The team have been engaging students and staff in the use of the learning technologies at the University through a range of new posters and postcards displayed around campus.
We have put these together with the aim of raising awareness for a range of TEL tools, as well as the support provided by MeLT, through eye catching and simple posters utilising the QR reader functionality in the new Marjon mobile app.
This collection of posters will be continually added to throughout the year, and currently include information on REPLAY, Edublogs, Socrative and Google Slides. The most recent addition to the collection is a poster almost entirely covered in QR codes, leading students to important online resources and guides in relation to TEL.
This has been a really enjoyable new project for the team utilising and developing a range of skills, including design and photography skills. All our posters are also currently on display outside the MeLT office, A Block Room 108.
If you have any queries or questions relating to TEL at the University or simply want to know more, then please do pop in and say hello or contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org | ext. 5673.
Google’s answer to powerpoint, ‘Slides’ has been upgraded today with an app that allows students to send questions in real time to the presenter.
It looks like a nice feature that allows the audience to post questions via the app. Other audience members can vote the questions up if they want to hear the answer too. Anonymous questioning is possible.
Google Slides Q&A – Image from Google Docs Blog – https://docs.googleblog.com/2016/05/slidesQA.html
Google released this video which shows the system in action.
There is also a red dot function that acts like a laser pen when presenting from a computer.
You may have noticed some visual changes to Learning Space. In particular to the homepage. With 41,590 page views on the Homepage, in just the last 30 days, LS is clearly a huge tool to our students.
We have been looking at ways to develop the user experience on Learning Space. The initial steps were to fix styling bugs that were causing some conflictions between headings and title boxes. These were more obvious on smaller device screens and older browsers.
The later developments have been to replace the quick link buttons and soften the background texture. This hopefully adds more colour to the homepage and makes the text more readable throughout the system.
We have applied more attention to detail by adding drop shadows to all the boxes within the layout.
While all of these changes may seem small details, the overall outcome should provide a fresh feel to all LS pages.
With these updates, adding video and images to module pages will enhance the pages greatly. If you would like any help with this, please contact the MeLT team – email@example.com
We are constantly reviewing the visual and usability side to our VLE. If you have any feedback on the new updates, please contact Zac Gribble – firstname.lastname@example.org
The MeLT team are finishing off the final elements for ADP resources.
As part of the Academic Development Programme, the MeLT team are developing online resources for Panopto Content Capture, Turnitin and Learning Space. These resources will be placed on Learning Space and made available for staff to view.
The resources have been developed using the Storyline Articulate 2 package. If you can see a use for resources like this in your teaching, please contact email@example.com.
We have also filmed elements of the resources. We have found that adding video to learning resources offers a rich media experience and adds a great deal of value and a personal touch to TEL (technology enhanced learning).
You may be aware of Google Forms, you may not. As a form solution, it covers all the basics and so much more.
At Marjon, Survey Monkey has provided the benchmark for staff and students to produce online forms. Due to a change in policy and proceedure, this service is now less favourable.
Google Forms is free and (in typical Google tradition) is very intuitive, portable and extremely collaborative. The process of creating a form from scratch is quick and as simple as any other form editors. A gmail account is required. If you have one already, then you can start using forms. If you don’t, then signing up is also a quick process. A gmail account also includes cloud solutions such as Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Drive.
This video shows the process of creating a basic form. (updated to the new Google forms March 16)
More complex forms are possible like directing users to different pages depending on their answers.
Reporting is possible using smart graphs as well as CSV exporting for analysis in Excel (or google sheets!).
As with any Google product, there is a wealth of tutorials and supporting video online. If you require any assistance with finding such content, please contact the MeLT team. firstname.lastname@example.org
As staff at Marjon, we have access to the ‘Google Apps for Education’ suite. This includes all the above cloud solutions with no limitation on storage. The content within a GAFE account is held under the Marjon name and uses your Marjon email for login. If you wish to have an account, please contact Zac Gribble – email@example.com
Finding the right or new tools for study, revision, presenting or teaching can be like searching for a needle in a giant… stack of needles!
As part of an initiative to communicate new tools and showcase good practice, a project has begun to provide a one stop shop to compare, search and learn about different learning technologies. The project is aimed at all types of users at Marjon.
Based on the ‘Top Trumps’ card game, eTools will be compared, searched and rated by users within an online web interface. It will be designed to work on mobile devices as well as desktop computers.
As more tools are added by the MeLT team, we will ask users of different roles (students, professional services, academics) to recommend what they have found and give any examples of good use.
The project is currently in testing phase and as we get closer to a launch, we will post more details.