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The LearnTech Team is pleased to bring you the next three months programme of LearnTech lunchtimes, following on from the success of our inaugural offerings.Thanks to those of you who have already attended: we hope that you have managed to apply & implement some of what you have learnt for the benefit of your students. For those of you as yet unfamiliar with the concept, read on….

We will once again be introducing you to the various NILE tools, their potential applications and how these technologies can enhance your teaching and learning. Sessions are being offered at both Park and Avenue Campuses and we have a few new additions to whet your appetite, so book now and come along to receive updates, refresh your skills and find out how your peers are working using UN-supported LearnTech tools. Feel free to bring along your own lunch – tea and coffee will be provided.

We look forward to welcoming you over the coming weeks. Details, dates and booking links follow:

 

Kaltura/ MediaSpace (video)

As the University has now moved to a single video solution in Kaltura (MediaSpace), this is a chance for those who have already started to engage with this tool and those as yet to experience it. The session covers an introduction to MediaSpace; video capture using CaptureSpace; uploading video to MediaSpace; embedding video content in NILE; using quizzes in Kaltura.

Friday 17 March – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus,  Library, IT Training Room

Friday 30 March – 12:30-13:30 – Avenue Campus, Library, CTC

Tuesday 11 April – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Monday 8 May – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Please sign up here:

(Park Campus): http://bit.ly/2fWkTbG

(Avenue Campus): http://bit.ly/2gAKcQx

Collaborate (Virtual Classroom)

This session will introduce those new to using online virtual classrooms (Northampton is licensed for Collaborate: Ultra Experience) as well as for those who are curious to learn about new functionalities now available in the tool. Topics covered include: setting up the tool in your NILE sites; inviting attendees; sharing files/ applications/ the virtual whiteboard; running a virtual classroom session; moderating sessions; recording sessions; break-out rooms.

Tuesday 21 March – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Thursday 23 March – 12:30-13:30 – Avenue Campus, Library, CTC

Friday 21 April – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Monday 22 May – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, IT Training Room

Please sign up here:

(Park Campus): http://bit.ly/2eG7mZR

(Avenue Campus): http://bit.ly/2hwElOv

MyPad / Edublogs (blogging tool)

MyPad (Edublogs) is the University’s personal and academic (WordPress) blogging tool and can be used in a number of ways to communicate and share learning resources. Topics covered include: creation of individual / class student blogs; use of menus/ media; blog administration within modules; creation of class websites.

Tuesday 4 April – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Friday 28 April – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Friday 30 May – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2f4BEUM

Assessments (Rubrics)

Have you heard about the use of rubrics in NILE and wondering what all the fuss is about? Want to find out how to grade your assessments electronically using rubrics? Curious to know how you can streamline your marking by using quantitative and/ or qualitative rubrics?

Come along to this LT lunchtime session to find out more about how to enhance and enrich feedback for your students using these tools in NILE.

Tuesday 28 March – 12:30-13:30 - Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2n1m8xu

Assessments (Groups)

Groups are a powerful tool in NILE that can be used to facilitate and manage group assignments, and enable communication and collaboration for students.

If you are interested in seeing how to easily create groups, set an assignment (e.g. Group Presentation or online Debate), AND potentially reduce administration and marking time, whilst still maintaining quality of feedback, then please sign up ….

Thursday 4 May – 12:30-13:30 – Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2n1sRI1

Assessments (Turnitin Feedback Studio)

Turnitin has a new interface that will be adopted institution wide later on this year – Feedback Studio. Would you like to get ahead of the crowd and get a sneak preview of the new look and feel; to see the features offered by the new interface; see a demo and find out where to seek help and further support?

Sign up to this new LT lunchtime session to find out more.

Monday 15 May – 12:30-13:30 - Park Campus, Library, Tpod

Please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2mjnTml

Spaces are limited, so do not delay, book today!

 

In addition the following training sessions are currently scheduled for Xerte – N.B. these are 2.5 hours in duration:

Xerte (online content creation tools)

Xerte is a University supported tool used to create interactive e-learning and online content.

In this training session you will be introduced to the software templates, page types, features and tools available to enable you to produce an interactive e-learning session or online content provision.

You will also learn about the importance of instructional design for your e-learning and online content projects, and benefit from some useful hints and tips, technical advice and items relevant to developing e-content generally.

Places are limited to six per session.  Contact: anne.misselbrook@northampton.ac.uk for more details.

