Author Archives: Maria-Christiana Papaefthimiou

About Maria-Christiana Papaefthimiou

My title is Enhanacement Manager (Teaching, Learning and Technlology) and I am curretnly project managing the DEVELOP project. My repsonsibilities include: 1. Management and direction of the work of a small team of Enhancement Officers (e-Learning), facilitating the development of cross-team working in CDoTL, including the effective integration of the team’s work across the University. 2. The management of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and other e-learning tools with the aim to enhance and support the development of Teaching and Learning. 3. Work with academic Schools and academic staff, professional services staff and CDoTL team members to create an infrastructure of resources that support the development of courses through the use of Learning Technology. 4. Lead staff development and training programmes to be provided by the team or faculty/IT staff to ensure that academics are able to utilise learning technology approapriately and effectively 5. Promote the use of learning technology by planning and promoting university-wide workshops and faculty based staff development events. 6. Develop, as appropriate, university-wide participation and support for the engagement of academic staff with Technology Enhanced Learning. 7. Contribute to CDoTL’s strategic planning as a member of the CDOTL Senior Management Staff Team. 8. Identify opportunities for development and innovation, including accessing external funding sources, support the writing of bids. 9. Project management

Top Tip for e-feedback: Saving Blackboard Rubrics

If you are using Rubrics in Blackboard to give feedback to your students, please remember that there are two steps you need to take in order to save the information on the Rubric: Save the Rubric AND Submit OR Save as … Continue reading

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Highlights from the Blackboard T&L Conference, Antwerp, April 2012

I was lucky to attend a useful and productive Teaching and Learning event organised by Blackboard in Antwerp, which was attended by 240 delegates from HEIs across Europe. There were 5 parallel strands covering innovative teaching, efficiency, staff development, digital … Continue reading

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DEVELOP at the JISC Online Conference

We are doing a joint session on “Enhancing and creating student centred portfolios in VLEs” with the OU and Edinburgh at the pre-activity week of the JISC online conference, at 11am on November 18th. More information at

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Our proposal for a presentation on “Extending the Functionality of the VLE: Engaging Students with E-Portfolios and New Learning Approaches” has been accepted and we will be presenting at Online Educa in Dec! We are pleased that we will be … Continue reading

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Student Record System and VLE – Interoperability

A couple of days ago, we had a very productive meeting with Rachel Crabtree from the Student Record System (RISIS) and Helena Bampton (the VLE Administrator) regarding the improvement of the interoperability of our VLE and student record system to support PDP … Continue reading

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Core Team meetings on 10, 19 and 25 Jan 2011

We have been very busy with DEVELOP this January, presenting at Durham Blackboard Users Coneference, working on the scope of the widgets, finalising ASSET widget for Bb v.8 and liaising with pilots. We are working on producing short documents to … Continue reading

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Technical Stakeholders Meeting, 25 Nov 10

On 25 Nov, we had our first meeting with the technical stakeholders group. I opened the meeting with an introduction to the project and its ams and objectives. Then Karsten gave a report on the technical approaches that we have … Continue reading

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e-Portfolios: HEAR Update

Today Guy and I met with Julia Phelps and Sarah Morey to talk about HEAR and how this will influence the e-Portfolio developments within DEVELOP. Sarah has recently been to a sector meeting and, in general, it seems that the … Continue reading

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Core Team meeting, 8 Nov 2010

Guy, Karsten and myself met yeaterday to talk about the developments within the project so far and to monitor progress: Our blog and website are now live although I am still tweaking the site. Our issue is that we have … Continue reading

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