Staff from the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team and Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) programme enjoyed meeting our new students at Welcome Week’s Academic Success Fair.
Pete Moll (L) & Chris Johnson (R) from the TEL team
We had some great discussions with students about Blackboard (our Virtual Learning Environment, VLE), submitting work and accessing marks and feedback online. It was interesting to hear about students’ previous experiences of VLEs, both anecdotally and via a survey we ran on the day.
The headline survey results showed that 54% of students have used VLEs prior to joining UoR and 60% have submitted assignments or coursework online before. It’s worth noting that although many students have prior experience of using a VLE, only 19% have previously used Blackboard.
We have some really useful resources to help students who are new to Blackboard and/or online submissions. These can be found via Blackboard’s Help tab; there’s a searchable site containing helpful resources on all aspects of using Blackboard and Turnitin.
Congratulations to the 8 winners of our survey prize draw – we’ve emailed you with details of how to collect your Amazon voucher prizes (kindly donated by Blackboard)!
The TEL team would like to wish all our new and returning students every success for the forthcoming year!
Technology, Accessibility and the University of Reading
The effective use of technology can play a key role in reducing the barriers to student participation and success. Knowing how and in what ways current technologies can make learning accessible can act as a springboard to inclusive practice that can benefit all students.
Within the context of the Curriculum Framework, and the Teaching and Learning Strategy, this one-day event aims to raise awareness about accessibility and inclusivity in T&L and to provide practical advice and ideas on how technology can enhance teaching and make it more inclusive.
The event brings together expert external speakers in the field of accessibility and inclusion, alongside internal University specialists who are addressing the issue of inclusive practice at the University. The interactive sessions are designed to stimulate discussion and provide advice, and ideas on how available technologies can help you to make the leap to inclusive teaching, ranging from Blackboard to Microsoft Office 365 and beyond. During the expert panel session, you can have your questions answered, while the TEL team and other University Support Services will be available during the day to get you started.
Shapeshifting and invisibility – alternative approaches to inclusive practice, Alistair McNaught, JISC
Practical adjustments to make teaching more inclusive, Annabel Avery, DAS, University of Reading
Panel Discussion, Experts from the University of Reading, JISC, Microsoft, Blackboard
Microsoft built-in Accessibility Tools, Hector Minto, Microsoft
Accessibility and Beyond: Let’s play with ALLY, Gillian Fielding Blackboard and TEL team
This fun workshop/competition will introduce you to the Blackboard ALLY tool which automatically creates alternative formats of your Blackboard course content to benefit all students and assists you in creating accessible documents in a step-by-step approach.
If you missed Brighton University’s excellent online Burning of the Apps TEL showcase just before the festive break, you can access the videos of the 1 hour sessions here (or individually below):
New Learning Spaces at the University of Brighton (video)
From Lecture to Lego: Innovative teaching and technology (video) Tricking out your Blackboard module areas (video) Twine – Choose your own ad-learn-ture… (video) The Student Nursing Affirmation ‘app’ (video) Technology Showcase (video)
Perhaps you participated in one of the many fine examples of the 12 Apps of Christmas. At the University of Brighton, we like to bring the ‘pud’. Last year saw our first “Burning of the Apps” and we are repeating the pudding this year.
The Burning of the Apps will be held on Wednesday the 20th December at Falmer – at the Explore Studio (Checkland D132). A day-long event, you are welcome to attend, drop-in-to or participate online from anywhere in the UK or world, for that matter. We will showcase the best of our current academic practice using apps, web applications and other technology to support learning and teaching.
We will again be live-streaming the interviews, from our various sites, of our talented academic staff discussing the ways they’ve utilised technology in their teaching to enhance learning at the University.
Stay tuned, and find us on Twitter at the hashtag: #brightlearn
“Really liked the event – thought there was lots of opportunity to chat with colleagues (both TEL and outside TEL) informally and share best practice. I learned a lot that will help me make my module better with relatively little effort. You should definitely do it again next year!” [TEL Fest delegate]
The university’s first TEL Fest, held 11-13 July 2017, has been hailed a great success with lots of positive feedback from staff who attended the 3 day event. Our festival of Technology Enhanced Learning comprised a range of 11 staff development sessions aimed at helping staff develop their awareness and use of technology to engage students and enrich their learning experience here at the university.
Staff from Blackboard and UCL joined TEL and CQSD staff along with colleagues from across the university to network, present and share TEL and Blackboard ideas and expertise to help enhance teaching, learning and assessment here at Reading. From tasty ‘TEL tapas’ and Blackboard Bootcamp, UCL’s ABC rapid design curriculum design workshop, TEL tools for teaching large classes, using video from Box of Broadcasts and sharing apps for teaching and learning, it was a varied programme with something for everyone!
We also launched the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tool (live online classroom) for use in modules in the new academic year. Staff from UoR Malaysia and Blackboard joined us remotely along with early adopters to help launch the tool and, yes, there were party poppers! You can find out more information about this new tool and access self-help materials on the TEL Blog.
TEL Fest in numbers
Around 130 staff attended one or more of the sessions with Henley Business School, International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) then Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy being the top three schools in terms of staff attendance.
TEL Fest in tweets
View an account of TEL Fest in the tweets posted during the event at this TEL Fest Storify.
Thanks to all involved. TEL Fest 18 is already in the diary – watch this space for more info!
TEL Fest: Lunchtime Fringe – TEL Roadshow (with free light lunch!)
Tuesday 11 July, 13:00 – 14:00 in Carrington 201
Calling Academic & Administrative staff!
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet, talk & munch with various TEL-related staff and teams from within and beyond the university, including staff from the Blackboard company, TEL CQSD, the Open Online Courses (OOC) team, ISLI TEL, TEL/AV Support, IT, the Library, Academic Development and EMA.
No need to book, just drop in at 13:00 for a bite to eat and a chat! This session in itself a TEL Fest with key staff all in one place!
Come along and find out, for example, how ILSI TEL staff have been using the Xerte tool to create interactive teaching materials. How can the Library help you with online reading lists? How can the TEL team support you to develop your use of technology to enhance your teaching? What is Office 365 that we all have access to? What’s an OOC? Who works ‘behind the scenes’ to help support TEL at the university and what do they do? Chat to TEL/AV Support staff about new audio-visual kit in teaching rooms.
Who’s Who at the TEL Roadshow:
Vicki Holmes (Head of TEL)
How TEL staff can help you to use technology to enhance & enrich
T & L
About Blackboard from people who work for the company!
TEL Support / AV
How TEL Support support TEL at UoR
Blackboard course rollover
What AV resources are available & the new kit available in rooms
Jo Mortimer (Business Partner)
How IT can support you
Windows 10 deployment
How your Business Partner can support you
How have ISLI TEL staff been using Xerte to create interactive
T & L materials
Online reading lists
Box of Broadcasts
Open Online Courses
What is an Open Online Course?
How to get involved
Lessons you can learn from OOCs for designing your own blended and online learning
(Electronic Management of Assessment)
The latest on EMA at the university from the people who know!
How the Academic Development team can support you & all about professional development
Hope to see you there,
Lauren & the TEL CQSD team