Park Campus, Library, LLS IT Training Room or Tpod

29 March 2017 – 10:00-12:30 (IT Training Room)

13 April 2017 – 10:00-12:30 (Tpod)

5 May 2017 – 10:00-12:30 (Tpod)

23 May 2017 – 14:00-16:30 (Tpod)

14 June 2017 – 10:00-12:30 (IT Training Room)

29 June 2017 – 13:30-16:00 (Tpod)

13 July 2017 – 10:00-12:30 (Tpod)

15 August 2017 – 14:00-16:30 (Tpod)

6 September 2017 – 10:00-12:30 (IT Training Room)

Please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2fYwKpY

 

Avenue Campus, Library, CTC

Wednesday 3 May – 14:00-16:30

Wednesday 24 May – 14:00-16:30

Please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2ng6wqq

Unable to attend on these dates? More will be offered on a rolling basis so watch this space. In the meantime, please visit our NILE Guides and FAQs. Still need help? Please contact your assigned LT direct.

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As part of the recent S.H.E.D. roadshow, we invited teaching staff to share their successful practice. The example below could be a useful approach for anyone looking to encourage their students to research and understand their subject, and to share that understanding with their peers.
In a third year module on Biodiversity and Conservation, Professor Jeff Ollerton asks his students to engage with a range of scientific writing published around the subject. This includes articles from peer-reviewed journals, UK Parliamentary briefings, scientific journalism, and more. In this part of the module, students are initially provided with recommended articles, and asked to read them critically, attending to the aims, message and methods, and considering whether the conclusions are justified. They then discuss their views in class, where their contributions are assessed using a rubric that is made available to all students in advance. The students are then asked to identify a paper of their choice and deliver a 5 minute verbal presentation to the class. The grade for this is combined with the contribution grade to make up 30% of the total module grade (other parts of the module are assessed using a report and a group debate).
These tasks not only help to ensure that students engage with research and develop their understanding, but they also build confidence and presentation skills. The attached Assessment Brief gives more detail about the assessment structure.

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All sessions have now been mapped to the UK Professional Skills Framework as attendees may include these as evidence for Fellowship applications or ongoing professional development. The NILE Suite has been used to group related sessions together. Where relevant the events have also been mapped to the developing quality standards for NILE sites.

The list below represents the scheduled sessions however they can be run as a bespoke session for three or more staff at any mutually convenient time.

Menu of sessions available:

  • [NEW] Enhancing NILE content using Xerte
  • [NEW] Virtual Classrooms using WizIQ
  • [NEW] Enhancing NILE with media for asynchronous learners
  • [NEW] NILE – Grade Everything (Managing multiple elements in assessment. Marking presentations / live performances)
  • [NEW] The App Cafe
  • SaGE Essentials
  • Adding value to your SaGE experiences
  • SaGE – Providing quality feedback using rubrics
  • Managing Groups (and group assignments)
  • NILE Essentials – Making the most of your NILE site
  • NILE – Encouraging collaboration and NILE interaction using Blogs, Discussion Boards, Journals and Wikis
  • NILE – Developing formative assessments in NILE
  • Making best use of smartboards
  • Increasing in class session interaction using the voting handsets

Sessions with dates in July and August

SaGE Essentials

(Link to the UK PSF – A3, K4)

NILE Suite Alignment: Assessment

This essential session is for both staff who are new to the Submission and Grading Electronically (SaGE) Project and those who need a refresher on the current process. The event will cover the SaGE workflow including marking in Turnitin;  passing grades to the NILE grade centre; downloading grades to send to the SATs; and working with the External Examiner. (12 places).

Attendance at this session will assist engagement with the Foundation Quality Standard for NILE sites.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the SaGE workflow
  • Able to grade work
Date (s) Time
01/05/2014 2-4
08/05/2014 10-12
15/05/2014 10-12
28/05/2014 2-4
16/06/2014 2-4
03/07/2014 2-4
11/08/2014 2-4
28/08/2014 10-12

Register on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sage-essentials-tickets-11137162553

 

The App Cafe

(Link to the UK PSF – A2, K2, V2)

NILE Suite Alignment: Content / Collaboration

With more and more people accessing the internet via mobile devices, The App Cafe provides an opportunity to look at the implications of mobile devices and apps in HE and how we can better use them in learning and teaching.

We want to hear from you. This is a participative ‘by you, for you’ event with an opportunity each month to share the apps you already use in the classroom with fellow staff across all disciplines.

With take-aways like ‘Your 5-a-month’ (top apps for learning and teaching), coffee and even cake, this is one lunchtime event in LLS you shouldn’t miss.

