We would like to understand how students view their ‘digital experience’ at the University, so we are asking students to take part in a short survey. The JISC Student Digital Experience Tracker survey was launched via Student Experience on the 1st December. The survey is being promoted to students until the 15th December. Please could you encourage students to complete the survey, so we can get a fair reflection of the student digital experience.
The world of research is growing bigger, faster, thanks largely to innovations in technology. At Derby our academics are using learning technologies in the classroom to teach in more dynamic ways, from in-class polling and quizzes to producing video case studies and creating virtual reality work environments. Resources such as Online Reading Lists and Box of Broadcasts are making it possible to compile content in a way that is responsive to our ever-changing and fast developing news cycles. We can use Open Access repositories to find research more readily publications and data that may have previously been unavailable to us or outside of our library subscriptions. Social Media is being used inside and outside the classroom to communicate and inform debates, and ever-evolving literature databases are making it easier for the online student or academic to find and manage their academic references.
The Digital Derby project is shining a spotlight on all of this good practice at Derby, and revealing ways in which staff can develop their own digital capabilities across six identified elements
Credit: JISC Digital Capabilities Framework https://digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/wp/
Where does this leave the researcher? A couple of months ago I blogged about ORCiD, a tool to aid the academic researcher who publishes and wants to be identifiable and discoverable online. Since then I have been reading up more on the broader term of Digital Scholarship (one of the six elements pictured above) and produced a short presentation on what it is and how some of the professional services at Derby can support the academic researcher who wants to become more equipped, digitally. See the video below –
Don’t take it from me, I’m a humble Learning Technology Advisor / Librarian! If you’re interested in finding out more about being a Digital Academic, read this blog post from academic Jenny Delaselle.
This week, a few of the TEL team attended the final event of the JISC Connect More series at Nottingham University. The day provided opportunities to connect with peers, share practice and explore new ways to teach and learn using digital technology.
Barriers, Challenges and Aspirations
The first presentation, led by Rachel Challen from Loughborough College, was on the barriers, challenges and aspirations that we face in the field of Learning Technology. Tying together institutional strategies and processes to work effectively within the changing digital landscape requires a lot of people and systems to work together,
and it’s a tough job.
— Cat Appleton (@Cat_jisc) July 12, 2016
This theme continued throughout the day and it was encouraging (I think) to see that we’re all in the same boat – How can we engage with everyone in our institutions to think differently (and cohesively) about Technology Enhanced Learning and digital capabilities? It’s clearly a difficult challenge, and one of the things that’s great about events like this is that we can share the different ways, however successful, that we are trying to solve it. I got the sense that we’re all trying to move away from the perception of Learning Technologists as ‘point and click’ presenters, and embed ourselves much more within the academic community as specialists. Personally I think it’s a great thing, offering better value to the staff and students we work with in a collegial environment.
We also got the chance to try out some new technologies like the HTC Vive and Nao, a programmable robot. The HTC Vive was particularly interesting given the work I’ve already done with virtual reality in the last year. This was the first chance I’d had to use handheld trackers and they enabled me to create something in a 3D space – I was virtually painting, using TiltBrush by Google.
Instead of just having a flat canvas to draw on, I could now interact in all directions – forwards, backwards, up, down and everything in-between. If I drew a three dimensional shape, I could get inside it. I was able to experience the digital world as an actual space in which I could interact and move around, not confined or separated by a two dimensional screen. There was a sense I was taking ownership of my own personal virtual space.
And this week, as I’ve watched Pokémon inhabit a shared digital space in the world, I’ve wondered if the convergence of technologies like VR and AR will allow us all to create our own personal digital spaces – They probably will and that’ll provide us with lots of exciting opportunities for creating new digital learning environments.
The Gap In-between
It was interesting to experience new technologies that are heading towards the classroom and at the same time hear how colleagues are meeting the current challenges of embedding digital capabilities within education. There’s clearly a gap in the middle that a lot of us sit in, connecting the dots between ever newer technologies and their educational application. It’ll be fascinating to see what an event like JISC Connect More looks like in 10 years. Over to you Nao…
— Emily Jones (@BlackBeanEats) June 21, 2016
Following on from a successful regional conference held here at University of Derby, we thought it would be useful to remind you all that we have a comprehensive web page on Panopto – http://www.derby.ac.uk/record This page contains help guides and case studies.
If you would like further advice and guidance, please contact the TEL team via mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or ext 1865
At the University of Derby, Learning and Teaching Conference on the 4th July, Lawrie Phipps from JISC delivered the second keynote presentation. The theme of the conference was “What does the future hold” and Lawrie’s presentation was called “Perspectives on Digital: Change isn’t coming, it’s here and it’s permanent”. His presentation largely focused on the JISC Digital Capability Project; Learning Enhancement have been work on embedding the principles within the university through the Digital Derby project. If you would Iike to find out more about the project or how to improve your digital skills, please contact the TEL team – email@example.com or on ext 1865.
