REPLAY: A lot more than just Lecture Capture…

The more the team uses the REPLAY system the more impressed we become with its features and what opportunity this brings for enhancing the learning of students. Alongside the features we are more familiar with, including automatic and ad hod recordings and the ability editing them afterwards, the team have been investigating some of the REPLAY systems other features.

Live webcasting

REPLAY has a live stream option that enables both ad hoc and scheduled sessions to be live streamed to students enrolled on the module or specific individuals during the session, which opens up the opportunity for engaging with students outside of the lecture environment. REPLAY also has some very good built in discussions tools, including a live Q and A feature, which can connect students unable to attend the session with the learning experience.

At the moment it is possible for staff members to request sessions to be webcast on a module or session basis, however, starting in September it will be possible to request modules to be live cast through timetabling.

For more information of Live webcasting view our guide or contact the team.

Panopto app

The Panopto app allows students and staff to access REPLAY recordings from their mobile device. It gives easy navigation between modules for students, as well as allowing them to search recordings for specific content.

 

For staff members, the Panopto app opens up the possibility to capture content where ever you are using your mobile device and uploading it directly into a module or your own folder. 

The app is available for iOS and Android, for information on installing the app visit our guide.

Students recording to REPLAY

The system has a setting that allows students to record content into a specific module assignment folder. This folder is specific to the module and the recordings can, by default, only be viewed by the tutors. Students can therefore record content using the desktop application and upload content directly to REPLAY.

This feature could be used by students who film their own presentations and allows them to upload to REPLAY to be marked by tutors. There is also an option to make recordings visible to other students on the module afterwards.

If you would interested in using the Student Assignment Folders please contact the team to discuss.

Adding quizzes to a recording

The online editing tools with REPLAY allow you to remove and add all kinds of content, including other videos, presentation files or merging of sessions. It is also possible to add built in quizzes to a recording. You can add quizzes to specific points in the recording and they can be particularly useful for testing student knowledge.

 

 

For information on adding a quiz to your recording visit our guide.

Looking back at TEL in 2016

As we begin the new year we wanted to take a quick look back at some of the projects the team have worked on in 2016.

elearning & TEL Help Site

In Spring 2016 the elearning and TEL help site was set up using Edublogs to provide an easily navigated and searchable collection of help materials for staff and students on the technologies, software and systems used at the University. The majority of these guides also contain a short screencast and are all downloadable in a pdf format for printing.

This has grown hugely over the last year and now contains over 130 guides covering everything from Turnitin for staff and students to setting up blogs using Edublogs and accessing the VPN.

 

The site is accessible from the homepage and top links section of LearningSpace and new support material will be added regularly throughout the year.

Marjon Mobile

In September 2016 the new Marjon Mobile app was released. This bought with it a big visual overhaul alongside new and updated features including dynamic news feeds, notifications and quick access to important sites including LearningSpace and Academic Skills.

The app allows students and staff to quickly access their customised timetable, navigate around campus with the interactive map, view library items and print credits.

The updated app has been very successful and we have received great feedback, which has allowed us to update features such as showing 4 week timetable information. If you have any feedback about the Marjon mobile app, please let us know. You can send feedback directly to us through the app itself.

If you haven’t downloaded the app or want further information please visit the elearning and TEL help site for further information.

Increased use of Socrative in Teaching

We have seen an increase in the use of tools such as Socrative in teaching at the University in 2016. This includes its use as a formative assessment tool and also as a tool for engaging students with lecture content.

Socrative is one of many tools available which can enhance learning and teaching, however, as with any tool it works best when used in a purposeful context to compliment teaching.

To try and share good practice and give examples of how tools can be used within teaching we have started getting together with academics to record short videos demonstrating how TEL tools have been used in their teaching. Have a look at our video below with Vicki from the Sports Faculty and keep an eye out for more videos in the coming months.

If you have a tool you use in your teaching we would love to hear about it, equally if you feel that an area of your teaching could be enhanced by using a new tool then we can help you achieve this.

Use of Edublogs in modules and assessment

Edublogs is a blog and web creation platform designed for education using the WordPress interface. It is hugely versatile and can be used to create anything from simple blogs to complete websites, for example our elearning & TEL help area was created using Edublogs.

Marjon gives students and staff the opportunity to create their own blogs and by using the built in Classes feature blogs can be set up for students which are private and accessible by the lecturer and other students. Edublogs can help students gain practical skills using an industry standard interface, as well as encouraging them to develop their digital presence.

During this year we have started to see Edublogs used as a tool within integral areas of modules and they are currently included as part of assessment in both Sport and Education programmes.  As a result we have been delivering sessions on the use of Edublogs for students and have also worked closely with staff members to get the sites set up for students using specific templates.

If you are interested in knowing more about the use of Edublogs in modules or are interested in setting up your own Edublogs then please have a look at our guides or get in touch with the team to discuss it.

File encryption for students on placement

In October of 2016 we were asked to look into the use of encryption for the transfer of sensitive files for students on placement. This was something a little different for our team and involved testing software and hardware based encryption methods, including encrypted USB memory sticks (which was the method finally decided upon).

During the testing stage, we came across various challenges when trying to create a robust system with few steps involved, which could also work seamlessly between student computers (including PCs and Macs) and Marjon systems.

