Teaching & Learning Programme: Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

[From CQSD’s TEL Page]

We consider both pedagogical and practical aspects associated with expanding the use of varied technologies in our teaching and learning activities.

Please check back regularly for updates. Details are subject to change. If the session you would like to attend is fully booked, please email cqsd-tandl@reading.ac.uk and we will try our best to accommodate the booking.

TEL: 1-2-1 Consultations

These 30 min 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the TEL team are designed to provide you with advice and support on the effective use of technology in your teaching. See below for examples of topics that can be covered. Book your place here (We have time slots allocated but if they are not suitable please make a provisional booking and we will arrange a suitable time following your reservation)

  • Tuesday 12th September 2017, 10:00-10:30 and 15:00-15:30
  • Monday 18th September 2017, 15:00-15:30
  • Tuesday 26th September 2017, 10:00-10:30
  • Friday 29th September 2017, 15:00-15:30
  • Monday 2nd October 2017, 15:00-15:30
  • Thursday 5th October 2017, 10:00-10:30
  • Wednesday 25th October 2017, 15:00-15:30
  • Tuesday 7th November 2017, 15:00-15:30
  • Friday 10th November 2017, 10:00-10:30
  • Wednesday 15th November 2017, 15:00-15:30
  • Thursday 16th November 2017, 10:00-10:30
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 15:00-15:30
  • Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 10:00-10:30
  • Friday 1st December 2017, 15:00-15:30
  • Tuesday 9th January 2018, 10:00-10:30
  • Friday 12th January 2018, 15:00-15:30
  • Thursday 18th January 2018, 10:00-10:30
  • Tuesday 6th March 2018, 10:00-10:30
  • Thursday 15th March 2018, 10:00-10:30
  • Monday 19th March 2018, 15:00-15:30
  • Monday 30th April 2018, 15:00-15:30
  • Thursday 3rd May 2018, 10:00-10:30
  • Tuesday 15th May 2018, 10:00-10:30
  • Friday 18th May 2018, 10:00-10:30

Examples of topics that can be covered during the consultations include:

Supporting student learning

  • Using Blackboard effectively for communication, collaboration and learning
  • Designing online learning activities or assessed tasks using blogs, wikis or discussion boards

Assessment and Feedback

  • Plan e-assessment for your course: Setting up e-submission, undertaking e-marking, providing e-feedback

Student Engagement

  • Promoting interaction in lectures using technology (Apps/Quizzes)

Specific aspects of deploying tools effectively for a specific purpose

  • Designing a feedback rubric, setting up a Test

Module design

  • Review an existing module or design a new module to include effective use of TEL

Teaching practice

  • Discuss your teaching needs and identify appropriate TEL solutions
  • Advise on teaching approaches and techniques for delivering blended and online learning

VLE Administration (for Student Support Centre Staff)

  • Managing and organising Blackboard to academic activity.

This session aligns with A2-A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

Please note that these sessions are not intended as a replacement for attending the face-to-face or online TEL training sessions or to cover an overview of Blackboard. Once booked, you will be contacted by the TEL team to provide details of your query in advance of the session. 

TEL: App’etite: Using APPs In Teaching And Learning

  • Date tbc

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In this session staff will be able to share their ideas with others about how to use apps and mobile devices to support teaching and learning. ‘App’etite is an informal staff led lunchtime session that follows the ‘teachmeet format. There is no set agenda and the content of the session is made up of short presentations (approx. 5 minutes each) given by attendees who’d like to share their idea for using an app. Attendees can volunteer to make a presentation but there is no requirement for attendees to present. Staff can bring their own device to the session to explore the suggestions made in the session. If you’d like to give a short informal presentation (no PowerPoint required!) at the session, please contact Shirin Irvine s.irvine@reading.ac.uk. This session aligns with UKPSF A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, K2, K3, K4, V3.

TEL: BB1 Blackboard Orientation (online)

This online course provides an overview of Blackboard Learn (the University’s Virtual Learning Environment) and highlights the essential features of a Blackboard course. You will complete the course online using Blackboard. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the purpose, structure and layout of Blackboard;
  2. Navigate and identify the key features of a Blackboard course;
  3. Know the University’s procedures for managing Blackboard, including applying for a course, enrolments and annual course rollover;
  4. Know where to find help and support when using Blackboard.

The session is aimed at staff new to Blackboard or with limited experience (academics and administrative support staff). Prior knowledge: NONE

It is expected that you will have completed this BB1 online Orientation course before progressing to complete further introductory Blackboard sessions: BB2 Create, BB3 Activities and BB4 Groups. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on e-Assessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report. This session aligns with A2, A4, K4 of the UKPSF.

