A look back at TEL in 2017

Wishing you all a Happy New Year from the Marjon eLearning Team. Before we get stuck into what is already looking to be an exciting year of TEL, I wanted to take a quick look back at some of the things the team have worked on in 2017 to enhance the student experience across campus.

CheckIn

The biggest launch for our team across campus this year has been the CheckIn attendance system. This was rolled out in September 2017 across campus and we have worked hard between then and now to make the system as reliable as possible and to make the data useful for staff.

We have has some really useful feedback about the system and are working on regular updates to add new features. We are encouraging all staff to engage to ensure the data we receive is accurate and that it is useful for staff in monitoring attendance and retention.

For more information on the CheckIn system and access for staff to the data dashboard please follow this link.

Since the launch of CheckIn in September we have had 46,129 CheckIns across 90% of the students studying on our main campus. This is a great initial uptake of the system. Other Universities who have implemented similar systems have had as little as 10% uptake by students. This does, however, also highlight that there is 10% of students on campus not engaging, and staff should be encouraging students to CheckIn.

Blink Box

Recording indicator lights were successfully installed in teaching rooms across campus over the summer. These lights allow staff and students to see when a session is being recorded by our content capture system REPLAY. Staff are then able to pause or stop recordings from the teaching room computers. These lights have received really good feedback from staff and students.

We are really happy with the usage of REPLAY this year, and both student and staff engagement. Although we are still not recording all content on campus, which is something we would like to improve on to make our content more widely accessible, we did record and make available 45,000 hours of lecture content across 160 modules last year.

Continued support for staff and students using LearningSpace

In 2017 the Moodle activity logging system in LearningSpace recorded a total of one million two hundred and seventy two thousand one hundred and ten (1,272,110) student activity events.

This is a huge number but the system doesn’t keep these logs just in order for us to grab these numbers, their primary purpose is to feed data to the ‘Reports’ section of your course administration block. This means Module Leaders can assess how often and by which students, resources and activities on their module are being accessed. There was also 326,412 recorded events of other activity, such as tutor or administrator activity on course pages.

We are always keen to discuss with staff ways they might want to enhance their course pages, any questions or queries do get in touch.

Panopto Assignment Folders

There was a large update rolled out to the Panopto system last last year which has given us access to some exciting new features, we will be looking at rolling these out over the next month.

Over the last year we have had several staff members taking advantage of Panopto’s Assignment folder feature. This allows students to add their own recordings or videos to a folder specific to the module. Staff can then access these videos securely. This has got round issues previously found with trying to share large videos files from students to staff.

TELKit and updated Academic Skills Site

The TelKit was launched in September as a one-stop resource for tools and software which can be used by staff and students to enhance their learning and teaching. This site has been accessed 2000 times since September, which is a great initial number for a new resource. We are continually adding to it so do check back for new tools.

The Academic Skills site had a large overall overhaul the summer, with an updated look and feel and new content. This site is a great resource for students on academic skills matters with resources about referencing, academic writing and researching. Since the update the site has received over 12,000 page views. This has shown an increased level of traffic since the update was rolled out which suggests that the students are finding the resource useful. we are always looking to update the content available, if staff have any suggested content please get in touch with the team.

Expanded use of Edublogs

We had 25,932 visits to our Edublogs sites in 2017, this highlights the increased use of the network across the University. Including use by students as part of their modules and assessments and sites such as our TEL help site and the new Marjon community blog which will be officially launched later in the new year. If you would be interested in finding out more about using Edublogs within your teaching or in other ways at the University please get in touch.

ClickView

We have recently launched the new ClickView system for staff to use, ClickView is a cloud-based video learning platform created for educators, featuring HE-relevant video content to support lectures and assessments. It is available for all staff at the University to use.

 

ClickView

For more information of using ClickView, check out our guides available on the TEL Help site. 

Looking into ways to use 360 technology

We have been investigating various ways that we can use 360 video in learning and teaching and are hoping to expand this in the near year. The team have put together a quick video  below showing the transformation from the old lecture theatre set-up to the new flexible teaching space.

Changes to the team

We have also had some changes to the team this year, with Zac moving on, and Matt being brought in as our new eLearning Technologist. Matt brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his time working elsewhere, including working at JISC.

What is currently in the pipe line…

A few of the exciting upcoming projects the team are working on;

Recording more content on campus

We have received feedback from staff and students that they would like some sessions which aren’t lectures automatically captured by REPLAY. As a result we are in discussions to record content such as seminars and practicals. We are really pleased with the response from students this year showing how much they are engaging with the system.

Updates to Panopto – New Features

Following the update of Panopto mentioned above we will be launching some of the new features for staff, these include a new and improved editor, ability to download PowerPoint files from recordings and 360 videos. Keep an eye out for more information on this soon.

Student Feedback through the Marjon Mobile app

We are working with marketing, student support and the SU to roll out the ability for students to give quick feedback on particular areas of the University through the Marjon Mobile app. This will link into other projects being run across the campus to allow instant feedback in specific locations.

JamBoard

Finally we are investigating Google’s newest tool for collaboration. These interactive boards link into the google cloud services to allow for collaboration digitally in and out of the classroom. Have a look at the video below for a taster.

As ever, any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team we are always keen to discuss any ideas staff might have.

Have a great 2018!

TEL Tools video #2 – Panopto Webcast Feature

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 TEL Tools video below looks at the Panopto webcast feature. It takes you through the steps needed to set this up and also shows the tools available to those who access the session.

For more information about Panopto tools and features visit the Marjon TEL Help

Or contact the team: Email: elearning@marjon.ac.uk | Ext. 5673

The new Marjon TEL Help Area

The team have been working on a new TEL Help Page to make it easier for staff and students to access information and support materials about the technology and software used at Marjon.

This new help area provides an easily navigated and searchable collection of support materials on a range of technologies, and for those of you that prefer to see how something is done, there is also a short video at the end of each page. This area will be continually added to and updated. We have really enjoyed working on this new page and envisage it becoming a go to place for your TEL (technology enhanced learning) related queries.

The TEL Help page has been created using Edublogs. If you are interested in knowing more or have any other TEL related questions not featured on the page then please get in touch.

new help page

 

Webcasting with Panopto

The MELT team spent sometime yesterday investigating the use of Panopto to live stream sessions, including conferences and special lectures, allowing people to view the presentation, audio and video via a web link.

Working with Steve Disney we have scheduled a special lecture to be recorded and livecast simultaneously using the standard Panopto software installed throughout campus. This is a great option if you need to reach an audience beyond Marjon, staff and students, and outside of scheduled lectures. The team have enjoyed testing and exploring the webcast feature of Panopto and discovering how it can be used to engage with wider audiences and further enhance teaching and learning.

If you would like to know more about using Panopto for ad hoc sessions or any other TEL tool please contact the team at elearning@marjon.ac.uk | Ext. 5673 | Room 108.

Meet the MeLT Team – Helen

The team have taken a bit of time over the last few weeks to create some Meet the team videos for this blog. This is also a great opportunity to introduce myself to anyone who hasn’t met me yet as I joined the e-Learning team in January 2016.

As a new member of the team it has been great getting to work with other members of staff and seeing what tools and equipment is available at the University, for staff and students, to create their own engaging content such as videos.