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Hands on and thumbs up!

This week we ran two hands-on training sessions using Moodle 2.2, outlining to staff some of the changes they’ll see in the new site, and letting them try out some of the new features. Overall, staff gave a thumbs up to the new features and tools available.

Everybody seemed impressed with the Navigation block and the way you can now manage your blocks. They also liked how Glyndŵr plan to have links to useful tools and staff and support services across the top of the site:

This means that, as well as being able to move more easily between the courses you have access to (using the Navigation block), it will be possible to access the useful links from wherever you are in our Moodle site.

Attendees also liked the new editing options:

  • The Move icon (now more like a cross than a arrow) means you can drag and drop your activities and resources (and your topic areas) around the site.
  • The Duplicate icon (x2) means you can easily copy activities. This will be useful, for example, for those tutors using groups in their courses, who want to set the same assignments but with different deadlines. (You can see Mary Cooch explaining how to use this option by watching this video Using Moodle: Quickly Copy Activities)
  • The Assign roles icon (a face and mask) allows you to assign student or tutor roles for individual resources and activities, so you could, for example, allow students to moderate forum discussions. (This icon also appears now for blocks).

One of the new features that everybody particularly liked is the fact that now, for most resources and activities, you can ask Moodle to display the description on the course page. Previously you would have to click into the resource or activity to see this description, and if you wanted something to appear on the course page you would have to use  a label. Now, when editing your resource/activity, you can tick the box:

And you will see the description you have typed in, just below the link on the course page:

This improvement was developed in conjunction with the Open University, and you can watch their developer Sam Marshall giving a demonstration of how this might work in practice: Display descriptions demo from Sam Marshall, Open University

The sessions were meant as an introduction to our new Moodle site, and in the time available we only had the opportunity to try out some of the basics, such as navigating around the site and uploading files. There were some new features that we only really had chance to flag up, without being able to explain in detail. This included the Book module (for displaying multiple pages with a table of contents) and the Workshop activity (for integrating self and peer assessment), and attendees expressed an interest in learning more about how to use these tools.  They were also  very enthusiastic about activity completioncourse completion, restricting access and conditional activities, which will allow for easier tracking and planning of student progress. We’ll therefore be running training sessions on all these new features and blogging about them here in the near future.

IT Training for March 2012 for staff and students

Session Description Date Time Room
MS PowerPoint Basic PowerPoint features, animations and slideshows Mon 5-Mar 2.00-4.00 B20
MS Excel Basic functions, formulas and graphs Tue 6-Mar 2.00-4.00 L203
Document Preparation in Word Page numbering, page and section breaks, and table of contents Wed 7-Mar 10.00-12.00 K110
Collaborating Editing in Word Tracking changes and comments Mon 12-Mar 2.00-4.00 B20
Document Preparation in Word Page numbering, page and section breaks, and table of contents Tue 13-Mar 2.00-4.00 B20
MS PowerPoint Basic PowerPoint features, animations and slideshows Wed 14-Mar 10.00-12.00 L203
MS Excel Basic functions, formulas and graphs Mon 19-Mar 2.00-4.00 B20
  • Please email Julie Mayers to book onto one of the above sessions.

JISC free webinars

Glyndŵr University’s Centre for Learning, Teaching and Assessment have highlighted to staff a series of free webinars coordinated by JISC – one from JISC RSC Wales, and two associated with the JISC Assessment and Feedback programme.

Power-point doesn’t kill meetings, people do! 

Thursday Feb 16, 12.15-1pm. 

Tips on effective use of slides both in face-to-face and online situations from Russell Symmons, RSC Wales

e-Portfolios to support assessment and feedback 

Friday 17th Feb 1-2pm

Presenters: Emma Purnell (University of Wolverhampton) and Geoff Rebbeck. This session will introduce two approaches to capturing assessment through insightful learning using Pebble Pad, and will include some illustrative slides and demonstration of completed work.

Digitally-Enhanced Patchwork Text Assessment (DePTA) 

Friday 24th February 2012 1-2pm

Presenter: Caroline Macangelo (University of Cumbria).The webinar will provide an overview of the characteristics of Patchwork Text Assessment and how it can enhance formative feedback, peer interaction and self-assessment.

Interesting TEL seminars and workshops for Glyndŵr Staff

The Centre for Learning, Teaching and Assessment have just announced a series of staff development seminars and workshops. Of particular interest for those who already make use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and online learning in their courses, as well as those who would like to do so in the future, will be the following sessions:

Using PowerPoint for engagement not boredom. Led by Peter Gossman and Denise Oram. Time and place: Monday 13 Feb 2012, 2-3pm, K101 Wrexham

PowerPoint can be a powerful teaching aid but it can also become deadly dull for students. Here are some tips and tricks for using it to engage students in your subject.

Designing your on-line or blended learning course – an overview. Led by Clive Buckley. Time and place: Monday, 27 February 2012 from 2.30 to 4pm. CIB108 Wrexham

This session will provide an overview of planning and design strategies for on-line or blended delivery. The session is for staff considering moving to an on-line or blended approach to teaching and those who wish to develop existing courses.

Conducting effective on-line discussions. Led by Clive Buckley. Time and place: Monday 5 March 2.30 – 4pm. CIB108 Wrexham

On-line discussions are an important aspect of many courses delivered wholly or partly on-line and can be used to good effect to compliment traditional face-to-face teaching. This session will explore strategies that will help you manage on-line discussions more effectively to the benefit of your students.

Essential Moderator Skills for On-line Forums. Led by Clive Buckley. Time and place: 12 March 2012 2.30- 4.00 pm, CIB108, Wrexham

In this session we explore some of the skills required by e-moderators to facilitate productive forum discussion. It is also an opportunity for colleagues to share their experiences of forum management and to contribute their own suggestions for running successful forums

Top Tools for Technology Enhanced Learning . Led by Clive Buckley. Time and place: 19 March 2.30-4.00 pm, CIB108 Wrexham

This workshop is for colleagues who wish to broaden their use of technologies in their teaching. A number of tools will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to try out the technologies.

Using Turnitin originality reports to support academic writing. Led by Denise Oram. Time and place: Monday 26 March 2012, 2.30 – 4pm, CIB108 Wrexham

Marking and giving feedback electronically – Grademark and Word. Led by Stephen Bostock and Denise Oram. Time and place: Monday 23 April 2-3pm, Erddig, Wrexham

The Glyndŵr ‘roadmap’ for e-assessment envisages a progressive move to more electronic submission, marking of and feedback on coursework. There are both educational and efficiency advantages, as well as issues for staff. This workshop will look at the options of returning feedback to students electronically, however it is marked, and of marking student work on the screen, using either the features of MS Word or the specialist software Grademark.

Using voting technology for learner engagement. Led by Stephen Bostock. Time and place: Wednesday 16th May 2-3pm, room C18 Wrexham.

In large classes it becomes impossible to have useful interaction and feedback with many students, and the students that volunteer questions or answers are often not those that need to. Voting can support rapid feedback between the teacher and the whole class. Whether paper-based or electronic, the technology allows and requires all students to participate actively in the class, and they appreciate the opportunity.

For details of how to book on to these events, please visit the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Assessment Moodle site or check your staff e-mail.