First Monday of every month (excluding bank holidays)

 

Date (s) Time
2/6/14 1-2
7/7/14 1-2
4/8/14 1-2

Register on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-app-cafe-tickets-11137371177

 

Events run prior to July

Enhancing NILE content using Xerte

(Link to the UK PSF – A2, K2, V2)

NILE Suite Alignment: Content

Xerte is a great alternative to PowerPoint or Word to enhance basic content in your NILE sites

Xerte can provide rich information and interaction for learners at all levels. You can have a look at an example of material produced in Xerte at: https://xerte.northampton.ac.uk/xertetoolkits/play.php?template_id=118

(12 places).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to confidently use Xerte
Date (s) Time
28/5/14 10-12

 

Virtual Classrooms using WizIQ

(Link to the UK PSF – A2, K2, V2)

NILE Suite Alignment: Collaboration

WizIQ is an online learning platform / classroom fully integrated into NILE. The rooms are designed to provide an online virtual classroom learning environment to supplement synchronous online activity. (12 places).

Attendance at this session will assist engagement with the Collaboration Quality Standard for NILE sites.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to confidently use WizIQ
Date (s) Time
17/6/14 2-4

 

Adding value to your SaGE experiences

(Link to the UK PSF – A3, K4, K5)

NILE Suite Alignment: Assessment

Available for staff who already have SaGE experience but would like to attend a small group session to review their current processes and make sure that the most up to date processes and recommendations are being used. The session may look at aspects of the full SaGE workflow (including grades to SATs, Smart Views for the External and external moderation).

(Limited to 4 places)

Learning outcomes:

  • Greater understanding of the SaGE process
Date (s) Time
8/5/14 2:30-4:30

Increasing in class session interaction using the voting handsets

(Link to the UK PSF – A2, K2, V2)

NILE Suite Alignment: Content / Collaboration

Many opportunities now exist to increase the amount of student interaction within traditional lectures. Voting handsets may be used to increase the amount of feedback students provide within sessions. This event will provide practical experience on using these tools. (12 places).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to confidently use the voting handsets
Date (s) Time
6/6/14 2-4

SaGE – Providing quality feedback using rubrics

(Link to the UK PSF – A3, K4, V2)

NILE Suite Alignment: Assessment

A dedicated session for those who have already attended the SaGE Essentials session and are confident with the basic SaGE workflow. The event will focus on both Turnitin and NILE rubrics. Rubrics are useful for various styles of marking and can be used for qualitative and quantitative feedback. (12 places).

Learning outcomes:

  • Able to setup and use rubrics
Date (s) Time
5/6/14 2-4

 

Managing Groups (and group assignments)

(Link to the UK PSF – A3, K4, V1)

NILE Suite Alignment: Assessment / Collaboration

Regardless of the size of the cohort, the ability to manage groups is an important part of using NILE. Groups allow focused activity, assessment and communication which will enhance student engagement. In addition to learning about the setup and management of groups you will also focus on the NILE assignment submission area which may be used as an alternative to Turnitin submissions. (12 places).

Attendance at this session will assist engagement with the Collaboration Quality Standard for NILE sites.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how to setup and organise groups
  • Appreciate the range of functionality with groups
  • Understand how the NILE assignment submission area may be used with groups
Date (s) Time
13/5/14 2-4


NILE Essentials – Making the most of your NILE site

(Link to the UK PSF – A4, K4, V2)

NILE Suite Alignment: Content / Management

This session will introduce the NILE sites which are being used for all module and course areas. Find out the Top Ten most common mistakes with existing NILE sites and how to avoid them to improve the student experience. Attendees will develop confidence with working in their NILE area to add new and exciting content. (12 places).

Attendance at this session will assist engagement with the Foundation Quality Standard for NILE sites.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciate the range of NILE sites and comon student problems with finding content
  • Reflect on your own NILE site based on areas for improvement
  • Understand the range of tools to enhance NILE sites
Date (s) Time
10/6/14 2-4


NILE – Encouraging collaboration and NILE interaction using Blogs, Discussion Boards, Journals and Wikis

(Link to the UK PSF – A2, K2, V1)

NILE Suite Alignment: Collaboration

This session will allow participants to explore the Blogs, Journals, Discussion Boards and Wikis tools inside NILE which encourage greater collaboration. (12 places).

Attendance at this session will assist engagement with the Collaboration Quality Standard for NILE sites.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the range of tools available to enhance collaboration within NILE sites
Date (s) Time
1/5/14 10-12

 

NILE – Developing formative assessments in NILE

(Link to the UK PSF – A3, K4)

NILE Suite Alignment: Assessment

Formative assessment may be used by students to better track their progress and understanding. It may also be used by tutors to ensure that students are engaging and understanding the course material. This session will explore the test, survey and question pool tools within NILE. There is a range of functionality which provides the option of auto marked formative (and summative assessment) with question choices like multiple choice and fill in the blanks. These tools may be used with features such as adaptive release and the performance dashboard to allow greater student interaction with content and a higher level of tutor understanding of student engagement. (12 places).

