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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