Available to staff from 1 September 2016. To access this course on Blackboard, click here, log-in to Blackboard and click on the +Enrol option at the bottom of the course menu on the left-hand side of the page.

TEL: BB2 Create: Design & Create Your Blackboard Course

  • Monday 11th September 2017, 15:00-16:30
  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Tuesday 16th January 2018, 10:00-11:30

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This hands-on session provides you with the skills necessary to create an effective Blackboard course by organising, presenting and adding engaging learning content. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  1. Design the look and layout of your Bb course;
  2. Provide a structure for the content;
  3. Add engaging content to your course;
  4. Identify the tools available for communication, collaboration, assessment, feedback and online learning activities;
  5. Manage your course.

Prerequisite knowledge: It is expected that participants will have completed the online BB1 Orientation course before attending this session. To access this course on Blackboard, click here, log-in to Blackboard, click on ‘click here to enrol’, and click on the +Enrol option on the course menu.

BB2 Create is part of a suite of introductory sessions (BB1 Orientation, BB2 Create, BB3 Activities and BB4 Groups) which, taken together, equips staff with the knowledge needed to start using Blackboard effectively in their teaching. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on eAssessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report.

This session aligns with A1, A2, A4, A5, K2, K4, V1 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB3 Activities: Create Learning Activities Using Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards

  • Friday 27th October 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Thursday 23rd November 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Thursday 1st February 2018, 10:00-11:30

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This introductory hands-on session aims to provide you with the skills to use Blackboard tools to create learning activities in your Blackboard course. It will introduce you to interactive tools that can be used by students for self-reflection, communication, group work and collaboration. The session will cover discussion boards, blogs, journals, and wikis within Blackboard and will include a short introduction to Campus Pack options.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  1. Identify the differences between the blog, Journal, wiki and discussion board tools in Blackboard and choose the most appropriate tool to achieve the course’s learning objectives.
  2. Experience the tools and learning activities from a student perspective.
  3. Know how to set-up and use the tools.
  4. Have an awareness of the basic principles for developing an effective online learning activity.

Prior knowledge: It will be expected that participants have completed the online BB1 Orientation course and attended the BB2 Create session.

BB3 Activities is part of a suite of introductory sessions (BB1 Orientation, BB2 Create, BB3 Activities and BB4 Groups) which, taken together, equips staff with the knowledge needed to start using Blackboard effectively in their teaching. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on e-Assessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report.

This session aligns with A1, A2, A3, A4, K2, K3, K4, V1 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB4 Groups: Creating & Managing Groups In Blackboard

  • Friday 22nd September 2017, 15:00-16:30

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This hands-on session will give you an introduction to the Groups function in Blackboard and how it can support you and your students in group work and assessment.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  1. create and manage groups within your course;
  2. enable groups to work collaboratively online;
  3. use the range of tools that utilise the Groups feature, including assignments;
  4. use Blackboard’s sign-up tool.

Prior knowledge: it will be expected that participants have completed the online BB1 Orientation course and attended the BB2 Create session. Attendance at BB3 Activities would be an advantage.

BB4 Groups is part of a suite of introductory sessions (BB1 Orientation, BB2 Create, BB3 Activities and BB4 Groups) which, taken together, equips staff with the knowledge needed to start using Blackboard effectively in their teaching. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on e-Assessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report.

This session aligns with A1, A2, A3, A4, K2, K3, K4, V1 of the UKPSF. Online session available here.

TEL: BB4 Groups (online): Creating & Managing Groups In Blackboard

This interactive online course will give you an introduction to the Groups function in Blackboard and how it can support you and your students in group work and assessment. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  1. Create and manage groups within your course;
  2. Enable groups to work collaboratively online;
  3. Use the range of tools that utilise the Groups feature, including assignments;
  4. Use Blackboard’s sign-up tool.

You will complete the course online using Blackboard. It is estimated that it will take 1 hour to complete the course in full, but can be completed in bite size parts to suit your needs. To access this course on Blackboard, click here, log-in to Blackboard and click on the +Enroloption at the bottom of the course menu on the left-hand side of the page.

Prior knowledge: it will be expected that participants have completed the online BB1 Orientation course and attended the BB2 Create session. Attendance at BB3 Activities would be an advantage.