Attendance at this session will assist engagement with the Participation Quality Standard for NILE sites.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of the range and value of formative assessment
  • Appreciate the tools which may be used within formative assessment
  • Ability to implement range of appropriate tools within their own course
Date (s) Time
23/6/14 2-4

 

NILE – Grade Everything (Managing multiple elements in assessment. Marking presentations / live performances)

(Link to the UK PSF – K4, K5)

NILE Suite Alignment: Assessment

This session will explore the NILE Grade Centre where all grades created by students within NILE are held and managed. In addition to being the link between NILE and the Student Record System, this tool allows you to manage the student view of grades, collate grades between assignments (SmartViews) and manage grades and feedback on physical artifacts and performances/presentations. (12 places).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciate the functionality available within the Grade Centre
  • Understand how the Grade Centre may be used with performances/presentations.
Date (s) Time
15/5/14 2-4

 

[NEW] Enhancing NILE with media for asynchronous learners (3 hours)

(Link to the UK PSF – A2, K2, K4)

NILE Suite Alignment: Content

During this session you will be able to bring along your own ideas for small videos and produce these during the session. Following a short introduction to a range of tools this practical session will encourage you to use these to create material which may be used within existing and planned courses. (12 places).

You will be able to use material which you create within this session within Welcome Sites for new students.

Attendance at this session will assist engagement with the Foundation and Participation Quality Standard for NILE sites.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciate the range of tools for asynchronous learners
  • Ability to implement tools within their own NILE site.
Date (s) Time
12/5/14 1:30-4:30

 

Making best use of smartboards

(Link to the UK PSF – A2,K2,K4)

NILE Suite Alignment: Content

Many opportunities now exist to increase the amount of student interaction within traditional lectures. Smartboards are located in many of the teaching spaces but are often only used to display PowerPoints. This event will introduce the range of tools which allow the Smartboard to ‘come alive’. This event will provide practical experience on using these tools. (12 places).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to confidently use the Smartboard
Date (s) Time
19/6/14 10-12

 

All of the sessions above and a number of other sessions listed below are also available on request for bespoke events (such as for Subject group training). Please contact your Learning Technologist or mail LearnTech@northampton.ac.uk  for details on arranging these.

 

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Have you ever wanted to do something in NILE, but been unsure which tool to use or how to do it? If so, then this breakdown of the core technologies that comprise NILE may be of help!

The core NILE functionality has been broken down into five main categories:

  • content
  • collaboration
  • assessment
  • information
  • management

Depending on the task in hand, have a look at the appropriate column and see which tools and applications may be relevant. Each category is mapped to the UKPSF to assist tutors in the process of submitting an HEA Fellowship application.

Sources of Help: There are three main ways in which tutors can get help with using these tools:

  1. Attend the ‘official’ LearnTech training sessions
  2. Access our detailed help guides and resources via the NEW Help tab in NILE
  3. Contact your dedicated school Learning Technologist for 1:1 support.

We hope you find this useful. If you think anything is missing, please let us know: learntech@northampton.ac.uk

Kate Williams (Senior Lecturer in Journalism & Broadcast Journalism) has used NILE (Blackboard) rubrics in conjunction with Kaltura videos to allow her students to submit videos through the Assignment tool on NILE, embed the video into their submission, and then marked the videos using a rubric. This allowed Kate to maximise the amount of time she spent feeding back on students’ work and less time worrying about technical issues. Kate also found that by using a set of definitive marking criteria she was more consistent, objective and transparent. Click the link below to view the case study.

Using Blackboard rubrics to grade video assignments

 

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Gill Gourlay – Senior lecturer in Marketing and Entrepreneurship has the challenge of marking around 350 level 4 papers with a marking team of 6 tutors. Marking criteria for this assignment already existed and Gill and the team used paper based rubrics to mark the work in previous years.

With varying benefits and challenges the team successfully marked and fed back to all students. Have a look at the case study for more details about the process: Using NILE (Blackboard) Rubrics to mark Turnitin assignments

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Sally Laurie – Senior lecturer in Marketing and Entrepreneurship has been using innovative technology within NILE for a few years now. Over the last academic year Sally has started to use the Rubrics tool within NILE to evaluate her students’ work using existing marking criteria based on the UMF guidelines and learning outcomes for each module.

With support from Learning Technology, Sally has successfully used rubrics within a classroom, while students present, to mark and feedback on their work. Moderation also took place at the same time.

The case study describes all the details, benefits, challenges and key points: Using NILE (Blackboard) Rubrics to mark Presentations

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