It proved to be an interesting project for the team and included us providing support materials for students using encrypted USBs. If there is anything that you would like to achieve within your teaching using technology but aren’t sure what to use or if it can be done then please do get in touch for a chat.

Introduction of Mendeley

More recently we have helped with the introduction of Mendeley at the University. Mendeley is a web and desktop application which can help with finding and collating references, as well as correctly inputting references into documents.

It has a lot of great features and we have put together a large number of guides on the software with the help of Ben Jane from the Sports Faculty. Ben has used Mendeley within his own research and with his students. We also helped Ben put together the video below showing the main features of the software.

This is only a quick round-up of some of the projects the MeLT team worked on in 2016.  If you would like to know more about using any of the tools mentioned here (or other TEL tools you are interested in), then please get in touch. We are always keen to chat to staff about how technology can be used to enhance their teaching. 

Contact MeLT – elearning@marjon.ac.uk | ext 5673 | A Block Room 108 and keep up to date with the work of the team on this blog.

Mahara Upgrade – Some great new features

Mahara, our on-line ePortfolio, journal, weblog and résumé building system, has recently been upgraded and has some great new features.

File space warnings

Mahara now sends an email to administrators when a students file space is nearly full.  In most cases this should allow us to take action to increase the student’s file space before it becomes a problem for them.

Resizing uploaded images

Uploaded images are automatically resized to smaller ‘screen friendly’ sizes.  Students can disable this for individual uploads if necessary.

Mobile uploads

Students can install an app on their iOS or Android devices which will allow easy and quick upload of photos or other files directly from their phone or tablet to Mahara, in the same way as they might upload them to any other on-line service.  Students can later organise the new uploads and add them to their journal or portfolio if required.

Looks prettier

New themes are available. Students can choose from a range of different themes for their portfolio.

Submission of Mahara portfolios to Moodle assignments 

The integration between Moodle and Mahara allows for the setting up of an assignment on a module page in LearningSpace which accepts a Mahara portfolio as the submission.  When students go to the submission page on LearningSpace they see a list of their Mahara portfolios and collections. They just have to select the page they want to submit.  Once submitted the page is then locked for editing in Mahara until it has been marked and the marks released back to students.  Marking tutors automatically have access to the submitted portfolio page via a link from the Moodle assignment. Tutors can insert comments into individual elements of the submission in Mahara and into the feedback area of the Moodle assignment.  Marks are applied directly to the Moodle assignment where they are made available to students on release.

Replay Smart Search Feature

With the recent update to Replay (Panopto) the Smart Search feature is now better than ever.

Smart Search gives you the ability to instantly find and fast-forward to any word spoken or shown on-screen, in any recording. Simply type in a word of interest in the search for all your recordings or within a recording itself and jump straight to where it was mentioned.

When recordings are created Replay (Panopto) automatically indexes ever word displayed on screen or spoken using Automated Speech Recognition and Optical Character Recognition. These systems will pick up any word written in a presentation, spoken or typed during the session, shown on a webpage and even hand written on a screen or whiteboard.

This adds incredible search-ability to recordings without the need for manually entering information or tags. The Panopto website has some great FAQs on the Smart Search feature.

Have a look at the video below to see this great feature in action.

There are various help guides and videos available on the TEL Help Area for using Replay, if you would like additional support please contact MeLT.

 

TEL Tools: Turnitin GradeMark – Colour coded comments

TEL Tools is going to be a new regular feature on the MeLT TEL Blog.

With so many TEL (technology enhanced learning) tools out there, it can be difficult to choose the one that will be the most suitable for what you need and there are also lots of features within a tool that you might not know about.  To support you with this, the MeLT team are working on a series of short TEL Tools videos to showcase a range of tools and features. The aim of each video is to show you in a nutshell what the tool/feature does and how to use it.

The first TEL tool video looks at how colour coded comments can be used when marking assignments in Turnitin GradeMark.

For more information about Turnitin Grademark and other tools visit the Marjon TEL Help  Blog or contact the team: email: elearning@marjon.ac.uk | Ext. 5673 | Room 108

 

Google Slides Real Time Questioning

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 update

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.

Read more about the app release here: https://docs.googleblog.com/2016/05/slidesQA.html

The ‘Slides’ application is part of the Google Apps for Education.  These apps are available to all Marjon Staff.  Please contact Zac Gribble (zgribble@marjon.ac.uk) if you would like to know more.

 

 

Visual Updates to Learning Space

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.

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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 – elearning@marjon.ac.uk

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 – zgribble@marjon.ac.uk

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Google Forms is a capable replacement for Survey Monkey at Marjon

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. elearning@marjon.ac.uk

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 – zgribble@marjon.ac.uk

Clevertouch Screens

Some teaching spaces have now been equipped with the ‘Clevertouch’ screens to work either alongside or replacing projectors.

These screens can be used in the same way as the projectors using the lectern laptops to manage the content. They can also be used to interact with the content.

Please view the POV video below to see the basic functions of the screens. We are keeping the videos as raw as possible to give the most true to use example.

You will find more videos and a list of rooms with the clevertouch screens installed at elearning.marjon.ac.uk/clevertouch.