BB4 Groups Online is part of a suite of introductory sessions (BB1 Orientation, BB2 Create, BB3 Activities) which, taken together, equips staff with the knowledge needed to start using Blackboard effectively in their teaching. Please note that BB1 and BB4 are online courses, whilst BB2 and BB3 are currently being delivered face-to-face. This suite is part of the wider TEL staff development programme that also includes sessions on e-Assessment: BB Assignment, BB Turnitin, BB Grade Centre and BB Originality Report. This session aligns with A1, A2, A3, A4, K2, K3, K4, V1 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB Assignment: How To Use The Blackboard Assignment Tool For E-Assessment

  • Friday 15th September 2017, 15:00-16:30
  • Wednesday 11th October 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Monday 22nd January 2018, 15:00-16:30

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This session is for Academic and Admin Staff. The hands-on session aims to give you the skills needed to use the Blackboard assignment tool for e-submission, e-feedback and e-marking including the use of Inline Grading.

By the end of the session you will be able to

  • Set up a Blackboard assignment
  • Manage student submissions
  • Mark submitted work online
  • Provide electronic feedback
  • Apply marking criteria in an electronic format (Rubric)
  • Sign post students to relevant guidance
  • Develop an understanding of how to handle the e-assessment process
  • Identify when it is appropriate to use the Bb Assignment tool for e-assessment

This session aligns with A2, A3, A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB Grade Centre: Managing Assessment With The Grade Centre

  • Wednesday 18th October  2017, 15:00-16:30
  • Thursday 15th February 2018, 10:00-11:30

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The Grade Centre in Blackboard is a dynamic customisable tool, which allows you to record marks and feedback, calculate marks, and monitor student progress. This hands-on session aims to equip you with the skills you need to use the Grade Centre to manage e-assessment within your Blackboard course. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Understand the essential features and options available in Grade Centre
  • Use the Grade Centre to access student submissions, mark, record marks and provide feedback
  • Customise the Grade Centre to view the information you need
  • Understand how the Grade Centre interacts with other tools in your Blackboard course.

Prior knowledge required: Bb Start, Bb Assess or you have already been to staff development sessions on e-Assessment tools. . This session aligns with A2, A3, A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: BB Originality: How To Interpret A Turnitin Originality Report

  • Tuesday 14th November 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Monday 26th February 2018, 15:00-16:30

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This session is for Academic and Admin Staff. This session will explain what the matches made in a Turnitin Originality Report mean and discuss how the TII Originality Report can be used as a formative tool to support your students with academic writing.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Understand how an Originality Report is generated
  • Interpret the Similarity Index
  • View and filter the online sources of matched text
  • Identify potential issues in an assignment that might indicate plagiarism or collusion
  • Understand the benefits of using the Originality Report as a teaching tool with students

This session aligns with A2, A3, A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: Turnitin: Using Turnitin For E-Assessment

  • Wednesday 20th September 2017, 15:00-16:30
  • Tuesday 31st October 2017, 10:00-11:30
  • Thursday 8th February 2018, 15:00-16:30

Book your place here

This session is for Academic and Admin staff. This hands-on session aims to give you the skills needed to use Turnitin for e-submission, e-feedback and e-marking within Blackboard, including the use of GradeMark. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Set up a TII assignment
  • Manage student submissions
  • Mark submitted work online
  • Provide electronic feedback
  • Apply marking criteria in an electronic format (Rubric)
  • Signpost students to relevant guidance
  • Develop an understanding of how to handle the e-assessment process
  • Identify when it is appropriate to use Turnitin for e-submission

This session aligns with A2, A3, A4, K1, K2 and K4 of the UKPSF.

TEL: Using APPS To Facilitate Student Engagement: Active Learning In The Classroom

  • Wednesday 29th November 2017, 15:00-16:30
  • Wednesday 14th February 2018, 15:00-16:30

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This session is for Academic Staff. If you are interested in engaging your students in the classroom, this session is for you. We will use a number of widely available and free Apps to demonstrate how technology can be used to promote active learning in the classroom and how to use them effectively with your students. Bring your laptop or mobile device to use in the session.

By the end of the session you will have:

  1. Experienced active learning using a number of Apps
  2. Discussed active learning techniques and the application of these approaches with Apps
  3. Discussed how to adopt effective practice, including tips on designing your session and the logistics of using Apps in your classroom

Prior Knowledge required: None (it will be an advantage if you have attended the session “Implementing Active Learning: Meeting The Challenges”). This session aligns with A1, A3, K2, K4 and V1 of the UKPSF.

Audio/Visual 1-2-1: How To Use The Audio/Visual Technology (i.e. Tech Tables) In Teaching Rooms

Book a 1-2-1 session with a member of the AV team in IT, details and booking in the Teaching and Learning Facilities blog

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