Digital Capability Discovery Tool
We saw Helen Beetham expertly weave some interaction, in the form of Word clouds, into her Keynote talk at the TEL Strategy launch. Check out this great article from PollEverywhere on 10 ways to use a Word Cloud in the classroom
It’s Digital Learning Week! As well as launching our TEL Strategy (2017-2021), Digital Learning Week, will feature workshops which we are designed specifically to support the development of digital practice and digital capabilities.
Highlights include a Digital Practice workshop on Wednesday 26th April, led by e-learning researcher, author and consultant Helen Beetham, along with workshops on topics including:
- Course Resources basics
- Using technology to support inclusive teaching practice
- Audio and video feedback
- Sourcing legal digital content
- Working wonders with WordPress
- Changing the way you work with Office 365
- Setting engaging video creation projects
- How lecture recording can enhance the student experience
You can see a full list of workshops and book your place here – https://staff.derby.ac.uk/sites/lE/SitePages/Digital%20Learning%20Week.aspx
‘Learning in uncertain times: why digital matters’.
TEL Strategy Launch with Keynote Speaker: Helen Beetham
Heap Lecture Theatre, KR
Wednesday 26 April 2017
The digital experience of staff and students is central to delivering academic excellence, student employability and a high quality student experience. As part of Digital Learning Week, this event will launch the University of Derby’s TEL Strategy (2017-2021) to transform the digital learning experience for all our students.
TEL Strategy aims:
- Support staff and students to develop their digital capabilities
- Provide greater active learning engagement and flexibility through enhanced digital learning environments
- Enhance teaching excellence by introducing baselines to benchmark digital practice
- Develop the digital environment using a research informed approach and the use of data analytics
Keynote speaker Helen Beetham is an e-learning researcher, author and consultant. She has written influential reports on digital capability, digital citizenship and digital wellbeing, learning experience, and curriculum design. Recently she has completed studies of the online student experience and developed the Jisc Digital Capability Framework with associated resources for practice. In her keynote, Helen will highlight the challenges and uncertainties facing universities in the digital age. She will outline the role that universities can play in preparing students for the digital future, explore the kinds of learning experience that develop digital resilience, and examine the relationship between digital innovation and teaching excellence.
With the EvaSys evaluation system successfully talking to Blackboard, students can now access module evaluation links to online surveys via Course Resources. Any available surveys will be displayed in the section called My Surveys which can be seen when they log into Course Resources.
If there are no surveys or once they have taken surveys, a message will be displayed advising that there are no surveys as shown below.
Once the students complete the surveys, their responses are registered into the EvaSys evaluation system ready for reporting.
There is currently a rendering issue within Turnitin, which may result in certain embedded elements of submissions being incorrectly rendered in the Turnitin online viewer. This issue may affect submissions where tables / graphs / images have been embedded / inserted / pasted into a Word document or Open Office document, which has then been submitted to Turnitin in the format it was created in (for instance .docx for Word documents). We do not believe this issue to be widespread, or that it affects a large number of submissions.
This issue does not occur where the document was saved and submitted as a PDF file rather than in the original file format of the authoring software, or where the document does not contain tables / graphs. The issue also does not affect the underlying file itself (which remains untouched and can be downloaded as a reference). If you are marking student work and you suspect that the formatting doesn’t look as it should, or there is a graph/table missing, download the original file and view it before awarding a final grade.
If you are using Turnitin in your module, and the submitted work is likely to contain graphs and/or charts, please make students aware that they are advised to save and submit their work in PDF format in order to minimise the chances of this rendering issue occurring.
For some versions of word simply exporting as PDF may not fully resolve the issue. If this is the case, another solution is to convert the Word document into a PDF using Adobe Acrobat.
Thanks to The University of Southampton for providing the bulk of this item.
You can now create a Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook for a given module within Course Resources. Invitations to join the notebook will be sent automatically to students.
The OneNote Class Notebook is specific type of notebook that lets you use OneNote to create, deliver and collaborate on content with Students within and outside of the classroom.
More information about Class Notebook can be found here