Lawrie also asked the audience about their skills in using Microsoft Word, and their knowledge of styles. To find out more about Styles in Word, please our Help Guide or a more comprehensive training document from IT Services
Do you ever need to get onto a different screen when teaching on a PowerPoint? You may find this windows tool very handy when trying to smoothly navigate from one screen to the next. This shortcut allows you to switch between windows without using the mouse or exiting the PowerPoint on your screen.
– PowerPoint Presentation
-Hold down the alt key and then press the tab key and then a menu like this should appear on the screen.
-If you then proceed to push the tab key, it flicks through the menu. When you let go of the alt key, the option highlighted will appear on screen, without you using the mouse or exiting PowerPoint!
‘Digi know’, you can find royalty free music on YouTube. Royalty free music is music where you do not have to pay for the rights to use it, if you use any popular music from the past 50 years you are most likely committing copyright infringement.Follow this link to find some royalty free music. (https://www.youtube.com/user/AudioLibraryEN/)
Listen to some of the music, they have a variety of styles in different playlists and when you have decided on one you like click the, free download button in the video (annotations will need to be turned on)
Remember some of these may need attribution, so check the description below the clip and copy and paste the relevant information.
What is Explain Everything?
Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard, screencasting tool. It is available as a mobile app. However, there is a cost of £4.49 . Please be aware of this, if you choose to use it.
What can it do?
With the Explain Everything app, you can import documents, pictures, videos and sound files to your project and then add drawings, annotations, animations and voice over narrations. The final project can be recorded and shared with other people.
Animate by using a variety of tools and draw in multiple colours on a virtually unlimited space.
Rotate, move and arrange any object added to the stage. Record and playback your screencasts.
Integrates with multiple import and export sources, for example Google Drive, Dropbox. Import images, videos, PDFs and more. Export to MP4, PDF, PNG and editable projects.
How to download:
How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?
- Instructional videos, create step by step how to videos with text or voice
- Creating flipped content style videos
- Check students understanding and knowledge by asking them to create an ‘Explain Everything’ presentation.
- To give feedback to students on their work: student feedback
- Download the app ‘Explain Everything’
- Open the app and click on the ‘plus’ sign to start a new project
- Add a photo or document from your iPad
- Use the annotation tools, press record and a voice over narration
- Stop the recording
- Export to video to your email account
Please be aware the app costs £4.49. Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.
If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Explain Everything within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on firstname.lastname@example.org or ext 1865.
All content in Blackboard can be organised through folders, just like on your computer.
Folders can be used to organise content by week or topic – depending on how you want to present your course and what types of material you are making available to support the students.
Once the folder has been created, you have a new Content Area to begin adding all your normal resources, links and assignments.
Organise by topic
If you have a variety of content for a specific topic area; such as PowerPoint slides, lecture recordings (Panopto), screencasts, extra reading, web links (this list could go on for a while), you could break your course down into those individual topic areas and make all these topic-related resources available under that one folder. This means that when a student is looking to revise a specific area, they know they can find all the support material in once place.
Organise by week
You might decide that organising weekly would make more sense to your teaching structure, this might be because you have weekly tasks or tests. If organising this way, it’s worth adding descriptions to your folders reminding students what was covered under each week.
Creating folders is easy, full instructions for adding content (including folders) can be found on the Blackboard help pages.
Once folders have been created, you can limit availability based on time (i.e. create now, make available to students later), or on membership (i.e. make available to a specific users or groups). More information on limiting availability using adaptive release is available on the Blackboard help pages
What is Pics2Mov
Pics2Mov is an iPhone app to create a montage of videos with a voice over.
What can it do?
- Edit Videos or Images on a timeline
- Add Text, or “stickers” on top
- Use different transitions to move between images
- Add a voiceover or music track
Download it now
Download from the Apple iTunes store
How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?
- Present ideas and concepts in a more visual way
- Create step by step how to videos with text or voice
- Allow students, a creative way, to prove they have a systematic understanding of concepts
- Install Pics2Mov
- Choose a simple task and photograph the constituent stages
- Open Pics2Mov
- Choose a 16:9 video
- Place the images in the correct order
- Add text to the images to explain that stage
- Add transitions and music or a voiceover
- Export your video
This App is only available on IPhone. Though the app is free to download it contains paid for content internally please be aware of this when choosing to use it.
Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.
If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Pics2Mov within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on email@example.com or ext 1865.