmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are several versions of this initiative being run by various institutions. UoR Senior Research Fellow Alice Mauchline and colleagues in the Agriculture Department have written a case study on an app (top secret until the big reveal!) for the course produced by the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Or why not enrol on the award-winning course from Regents’ University, London?

Enrol now and get ‘appy for Christmas!

Not sure what an app is? Click here to find out more.

Enjoy!

Lauren

Turnitin requests to view student papers

What would you do if you received an email from Turnitin with a request to view a student’s work?

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The University has now approved guidelines on how to handle a request, made by a member of staff on another course or from another institution, to view a University of Reading student’s work held in the Turnitin paper repository. The guidelines are intended to:

  • Provide a consistent approach to the handling of these requests,
  • Meet UK copyright and data protection law,
  • Allow module conveners to make the decision on accepting or declining these requests.

The University and many other UK institutions use Turnitin to Continue reading

Blackboard upgrade 18th-19th December

Blackboard will be unavailable to users

Sunday 18 December 08:30 a.m. – Monday 19 December 12:00 midday GMT

This period of downtime is for a Blackboard upgrade.

The new Blackboard version does not make any significant changes to functionality, but it does introduce a number of back-end technical improvements, and some welcome bug fixes.

IT and CQSD staff will carry out post-upgrade checks on the morning of Monday 19 December before service is restored to all users.

Having carried out a couple of dry runs, we anticipate that checking will be complete by mid-morning on Monday; however you should treat the whole of the Monday morning as potentially “at risk”.

We would not expect any assessment deadlines to fall in the week immediately preceding the Christmas closure. However, if you do have deadlines set for Monday 19th you will need to amend these.