JISC Digital Capability Discovery Tool

Digital Capability Discovery Tool​​

The University of Derby is one of fifteen institutions working with Jisc to pilot their Digital Capability Discovery Tool, which has been developed for staff to self-audit and reflect on their digital capabilities. The development of staff and student digital capabilities are of strategic importance to the University so this is an important opportunity for all University staff to take advantage of access to this tool (the pilot is now live until the end of June​ 2017).
 
The Discovery Tool​ will give you the opportunity to find out more about your own digital capability through a series of reflective questions. Completing the questions will give you an opportunity to reflect on your confidence and capability and provide feedback including a summary of your digital profile, suggested actions you can take to build your capability and links to resources that you can use to support your development.
 
The individual summary will be private to yourself, but it could be useful for developmental conversations, e.g. DPRs, identifying training needs for teams, etc.
 
As part of the pilot, the University will be provided with an institutional picture of the outcomes, but this will not provide information about individuals. From these institutional results Learning Enhancement (as part of the Digital Derby project) will work alongside other professional service departments to develop additional resources to aid digital capability development.​ The development of digital capability is a key goal in the new University TEL Strategy 2017-2021​ as the foundation for confident and effective use of technology for living, learning and working in a digital society.​

It’s Digital Learning Week

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
  • ePortfolios
  • 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

TEL Strategy Launch

‘Learning in uncertain times: why digital matters’.

TEL Strategy Launch with Keynote Speaker: Helen Beetham

Heap Lecture Theatre, KR
Wednesday 26 April 2017
12-2pm

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.

www.helenbeetham.com

Find out more and book your place here.

Digi Know – Module Evaluation Surveys now accessible from Course Resources

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.

Turnitin rendering problem with some submissions containing embedded graphs and charts

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.

Digi Know – Class Notebook is now available within Blackboard

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.

Class Notebook

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